I love keeping my eyes peeled for great books about fashion, style, and image.
I’m swiftly making my way through Fear and Clothing: Unbuckling American Style, by Cintra Wilson, former columnist for the New York Times. Like an anthropologist, she dissects local customs and costumes in places like the Iowa State Fair, Hollywood, and in DC. She’s witty, if a bit snarky, and wears her politics on her sleeve. It’s a highly entertaining read and I very much recommend it.
I’ve also been dipping into Steal the Show, by Michael Port. (It has one of those super-long subtitles: From Speeches to Job Interviews to Deal-closing Pitches, How To Guarantee a Standing ovation For All the Performances in Your Life.)
Michael Port is a well-known marketer these days and also has a background as an actor. This book is his attempt to fuse his marketing and acting in what so far is an interesting approach to the idea that you are what you want to be—you can become the person you want to fill the role you aspire to. (It’s a line of thinking that is enticing and one that clearly has limits to it.) It’s very much about image—about presence, about persuasiveness, about communication.
Here are some more reading recommendations that might interest you.