Fashion in History
The Art of Dress: Clothes Through History 1500-1914
Jane Ashelford has used the National Trust's stunning costume and textile collections as well as its historic house portraits, family correspondence, diaries and household papers. The result is a fascinating account of the history of dress over the past four centuries. Softcover, 320 pp. $32.95.
When Broadway Was The Runway
This book explores the central and largely unacknowledged role of Broadway theatre in the birth of modern American fashion and consumer culture. Softcover, 310 pp. $31.95.
The Costume History
A complete history of world costume, from the ancient world to the late 19th century, painstakingly researched and gloriously illustrated. This is a beautiful, indispensible volume at an unbeatable price. The perfect book for anyone with even a passing interest in costume, fashion, or history. Hardcover, 415 pp. $49.99.
The Mode in Furs
R. Turner Wilcox
From prehistoric garments to modern high-fashion designs, this unique survey traces the history of furs and fur accessories, illustrated in 680 drawings by the author. Softcover, 250 pp. $23.00.
Fashion in Underwear: From Babylon to Bikini Briefs
Fashion historian Elizabeth Ewing examines in detail the ways in which underwear reflects social influences, from women's emancipation and the introduction of new materials and methods of manufacture to the sexual motivation that underlies all fashion trends. Generously illustrated with Jean Webber's delicate line drawings, this excellent reference features a full bibliography and index. Softcover, 156 pp. $17.50.
One Hundred Years of Menswear
Divided into 12 section -- with headings such as Player, Rebel, Media
Star, and Stylist -- this eye-popping visual essay is a comprehensive
document of the revolution in menswear that happened during the 20th
century. Stunning picture capture the various iconic looks -- from
high fashion and Hollywood to Rock 'n Roll and street culture -- in
one invaluable volume. Softcover, $50.00.
World Dress Fashion in Detail
From the mountains of Montenegro to the shores of Southeast Asia and beyond, the V&A's renowned world dress collection is highlighted in World Dress Fashion in Detail. The book explores silk embroidery from Indonesia, applied metal braid and cord fastenings from Albania, as well as elaborate patchwork from Tibet, India, Korea and Iran. Softcover, 224 pp. $43.95.
Nineteenth-Century Fashion in Detail
This book captures the richness of nineteenth-century fashion. It explores the opulence and diversity of clothing in the period through exquisite colour photography, specially commissioned line drawings of the garments and authoritative text. Softcover, 224 pp. $43.95.
Look around and uniforms are everywhere. Armies, police forces, and the militias led the way, but today they're used by a new generation of service industries, from security guards to delivery firms. This eye-popping volume traces, in photographs, over 100 years of the rise of the uniform. It examines the different ways in which it is used: as a means of control, of morale building, and of self-expression. Softcover, 267 pp. $41.95.
Iain Bromley & Dorota Wojciechowska
Lavishly illustrated, each section of Very Vintage includes profiles of the most influential designers, image makers and models throughout fashion history, spinning the tales that have spurred on the changing of shapes, the shift of waistlines and the rise and fall of hems. Concentrating on the pioneers of fashion's avant garde, Very Vintage gives an insider view into the story of the fashion industry and the key factors driving its evolution. Softcover, 172 pp. $45.00.
The Mode in Costume
R. Turner Wilcox
From the togas of ancient Rome to the gorgeous gowns of Dior, this
lavishly illustrated, thoroughly researched treasury examines all forms
of clothing from 3000 B.C. to 1958. The Mode in Costume is
an essential handbook for illustrators, costume designers, and theater
students - and compulsory reading for fashionistas. Softcover, 465
The Mode in Footwear
R. Turner Wilcox
What did Tutankhamen't burial sandals look like? What shoes were the
height of fashion in Paris at the turn of the century? The answers
are all inside this fascinating book, along with hundreds of meticulously
detailed images of every type of fottwear imaginable! The Mode in
a true find for fashion editors, illustrators, costume designers and
shoe lovers of every kind. Softcover, 185 pp. $17.50.
Edward Steichen In High Fashion: The Conde Nast Years 1923-1937
William A. Ewing
Edward Steichen was already a famous painter and photographer on both sides of the Atlantic when, in early 1923, he was offered the position of chief photographer for Vogue and Vanity Fair. Over the next fifteen years Steichen produced a body of work of unequaled brilliance. The Steichen archive at Conde Nast contains over 2000 original prints. Until now no more than a handful of the prints has been printed. Hardcover, 287 pp. $82.50.
Here is a definitive look at fashion in the 1940s - from French style under the occupation and the "make do and mend" approach to wartime clothing shortages through the development of faux fabrics and rationing to the rise of American fashion houses and the New Look of fashions and styles. Some 250 illustrations reveal the wide range of fashions and and styles that emerged in the 1940s. Hardcover, 208 pp. $50.00.
Nineteenth-Century Fashion In Detail
This beautiful companion volume to Historical Fashion in Detail:
The 17th and 18th Centuries and Modern Fashion in Detail, this
book captures the opulence and variety of 19th-century fashion through
an authoritative text, exquisite colour photography and line drawings
of the complete garments. From the delicate embroidery on neoclassical
gowns, to the elegant tailoring of men's coats, the richness of the
period is revealed in breathtaking detail. Hardcover, 224 pp. $43.95.
In Vogue: The Illustrated History of the World's Most Famous Fashion Magazine
Noberto Angeletti & Alberto Oliva
In Vogue is a fascinating look at the more than 100-year
history of the world's most prestigious fashion magazine. This compendium
is illustrated with hundreds of covers and archival images from past Vogue editions,
featuring the work of some of the century's most respected photographers.
In Vogue traces the magazine's history from struggling
social gazette to globe-dominating fashion collosus. Hardcover, 420 pp.
Would You Believe...In 1500, Platform Shoes Were Outlawed?
Would You Believe...? explores everyday life through
the centuries--in brightly illustrated and photographed ways. Softcover,
48 pp. $12.95.
Medieval Costume and Fashion
Part of a multi-volume history of fashion by noted British fashion
historian Herbert Norris, this work not only describes the broad range
of clothing worn by all classes of society during the medieval period,
but also provides a view of medieval art and culture, history, and the
lives and customs of lords and ladies as well as ordinary folk. An invaluable
reference for costume enthusiasts, fashion designers, and cultural historians, Medieval
Costume and Fashion will appeal as well to anyone interested
in how people lived and dressed in the Middle Ages. Softcover, 485 pp.
Victorian Women's Fashion Photos
This outside collection displays the remarkable richness and diversity that make victorian costume enduringly popular. A fascinating window into the everyday life of the past, it features scores of images from the 1840s through 1900, in which women of every class model the fashions of the era. Costume designers, fashion buffs, scrap-bookers and crafters will find it an inexpensive and invaluable resource. Softcover, 48 pp. $22.50.
Christopher Breward & David Gilbert
Swinging Sixties takes a fresh look at the brave new world of Sixties
fashion in London and beyond. The book includes fashion designers,
life, the media, and film - as well as all the influences and fantastic
images that made the Sixties swing.
Softcover, 125 pp. $49.00.
Costume and Ornament of the Middle Ages
More than a pictorial archive of medieval dress and decoration, this
beautiful collection is also valuable for its discerning scholarship.
A magnificent compilation of artwork from Henry Shaw's detailed study
of court life in the Middle Ages, this splendid book provides a grand
display of medieval
figures and fashions of the times.
Softcover, 73 pp. $20.25.
Costume: 1066 to the Present
This, the expanded and updated edition of John Peacock's unrivaled collection
of drawings ranges over eleven centuries of English historical costume. More
than a thousand illustrations, based on surviving garments and contemporary paintings
and photographs, demonstrate the astonishing changes in men's and women's clothing
over the centuries. Softcover, 140 pp. $28.00.
Fashions of the Thirties
Carol Belanger Grafton
This handy CD-ROM and book set reproduces hundreds of illustrations from
a rare periodical that offered advertising spots to small clothing
stores that had no art staffs of their own. More than 540 cuts depict
stylish dresses, suits, evening gowns, lingerie, and hats for women;
men's suits, slacks, beachwear, and pajamas; and a variety of play
clothes and special occasion outfits for boys, girls, and infants.
Softcover with CD, 62 pp. $25.50.
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Costume & Fashion
From 1066 to the present day
From the simplicity of eleventh-century dress to the excesses of punk, this invaluable
work depicts the ever-changing modes of almost one thousand years. Now in an
enlarged edition, this volume adds another 500 years to its previous coverage,
to include the very beginning of any significant clothing style to appear after
1000 A.D., and follows through with a new series of fashion plates to show the
most popular styles of the last few years. Hardcover, 192 pp. $29.95.
The Complete Fashion Sourcebook
Arranged year by year, over 2000 exquisitely detailed illustrations
show how fashion changed over time, from the boyish silhouette of the
1920s and the sophisticated outlines of the 1930s, through the utilitarian
and the new femininity of the 1950s, to the radical styles of the
1960s, the vintage and ethic trends of the 1970s, and the structured "power
dressing" of the 1980s. The Complete Fashion Sourcebook will be an
indispensable part of the library of fashion enthusiasts, historians
and collectors, and is sure to provide inspiration to any designer
or student working in the performing arts. Softcover, 423 pp. $48.00.
Harold Koda & Andrew Bolton
Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel was one of the seminal figures of 20th
century fashion. From the very start, her designs reflected the aspirations
of women and their changing lives. She made made fashion functional
when she introduced her simple but elegant designs into a milieu
of ornate, suffocatingly complex clothing. This lavish volume is
a visual catalogue
of Chanel's monumental output which, when seen together, can be appreciated
for what it is: a major component of 20th century culture. Hardcover,
215 pp. $51.95.
A History from the 18th to the 20th Century
Taken from the amazing collection of the Kyoto Costume Institute
in Japan, the examples of fashion of all cultures are splendidly
presented in this oversize book filled with hundreds of colour illustrations.
The text is succinct and informative. A beautiful addition to any
of fashion or costume design. Hardcover. $59.99
The Study of Dress History
Over the past ten years, the study of dress history has finally broken free
of the shackles that have held it back. It now benefits from new multidisciplinary
approaches and practices, which draw on material culture, art history, ethnography,
and cultural studies. This book focuses on the developments of these new methods,
in a thoroughly comprehensive manner. Essential reading for all students and
academics in the fields of cultural, design, dress, and textile history. Softcover,
Picturing French Style:
Three Hundred Years of Art and Fashion
Jill Berk Jiminez
Published to co-incide with the inaugural exhibition at the Mobile
Museum of Art, this beautifully designed book combines glorious reproductions
of period paintings with photographs of lovingly preserved garments
to clearly illustrate the evolution of style and dress over France's
last 300 years. An exhaustive and authoritative resource for costume
designers. Softcover, 226 pp. $61.95.
Screen Deco: A Celebration of High Style in Hollywood
Howard Mandelbaum and Eric Myers
This beautiful book of photographs, scrupulously documents the stunning geometrics
and stylized designs of the Art-Deco inspired art direction of Hollywood
films of the 1920's and 1930's. A remarkable visual collection. Softcover,
209 pp. $35.95.
Men's 17th & 18th Century Costume, Cut & Fashion
Patterns for Men's Costumes
This is a detailed guide to understanding and creating men's
costumes and fashions of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
As well as being historically accurate, the patterns have been prepared
so that they fit the modern male figure and adapted so that they
can be readily constructed using today's fabrics and sewing techniques.
Softcover, 206 pp. $78.00.
Medieval Costume and How to Recreate It
This clear-cut, accurate, and richly detailed guide is much more than just
another history of costume. It takes an effective and fresh approach, classifying
the clothes and accessories of the 12th through 15th centuries along social
lines. Garments of every type from the wardrobes of peasants and nobility appear
in over 200 period
illustrations and patterns. Softcover, 142 pp. $16.00.
Fashion and Women's Attitudes in the Nineteenth Century
C. Willett Cunningham
In this light, amusing, and highly readable account, Cunnington
not only describes what Englishwomen wore in the nineteenth century
but also explains why they clothed themselves as they did. A carefully
researched work on a fascinating subject, this volume will appeal to
a wide audience, encompassing feminists, sociologists, fashion historians,
and costume designers. Softcover, 314 pp. $24.95.
Gallery of Late-Seventeenth-Century Costume
In 1699, the Dutch artist Caspar Luyken travelled to Nuremberg, where he collaborated
on several books with the noted German publisher and art dealer Christoph Weigel. Gallery
of Late-Seventeenth-Century Costume reprints the plates from one of those
books, Neu-eroffnete Welt-Galleria, originally published in 1703. This
important book, with it's elegant, precise engravings, will be invaluable to
fashion historians and students of costume design as well as anyone interested
in clothing styles of a bygone era. Softcover, 112 pp. $19.50.
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