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Ingenue to Icon70 Years of Fashion from the Collection of Marjorie Merriweather Post

Published by GILES in association with Hillwood Museum and Gardens Foundation, Washington, DC

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Published — (UK and USA)

Dimensions — 168 pages, 279 x 216 mm, (8 ½ x 11 in)

Illustrations — 200 colour

Format — Hardback

Price — UK£29.95/US$45.00

ISBN — 978-1-907804-40-3

Press Release — Beautiful new book full of fabulous clothes from...

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"Kurtz has written a delightful cultural biography and...the photographs of the gowns are extraordinarily beautiful"—Amy Henderson, Artes Magazine

"Ingenue to Icon is a historical work with a focus on one woman’s life as told through her sartorial choices explained in an engaging narrative"—Jeffrey Felner, New York Journal of Books 

"A must-have volume for those interested in fashion and social history or indeed in Mrs Post herself"—Tim Forrest's E & A blog

Read the review in The Wall Street Journal here 

Take a look inside an iconic closet with Du Jour Magazine here

Read the review in DC by Design here

About the Book

Marjorie Merriweather Post  was one of America’s most  powerful women, a director of General Foods, Inc., philanthropist, patriot and internationalist, with a keen interest in art, and a magnificent wardrobe collected over 70 years. Ingenue to Icon is a beautifully illustrated new volume dedicated to Mrs Post’s love of fashion and how she used it to create her unique style: the luxurious, embroidered dresses,  exquisite shoes dyed to match her gowns, and fabulous jewels that defined her  style, offer  glimpses into a life of exceptional elegance and wealth.

Mrs Post worked closely with fashion designers across Europe and the United States to create her distinctly elegant appearance over the course of her adult life. More than just a catalog of her wonderful evening gowns, Ingenue to Icon illustrates a spectacular collection of costume, combining numerous images of accessories – shoes, hats, handbags, fans and parasols, and related portraits and photographs of Mrs Post wearing them – with a wealth of printed ephemera and personal letters, to put them in context. Four chronological chapters chart the progression of Mrs Post’s development into an icon of elegance during a century of huge change in fashion.

Accompanies a major exhibition Ingenue to Icon: 70 Years of Fashion from the Collection of Marjorie Merriweather Post, June 2, 2015 – January 17, 2016, Hillwood Museum & Gardens, Washington, DC.

About the Author(s)

Howard Vincent Kurtz is the Associate Curator of Costumes and Textiles at the Hillwood Museum & Gardens in Washington D.C, and a Professor of Theater at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. Mr. Kurtz’s previous work experience includes several years as a draper in New York City, creating costumes for Broadway, Hollywood films, television, and many regional and local theaters in the Washington, D.C. metro area. He received the Helen Hayes Outstanding Costume Design Award (1995). He has curated two exhibitions at the Hillwood Museum: Wedding Belles: Bridal Fashions from the Marjorie Merriweather Post Family, 1874-1958, ( 2011) and An Invitation to the Ball: Mrs. Post's Fancy Dress Costumes of the 1920's ( 2009).

Trish Donnally is an award-winning former fashion editor for the San Francisco Chronicle, co-authored The New Traditional and The Collected Home with Darryl Carter. She has written extensively about style, design,architecture and travel.

Nancy Rubin Stuart is an award-winning author and journalist who specializes in women, biography and social history. She is the author of American Empress: The Life and Times of Marjorie Merriweather Post (1995). She received the American Antiquarian Society’s William Randolph Hearst Award for research leading to Beacon Press’s publication of The Muse of the Revolution: The Secret Pen of Mercy Otis Warren and the Founding of a Nation in 2008. She writes for print and screen, serves as Executive Director of the Cape Cod Writers Center, writes a column for the Barnstable Patriot, and is a board member of the Women Writing Women's Lives Seminar of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.