Kate Betts

Fashion and style expert, author of Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama and the Power of Style

Kate Betts on her book “Everyday Icon”
  • About Kate Betts

    Kate Betts is a contributing editor at Time magazine, where she has written about the worlds of style and design since 2003. Betts is also a columnist atThe Daily Beast. Until 2009 she was also the editor of Time Style & Design, a special issue published six times a year in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Betts was named one of the Top 10 fashion editors by Forbes magazine.

    Previously Betts was the editor in chief of Harper’s Bazaar from 1999 to 2001, where she completely redesigned the 134-year-old fashion publication. Before Harper’s Bazaar she was the fashion news director of Vogue from 1991 to 1999. At Vogue Betts was responsible for developing and producing all fashion features, including runway reports, designer profiles, and popular culture stories.

    Betts was also a reporter for and later the bureau chief of the Paris office of Fairchild Publications from 1988 to 1991. In Paris she managed the daily trade newspaper Women’s Wear Daily and W and M magazines. She also helped to conceive and launch W Europe.

    She has appeared on network and cable television regularly since 1993, including such shows as The View, The Charlie Rose ShowTodayGood Morning AmericaPower Lunch, and NPR’s Marketplace. She reports regularly for CNN, covering fashion shows in New York, Paris, and Milan. She was the subject of a Lifetime documentary Putting Baby to Bed: Wife, Mother, and Editor in Chief, about her experience as the youngest editor ever to take over a fashion magazine.

    Betts is the author of the new book Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama and the Power of Style (Clarkson Potter/Publishers, 2011)A graduate of Princeton University, she resides in New York.

  • Speaking Topics

    The History of First Lady Style and Its Impact on American Fashion

    Why style matters in the White House and how First Lady style has mirrored the advent and rise of feminism from Eleanor Roosevelt to Hillary Clinton.

    Style in the Workplace

    A look at the new etiquette of corporate dress codes and and why style matters for professional women. Exploring how to tweak your look and turn style into an asset rather than a liability.

    How to Make It in the Magazine Business

    Kate Betts shares her experience working across the pages of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Time.

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    Praise for Everyday Icon

    Part coffee-table page turner, part historical essay.

    The New York Times

    Part coffee table-style book, part historical study, this 256-page homage to FLOTUS (First Lady of the United States) fashion explores the societal and political implications of the first lady’s style, illustrated of course, with sumptuous photographs of the photogenic Obama.

    Christian Science Monitor
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