Friday, April 13, 2012

Fashion, Divas, and Knitting

Roots of Style: Weaving Together Life, Love, and Fashion by Isabel Toledo
This is a rare look into the mind, life, and journey of one of our generation's most coveted fashion designers, Isabel Toledo. From the nostalgic and permanent influence of her upbringing in Cuba and the serendipitous love that materialized her vision and fueled her conviction, to the timeless mark she continues to make on the fashion industry, Isabel weaves together all of her impressions to express her true inspiration and authenticity. Isabel's words -- interpreted by artwork from her husband, one of fashion's most prolific illustrators, Ruben Toledo-- tell an eloquent and visually stunning story about how fashion gave a form of communication to a curious girl who was fascinated by design, craftsmanship, and sewing.

Redefining Diva: Lessons from the Original Dreamgirl by Sheryl Lee Ralph
Sheryl Lee Ralph's superstar performance as the original Deena in Broadway's groundbreaking musical Dreamgirls didn't happen overnight. First came a grueling Hollywood apprenticeship, where roles for young black women at the time were often offensive and demeaning. Sheryl Lee, however, held stubbornly to the values of her mother and grandmother: she wouldn't take any part she couldn't be proud of. Even after joining Dreamgirls--where she helped create a role that grew from her own life story--she wouldn't invest years of sweat and tears before the play finally opened to instant acclaim.

The Knitter's Life List: To Do; To Know; To Explore; To Make by Gwen Steege
Gwen W. Steege has been a fiber fanatic for nearly 50 years, and she hasn't tired yet of spending late nights with her knitting needles and a good ball of yarn, sometimes spun from the fleece of her own sheep. By day, she is an editor who has worked on dozens of books about knitting and other fiber craft. She lives in western Massachusetts.

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