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Gary Cooper

Enduring Style

Afterword by Maria Cooper Janis / Foreword by Ralph Lauren
Published by powerHouse Books
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

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About The Book

Few things are truly timeless. Martinis, The Beatles, bespoke tweed…and, of course, Gary Cooper. Perhaps the nonpareil of Golden Age Hollywood's gentlemen, Gary Cooper was a beloved icon of manliness and style in his prime—and has aged like fine wine. He is the definition of classic, his style reminiscent of a simpler time in life and fashion. These intimate family scrapbook photos from his personal collection, curated by his daughter, show us Gary Cooper was every inch and stitch the elegant paragon off-screen as on.

Dressed up like a million-dollar trouper
Tryin' hard to look like Gary Cooper
Super duper

—"Puttin' on the Ritz," Irving Berlin (revised lyrics, 1946)

1940s heartthrob Gary Cooper never goes out of style (just ask your mother or your grandmother). He’s got that straightforward, honest, effortless handsomeness. No matter the costume he donned, he owned it. The camera loved him, and so did the box office.

This collection of images, taken from his personal scrapbook, proves that the Gary Cooper we knew and loved on the silver screen was as much a style icon off the red carpet as he was on. He perfected his own debonair style by combining a perfectly tailored European wardrobe with all-American casual sportswear to produce the first—and still finest—example of elegant, international, masculine style of the “American Everyman” ideal. From the most laid-back activewear to the most ceremonious of coat and tails, Cooper carried himself with uncontrived conviction.

An inspiration to the likes of Ralph Lauren, Cooper was casual and put together, rugged and classic, and altogether timeless. And when you look at these photos, you can’t even hate him for it, because what shines through more than any amount of star power is his unequivocal authenticity.

Gary Cooper: Enduring Style gives readers a look at a larger-than-life leading man and the real life he led. The photos you’ll see were taken primarily by his wife, Rocky, and include snapshots of his home life, his easy style, and time spent with his friends (which, of course, include artist archetypes Cary Grant and Ernest Hemingway, among others). Regardless of place or present company, Cooper had the model outfit for every occasion, embodying a type of refined masculinity rarely seen—though always in high demand—to this day.

About The Author

G. Bruce Boyer has been a noted fashion writer and editor for more than 35 years. He was associated with Town & Country magazine as men's fashion editor for 15 years. His articles have also appeared in EsquireHarper's BazaarThe New York TimesThe New Yorker, and many other publications. He is the author of multiple books on the subject of men's fashion and has also worked in advertising, PR, and media consulting for companies such as Nordstrom, Polo/Ralph Lauren, Southwick, Bergdorf Goodman, and Gant among others.

Product Details

  • Publisher: powerHouse Books (November 14, 2023)
  • Length: 200 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781648230356

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