Photo: Jamar Stephens

Photo: Jamar Stephens

Afiya Francisco is a Style Expert, television and fashion personality, speaker, and brand ambassador. The Style House is a multimedia platform designed to help women approach their personal style with confidence, simplicity & joy. 

Reading List: 100 Dresses according to Koda, Rubenstein & Estes

I was cruising through the Chapters Indigo website in search of the most recent title for my book club when I remembered that I wanted to check out 100 Dresses: The Costume Institute The Metropolitan Museum of Art by Harold Koda, Curator-in-Charge of the Costume Institute (also one of the masterminds behind the record-setting Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibit). Upon typing the keywords "100 Dresses" several titles came up including The Hundred Dresses, a sweet children's novel by Eleanor Estes and 100 Unforgettable Dresses, a new tome by Hal Rubenstein, Fashion Director of In Style. All three were added to my virtual shopping cart and are a welcome addition to my book collection (I never did get around to finishing that book club purchase, whose title shall remain unnamed as it was bo-ring). The children's book is a lovely story and both the Koda & Rubenstein anthologies are a fab archive of some of the most definitive dresses in fashion. Of course, the In Style title is more celeb & cinema focused, but it's really interesting to learn the how & why of the dresses were chosen and how they made their mark in fashion history.

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