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Dapper Dan
Made in Harlem
by Daniel R. Day (Jul 09, 2019)
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The story of a legendary designer who pioneered high-end streetwear, from a storefront in Harlem to the red carpet in Hollywood, dressing everyone from Salt-N-Pepa and Eric B. & Rakim to Beyoncé and Jay-Z along the way.With his now-legendary store on 125th Street in Harlem, Dapper Dan pioneered high-end streetwear in the early 1980s, remixing class...
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Ben Horowitz
Queen of Fashion
What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution
by Caroline Weber (Oct 02, 2007)
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A Washington Post Book World Best Book of the YearWhen her carriage first crossed over from her native Austria into France, fourteen-year-old Marie Antoinette was taken out, stripped naked before an entourage, and dressed in French attire to please the court of her new king. For a short while, the young girl played the part.But by the time she took...
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Sheryl Sandberg
Chanel
Collections and Creations
by Daniele Bott (Jan 01, 2007)
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Chanel's combination of tradition, originality, and style has always made it the most seductive of fashion labels. Here the House of Chanel opens its private archives, revealing a galaxy of brilliant designs created by Coco Chanel from 1920 onwards. Dazzling clothes, intricate accessories, beautiful models, and timeless design leave no doubt as to ...
The Art of Manipulating Fabric
by Colette Wolff (Oct 01, 1996)
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The possibilities for three-dimensional manipulation of fabric - gathering, pleating, tucking, shirring, and quilting woven materials - are seemingly endless. To describe them all would be to describe the entire history of sewing. In "The Art of manipulating Fabric," Colette Wolff has set herself just this task, and she succeeds brilliantly. Workin...
Fashion
A History from the 18th to the 20th Century (Collection from the Kyoto Costume Institute) by Akiko Fukai (2006-05-03)
by Akiko Fukai (Jan 01, 2006)
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Clothes define people. A person's clothing, whether it's a sari, kimono, or business suit, is an essential key to his or her culture, class, personality, or even religion. The Kyoto Costume Institute recognizes the importance of understanding clothing sociologically, historically, and artistically. Founded in 1978, the KCI holds one of the world's ...
Taunton Press Book, Assorted
by Claire B. Shaeffer (May 24, 2011)
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The world of haute couture is a place where only a privileged few can ever hope to reside, right? Wrong. Fashion historian Claire B. Shaeffer opened the door to this exclusive realm in her authoritative guide to the techniques that define couture sewing. And now, the industry bible, ...
Tom Ford
by Tom Ford (Nov 04, 2008)
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Tom Ford has become one of fashion's great icons. He transformed Gucci from a moribund accessories label into one of the sexiest fashion brands in the world. His designs have increased sales at Gucci tenfold and have helped build the Gucci brand into the luxury goods conglomerate that it is today. Ford brought a hard-edged style synonymous with 21s...
Iris Apfel
Accidental Icon
by Iris Apfel (Mar 06, 2018)
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“Personal style really originated with Iris Apfel; she has always espoused the virtues of not just dressing for yourself, but being who you are and doing it unapologetically, which is perhaps why she and her messaging and aesthetic have resonated so comprehensively. She’s a transcendent icon!”— Leandra Medine, manrepeller.comA unique and lavishly i...
Fashion
The Definitive History of Costume and Style
by DK Publishing (Oct 01, 2012)
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Tracing the evolution of fashion — from the early draped fabrics of ancient times to the catwalk couture of today — Fashion: The Definitive History of Costume and Style is a stunningly illustrated guide to more than three thousand years of shifting trends and innovative developments in the world of clothing.Containing everything you need to know ab...
Pattern Magic
by Tomoko Nakamichi (Oct 06, 2010)
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Pattern Magic is the cult pattern-making book from Japan. Taking inspiration from nature, from geometricshapes, and from the street, this book harnesses the sheer joy of making and sculpting clothes. The book takes a creative approach to pattern making, with step-by- step projects for fashion designers and dressmakers to enjoy. Each project is beau...
Advanced Style
by Ari Seth Cohen (May 22, 2012)
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This sumptuously illustrated book offers the first up-close view of the richness and variety of historical dress of the 17th and 18th centuries. Drawn from the Victoria and Albert Museum's world-famous collection, these garments display skills that are now lost, yet continue to inspire today's leading designers.Much of the finery seen here is too f...
Nineteenth Century Fashion in Detail
by Lucy Johnston (Apr 01, 2009)
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Bringing to life the renowned collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, Lucy Johnston explores the major themes of nineteenth-century dress, revealing the richness of the period. The photographs are richly supplemented by detailed commentary and illustrations....
The Tudor Tailor
Reconstructing Sixteenth-Century Dress
by Ninya Mikhaila (Apr 01, 2006)
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The book provides 36 patterns and full step-by-step instructions, detailed diagrams and photographs that show the finished garments worn by real people. There is also general advice on choosing materials, construction methods, and an insight into the Tudor tailor's sewing kit....
In Vogue
An Illustrated History of the World's Most Famous Fashion Magazine
by Alberto Oliva (Oct 30, 2012)
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In Vogue is a fascinating look at the history of the world's most influential magazine. The complete compendium is illustrated with hundreds of covers and archival interiors of past Vogue editions, featuring the work of some of the twentieth century's most respected artists, cover illustrators, and photographers—from Edward Steichen, Toni Frissell,...
Vogue
The Covers (updated edition)
by Dodie Kazanjian (Sep 05, 2017)
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NEW UPDATED EDITION AVAILABLE: Vogue The Covers (updated edition) 978-1-4197-2753-5 Since its first cover on December 17, 1892, Vogue has had people talking. Vogue: The Covers chronicles the extraordinary images that have reflected—and transformed—the world of style for more than 120 years. More than 300 of the most beautiful, provocative, and fash...
Dressing the Man
Mastering the Art of Permanent Fashion
by Alan Flusser (Oct 01, 2002)
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Dressing the Man is the definitive guide to what men need to know in order to dress well and look stylish without becoming fashion victims.Alan Flusser's name is synonymous with taste and style. With his new book, he combines his encyclopedic knowledge of men's clothes with his signature wit and elegance to address the fundamental paradox of modern...
Fresh Fruits
by Shoichi Aoki (Jan 01, 2005)
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Presented in an identical format to Phaidon's previous Fruits, published in 2001, Fruits Too is a collection of Tokyo teenage street fashion portraits selected from Japan's premier street fanzine of the same title. Published every month by Shoichi Aoki, who is also the sole photographer for the magazine, Fruits was established in 1994 as a project ...
The Teen Vogue Handbook
An Insider's Guide to Careers in Fashion
by Teen Vogue (Oct 05, 2009)
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Live like you work in fashion. A must-read for anybody interested in fashion. From aspiring designers, stylists, editors, and photographers to fashion obsessives who want behindthe- scenes secrets about industry stars and tips on how to live a creative life.Book Details: ...
Ametora
How Japan Saved American Style
by W. David Marx (Dec 01, 2015)
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Look closely at any typically “American” article of clothing these days, and you may be surprised to see a Japanese label inside. From high-end denim to oxford button-downs, Japanese designers have taken the classic American look—known as ametora, or “American traditional”—and turned it into a huge business for companies like Uniqlo, Kamakura Shirt...
100 Years of Fashion Illustration
by Cally Blackman (Apr 19, 2007)
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A visual feast of 400 dazzling images, this is a comprehensive survey of the genre over the last century. The book also offers an overview of the development of fashion, as seen through the eyes of the greatest illustrators of the day. Early in the century fashion illustration reflected new, liberating currents in art and culture, such as the exoti...
The Dress
100 Iconic Moments in Fashion
by Megan Hess (Oct 07, 2014)
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This collection of dresses from the inimitable Megan Hess celebrates fashion's finest moments and takes the reader on a decadent romp through fashion history... from the haute to the hot. From the elegant, such as Audrey Hepburn's simple black shift or Princess Di's never-ending wedding gown, to the quirky, such as Bjork's Swan Dress or the Liz Hur...
Love Looks Not with the Eyes
Thirteen Years with Lee Alexander McQueen
by Anne Deniau (Sep 11, 2012)
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Lee Alexander McQueen (1969–2010), whose design combined visionary aesthetics, emotional power, and extraordinary craft, was known for staging provocative shows that were as much performances as venues to display his couture creations. Charged with energy, informed by history and culture, and filled with fresh concepts, McQueen’s shows have become ...
100 Dresses
The Costume Institute / The Metropolitan Museum of Art
by Harold Koda (Nov 01, 2010)
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An irresistible look into more than 300 years of fashion through an exquisite collection of designer dresses What woman can resist imagining herself in a beautiful designer dress? Here, for the first time ever, are 100 fabulous gowns from the permanent collection of the renowned Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, each of which is ...
Patternmaking for Fashion Design
by Helen Joseph Armstrong (Apr 23, 2005)
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Renowned for its comprehensive coverage, exceptional illustrations, and clear instructions, this hallmark book offers detailed yet easy-to-understand explanations of the essence of patternmaking. Hinging on a recurring theme that all designs are based on one or more of the three major patternmaking and design principles–dart manipulation, added ful...
Fashioning Fashion
European Dress in Detail, 1700-1915
by Sharon Sadako Takeda (Dec 15, 2010)
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"Every detail matters, whether you are telling a story or creating a collection or starting a revolution. Fashioning Fashion takes you through fashion and time with the sumptuous variety of an extraordinary collection. I promise, it cannot fail to inspire you." -From the preface by John GallianoThe creation of eighteenth and nineteenth century fash...
The Little Dictionary of Fashion
A Guide to Dress Sense for Every Woman
by Christian Dior (Nov 01, 2007)
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Originally published: London: Cassell, 1954....
Fashion Victims
The Dangers of Dress Past and Present
by Alison Matthews David (Jul 13, 2017)
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From insidious murder weapons to blaze-igniting crinolines, clothing has been the cause of death, disease and madness throughout history, by accident and design. Clothing is designed to protect, shield and comfort us, yet lurking amongst seemingly innocuous garments we find hats laced with mercury, frocks laden with arsenic and literally 'drop-dead...
Alexander McQueen
Evolution
by Katherine Gleason (Mar 01, 2017)
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From Jack the Ripper Stalks His Victims, his 1992 graduate collection, to Plato's Atlantis, the last show before his death in 2010, Lee Alexander McQueen was as celebrated for the exquisite tailoring, meticulous craftsmanship, and stunning originality of his designs as he was notorious for his theatrical—and often controversial—runway shows. McQuee...
To Die for
Is Fashion Wearing Out the World?
by Lucy Siegle (May 01, 2011)
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An expose of the fashion industry written by the Observer's 'Ethical Living' columnist, portraying current practice as inhumane and environmentally devastating. Siegle believes that, in spite of current problems, it is possible to be an 'ethical fashionista', and she sets out her ideas on how such a situation could be achieved."...
Dressed
A Century of Hollywood Costume Design
by Deborah Nadoolman Landis (Nov 27, 2007)
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From the lavish productions of Hollywood's Golden Age through the high-tech blockbusters of today, the most memorable movies all have one thing in common: they rely on the magical transformations rendered by the costume designer. Whether spectacular or subtle, elaborate or barely there, a movie costume must be more than merely a perfect fit. Each c...
Vogue
The Editor's Eye
by Conde Nast (Sep 25, 2012)
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Vogue: The Editor’s Eye celebrates the pivotal role the fashion editor has played in shaping America’s sense of style since the magazine’s launch 120 years ago. Drawing on Vogue’s exceptional archive, this book focuses on the work of eight of the magazine’s legendary fashion editors (including Polly Mellen, Babs Simpson, and Grace Coddington) who c...
Vivienne Westwood
by Vivienne Westwood (Oct 01, 2016)
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Vivienne Westwood is one of the icons of our age. Fashion designer, activist, co-creator of punk, global brand and grandmother; a true living legend. Her career has successfully spanned five decades and her work has influenced millions of people across the world.For the first and only time, Vivienne Westwood has written a personal memoir, collabora...
100 Years of Fashion
by Cally Blackman (May 16, 2012)
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This book documents in pictures the most exciting and diverse period in fashion: from 1900 to today, covering high society, uniforms, sportswear, streetwear, and couture. It will appeal to everyone with an interest in fashion as well as students Over 400 photographs and illustrations, many published for the first time, tell the stylish story of a f...
Dress codes: The ultimate compendium of clothing Clothes define people. A person s attire, whether it s a sari, kimono, or business suit, is an essential code to his or her culture, class, personality, even faith. Founded in 1978, theKyoto Costume Instituterecognizes the importance of understanding clothes from sociological, historical, and artisti...
The Golden Age of Couture
Paris and London 1947-1957
by Claire Wilcox (May 01, 2009)
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The Ambassador has been described as “probably the most daring and enterprising trade magazine ever conceived.” With the motto “Export or Die!,” the magazine was renowned for its innovative design and adventurous editorial approach in promoting British manufacturing in the post-WWII period. This book takes a detailed look at the background and impa...
Vivienne Westwood
by Claire Wilcox (Oct 01, 2005)
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Vivienne Westwood is a global icon whose career has successfully spanned three decades from the early days of punk to the establishment of her own fashion house. Published to accompany the hugely popular Vivienne Westwood exhibition at the V&A, this book is the first in-depth Vivienne Westwood retrospective. It studies her work as a groundbreaking ...
The Sartorialist
Closer
by Scott Schuman (Aug 28, 2012)
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After the enormous success of The Sartorialist, Scott Schuman is back with a completely new collection of beautiful images of the men and women who have caught his attention.His much-loved blog, thesartorialist.com, remains one of the most-read in the fashion world and continues to grow in popularity as Scott travels further and more widely. This b...
Handmade Shoes for Men
by László Vass (Feb 01, 2013)
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Handmade Shoes for Men elucidates the entire process of creating classic men's shoes, while the detailed color photographs document every stage of production. It is a worthy introduction, for both the professional and the layman, to the wealth of tradition that is waiting to be discovered in the shoemaker's workshop....
Underwear
Fashion in Detail
by Eleri Lynn (May 06, 2014)
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Get intimately acquainted with the V&A’s world-renowned collection of undergarments in this eye-opening visual history. From camisoles to corsets, basques to boudoir caps, Underwear: Fashion in Detail traces the peculiar evolution of underwear. Revealing photographs highlight close-up details in the garments, while intricate line drawings show thei...
Christian Louboutin
by Christian Louboutin (Oct 25, 2011)
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An extraordinary monograph created by Christian Louboutin, renowned for his beautifully crafted handmade shoes, in particular his elegantly sexy stilettos. This stunning volume, with a fanciful and intricate pop-up, an elaborate foldout cover, and dramatic still-life photography, evokes the artistry and theatricality of Louboutin's shoe designs.Cel...
Dangerous Liaisons
Fashion and Furniture in the Eighteenth Century
by Harold Koda (Jun 25, 2013)
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During the reigns of Louis XV (1723-74) and Louis XVI (1774-92), fashion and furniture were not simply meant to be beautiful but were also intended to arouse, attract, and seduce.  Published in response to the critically acclaimed and hugely popular exhibition held at the Metropolitan Museum in the fall of 2004, Dangerous Liaisons focuses on fashio...
I Am Dandy
The Return of the Elegant Gentleman
by Nathaniel Adams (Sep 13, 2013)
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The dandy is back! Gone are the days of arbitrary fashion, casual sportswear, and slick metrosexuals. Today, more men are discovering dandyism and giving it their own contemporary look. Even today, men who devote themselves to the finer things in life --especially when it comes to fashion --mostly arouse suspicion. Vanity is frowned upon and lavish...
Gentleman
The Ultimate Companion to the Elegant Man
by Bernhard Roetzel (Feb 17, 2016)
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An elegantly dressed man does not only look smart and attractive, he also implies confidence and respect. A self-assured appearance, excellent manners and carefully chosen quality garments are distinctive signs of a true gentleman. Paying tribute to the latest evolutions in fashion and social trends, this thoroughly revised edition of Bernhard Roet...
The Corset
A Cultural History
by Valerie Steele (Nov 01, 2001)
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The corset is probably the most controversial garment in the history of fashion. Although regarded as an essential element of fashionable dress from the Renaissance into the twentieth century, the corset was also frequently condemned as an instrument of torture and the cause of ill health. Why did women continue to don steel and whalebone corsets f...
Alexander McQueen
The Life and Legacy
by Judith Watt (Aug 27, 2013)
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An intimate and revealing look at the personal and professional life of the fashion world's most visionary designer....
Audrey Style
by Pamela Clarke Keogh (Apr 07, 1999)
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Everyone, it seems, is a fan of Audrey's. She was Gigi, a princess, Holly Golightly, a nun, Maid Marian, even an angel. And we believed her in every role. But Audrey Hepburn was also one of the most admired and emulated women of the twentieth century, who encouraged women to discover and highlight their own strength. By example, she not only change...
Cool
Style, Sound, and Subversion
by Greg Foley (May 09, 2017)
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Stitched Up
The Anti-Capitalist Book of Fashion (Counterfire)
by Tansy E. Hoskins (Jan 30, 2014)
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"Stitched Up" delves into the alluring world of fashion to reveal what is behind the clothes we wear. Moving between Karl Lagerfeld and Karl Marx, the book explores consumerism, class and advertising to reveal the interests which benefit from exploitation....
Icons of Men's Style
by Josh Sims (Jun 08, 2011)
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Behind nearly every item in the modern male wardrobe is a "first of its kind"the definitive item, often designed for specialist use, on which all subsequent versions have been based. Icons of Men's Style examines, garment by garment, the most important and famous of these productstheir provenance and history, the stories of their design, the brand/...
Fashion Design Course
Principles, Practice, and Techniques
by Steven Faerm (Oct 15, 2017)
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A widely-recognized fashion design teacher presents a series of step-by-step tutorials and exercises, and offers students extensive advice on how to prepare for a successful career in the glamorous fashion design industry. The book opens with an overview of the principles of fashion design, a survey of the industry's history and its key designers, ...
The Sartorialist
by Scott Schuman (Aug 12, 2009)
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Scott Schuman just wanted to take photographs of people that he met on the streets of New York who he felt looked great. His now-famous and much-loved blog, thesartorialist.com, is his showcase for the wonderful and varied sartorial tastes of real people across the globe. This book is a beautiful anthology of Scott?s favorite images, accompanied by...
Extreme Beauty
The Body Transformed (Metropolitan Museum of Art Series)
by Harold Koda (Feb 09, 2004)
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Over time and across cultures, extraordinary manipulations of the body have occurred in a continuing evolution of the concept of beauty. Fashion can be seen as the practice of some of the most extreme strategies to conform to shifting concepts of the physical ideal. Various zones of the body—the neck, the shoulders, the bust, the waist, the hips, a...
Victorian and Edwardian Fashion
A Photographic Survey (Dover Fashion and Costumes)
by Alison Gernsheim (Jan 01, 1982)
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A noted photohistorian documents bonnets, capes, frock coats, caps, shawls, bodices, and crinolines as people actually wore them from 1840 through 1914. More than 200 photos depict aristocrats and the middle class as well as Oscar Wilde, Lillie Langtry, Winston Churchill, Queen Victoria, and others. Commentary and annotations describe and identify ...
Vintage Fashion
by Emma Baxter-Wright (Oct 02, 2006)
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This volume is a visual journey through the decades, it is suitable for those interested in collecting vintage fashion items and also caters for the woman who is 'beyond fashion'. It provides an awareness of the fashion skills and techniques, as well as pointers on what to look for when sourcing original vintage pieces....
Gods and Kings
The Rise and Fall of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano
by Dana Thomas (Jan 26, 2016)
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More than two decades ago, John Galliano and Alexander McQueen arrived on the fashions scene when the business was in an artistic and economic rut. Both wanted to revolutionize fashion in a way no one had in decades. They shook the establishment out of its bourgeois, minimalist stupor with daring, sexy designs. They turned out landmark collections ...
Seeing Through Clothes
by Anne Hollander (Mar 21, 1993)
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In this generously illustrated book, Anne Hollander examines the representation of the body and clothing in Western art, from Greek sculpture and vase painting through medieval and renaissance portraits, to contemporary films and fashion photography. First published ahead of its time, this book has become a classic....
Alexander McQueen
Blood Beneath the Skin
by Andrew Wilson (Sep 13, 2016)
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The first definitive biography of the iconic, notoriously private British fashion designer Alexander McQueen explores the connections between his dark work and even darker life.When forty-year-old Alexander McQueen committed suicide in February 2010, a shocked world mourned the loss. McQueen had risen from humble beginnings as the son of an East Lo...
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Mindy Kaling
The Fashion Designer Survival Guide
Start and Run Your Own Fashion Business
by Mary Gehlhar (Jul 01, 2008)
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Mary Gehlhar, author, industry authority, and consultant to hundreds of designers, including Zac Posen, Twinkle by Wenlan, Rebecca Taylor, and Cloak, gives readers behind-the-scenes insights and essential business information on creating and sustaining a successful career as an independent designer. With advice from fashion luminaries including Don...
Fashionopolis
The Price of Fast Fashion and the Future of Clothes
by Dana Thomas (Sep 03, 2019)
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An investigation into the damage wrought by the colossal clothing industry and the grassroots, high-tech, international movement fighting to reform itWhat should I wear? It's one of the fundamental questions we ask ourselves every day. More than ever, we are told it should be something new. Today, the clothing industry churns out 80 billion garment...
Fashion in the Time of Jane Austen
by Sarah Jane Downing (Mar 23, 2010)
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The broader Regency period 1795-1820 stands alone as an incredible moment in fashion history unlike anything that went before or after. It was the most naked period since Ancient Greece and before the 1960s, and for the first time England became a fashion influence, especially for menswear, and became the toast of Paris. With the ancient regime dep...
The Fashion Book
New and Expanded Edition
by Editors of Phaidon (Oct 14, 2013)
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Following the success of Phaidon's The Art Book and The Photography Book, this volume takes a fresh look at the fashion world and the people who created and inspired it....
The Chiffon Trenches
A Memoir
by André Leon Talley (May 19, 2020)
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During André Leon Talley's first magazine job, alongside Andy Warhol at Interview, a fateful meeting with Karl Lagerfeld began a decades-long friendship with the enigmatic, often caustic designer. Propelled into the upper echelons by his knowledge and adoration of fashion, André moved to Paris as bureau chief of John Fairchild's Women's Wear Daily...
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Bethanne Patrick
Lauren Conrad Style
by Lauren Conrad (Apr 03, 2012)
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Lifestyle and fashion icon Lauren Conrad, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Lauren Conrad Celebrate and Lauren Conrad Beauty, lets fans step into her enviable closet in this must-read guide on finding the perfect style.Filled with an inspiring array of fashion tips and personal stories, and lavishly illustrated with dozens of color photog...
The Beautiful Fall
Fashion, Genius, and Glorious Excess in 1970s Paris
by Alicia Drake (Sep 06, 2007)
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Drake presents a sublime and dramatic narrative about the high-chic fashion wars of 1970s Paris where two titanic geniuses and rivals, Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagefeld, collided and sparked a tumultuous decade....
D.V.
by Diana Vreeland (May 08, 2003)
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As fashion editor of Harper's Bazaar and editor-in-chief of Vogue, Diana Vreeland-and her passion, charm, insouciance, and genius for style--energized and inspired the fashion world for fifty years. In this glittering autobiography she takes us around the world with her, revealing her obsession with fashion high and low--pink plastic poodles, for e...
Alexander McQueen
Genius of a Generation
by Kristin Knox (Oct 25, 2010)
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Packed with breathtaking photographs, this tribute to AlexanderMcQueen (1969-2010) celebrates the incredible creations of an iconic, imaginative, and inspirational fashion designerwhose work turned heads and hearts all over the world. He was a major fashion figure, famous throughout the world, especially the US (where he is a celebrity-favourite wi...
Fashion
by Christopher Breward (Jun 25, 2003)
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Following 150 years of fashion, Christopher Breward offers a catholic view of this colorful and flamboyant universe, describing its trends, products, and inhabitants. From Haute Couture, High Street, and developing fabric technology to such stars of the fashion heavens as Coco Chanel, Giorgio Armani, and Alexander McQueen, Breward explores territor...
Gothic and Lolita
by Masayuki Yoshinaga (May 01, 2007)
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GOTHIC AND LOLITA, edited by Katsuhiko Ishikawa with photographs by Masayuki Yoshinaga, is a new photographic collection that celebrates the eclectic and bizarre street fashion of Japanese popular youth culture. A mixture of high fashion and home-made ensembles, the Gothic and Lolita scene is a bizarre hybrid, boasting thousands of devotees who ded...
100 Unforgettable Dresses
by Hal Rubenstein (Nov 05, 2011)
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A must for all fashion enthusiasts, movie buffs, andcelebrity watchers, 100 Unforgettable Dresses showcases thebehind-the-scenes stories of the most memorable, influential dresses from theworlds of fashion, film, television, society, and politics. In this lavishlyillustrated style compendium, InStyle magazinefashion director Hal Rubenstein reveals ...
Fruits
by Shoichi Aoki (Jan 06, 2001)
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This is a collection of 45 Tokyo street fashion portraits from Japan's premier fanzine. Fruits was established in 1994, by photographer Shoich Aoki, initially as a project to document the growing explosion in street fashion within the suburbs of Tokyo. The magazine has since grown to cult status and is now avidly followed by thousands of Japanese t...
Dreaming of Dior
Every Dress Tells a Story
by Charlotte Smith (Apr 13, 2010)
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Charlotte Smith had already had more than her fair share of fabulous dresses and adventures. She lived life to the fullest in London, Paris and New York before falling in love with Australia and making it her home. Then she discovered that she had inherited a priceless vintage clothing collection from her American Quaker godmother, Doris Darnell. W...
Dior by Dior Deluxe Edition
The Autobiography of Christian Dior
by Christian Dior (Oct 13, 2015)
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This autobiography gives a fascinating and detailed insight into the workings of a great fashion house, while revealing the private man behind the high-profile establishment....
Influence
by Mary Kate Olsen (Oct 20, 2008)
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Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen, known around the world for their individual, unique style have emerged as two of our shared culture's most influential women. In the pages of Influence, Ashley and Mary-Kate take readers on a journey through their celebrated young lives, pausing to reflect on what has helped shape them into who they are today. Infl...
Costume and Fashion
A Concise History (World of Art)
by James Laver (Jul 29, 2002)
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From the momentous invention of the needle some 40,000 years ago to the development of blue denim; from Neolithic weavers to the biggest names in the fashion industry today—this classic guide covers the landmarks of costume history, the forms and materials used through the ages, as well as the underlying motives of fashion and the ways in which clo...
Fifty Dresses that Changed the World
by Design Museum (Nov 01, 2016)
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You don't have to be a fashionista or a design aficionado to adore this fascinating look at the power of one dress to change society.Join the Design Museum, the world's leading museum in contemporary design, on a guided tour of the 50 most important dresses in social history and design.Filled with pages of beautiful clothes, and the famous faces (a...
I Love Your Style
How to Define and Refine Your Personal Style
by Amanda Brooks (Sep 15, 2009)
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The former muse and creative director for designer label Tuleh, and author of the blog "In Her Eyes" for Men′s Vogue, Amanda Brooks is a lifelong fashion chameleon with an unerring eye for the elements of personal style. Smart, glamorous, media-savvy and remarkably practical, Amanda has spent her entire life constructing a unique, eclectic and inti...
Women in Clothes
by Sheila Heti (Sep 04, 2014)
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Women in Clothes is a book unlike any other. It is essentially a conversation among hundreds of women of all nationalities—famous, anonymous, religious, secular, married, single, young, old—on the subject of clothing, and how the garments we put on every day define and shape our lives. It began with a survey. The editors composed a list of more tha...
A Guide to Elegance
For Every Woman Who Wants to Be Well and Properly Dressed on All Occasions
by Genevieve Antoine Dariaux (Jul 27, 2004)
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The originalWhat Not to Wearfrom one of fashion's most enduringly stylish women ...Written by French style guru Madame Genevieve Antoine Dariaux, Elegance is a classic style bible for timeless chic, grace, and poise -- every tidbit of advice today's woman could possibly need, all at the tips of her (perfectly manicured) fingers.From Accessories to ...
Tim Gunn's Fashion Bible
by Tim Gunn (Sep 11, 2012)
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From a bestselling fashion guru—a fascinating, meticulously researched history of Western fashion covering every topic from the history of the high heel to the origin of blue jeans....
Men and Manners
Essays, Advice and Considerations
by David Coggins (May 15, 2018)
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We all agree that manners today are not what they should be. Though the rules of civility have changed as the world has, David Coggins believes in the enduring importance of manners and a generous temperament even in the age of the iPhone. This timely book doesn’t tell you which fork to use or how to tie a bow tie. Rather, it reminds you of basic, ...
ABC of Men's Fashion
by Hardy Amies (Nov 01, 2007)
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A man should look as if he has bought his clothes with intelligence, put them on with care, and then forgotten all about them. For all men—and indeed all women who are interested in men's clothes—here is an alphabetical guide to men's fashion written with wit and expert knowledge. From the etiquette of dressing for all occasions to the meaning of t...
Deluxe
How Luxury Lost Its Luster
by Dana Thomas (Jul 29, 2008)
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A hard-hitting behind-the-scenes look at the luxury fashion industry today. There was a time when luxury was available only to the rarefied and aristocratic world of old money and royalty. Luxury wasn't simply a product, it was a lifestyle, one that denoted a history of tradition, superior quality and offered a pampered buying experience. Today's l...
The End of Fashion
How Marketing Changed the Clothing Business Forever
by Teri Agins (Aug 22, 2000)
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The time when "fashion" was defined by French designers whose clothes could be afforded only by elite has ended. Now designers take their cues from mainstream consumers and creativity is channeled more into mass-marketing clothes than into designing them. Indeed, one need look no further than the Gap to see proof of this. In The End of Fashion, Wa...
The Lost Art of Dress
The Women Who Once Made America Stylish
by Linda Przybyszewski (Mar 29, 2016)
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"A tribute to a time when style--and maybe even life--felt more straightforward, and however arbitrary, there were definitive answers." --Sadie Stein, Paris ReviewAs a glance down any street in America quickly reveals, American women have forgotten how to dress. We lack the fashion know-how we need to dress professionally and beautifully. In The Lo...
Empress of Fashion
by Amanda Mackenzie Stuart (Nov 19, 2013)
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Diane von Furstenberg once called Diana Vreeland a "beacon of fashion for the twentieth century." Now, in this definitive biography by Amanda Mackenzie Stuart, is the story of the iconic fashion editor as you've never seen her before. From her career at the helms of Harper's Bazaar and Vogue, to her reign as consultant to the Costume Institute at t...
Mademoiselle
Coco Chanel and the Pulse of History
by Rhonda K. Garelick (Jul 14, 2015)
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Certain lives are at once so exceptional, and yet so in step with their historical moments, that they illuminate cultural forces far beyond the scope of a single person. Such is the case with Coco Chanel, whose life offers one of the most fascinating tales of the twentieth century—throwing into dramatic relief an era of war, fashion, ardent nationa...
The Essence of Style
How the French Invented High Fashion, Fine Food, Chic Cafes, Style, Sophistication, and Glamour
by Joan DeJean (Jun 06, 2006)
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What makes fashionistas willing to pay a small fortune for a particular designer accessory -- a luxe handbag, for example? Why is it that people all over the world share the conviction that a special occasion only becomes really special when a champagne cork pops -- and even more special when that cork comes from a bottle of Dom Perignon? Why are d...
The Battle of Versailles
The Night American Fashion Stumbled into the Spotlight and Made History
by Robin Givhan (Apr 05, 2016)
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A Washington Post Notable Book of 2015"It was a big deal when American fashion went to Versailles. Who better than Robin Givhan to tell this captivating story?" - Diane von FurstenbergOn November 28, 1973, the world's social elite gathered at the Palace of Versailles for an international fashion show. By the time the curtain came down on the evenin...
Freakin' Fabulous
How to Dress, Speak, Behave, Eat, Drink, Entertain, Decorate, and Generally Be Better than Everyone Else
by Clinton Kelly (Oct 07, 2008)
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Clinton Kelly won't just revamp your wardrobe -- he'll revamp your life! The huddled masses yearn to be fabulous, and finally Clinton Kelly is heeding their call. As co-host of TLC's popular What Not to Wear, he regularly transforms dumpy fashion disasters into traffic-stopping, get-an-instant-promotion, reignite-the-passion-in-that- relationship...
Bringing Home the Birkin
My Life in Hot Pursuit of the World's Most Coveted Handbag
by Michael Tonello (Jul 21, 2009)
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For more than twenty years, the Hermes Birkin bag has been the iconic symbol of fashion, luxury, and wealth. With a fabled waiting list of more than two years to purchase one, the average fashionista has a better chance of climbing Mount Everest in Prada pumps than of possessing this coveted carryall. Unless, of course, she happens to know Michael ...
101 Things I Learned in Fashion School
by Alfredo Cabrera (May 20, 2010)
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The world of the fashionista is brought to vivid life with 101 introductory lessons on such topics as how a designer anticipates cultural trends and "sees" the fashion consumer, the workings of the fashion calendar, the ways a designer collection is conceived, the manufacture of fabric, fashion illustration, and more. Illustrated in the distinctly ...
Love Style Life
by Garance Dore (Oct 27, 2015)
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “The guardian of all style” (The New York Times Magazine) shares stories on life, love, style, and career, from Paris to New York, and inspires readers to cultivate an effortless chic that is all their own.   Garance Doré, the voice and vision behind her eponymous blog, has captivated millions of readers worldwide with h...
The One Hundred
A Guide to the Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own
by Nina Garcia (Aug 10, 2010)
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From Nina Garcia—fashion judge on Bravo’s hit Project Runway and the New York Times bestselling author of Style Strategy—comes The One Hundred, the companion edition to her wildly popular The Little Black Book of Style. A must-own list of all the items every fashion-conscious woman should have as a solid, stylish foundation, The One Hundred feature...
The Mr Porter Paperback
The Manual for a Stylish Life (Vol. 1)
by Jeremy Langmead (Nov 12, 2013)
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Mr Porter, the global online retail destination for men’s style, not only stocks more than 170 of the world’s leading menswear brands, but provides a haven of advice, information, and male-friendly guidance. The site has proved that fashion can be successfully sold on the internet while appearing alongside compelling editorial content.Now The Mr Po...
The Fashion File
Advice, Tips, and Inspiration from the Costume Designer of Mad Men
by Janie Bryant (Nov 04, 2010)
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From Joanie's Marilyn Monroe-esque pencil skirts to Betty's classic Grace Kelly cupcake dresses, the clothes worn by the characters of the phenomenal Mad Men have captivated fans everywhere. Now, women are trading in their khakis for couture and their pumas for pumps. Finally, it's hip to dress well again. Emmy-Award winning costume designer Janie ...
Overdressed
The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion
by Elizabeth L. Cline (Aug 27, 2013)
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Until recently, Elizabeth Cline was a typical American consumer. She’d grown accustomed to shopping at outlet malls, discount stores like T.J. Maxx, and cheap but trendy retailers like Forever 21, Target, and H&M. She was buying a new item of clothing almost every week (the national average is sixty-four per year) but all she had to show for it was...
Chanel and Her World
by Edmonde Charles-Roux (Mar 09, 2005)
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Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel (1883–1971) is a fashion icon unlike any other. She invented modern clothing for women: at the height of the Belle Époque, she stripped women of their corsets and feathers, bobbed their hair, put them in bathing suits, and sent them out to get tanned in the sun. She introduced slacks, costume jewelry, and the exquisitely com...
100 Ideas that Changed Fashion
by Harriet Worsley (Mar 21, 2012)
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100 Ideas That Changed Fashion chronicles the most influential fashion ideas that changed womenswear in the West from 1900 to the present day. The book will be visually arresting, exciting to read and an inspiring fashion bible. Charting the incidents and ideas that changed the way women dress, it gives a unique perspective on the history of twenti...
The Truth About Style
by Stacy London (Sep 03, 2013)
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The hilarious, beloved cohost of TLC’s What Not to Wear examines the universal obstacles all women—including herself—put in their way With her unique talent for seeing past disastrous wardrobes to the core emotional issues that caused these sartorial crises, style savant Stacy London has transformed not only the looks but also the lives of hundreds...