Cheek Fashion memoir
On any given day, more people will be "wearing" Stan Herman than any other American fashion designer. As he continues to work and thrive in his 95th year, Herman is the most acclaimed uniform designer of our time. But that is just part of a life well-lived, and well-loved. In Uncross Your Legs: A Life in Fashion, Herman reflects on a remarkable life and career, from his childhood in Brooklyn, NY and Passaic, NJ, to WWII Army service in Europe, and back to NYC as a young freelance designer in the fashion hothouse of the Garment District. Next up, 16 years as head of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, where he was instrumental in bringing New York Fashion Week to Bryant Park - all the while continuing his thriving uniform and leisurewear design business. It's also a deeply moving and insightful memoir, following personal triumphs and tragedies, including his nearly 40 year relationship with novelist Gene Horowitz, who suffered a heart attack and passed away in 1992. Together they lived their lives in the shadow of the AIDS crisis that decimated their personal and professional worlds. They also shared a beloved poodle named "Mozart," who helped fill the void when Herman found himself suddenly alone. With equal aplomb, Herman writes with good humor and compassion, recalling the cruel and casual racism he witnessed in the military, his focus on animal rights in the fashion industry - as well as encountering the indignities of one's aging anatomy. Learn the story behind the man whose vision, over 60 years, has dramatically helped forge and transform American style.
On any given day, more people will be wearing Stan Herman than any other designer in America. But being the most acclaimed uniform designer of our time is only a part of Herman's life. In Uncross Your Legs: A Life in Fashion, Herman reflects on his inimitable story -- from his childhood in Brooklyn, New York, and Passaic, New Jersey, to his days as a young freelancer in the hothouse environment of New York's Garment Distinct, and then his 16 years as the head of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, where he was instrumental at bringing New York Fashion Week to Bryant Park. However, it is also an uproariously funny and insightful memoir. Threading together serious reflection and irreverent humor, Herman addresses everything, from the history of racism and animal rights in fashion to mortality and the pitfalls of one's aging anatomy, with equal aplomb. Learn the story behind the man whose vision, over the last 60 years, helped form America's everyday style.