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There seems to be no one more qualified or equipped to ponder or even, dare I say, dictate ''quality, taste, and style'' than Tim." -Sarah Jessica Parker, actor/producer

Television has introduced the world to a new fashion authority: Tim Gunn. As Bravo''s style mentor and Chair of the Fashion Design Department at Parsons The New School for Design, Tim delivers advice in a frank, witty, and authoritative manner that delights audiences.

Now readers can benefit from Tim''s considerable fashion wisdom in Tim Gunn: A Guide to Quality, Taste & Style. He discusses every aspect of creating and maintaining your personal style: how to dress for various occasions, how to shop (from designer to chain to vintage stores), how to pick a fashion mentor, how to improve your posture, find the perfect fit, and more. He''ll challenge every reader-whether a seasoned fashionista or a style neophyte-to "make it work!"

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Plucked straight from Parsons''s New School for Design, television network Bravo found a surprising hero in Project Runway style mentor Gunn, whose catch phrase "make it work" has inspired an undeniable following of armchair fashionistas. Though he''ll admit that book writing isn''t easy, this venture marks another feather in his tasteful cap. A precursor of sorts to his new series on Bravo, Tim Gunn''s Guide to Style, this accessible guidebook covers it all, including the "hunt," "stalk" and "pounce" of "shopping at its most instinctual" (inspired by cheap, forward-looking clothiers H&M), what to ask yourself before taking advantage of a bargain (is it season-appropriate?), the difference between a fashion icon and a mentor (Gunn''s the former, Coco Chanel the latter) and full-on closet reconstruction. Gunn''s friendly, conversational prose will give readers the feeling of a face-to-face encounter, and Runway fans will be happy to find Gunn hasn''t abandoned his colorful metaphors (shopping as "safari") and 50-cent words ("insouciant"). Whether revealing the secrets of "The Under Arsenal" or ruminating on the "tone" and "diction" of a handbag, Gunn''s text is clever, a touch waggish, and highly practical for both ensemble mavens and fashion criminals.
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About the Author

Tim Gunn is one of the stars of the hit Bravo show in which aspiring fashion designers compete for a runway debut at New York’s Fashion Week. He was the Chair of the Fashion Design Department at Parsons The New School for Design and is now the Chief Creative Officer at Liz Claiborne, Inc. He lives in New York City.

Kate Moloney is the Assistant Chair of fashion design at Parsons, The New School for Design. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Annedyne
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Hilarious as well as edifying
Reviewed in the United States on August 25, 2019
I could actually hear Tim Gunn uttering his inimitable and devastating bits of wisdom in my ear. It''s like having a chance to lure him off the project runway set for a lunch with him all to yourself. His wit is allowed full reign and the result is laugh out loud funny.... See more
I could actually hear Tim Gunn uttering his inimitable and devastating bits of wisdom in my ear. It''s like having a chance to lure him off the project runway set for a lunch with him all to yourself. His wit is allowed full reign and the result is laugh out loud funny. It''s full of good tips all of which fall within his philosophy that real style springs from authenticity and our engagement with the world - making style à way of life from which rules spring organically.
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Beware the Crack of Doom!
Reviewed in the United States on March 2, 2016
I really liked this book. I''m sure you could find a more comprehensive volume that would cover more territory, and in more depth. But that''s not why I like Tim Gunn. I like him because he''s witty and erudite and that''s a hard combination to find in fashion. He''s not... See more
I really liked this book. I''m sure you could find a more comprehensive volume that would cover more territory, and in more depth. But that''s not why I like Tim Gunn. I like him because he''s witty and erudite and that''s a hard combination to find in fashion. He''s not rude or sarcastic, he simply tells it like it is. He has pointed comments to make on contemporary American life, such as the tendency to wear sweat suits when traveling, pajamas in public, the ubiquitous and not always appropriate flip flop, and the equally ubiquitous bared midriff and Crack of Doom.

There''s the usual list of wardrobe and personal care must-haves (trench-ish coat, boots, occasion-appropriate evening wear, perfume, exfoliant and moisturizer) and also a list of must-see films.

One quirk that I noticed he dropped in his most recent book, "Gunn''s Golden Rules" is that he speaks in the royal "we." I have no way of knowing whether he was referring only to himself, or to his co-editor, Kate Moloney. It was quaintly old-fashioned in this book, but I''m glad he dropped it for his autobiographical book. Hopefully it won''t make a comeback.
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Susan
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Very informative......
Reviewed in the United States on October 7, 2019
Interesting book to keep in your closet as a reference. You''ll especially like it if you are or were a fan of Project Runway. I always liked Tim Gunn and his advice to the designers and his gentle way of mentoring.
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Surprisingly Helpful
Reviewed in the United States on November 11, 2008
I looked at this book a couple of times at the bookstore but passed it by because it didn''t have a lot of glitzy photographs. Then I ordred it anyway. To my surprise, it is chock full of great advice. Tim Gunn writes with humor and humility. He NEVER speaks down to the... See more
I looked at this book a couple of times at the bookstore but passed it by because it didn''t have a lot of glitzy photographs. Then I ordred it anyway. To my surprise, it is chock full of great advice. Tim Gunn writes with humor and humility. He NEVER speaks down to the reader. In fact, he''s very encouraging as he tells the reader to celebrate our flaws and to not be so hard on ourselves. He doesn''t insist that everyone run out and buy the lastest fad, in fact, he discourages it. He urges simplifying one''s wardrobe and continuously emphasizes scale and silhouette. Just because an article is a great piece doesn''t mean it is right for everyone of every shape and size. Mr. Gunn discusses quality vs quantity...but he''s always on the lookout for a bargain. He touts buying those few really great pieces and filling in with basics from you local discount store....IF you can find good quality for a good price. All in all, I was very happy with this book and the advice given by its author.
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V K Kristoffersen
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GREAT SELLER!! (Book is PHENOMENAL!!)
Reviewed in the United States on November 25, 2020
Incredible. Quick shipping, excellent shape! Looked brand new!! Love these folks, excellent service and products. Excellent!!
As far as the book?? INCREDIBLE!! I LOVE Tim Gunn!! I love everything he writes!! He is my hero!! 10 stars!!
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Natalie Dressed
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Great Advice, But...
Reviewed in the United States on February 22, 2011
I admire Tim Gunn''s classy fashion style and practical advice, but IMO his book could have been better designed and executed. For example, had I been Mr. Gunn''s editor, I would have suggested that he use photographs to help present his case. Reading about how to... See more
I admire Tim Gunn''s classy fashion style and practical advice, but IMO his book could have been better designed and executed.

For example, had I been Mr. Gunn''s editor, I would have suggested that he use photographs to help present his case. Reading about how to develop one''s sense of quality, taste and style is one thing; illustrating those traits with actual before-and-after examples is quite another. I think this would have given his words more emphasis and greater meaning -- and perhaps save a few more trees.

Still, this is an informative read by a master of fashion for those of us who want to expand our knowledge of the art of presentation, and thus increase our self-confidence and enjoyment of life. We are so worth it.
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Really Liked It
Reviewed in the United States on January 19, 2012
I purchased this book because of two main reasons: I liked Tim Gunn''s fashion views and high ratings from Amazon. Honestly, I was surprised that I would like it as much as I did ... I mean how exciting and inspiring can a book about fashion basics be? I guess that''s the... See more
I purchased this book because of two main reasons: I liked Tim Gunn''s fashion views and high ratings from Amazon. Honestly, I was surprised that I would like it as much as I did ... I mean how exciting and inspiring can a book about fashion basics be? I guess that''s the trick of this book - it is simple, with its advice of what fashion/style is and how one should own it, but with practical advice, important reminders and style tips that goes beyond fashion. Tim was also surprisingly funny with enough dab of sarcasm and yet empathetic with your situation, financially and realistically, which is HUGE when you''re making your own fashion mark with a limited budget like me! I initially thought that he would make several references to high-end labels or brand names (which he sometimes does and rightfully so) when buying clothing but he does not push you to do so;instead, he focuses on the essence of fashion chic and elegance and given what you have and your style, how you can "make it work" as he famously said.

The only con that is that there are no pictures or photos of the style mentors or icons he mentioned. I had to Google some of the names he was referencing just to see who he''s talking about and what their style is REALLY about. Other than that, I really like this book and would highly recommend it .... as a source of inspiration or as a resource in building your style and individuality.
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Rebecca Huston
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But can I make it work for me?
Reviewed in the United States on September 22, 2007
I confess, sometimes I like those makeover/reality shows that come a-creepin'' across my television screen. Sometimes, when it is the show that progresses by attrition, I get a smug look when some lout who truly deserves it gets booted off. But where I really enjoy it is... See more
I confess, sometimes I like those makeover/reality shows that come a-creepin'' across my television screen. Sometimes, when it is the show that progresses by attrition, I get a smug look when some lout who truly deserves it gets booted off. But where I really enjoy it is when I can learn something. And when I heard that the advisor to the contestants on Project Runway was coming out with his own book on fashion, I was certainly interested.

Tim Gunn works with Kate Moloney to produce this slender little book of fashion tips, designed pretty much for women, especially those that have overflowing closets and nothing to wear. It gets worse when you realize that not only don''t you have anything that looks good, but you''re not even inspired to do anything about it, and keep on wearing clothing that makes us look dumpy, flat, and wide. And most of all, where do we even begin to figure out what is going to work, and what isn''t?

Each chapter has a little note at the start, explaining what The Lesson is going to be, then the text, often with various line drawings inserted to either instructor or to amuse, and a note at the end titled The Blind Spot that mentions where things can go a bit haywire.

The information is pretty much what can be found in most books on clothing and fashion, working from getting to know yourself, tackling your overstuffed closet and culling it down to the necessities, figuring out a fashion style that will work for you, getting inspiration from famous fashionistas from the past, how to minimize problems with your figure, the importance of self care, an entire chapter on accesories, and especially the handbag, and how to shop using your brain and eyes instead of just emotion and advertising. What I found most useful was the chapter of various items that every woman really needs to have in her wardrobe, and how to keep things to a minimum without losing your mind. The final chapter goes into special occansions and how to cope with them.

One really fun touch comes at the end, with a list of movies on style and fashion that mostly focus on what we think of as classic and timeless. I wasn''t surprised at all to see several of my favorite films on that list. There''s also a brief snippet on the use of perfume and scent without going crazy with it. Finally, a glossary about all sorts of topics dealing with clothing, cloth, trims and terms that will help to sort things out a bit.

Throughout the book, I found myself chuckling over Mr. Gunn''s observations about modern life, and the role of style that affects everyone. He''s canny, but not cruel, in pointing out that everyone makes mistakes, and gently suggests what might work instead. Co-author Kate Moloney is a bit harder to detect here, and I suspect that she was ghosting and editing in spots. It''s a minor quibble -- what really matters in this book is what Tim Gunn is saying, and it''s very sensible, logical advice as well.

Summing up, I found this to be an interesting book to read, but not exactly the sort of book that I could actually use. While I am not at all in question of Mr. Gunn''s taste and style -- he is immaculate and very well turned out -- there are some mighty big holes for the reader to fall into. It''s not the perfect book on fashion, but it is certainly a keeper of a book, and one that I plan to go back to now and then to give myself a good kick in the fanny and to stay focused on the essentials. By all means, be certain to take a look at Tim Gunn''s Guide to Style on BravoTV, where he puts much of what this book is about into actual practice.

About three and a half stars, rounded up to four, as I can''t give half-star rates. Drat.
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Trisha
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Invaluable advise, given with humour and generosity of spirit
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 10, 2011
I admit to being an avid devourer of style books of any kind, and this is a great one. No, there aren''t any colour photos, but this is probably a positive thing. Particular looks and ways of wearing things date very quickly and illustrations can appear passe within a year....See more
I admit to being an avid devourer of style books of any kind, and this is a great one. No, there aren''t any colour photos, but this is probably a positive thing. Particular looks and ways of wearing things date very quickly and illustrations can appear passe within a year. However, what Tim Gunn is describing is something far more valuable and lasting - that is style. Wear the trench (if it suits your body shape) the way its being worn or cut this year, but the essence of it as a concept doesn''t date. I like the way Gunn''s advice is built upon real working knowledge of how clothes are designed and made; so many fashion advisors have never even sewn a garment and know very little about the mechanics of what they attempt to talk about. This is not obvious stuff in the form of wear this with this, this season, but goes deeper than that. I like the way he encourages you to dress as yourself - and no one else, to be as you already are but slightly improved. This is about developing a personal sense of style rather than following transient fashions. There are many pearls of wisdom in this book, for instance he says if you try to persuade yourself that the sleeves are long enough on a garment, then no, they probably aren''t! Some great perception and lots of intuition go hand in hand with sound knowledge to make this a fascinating read that women (and men) at any age can learn from.
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Happy Shopper
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Excellent Book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 9, 2021
Tim Gunn''s book is excellent set out into sections its really helpful to dip in and out of.
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Eva Tidy Home
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Helpful but without any photos
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 19, 2019
Helpful and well presented. I wish it had some relevant photos. It is a book from 2007 and the layout is kind of dated.
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Ruthie
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good book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 25, 2015
a good book. has a different approach from other style books . its also funny.
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Sewsirius
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Brilliant
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 9, 2009
I love Tim Gunn from Project Runway, so when I discovered he''d written a book I just had to get it! This book follows on from his program - Tim Gunn''s Guide to Style shown recently on TV. The book is very comprehensive for its size. The only niggle I do have is that he...See more
I love Tim Gunn from Project Runway, so when I discovered he''d written a book I just had to get it! This book follows on from his program - Tim Gunn''s Guide to Style shown recently on TV. The book is very comprehensive for its size. The only niggle I do have is that he doesn''t include the ten core items that a woman''s wardrobe is based on that is the main part of the TV program. Even though this is missing it is still worth 5 stars! That said this book will certainly guide you on the path towards quality and style - no matter what your age, size or anything else we women have hang-ups about! He really does "make it work!"
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