When the going got tough, these leaders of fashion, retail, beauty, photography, interior design, and marketing/public relations stuck it out and rose to the top of their fields. Read their inspiring success stories in these richly illustrated books from POINTED LEAF PRESS. Order online today and get 30% OFF with when you use code MAYGIFTS30 at checkout at pointedleafpress.com
Dawn: The Career of the Legendary Fashion Retailer Dawn Mello By John A. Tiffany; Foreword by Tom Ford
In 1975, Dawn Mello was hired as Fashion Director and VP of Bergdorf Goodman to turn the store around and remake it in her image, by then CEO Ira Neimark. Together they turned the once dowdy department store into the retail center of luxury fashion. Mello’s strategy not only redefined and repositioned Bergdorf’s, but in doing so, she discovered and encouraged the rise of exciting modern designers. Mello left Bergdorf Goodman in the late 1980’s to revitalize the fading and unfashionable Gucci. By the time she left, Gucci was back on top as a bonafide high-fashion luxury brand. Discover the amazing and pioneering career of the formidable Dawn Mello.
After receiving degrees from two prestigious universities, Sheila Bridges launched a successful interior design career, creating homes for high-profile clients and even hosting her own television show. But when she lost her hair due to Alopecia, she had to start over. In this deeply personal memoir, Bridges explores questions of identity, feminity, race, celebrity, strength, and what it really means to have it all. The New York Times called The Bald Mermaid “a rich tangle of sass, success, and backlash.”
Over the Top: Helena Rubinstein—Extraordinary Style in Beauty, Art, Fashion, and Design By Suzanne Slesin
This lavishly illustrated volume opens a window into the world of one of the most extravagant and wide-ranging stylemakers of the last century, a pioneer of the cosmetics industry who was also celebrated for the daring and prescience of her art collecting, her home decoration, and her personal couture. Four hundred glorious images—many never-published before—and a meticulously researched text, including 16 essays by renowned experts in the fields of art and interior design, authoritatively trace the public and private life of Helena Rubinstein.
Often referred to as the Empress of Seventh Avenue, Miss Eleanor Lambert, up to the time of her death at the age of 100 in 2003, looked the part, with her trademark turbans and oversized jewelry. Her enthusiastic work and news releases as a publicity agent did everything to advance the careers of numerous American designers, among them Norman Norell, Bill Blass, Oscar de la Renta, Halston, and Calvin Klein. She created the Best-Dressed List, the Council of Fashion Designers of America, the Coty and CFDA Awards, and Fashion Week and left a mark on the world of marketing and PR.
If you’ve been streaming Mrs. America on Hulu and wondering why someone hasn’t told these stories before—well, someone has. “Susan Wood’s magical photographic view of women will let some see high points of our lives, and others see where we’ve been for the first time, but everyone will see why the camera was invented,” wrote activist Gloria Steinem upon the launch of this lush compilation of portraits taken by American photographer Susan Wood of some of the 20th-century’s most influential women. Wood’s notable subjects include Diane von Furstenberg, Martha Stewart, Nora Ephron, Alice Waters, Jayne Mansfield, and Gloria Vanderbilt among many others. She was involved with the real life “Mad Men” of Madison Avenue and during that time won a Clios, the advertising industry’s most sought-after award. A founding member of the Women’s Forum, Susan Wood was involved in the fight for women’s rights and equality in the 1960s and 1970s. She was also friends with many of the vanguard of the feminist movement, including Betty Friedan and Steinem. Her most famous magazine cover is an epochal photograph of John Lennon and Yoko Ono for Look. She has been represented by Getty Images since 2004.