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“Models of Influence: 50 Women Who Reset The Course of Fashion”, by Nigel Barker

Models of Influence

“Nigel Barker has brought so much research, knowledge, and, above all, sensitivity, to Models of Influence that he is almost an essayist on the subject. He gives the beauties of each era—from Dovima and Jean Shrimpton to Christy Turlington and Coco Rocha—their rightful due and at the same time allows you to see the individual woman who helped shape fashion history.”
— Cathy Horyn, journalist and former New York Times fashion critic

“Nigel Barker is the Sergei Diaghilev of the world of models in our time. His experience as a photographer, documentary filmmaker, and presence on the globally televised reality shows America’s Next Top Model and The Face, with Naomi Campbell, allows him an exceptional historical view of the cultural impact of the world’s most legendary models. His dedication to the arenas of beauty, fashion, and modeling is matchless. This elegant book is a must-read and must-have.”
— André Leon Talley, contributing editor, Vogue

Nigel Barker, fashion photographer and authority, presents MODELS OF INFLUENCE (Harper Design; February 2015)— a beautiful volume, spotlighting 50 of the most influential models from the 1940s to the present day and revealing each woman’s indelible place in the pantheons of fashion and pop culture.

From Dovima’s transcendent other worldliness to Jerry Hall’s athleticism and booming personality, from Inès de la Fressange, whose gamine frame and style embody French chic, to Coco Rocha, whose extraordinary ability to create unique, usable poses is unrivaled in beauty and speed, MODELS OF INFLUENCE defines each model’s je ne sais quoi—whether it’s her unique physical characteristics, a daring approach to image making, transformative abilities, or a particular quality or energy that captured or even redefined the zeitgeist of fashion and culture at the time.  And, of course, there are those models that broke the mold in their respective eras, those who turned the standard notion of beauty on its head—whether they were the first non-Caucasian to grace the cover of Harper’s Bazaar, or older, shorter, or heavier than industry standard.


With an accessible, anecdotal text, the book is as entertaining as it is informative.  Its photographs—selected by Barker to showcase the seminal photographs of each model—comprise a collection of some of the finest fashion images over the last 70 years from The Golden Age to The Supermodels and finishing with The Contemporaries. As Hal Rubenstein said, through this book “we discover how our perception of beauty, our definition of femininity, and our objects of desire have changed over the last half century.  Beauty is not eternal after all, and that’s what makes its allure—and this book—so endlessly fascinating.”

About the Author

Nigel Barker is a fashion photographer whose images have been printed in many major magazines. The host of Oxygen’s The Face, Nigel was also a judge on America’s Next Top Model for nine years. He also directs and produces films and documentaries, many of which are devoted to his humanitarian work for organizations such as the United Nations Foundation, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and the Elizabeth Glazer Pediatric AIDS Foundation.  He lives in New York City with his wife, Cristen, and their two children, Jack and Jasmine.

„MODELS OF INFLUENCE: 50 Women Who Reset the Course of Fashion”, by Nigel Barker, is published by Harper DesignHardcover; 256 pages; $40.00 US/$49.50 Canada. 

*On Sale: February 10, 2015*

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