‘Design Mom’ Gabrielle Blair Pivots to Politics After Being Fired for Ceding ‘Power to Women’
The daughter of late “design mom” Gabrielle Blair, the founder of Gabrielle Blair Enterprises, Gabrielle Blair Pivots now focuses on political activism for her new book, “The Blair Effect.”
Pivots is an artist and activist, but she is most widely known as the daughter of the late design guru, Gabrielle Blair. The two-time Emmy® Award-winning former executive producer on the “Today” show also co-founded two fashion companies and is a well-respected educator and speaker on the importance of women’s empowerment.
The book Gabrielle Blair: Design Mom to Politics “is an exciting opportunity for readers to hear the inspiration behind one of today’s great designers and to see how design plays a role in the world of politics and social movements,” Pivots said in a statement. “Not only will it reveal the personal and professional influences of Gabrielle Blair, it will help readers understand how a design and a movement fit together.”
The book features first-person accounts of the designer’s experiences at the tail end of the ‘70s and the beginning of the ‘80s. The first chapter is called “Poverty in America,” and it focuses on her time growing up during the Great Depression. The other major chapters relate to her years as a design consultant in the fashion and publishing industries.
Pivots also writes on gender, work and the power of storytelling in the book, which will be available on Amazon on and off in late 2014.
“The bookshelves are filled with so many books on women in the workplace, but this one is an important addition to the design canon,” Pivots said. “This book also touches on the subject of leadership and how we all have a responsibility to share and expand on our wisdom.”
The book will include stories of women who are making a difference in the world. When asked about her role on the show, Pivots recalls, “I was asked to join the ‘Today’ show because our producer, Bill Sam