News From Terre Haute, Indiana

Breaking News

Local & Bistate

December 26, 2012

A style of her own: Terre Haute native fashions statement with camera

TERRE HAUTE — Being among the fashion elite at high-profile runway shows and VIP parties might seem like an exciting and interesting place to be.

For Terre Haute native Sharon Socol, a photographer, it afforded an opportunity for her to capture  thousands of memorable moments with her trusted Leica camera. Socol was an extra – the “plus one” guest of her husband Howard,  then-CEO of the fashionable Barney’s New York — a status that gave her access to the runways and the behind-the-scenes action of the fashion world.

Socol has compiled about 100 of the photos she took during a 10-year span of travel into her first book — “Plus One: An Outsider’s Photographic Journey Into the World of Fashion.”

Now living in Miami, Fla., Socol was relaxing with her grandchildren on Christmas Day as she talked by telephone about her book. The photographs are black-and-white, and her website www.sharonsocol.com includes a photo gallery to give an inside look at “Plus One.”

The title of the book comes from Socol’s self-described status as the “plus one” on the invitations that her CEO husband received to fashion events. Not a fashionista herself — though she “can pull off dressing nicely” — Socol told the Tribune-Star that she often felt a bit out-of-place at fashion events because she was not familiar with many of the supermodels and designers with whom she came into contact.

“I took my camera as a way to make myself feel comfortable,” Socol said of how her photographic journey began.

She started her almost-decade of shooting fashion photos in 2001, capturing backstage moments with models, dressmakers, choreographers, hair and makeup artists, and the service people who made the fashion events happen outside the public eye.

“Most people in the fashion world might recognize it,” she said of the scenes in her new book, which officially arrives in spring 2013, but is now available on her website. “But people who look at it will see it’s of the fashion world.”

Photography has been part of Socol’s life since she was a child growing up in Terre Haute and had her first camera. A graduate of Wiley High School, she left her hometown more than 40 years ago, but said she tries to return at least once a year, and stays in contact with local friends and relatives.

The introduction to her book includes nods to her Terre Haute roots, and to the fun and thrills she experienced through the lens of her camera.

Socol has worked on photography projects for years, including creating a writing and photography program for at-risk children in Miami and New York to help youths develop self-esteem and self-awareness.

The hardbound book is about two years in the making. Socol said she received a lot of encouragement with the project as she selected photographs and shopped for a publisher. Her book has received exposure in the December edition of Vogue magazine, on newsstands now. And she has book-signing events lined up for February in New York City, and Coral Gables, Fla.

The book is available through Books & Books online at www.booksandbooks.com, and through her website at www.sharonsocol.com.

Reporter Lisa Trigg can be reached at 812-231-4254 or lisa.trigg@tribstar.com. Follow her on Twitter @TribStarLisa.

 

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local & Bistate
Latest News
TribStar.com Poll
AP Video
Courts Conflicted Over Healthcare Law Raw: Truck, Train Crash Leads to Fireball US Airlines Cancel Israel Flights Raw: Lawmakers Scuffle in Ukraine's Parliament Raw: Israel Hits Gaza Targets, Destroys Mosques New Orleans Plans to Recycle Cigarette Butts Raw: MH17 Passenger Remains in Kharkiv, Ukraine Diplomatic Push Intensifies to End War in Gaza Michigan Plant's Goal: Flower and Die Crash Victims' Remains Reach Ukraine-held City Holder Urges Bipartisanship on Immigration Raw: Israel Bombs Multiple Targets in Gaza Obama Signs Workforce Training Law Cat Fans Lap Up Feline Film Festival Foxx Cites Washington 'Circus Mirror' Judge Ponders Overturning Colo. Gay Marriage Ban Police Probing Brooklyn Bridge Flag Switch Raw: Cargo Craft Undocks From Space Station Raw: Texas Gov. Rick Perry Visits Iowa US Official: Most Migrant Children to Be Removed
NDN Video
Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot Samsung Pre-Trolls The IPhone 6 With New Ad Jimmy Kimmel Introduces His Baby Girl Swim Daily, Nina Agdal in the Cook Islands Guilty Dog Apologizes to Baby for Stealing Her Toy Prince George Turns 1 and is Already a Trendsetter Train Collides With Semi Truck Carrying Lighter Fluid Kanye West Tells-All on Wedding in "GQ" Interview Tony Dungy Weighs in on Michael Sam Scarlett Johansson Set To Marry In August New Star Wars Episode XII X-Wing Revealed Obama: Putin must push separatists to aid MH17 probe Michigan inmates no longer allowed to wear orange due to 'OITNB' Adam Levine Ties the Knot Sebastian The Ibis Walks Beautiful Bride Down The Aisle | ACC Must See Moment NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong Faces of Souls Lost in Malaysian Plane Crash 105-year-old woman throws first pitch Man Creates Spreadsheet of Wife's Reasons for Turning Down Sex 'Weird Al' Is Wowed by Album's Success
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -

     

    March 12, 2010

activity