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Sherrie Mathieson Author, costume designer

Sherrie Mathieson was accepted as a costume designer by United Scenic Artists, local 829, at the age of 23. For her first feature, "Godspell" she was awarded the "Young New York Film Critics Award for Best Costume Designer." She continued to work in film, TV, MTV, commercials, industrials, and fashion print styling for 28 years.Today she has a growing and diverse clientele of all ages, backgrounds, lifestyles and professions for whom she consults on all matters of personal style. It was the men and women who were beginning to have concerns about the aging process and how it translated to their appearance that called her attention to a void in good expert advice and the inconsistency in the marketplace. She was a pioneer with her book "Forever Cool", and dedicates much of her time to seminars on the subject of ageless, youthful and modern style for boomers and the unique challenges they face. ”Steal This Style” (April,2009) is her latest book.*Sherrie has costumed and styled for roles, Academy Award-winning actors, sports figures, comedians, rock stars, dancers, industry leaders---and worked with top directors in the film industry.
A partial list of these celebrities includes:
Ridley Scott
Alan Arkin
Gregory Peck
Bill Cosby
Sela Ward
Billy Joel
Susan Sarandon
Lena Horne
Christine Lahti
Brooke Shields
Lynn Redgrave
Marlo Thomas
The Judds
Rita Wilson
Jason Alexander
Victor Garber
Sugar Ray Leonard

Corporate clients include:
Gulf Oil
Met Life
General Electric
Bristol Meyers
Burlington Mills
AT&T
Ford
Miller Beer
Clairol
American Express
De Beers
Coca-Cola
JC Penney
Chrysler
Prudential Securities
Avon
Time/Life
Olympus
Hanes
Sony Subaru
McDonald's
Chase
Hallmark
Dr Pepper
Aetna
Dupont
Eastman Kodak
Morgan Stanley
NASDAQ
Cover Girl
Apple
Mercedes-Benz
Kraft
Pizza Hut
Citibank
UNICEF
Hertz
Pepsi Cola
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Should Style As You Age Become Theatrical Costume?

Should Style As You Age Become Theatrical Costume? By Sherrie Mathieson NABBW's Fashion and Style Expert Style is a language. If you want attention you might speak louder, or speak to shock. To…Should Style As You …Should Style As You Age Become Theatrical Costume? By Sherrie Mathieson NABBW's Fashion and Style Expert Style is a language. If you want attention you might speak louder, or speak to shock. To get attention today (and yesterday), get noticed and reap affirmation of your existence in a crowded world where cell phones are most people\'s focal point--does it matter if it\'s positive or negative? Not really. Anything goes, because feeling invisible is a tough reality.The fact that as women get older the less likely they are to be noticed for their looks (certainly less by men, but also l…

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Summer bags can be stylish,inexpensive, and eco-friendly…

Summer bags can be stylish,inexpensive, and eco-friendly… By Sherrie Mathieson NABBW's Fashion and Style Expert Vogue.com recently announced Ms Westwood\'s creative new bag line. "When Vivienn…Summer bags can be s…Summer bags can be stylish,inexpensive, and eco-friendly… By Sherrie Mathieson NABBW's Fashion and Style Expert Vogue.com recently announced Ms Westwood\'s creative new bag line. "When Vivienne Westwood launched the Ethical Fashion Africa Project back in January 2010, the initiative’s line — created in collaboration with the International Trade Centre — offered up three shopper bags, handmade in Nairobi out of completely recycled materials, and sold out in a flash. The project was an inspiring challenge for the environmentally conscious Westwood, as her team was forced to work w…

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Going On Vacation and Want Stylish Comfort?

Going On Vacation and Want Stylish Comfort? By Sherrie Mathieson NABBW's Fashion and Style Expert ....I\'m beginning to think about my own plans that may include warm temperatures and tons of w…Going On Vacation an…Going On Vacation and Want Stylish Comfort? By Sherrie Mathieson NABBW's Fashion and Style Expert ....I\'m beginning to think about my own plans that may include warm temperatures and tons of walking. I, and my clients still wear short sleeves at times, but it\'s nice to find lightweight items that mix easily and give coverage. It\'s all about comfort, ease and I still want a very stylish appearance. The trick is finding the right items, and then packing a few lightweight bags, and great accessories (including sunglasses) that will give these key pieces diversity. Sh…

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Schuman’s New Book, “The Sartorialist” Is a Fun Read, Thoughtful Gift

Schuman\'s New Book, "The Sartorialist" Is a Fun Read, Thoughtful Gift By Sherrie Mathieson NABBW's Fashion Expert I received a thoughtful gift just after the holidays! The timing for this styl…Schuman\'s New Book,…Schuman\'s New Book, "The Sartorialist" Is a Fun Read, Thoughtful Gift By Sherrie Mathieson NABBW's Fashion Expert I received a thoughtful gift just after the holidays! The timing for this stylish surprise was perfect as the new year begins. It was a book that I would have certainly given mention to in my "Get Inspired!" section of  "Forever Cool" where I note other books that compliment the information I tried to infuse into my first publication -- now (unbelievably!) six years ago.  The Sartorialist, by Scott Schuman was not yet out then -- nor was its now famous precursor --…

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Style: Keeping Covered Yet Gorgeous for Dressy Holiday Parties

Style: Keeping Covered Yet Gorgeous for Dressy Holiday Parties By Sherrie Mathieson NABBW's Fashion Expert I know dressing for holiday events can be a challenge if you don\'t want lots of skin ba…Style: Keeping Cover…Style: Keeping Covered Yet Gorgeous for Dressy Holiday Parties By Sherrie Mathieson NABBW's Fashion Expert I know dressing for holiday events can be a challenge if you don\'t want lots of skin bared. I have shown in the past how wearing a dressy fabric shirt style --paired with dressy slacks, long skirt (full or slim) --with great accessories-- can look great. Talbot\'s November catalog recently showed a very affordable long black ruffled (yet slim) black skirt with a dressy black shirt that was gorgeous-- and a "cousin" to the high end outfit (sequined skirt designed by Michael Kor…

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“In your face” style is getting more outrageous..for some it\’s always Halloween.

By: Sherrie Mathieson Lady Gaga is getting what she thrives on --attention-- no matter how in "bad taste" it gets. The "Meat" outfit she recently wore to the MTV Music Video awards is a perfect ex…By: Sherrie Mathieso…By: Sherrie Mathieson Lady Gaga is getting what she thrives on --attention-- no matter how in "bad taste" it gets. The "Meat" outfit she recently wore to the MTV Music Video awards is a perfect example. Somehow if someone is outrageously talented we tend to forgive them (i.e. Cher or Elvis)--it becomes part of their persona. But to my eye (and sensibilities) it seems that being scandalous is the short cut many entertainers take to get sure-fire headlines. "Bad PR is better than no PR"--the PR folks say. What troubles me Is the message it sends to the public. "Taste" is a forgotten…

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“Six Easy Pieces”, Shopping Diet is All About Less-is-More

As a style consultant I believe it\'s my job to be the arbiter of worthwhile purchases. "To buy,or not to buy?" that is the question. At the start, all my clients need a core wardrobe which includes a…As a style consultan…As a style consultant I believe it\'s my job to be the arbiter of worthwhile purchases. "To buy,or not to buy?" that is the question. At the start, all my clients need a core wardrobe which includes a variety of accessories ( bags and shoes). But after several years of perfecting and adding to the original "six easy pieces" (it\'s really more like 20 ) with lots more detail (jewelry etc) we always reach a point when we recognize that we are now acquiring beautiful things for the sheer fun of it , for the thrill of having something new (and hopefully different from anything else already own)…

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Who wears short shorts? Or rather who should wear short shorts?

Due to the incredible heat and humidity lately--I\'ve envied every gal who could still wear the most abbreviated variety--and do so appropriately. But alas, I\'m of the age where I need to summon self…Due to the incredibl…Due to the incredible heat and humidity lately--I\'ve envied every gal who could still wear the most abbreviated variety--and do so appropriately. But alas, I\'m of the age where I need to summon self discipline and good judgement-- and find cool clothing that serves me well these summer days. Here are some of the points I want to make. I think shorts are great for hot weather--but the appropriateness factor looms large. Age and physique are both important . A very young woman can get away with shorties (short shorts)-- Still there is a point of indecency (lending new meaning to the…

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Shopping for eyeglasses?

When I turned forty (-exactly on the dot!) I needed eyeglasses. Rather than despair--I was happy. Since I was a little girl I wanted #1-long hair (finally grew it at 40-ish) #2-pierced ears (accomplis…When I turned forty …When I turned forty (-exactly on the dot!) I needed eyeglasses. Rather than despair--I was happy. Since I was a little girl I wanted #1-long hair (finally grew it at 40-ish) #2-pierced ears (accomplished at age 16), and #3, believe it or not--glasses! Today I go shopping every few years (my husband in tow for his opinion) for an "everyday pair." I do this for clients often --because selection and observation by a critical and stylishly fluent consultant (hopefully me) --sure helps. They know that their glasses may be the first accessory people notice--for obvious reasons. They will either e…

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When it comes to style, is there too much freedom?

Lucky for too many--the "fashion police" is merely a media fabrication. But admittedly as I sat in a NYC subway today, I was astonished at how inured society is to bad taste. I seemed to be the only o…Lucky for too many--…Lucky for too many--the "fashion police" is merely a media fabrication. But admittedly as I sat in a NYC subway today, I was astonished at how inured society is to bad taste. I seemed to be the only one who gazed at the half-naked woman (in her early 40s perhaps and at least 200 lbs). She lazily sipped her drink and was oblivious to my stare. She was wearing a black bra that left 5" of voluptuous cleavage exposed. A black spandex dress sausaged what could not be contained. Upon exiting at 50th and 7th--low and behold was another vision-- that surely tempted fate. A gal circa 38 years old w…

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Mother of the Bridge/Groom

One of my readers submitted a suggestion recently… Dear Sherrie "I finally have both your books and have read and re-read them. I\'m so glad that I can copy certain styles (looking at the models…One of my readers su…One of my readers submitted a suggestion recently… Dear Sherrie "I finally have both your books and have read and re-read them. I\'m so glad that I can copy certain styles (looking at the models who have a similar body shape to mine), colors (thanks for including redheads - we\'re often overlooked), and combinations/accessories. If you\'re ever wondering what to write a blog on, I would really appreciate one entitled Mother of the Bride/Groom. I know there are some ideas in your books - love both the orange and the gold top/pants combos, but these might be a bit too \'showy\' for the …

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To cut, or to grow?

“To cut, or to grow?” that is the question.....in considering your hair style (and thereby influence your whole image!). In "Growing Pains" Kennedy Fraser (Vogue, Dec 2009, p174) "recalls the …“To cut, or to gro…“To cut, or to grow?” that is the question.....in considering your hair style (and thereby influence your whole image!). In "Growing Pains" Kennedy Fraser (Vogue, Dec 2009, p174) "recalls the chapters of her life through the cuts that defined her---and the long hair she dreamed of again." Interestingly in one of the last issues of Vogue I noted a group photo of new models. Almost all (with just a few exceptions) had long flowing tresses. It truly seems a symbol of youth! Never before has short-cropped hair been more a symbol of an older woman. And wearing it “permed” or 80’s s…

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It may feel counter-intuitive-but –

“Putting on the Best Face, Naturally” by Ruth La Ferla in the NY Times..Friday, September 25, 2009...began this way At New York Fashion Week, the wizards of the hair and makeup worlds turned thei…“Putting on the Be…“Putting on the Best Face, Naturally” by Ruth La Ferla in the NY Times..Friday, September 25, 2009...began this way At New York Fashion Week, the wizards of the hair and makeup worlds turned their backs on the sumptuously lacquered looks of fall, approaching the new season with a lighter hand. To reinforce looks that ranged from robustly bohemian to languid and ethereal, most were sparing with paint box and spray, and even opted at times to let nature take its course. WOW! I though to myself--finally they are showing a look on the runway that real women can adopt. It\'s the philosophy …

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Do we love short shorts?

Do we love short shorts? Or is the discussion about something more important than the-long-or-the-short of it?….. What\'s it all about when we discuss Michelle Obama\'s wearing short shorts and th…Do we love short sho…Do we love short shorts? Or is the discussion about something more important than the-long-or-the-short of it?….. What\'s it all about when we discuss Michelle Obama\'s wearing short shorts and their appropriateness? The Huffington Post had thousands of votes and opinions on it. WOW! Here\'s my two cents worth. First--I have to sympathize with any celebrity who gets to be the focus of constant attention (but it\'s part of the deal in exchange for the obvious upside). Every time I see a tabloid make the most of a private vacation frolic by the sea to expose cellulite --I cringe. But Ms Ob…

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