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History of fashion books

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Paris Fashion A Cultural History by Valerie Steele Paris Fashion A Cultural History

Paris has been the international capital of fashion for more than 300 years. Even before the rise of the haute couture, Parisians were notorious for their obsession with fashion, and foreigners eagerly followed their lead. From Charles Frederick Worth to...
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/09/2017

Vogue: The Gown by Jo Ellison Vogue: The Gown

Illustrated with fabulous images from Vogue's archive, Vogue: The Gown is the ultimate visual sourcebook for all those who love fashion.
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/09/2017

The Dictionary of Fashion History by Valerie Cumming, P. E. Cunnington, C. Willett Cunnington The Dictionary of Fashion History
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- What is an Apollo knot? - Who wore a Welch wig? - When were Zouave jackets the height of fashion? This new edition of The Dictionary of Fashion History further updates the landmark work of C. Willett Cunnington, Phillis...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/09/2017

The Dictionary of Fashion History by Valerie Cumming, P. E. Cunnington, C. Willett Cunnington The Dictionary of Fashion History
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- What is an Apollo knot? - Who wore a Welch wig? - When were Zouave jackets the height of fashion? This new edition of The Dictionary of Fashion History further updates the landmark work of C. Willett Cunnington, Phillis...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/09/2017

Clothing and Landscape in Victorian England Working-Class Dress and Rural Life by Rachel Worth Clothing and Landscape in Victorian England Working-Class Dress and Rural Life

At the beginning of the Victorian period, most of England's population lived in the countryside; by its end, the balance had tipped towards living in urban and suburban spaces.
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/09/2017

Rebel Threads Clothing of the Bad, Beautiful & Misunderstood by Roger K. Burton Rebel Threads Clothing of the Bad, Beautiful & Misunderstood

Featuring over 1300 examples of rare vintage clothing, from the swing, counterculture and blank generation eras, detailed photographs and factual stories of the clothes origins, alongside many previously unseen fashion and film stills. The book traces how these distinct street...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/09/2017

Darlings of Dress Childrens Costume 18601920 by Norma Shephard Darlings of Dress Childrens Costume 18601920

This nostalgic look at childrens costume, from 1860 to 1920, reveals diverse cultural influences on its manufacture and design. More than 300 historic photographs, fashion plates, and selections from vintage catalogs and magazines, plus 115 color images, show examples of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/08/2017

Street Style in America An Exploration by Jennifer Grayer Moore Street Style in America An Exploration

A comprehensive resource that will prove invaluable to fashion historians, this book presents a detailed exploration of the breadth of visually arresting, consumer-driven styles that have emerged in America since the 20th century. * Offers thorough investigations of American street...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/08/2017

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The Italian Gentleman by Hugo Jacomet, Lyle Roblin The Italian Gentleman
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Format: Hardback - Released: 01/10/2017

Androgyne Fashion and Gender by Patrick Mauries Androgyne Fashion and Gender

The first visually led exploration of androgyny--from representations in antiquity to its current prevalence in the fashion world and beyond
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/10/2017

Inside the Royal Wardrobe A Dress History of Queen Alexandra by Kate (Falmouth University, UK) Strasdin Inside the Royal Wardrobe A Dress History of Queen Alexandra
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Queen Alexandra used clothes to fashion images of herself as a wife, a mother and a royal: a woman who both led Britain alongside her husband Edward VII and lived her life through fashion. Inside the Royal Wardrobe overturns the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/10/2017

Corsets and Crinolines by Judith Dolan Corsets and Crinolines

In this classic book, Norah Waugh explores the changing shapes of women's dress from the 1500s to the 1920s. Simple laced bodices became corsets of cane, whalebone and steel, while padding at shoulders and hips gave way to the structures...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2017

Corsets and Crinolines by Judith Dolan Corsets and Crinolines

Originally published: New York: Theatre Arts Book, 1970, c1954.
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/10/2017

Vintage Menswear A Collection from The Vintage Showroom by Douglas Gunn, Roy Luckett Vintage Menswear A Collection from The Vintage Showroom
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Curated by connoisseurs of vintage clothing, the Vintage Showroom is a vast collection of rare 20th-century pieces that fashion designers and stylists pay to view, using the cut and detailing of individual garments as inspiration for their own work. Offering...
Format: Hardback - Released: 17/10/2017

Fashion and Versailles by Laurence Benaim, Catherine Pegard Fashion and Versailles
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Format: Hardback - Released: 26/10/2017

Fashion Curating Critical Practice in the Museum and Beyond by Annamari Vanska Fashion Curating Critical Practice in the Museum and Beyond

As the practice of fashion curation extends into commercial galleries, public and retail spaces, and even to the individual self, professional concepts of 'curating' are undergoing rapid change. Today, everyone is seemingly able to 'curate', but where does this leave...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/11/2017

Fashion Curating Critical Practice in the Museum and Beyond by Annamari Vanska Fashion Curating Critical Practice in the Museum and Beyond

As the practice of fashion curation extends into commercial galleries, public and retail spaces, and even to the individual self, professional concepts of 'curating' are undergoing rapid change. Today, everyone is seemingly able to 'curate', but where does this leave...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/11/2017

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Savile Row The Master Tailors of British Bespoke by James Sherwood, Tom Ford Savile Row The Master Tailors of British Bespoke
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The definitive story of the tailors, customers, and clothes of Savile Row, the international destination and renowned epicenter of gentlemen's style
Format: Hardback - Released: 24/08/2017

Fashion in European Art Dress and Identity, Politics and the Body, 1775-1925 by Justine de Young Fashion in European Art Dress and Identity, Politics and the Body, 1775-1925

Fashion reveals not only who we are, but whom we aspire to be. From 1775 to 1925, artists in Europe were especially attuned to the gaps between appearance and reality, participating in and often critiquing the making of the self...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/06/2017

Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn Three Decades of Classic Fashion Photography by David Seidner Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn Three Decades of Classic Fashion Photography


Format: Paperback - Released: 25/06/2017

Hats by Clair (Formerly of International Christian University, Japan) Hughes Hats
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Bowlers, Bergeres, berets and beyond, this is the ultimate guide to hats through history. From the lavish fashion hats of Marie Antoinette's court to the experimental millinery of Stephen Jones and Philip Treacy, Hats takes us on a beautifully illustrated...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/06/2017

Fashion in the 1950s by Daniel Milford-Cottam Fashion in the 1950s

An overview of the lively and vibrant fashions of the 1950s with appeal to any student of fashion and design as well as those looking back to the days of Grace Kelly and Marilyn Monroe.
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/05/2017

The World of Anna Sui by Tim Blanks The World of Anna Sui

An in-depth look at the creative process of an eclectic New York fashion designer
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/05/2017

Fashion Forward 300 Years of Fashion by Pierre Berge, Olivier Gabet Fashion Forward 300 Years of Fashion
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Tracing the evolution of fashion from the opulence of the court of Louis XV to the catwalk couture of today this stunningly illustrated volume charts three centuries of fashion trends and innovations.
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/04/2017

Harper's Bazaar: 150 Years: The Greatest Moments by Glenda Bailey, Harper's Bazaar Magazine Harper's Bazaar: 150 Years: The Greatest Moments
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A celebration of the fashion magazine's 150th anniversary, highlighting influential artists, photographers, and writers who have graced the publication's storied pages
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/04/2017

Margiela: The Hermes Years by Rebecca Arnold, Kaat Debo, Sarah Mower Margiela: The Hermes Years
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The must-have book for every fashionista with direct input by Martin Margiela including previously unpublished material and celebrating his work created in collaboration with the French luxury house of Hermes.
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/04/2017

Fictionally Fabulous The Characters Who Created the Looks We Love by Anne Keenan Higgins Fictionally Fabulous The Characters Who Created the Looks We Love

Illustrator Anne Keenan Higgins-whose designs can be found on best-selling gift product and books worldwide-takes readers on a whimsical, one-of-a-kind, utterly irresistible tour of fashion history through our favorite style icons of film and television.
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/04/2017

Shoes by Lucy Johnston, Linda Woolley Shoes
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An engaging and authoritative overview of the history of footwear from the Middle Ages to today, illustrated with rare and luxurious examples from the V&A's collection
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/04/2017

Bags by Claire Wilcox Bags

A comprehensive look at the changing styles and uses of one of fashion's best-loved accessories, the bag, throughout history
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/04/2017

The Sweater A History by Keren Ben-Horin, Jane Merrill The Sweater A History
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Originally knit as underwear, the sweater is a practical garment with homely beginnings and has evolved as a fashion statement. This book traces the sweater's 300-year history as an aesthetic and craft object, telling the story of its materials and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/03/2017

Seven Sisters Style The All-American Preppy Look by Rebecca C. Tuite Seven Sisters Style The All-American Preppy Look

The first beautifully illustrated volume exclusively dedicated to the female side of preppy style by American college girls.
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/03/2017

Marilyn's Style How a Hollywood Icon Was Styled by William Travilla by Andrew Hansford, Karen Homer, Karen Homer Marilyn's Style How a Hollywood Icon Was Styled by William Travilla
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William Travilla is one of the best costume designers of all time and Marilyn Monroe his most famous client. The author focuses on the striking dresses that Travilla designed for Marilyn, from his early work on the thriller Don't Bother...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/03/2017

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