SL Book: American Beauty

Happy International Woman’s Day!

In thinking about this special day, honoring and celebrating all things womanly, I find myself excited about the new book, American Beauty by Claiborne Swanson Frank.  Mine just arrived and I’m super excited about it!

The book is a collection of 110 portraits of American women, documented from Southampton to the Napa Valley. “The central question of my work,” says Swanson Frank, “was ‘How can I capture these women in their greatest beauty and truth?’ and also ‘Who are you? What moves you? What’s your style? Where in the world do you feel most at home?’”

Further, Swanson Frank believes that “each woman in this book possesses an original blend of grit, grace, glamour, and gravitas.”

Claiborne Swanson Frank in Elle Decor

Swanson Frank was formerly Anna Wintour’s assistant at Vogue, and from the images in the book, some of which are below, I sure can see the magazine’s influence on this budding photographer. Her first solo show is at Lu Magnus Gallery in New York, and will open on March 30, 2012. Hope that you enjoy this Silver Lined book as much as I do!

American Beauty Cover

Lake Bell

Katherine Schaffer

Lisa Salzer

Aerin Lauder Zinterhofer

Katie Traina

Lauren Santo Domingo

Veronica Swanson Beard

Arden Wohl

Minnie Mortimer

The fastest way to change society is to mobilize the women of the world.

– Charles Malik

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