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Serge Normant: Metamorphosisby Serge Normant
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Serge Normant / Metamorphosis is about making a dream a reality, transforming a woman from her everyday appearance into something magical. This is not a book about makeovers, but rather about the fantasy world that can be realized through hairstyling, makeup, and clothing. With each transformation of a famous actress, model, or singer, top hairstylist Serge Normant draws on aspects of her individuality and presents a heightened version of her multi-faceted self. In this book, Normant explores a range of looks under four broad themes: the Portrait, featuring classic elegance; Everything Old Becomes New Again, featuring retro looks that are made over into a contemporary statement; Life Imitates Art, featuring looks drawn not so much from the fashion pages as from the archetypes of art; and Over The Top, featuring more extreme looks, whether severe and simple or elaborate and outlandish. Normant has called on a host of the top fashion photographers working today to capture his vision; among them are the late Herb Ritts, Steven Meisel, Patrick DeMarchelier, Michael Thompson, and Karl Lagerfeld. The subjects featured are a who's who of top celebrities, including Susan Sarandon, Kate Moss, Elizabeth Hurley, Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, Gisele Bundchen, Julia Roberts, Isabella Rossellini, Ellen Barkin, Annette Beining, Karolina Kurkova, Carmen Kass, Beyonce Knowles, Jessica Alba, Jennifer Garner, Carolyn Murphy, Jennifer Anniston, Veruschka, Julianne Moore, Catherine Zeta Jones, Liv Tyler, Faith Hill, Shalom Harlow, Sharon Stone, Milla Jovovich, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Jennifer Connelly. With a foreword by Julia Roberts and an introduction by Isabella Rossellini, this book isan inspiration to everyone fascinated by celebrities, fashion, and photography.
"This high-end, glossy collection of photographs of beautiful people pays tribute to the stunning talent of hairstylist Normant (who has worked with actors and supermodels from Cameron Diaz and Catherine Zeta-Jones to Julianne Moore and Kate Moss) and portrays its subjects in all their come-hither glory. The photos — taken by celebrity fashion photographers including Patrick Demarchelier and Herb Ritts — are staged extravaganzas, whether in color or b&w. There's Ellen Barkin, draped in fur and sporting fishnets and a glamorous bob; Julia Roberts, seen in profile with an updo and tiara worthy of a Miss America; Bridget Hall on the phone, wearing a tiny, sequined two-piece, platform heels and her hair in Judy Garland-esque curls; and Sarah Jessica Parker as a Renaissance beauty, long hair loosely braided. While the book isn't one to tote along to the salon in an effort to have a beautician copy a look, it nevertheless delightfully shows off Normant's wild imagination." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Book News Annotation:
Actresses such as Julia Roberts as well as some well-known female fashion models serve as the canvases on which famed hairstylist Serge Normant creates sculptural hairdos with coordinating costumes, backgrounds, and lighting. The result captures many famous faces as they've never been seen (in color, sepia tone, and b&w), as well as a fascinating range of women's costume and nearly every possible configuration of human hair. Isabella Rossellini contributes an interview with the artist.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
One of the top hair stylists working in fashion today, Serge Normant performs his magic on the most beautiful actresses and models of our time. A tour de force of feminine fantasy, Serge Normant Metamorphosis is a dazzling summation of contemporary style, fashion, and glamour, as envisioned by this gifted artist and captured in images by the world's leading fashion photographers.
In transforming the looks of such well-known women as Kate Moss, Beyonci Knowles, Jennifer Aniston, Liv Tyler, and Susan Sarandon, Normant draws on each woman's individual essence and then uses hairstyling, makeup, and clothing to turn her everyday appearance into something extraordinary. Whether it is a retro look made into a contemporary statement or a vision taken from the art world rather than the fashion pages, Normant's creations are not makeovers but rather journeys into a realm of enchantment. With a foreword by Julia Roberts and an introduction by Isabella Rossellini, this book will serve as an inspiration for all women seeking to enhance their beauty through the embellishments of fashion.
Transforming celebrities into something magical, Normant has called on a host of the top fashion photographers working today; among them are the late Herb Ritts, Steven Meisel, Patrick DeMarchelier, Michael Thompson, and Karl Lagerfeld.
About the Author
Serge Normant is one of the most celebrated hair stylists of our time, with clients including such superstars as Julia Roberts, Elizabeth Hurley, and Isabella Rossellini. His work has appeared on hundreds of magazine covers. The author of Femme Fatale, he lives in New York City.
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