CBK: Carolyn Bessette Kennedy A Life in Fashion

CBK: Carolyn Bessette Kennedy

A Life in Fashion

By Sunita Kumar Nair
Foreword by Gabriela Hearst
Preface by Edward Enninful Obe


Price: $65.00

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  • Publication Date: November 7, 2023
  • Imprint: Abrams Books
  • Trim Size: 9 x 10 78
  • ISBN: 9781419767197
  • Page Count: 256
  • Illustrations: 150 color images
  • Rights: World English

The first book of its kind CBK: Carolyn Bessette Kennedy pays homage to her timeless style and legacy. The ultimate commemoration of Carolyn Bessette Kennedy’s style, fashion code, and the impact she left behind nearly two decades later.

From private citizen to public figure, Carolyn, chose to use her minimal fashion as her sartorial voice while facing the camera. With her attention to detail, strict color palette, and deliberate unidentifiable looks, she was the essence of class - no label would ever define her. Marrying into an American political dynasty meant that she eschewed the typical patrician fashion standards expected of her and chose to define and modernize her look with avant-garde designers instead. Following her own rule book, she is the very definition of “stealth wealth,” a moniker used today to illustrate the concept of quiet luxury dressing.

CBK: Carolyn Bessette Kennedy gathers the greats in the fashion world to speak of her timeless style and presents never-before-published personal anecdotes and artwork from her fashion family in the 90’s and today. Featuring spectacular photography from Sally Mann, Mark Borthwick, Nan Goldin, Glen Luchford, Peter Lindberg and Jamie Hawkesworth; art by Jack Pierson, Hugo Guiness, Anna Weyant, Mark Tennant, and original interviews with Ann Demeulemeester, Yohji Yamamoto and Pieter Mulier of Alaia, Mario Sorrenti, Fabien Baron, Fern Mallis, and Tory Burch.

About the author

Sunita Kumar Nair is a fashion creative director and writer who has worked in the industry for over a decade with leading publications such as Dazed*, Sunday Times Style, WWD, Vanity Fair and on the masthead of W magazine in New York. Working with the highest echelons in fashion photography and editorial, she brings her curatorial approach and refined eye to every creative project. Her debut book is a testament to her taste and vision and that of Carolyn Bessette Kennedy.