Betty Halbreich is a true original. Now in her eighties, she has spent nearly forty years at the luxury store Bergdorf Goodman, working with socialites, stars and ordinary women. She has led many to appreciate their real selves through clothes, frank advice and her unique brand of wisdom; she is trusted by the most discriminating persons - including Hollywood's top stylists - to tell them what looks best. But her own transformation from cosseted girl to fearless truth-teller is the greatest makeover of all.
Born into a successful Chicago family, aged twenty Betty married dashing Sonny Halbreich and came to Manhattan, where the couple threw themselves into a whirlwind of long hours, cocktails and Park Avenue parties, living the high life in 1950s New York. However, the marriage began to fray and after two decades came undone completely. Bereft, Betty attempted suicide. As she embarked on the frightening process of reclaiming herself, she was offered a lifeline: a job at Bergdorf Goodman. For Betty, with her innate sense of style and craftsmanship, it was a perfect fit.
Hardworking, elegant, and gifted with sparkling wit and razor-sharp powers of observation, in her amazing life story as in her style guidance Betty Halbreich is never afraid to tell it straight.
Betty Halbreich is Director of Solutions at New York luxury store Bergdorf Goodman. The legendary personal shopper, who has been impeccably dressing her clients for forty years and herself for eighty-six, has featured in the New Yorker and in the documentary film Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's, and regularly dispenses her unique brand of wit and style in a range of outlets, including the Wall Street Journal. She is the author of Secrets of a Fashion Therapist and her memoir, I'll Drink to That. She is also the inspiration for a forthcoming HBO television series written by Lena Dunham.