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One of America's ultimate stylemakers has to be Ralph Lauren. In 40 years in the fashion business, he has literally defined how we dress.

With the launch of Polo, he offered a sophisticated tweed look symbolic of the posh sport and lifestyle. He brought life to F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby and the glamour of Long Island in the 1920s. We learned we could embody the spirit of the Old West, even if we happened to live in Philadelphia or Tampa. And we embraced Ralph's trademark preppy style, inspired by the traditional look found on Ivy League campuses.

It takes a big book to document Ralph's fashion empire, and his retrospective—called, simply, Ralph Lauren—is huge. It's filled with 700 photographs and weighs 15 pounds!

"I love the book so much, I think it's the perfect gift this holiday season," Oprah says.
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Published on October 30, 2007

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