2019 David C. Brotemarkle Book Award Winner
This book delves into the life—and legendary closet—of Orlando fashion icon and philanthropist Harriett Lake (1922—2018). Through personal and vintage photos, lush photography exemplifying Harriett’s signature styles, and quotes from the brassy, big-hearted grand dame herself, you will be awed by the magnitude of her wardrobe and magnanimity of this exceptional woman. This unique fashion biography begins with Harriett’s childhood during the Great Depression, follows her service as a Marine during World War II, her flight from heartbreak to Miami Beach, and subsequent marriage. Harriett and her husband acquired wealth (and a closet full of jaw-dropping fashion) in Central Florida, thanks to the Disney World triggered 1960s real estate boom.
Stunningly illustrated with more than 800 impeccable photographs illustrating her 96 year life and highlighting over 200 of her favorite and most popular looks, the authors explain the connections between Harriett’s life experiences and her fashion choices. Harriett oversaw the photo shoots herself, and expertly styled every look.
Authors Kristina Tollefson and Jodi Ozimek worked on this expansive book for 11 years. Tollefson is an Associate Professor, Resident Costume Designer, and Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies at the University of Central Florida. Ozimek is a teacher of Family and Consumer Sciences and Costume Designer who resides in Holland, MI.