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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (1 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007280335
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007280339
  • Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 19.6 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 289,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Acclaimed fashion stylist and on-screen consultant, Gok Wan, is now an institution on our screens. Not only has he appeared in a further six series of the award-winning How to Look Good Naked, he has also hosted three series of Gok's Fashion Fix with a follow on series called Gok's Clothes Roadshow; Get The Look For Less. And for all those lonely hearts out there looking for love and a makeover, Gok did not disappoint with his series Gok's Style Secrets giving women countrywide the confidence to get back on the dating scene in style. Gok has explored his family's roots and what it means to be an Anglo-Asian in his documentary Made in China, where he discovered, amongst other oddities, how the abacus is still going strong in Kowloon and how a town has dedicated itself to the production of denim. He has also filmed a moving documentary on child obesity Too Fat Too Young and explored the modern day issues our teenagers are facing including sexuality, online-bullying and eating disorders in a three-part series called Gok's Teens: The Naked Truth. In 2014, Gok became Channel 4 Racing's fashion correspondent.

Bringing something fresh and different to our screens has started to become Gok's signature. To add to his growing repertoire of shows is an absolute departure from fashion with Gok going back to what his family does best in his new cookery show Gok Cooks Chinese. Here we see Gok dispel the myths of Chinese cookery and explore what dishes you should really be eating in your Chinese takeaway.

His on screen triumphs have led to five book deals, including his autobiography Through Thick and Thin, as well as the accompaniment to Gok Cooks Chinese.

He has now crystallized his position as a true champion for women with the launch of his own women's wear range for Sainsbury's, now running into its sixth collection. Released to critical acclaim, it went on to break UK sales records in 2011 allowing women up and down the country to fulfill their dreams and get well and truly Gok'd.

Born on the 9th September 1974 in Leicester, Gok has worked in the fashion industry for the best part of a decade. Studying at London's prestigious Central School of Speech and Drama, he found himself drawn to hair and make-up over drama, prompting his entrée into the fashion industry and gaining him early work as a hair and make-up artist on titles such as The Sunday Times Style. Finding himself dissatisfied with beauty alone, however, Gok decided to pursue his love of clothes as a fashion stylist. Sixteen years on his talent and tenacity has seen him build up quite a pedigree: he has worked with some of the world's most renowned photographers (Rankin, Mike Owen, Tony McGee, Jason Joyce, Elise Dumontet and Arthur Elgot), had his work published internationally (Glamour, The Face, The Times Style, Cosmopolitan, Afisha Mir and People Magazine US), amassed an enviable celebrity client-base (Bryan Ferry, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Vanessa Mae, Damien Lewis and All Saints to name a few) and consulted on a host of television shows including GMTV (ITV1), Battle of The Sexes (BBC1), TV Book Club (Channel 4), Desert Island Discs with Kirsty Young (Radio 4), How To Look Good - With A Difference (Channel 4) and The Friday Night Project (Channel 4).

Despite Gok's growing status as one of the UK's most sought-after stylists and fashion 'gurus', he remains far from blasé (though a little mischievous) about his achievements, especially where his celebrity clients are concerned: "I never dreamt as a child that the people I danced around my bedroom singing to and tried to emulate style-wise, I'd one day get to tell what to wear!"

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Praise for How to Dress

‘So-called "style guides" are ten-a-penny right now, but this, like a diamond in a sea of diamante, is the real deal. *****’ Heat magazine

‘Gok is the undisputed king of TV style’ Heat magazine

‘When it comes to making women feel good about themselves, Gok Wan is a genius.’ Closer magazine

Praise for Gok Wan and ‘How to Look Good Naked’

‘Gok Wan should be made available to all women on the NHS.’ Heat magazine

‘Where better to find top tips and super-slimming advice than Gok Wan’s guide? We love it!’ Love It! Magazine

‘Gok Wan… the saviour of modern womanhood’ The Times

‘For anyone who’s going through a style crisis, or just really wants a new look, it’s the perfect place to start.’ **** Heat magazine

‘Three months on, and I’ve never felt more confident. Working with Gok changed my life.’ Susan Sharpe on ‘How to Look Good Naked’, best magazine

‘A welcome antidote to those myths of perfection, this new series aims to debunk the fashion, beauty and advertising industries’ lies’ best magazine

'An inspiring gift' Woman & Home

‘What marks Gok Wan out from the rest of the makeover mafia is that he genuinely seems to care about his case studies…Every home should have a Wan.’ Metro

“‘How To Look Naked’ is actually sweet, caring and sympathetic telly. Gok seems to care about the women he spends time with… He’s all hugs and encouragement, gently prodding his subjects into seeing themselves as others see them.” London Lite

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`Gok Wan should be made available to all women on the NHS.'

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Thinker TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Mar 2009
Format: Hardcover
Gok is great and i love his attitude on tv to make people feel good about themselves but this book feels like a cash in on fame, it is interesting to a degree but it is all pictures and hardly any writing. It feels Goks imput was small and it will date easily. It is a real shame and i hoped for more from Gok. He could do a wonderful fashion and style book if he really was determined. I like him a lot.
A relative has now got my book and likes it a lot more than me though.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Andrea Smith on 28 Nov 2008
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book in the hope it would breathe new life into my wardrobe and give me some recession-busting ideas centred around clothes I already have instead of buying new pieces. However despite its pretty packaging and lovely layout, the glossy pages unfortunately fail to deliver any particularly useful advice and the inspiration I was looking for never really materialised. I found most of the book consisted of either basic fashion advice I didn't really need, wacky combinations I wouldn't be seen dead in (and in case you are wondering, I am in my twenties and a size 10), and things that are not applicable to me right now (eg the section on how to dress during pregnancy).

Although I picked out one or two tips, I didn't feel that the book was worth the money. Most of the fashion advice it contains you would probably have picked up already from reading a few fashion magazines. Also, the book appears to have been released in time for Christmas but with this in mind, perhaps the publishers should have given more thought to its title - I don't think many people would be too impressed to unwrap a book entitled 'How To Dress'....
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Morgans on 27 Dec 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book was given to me as a gift - seeing as i occasionally watch the show i thought the book might be right up my street. It wasn't. Not one line doesn't address the reader as 'gorgeous girl' or 'sexy lady.' If people need to be spoken like that CONTINUALLY they need therapy not a style guide and it just comes across as patronising embellishment. To be honest, the things he mentions about style seem pretty self explanatory - certainly nothing ground breaking. However seeing as im only in my late teens, i get the impression that the book might be aimed at older women, eeing as it does have a section for mothers. Certainly not for younger women.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Rigby on 15 Mar 2009
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I bought this book because I was really hoping to learn more about how I can improve my style. I was so disappointed because it seems to be aimed at the under 30s and this wasn't made at all clear.

It features young, beautiful models with great figures who are bound to look good in anything.

It doesn't address different body shapes, esp those with difficult shapes (I am an "apple" shape so have real problems) and it doesn't deal with the more mature of us - 40s, 50s, 60s, etc.

All in all I am very disappointed with this purchase.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 12 Feb 2009
Format: Hardcover
I am sorry I puchased this! I like Gok and am an avid viewer of his TV series "How to look good naked". However the book is ill devised in that its seems to be entertainment rather than informative. I an a Trinny & Susannah reader and this book compared to thiers is childs play.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Titley on 29 Jan 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book is a disappointment. I was expecting a step by step guide but got a picture book. No real tips here. Loved the series hate the book. Sorry Gok
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Karen Herbert on 4 Dec 2008
Format: Hardcover
I have loved Gok's shows, and bought his previous books, and been a big fan; he treats women like individuals, he helps their confidence, and his gentle reassuring style is really helpful. So why oh why did he write this condescending childish book? It seems to be aimed at a very specific early twenties funky social butterfly, which is a very small market that I am not a member of. To say I am disappointed would be a major understatement. I know we all run out of ideas, but the trick is to quit while you are ahead and leave your audience wanting more, which sadly has escaped Gok. Sorry Gok, but my tip is to bypass this book, and keep the love.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By eats twigs and leaves (and anything else that's available.....) on 9 Jan 2009
Format: Hardcover
A christmas gift from a friend who knows I love Gok's TV programme. What a load of cod's wallop! I'm 40+, 5 5, dress to suit my size 14 hour glass figure. These styles were mostly mid thigh teen mag lookalikes with some very boring safe classics. And what's the point of using 4 gorgeous long-legged lovelies as models - let's face it, black bin liners would look good on those pretty things. I'll go back to my good old Trinny & Sue bible - they may be infinitely less likeable in the flesh, but their book's a heck of a lot more useful and waay less irritating. Sorry Gok babe, I hope it made you lots of dosh but it's tripe!
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