Icons of Men's Style
The pea coat, the bomber jacket, blue jeans, aviator sunglasses, the panama hat... this book tells the story of the essential items of men's clothing from the last seventy years, and shows them on some of the most iconic actors and writers. Softcover, 192 pp. $29.95.
An encyclopedic guide to shoes from more than 350 designers and manufactuers, from Birkenstock to Jimmy Choo to Sergio Rossi, assembled by Jonathan Walford, the founding curator of the Bata Shoe Museum. Hardcover, $38.00.
Bespoke: The Men's Style of Saville Row
This is a fully illustrated history of bespoke tailoring -- the custom-made men's clothing that made a small London street a globally known brand to generations of satorial connoisseurs. Featuring twenty-six profiles of today's master tailors, this volume is a visual delight. Hardcover, 255 pp. $76.00.
...isms: Understanding Fashion
This clear, concise and beautifully laid out book takes the reader on a chronological tour of the history of fashion. Each era is categorized as an 'ism' and this book provides a complete breakdown of their aesthetic principles and key figures. Softcover, 159 pp. $21.00.
My Wonderful World of Fashion
Depicting clothing and accessories from shoes to feather head-dresses, the illustrations span both vintage fashions to contemporary designs. My Wonderful World of Fashion encourages creativity and resourcefulness through the beautiful black and white illustrations which, if you so choose, can be coloured in. Softcover, $23.95.
Costume & Fashion
From feather-bedecked traditional costumes of Native Americans to the
courtly fashions of Versailles, this fashion archive presents a spendid
array of finery from around the world. It focuses chiefly on Western
clothing, although some Japanese and Indian styles are included, spanning
centuries of attire from every walk of life. Also included is a CD-ROM
full of royalty-free artwork. Softcover, & DVD. $54.00.
Fashion A to Z: An Illustrated Dictionary
Alex Newman & Zakee Shariff
This is an up-to-date guide to fashion terminology, bringing together all the key words commonly used in colleges and in industry. Contains over 2,000 entries, providing clear and concise definitions, as well as beautiful illustrations by renowned artist and designer Zakee Shariff. Softcover, 239 pp. $38.95.
Christian Lacroix: On Fashion
Christian Lacroix is one of the most inventive and admired fashion designers in the world. He is also incredibly well-versed in fashion history, and he brings that expertise to bear in this delightful imaginary museum of historic and contemporary fashion. Each featured piece - whether from the museum's collection or the House of Lacroix - is distinguished by its cut, its detail, colour and texture; and the pieces are juxtaposed and photographed in a way that emphasizes their relationships across the centuries. Softcover, 238 pp. $50.00.
The Cocktail Dress
The Cocktail Dress is the first volume to pay homage to this fashion classic, providing an entertaining history and a dazzling array of cocktail dresses by the world's finest designers. Hardcover, 150 pp. $27.95.
New Encyclopedia of Fashion Details
Patrick John Ireland
Featuring over 1000 fashion details, this book is the ultimate resource for fashion designers, illustrators, and anyone working in the fashion industry. Included are fashion details from every decade of the 20th century right up to the present day, with highlights of key looks from specific decades. In all, this is a treasure trove of information and inspiration for any costume designer. Softcover, 304 pp. $32.95.
Style File: The World's Most Elegantly Dressed
This remarkable volume profiles more than fifty-five of the most influential arbiters of style in the world today. This beautifully designed book provides an intimate perspective on these unique and influential men and women, offering frank insight into their views on style -- and life -- through evocative interviews and lush photography. Hardcover, 222 pp. $70.00.
The Big Book of Fashion Illustration
Traditional watercolours, acrylics and pencil drawings appear alongside designs using the latest technology, such as Adobe Photoshop, Macromedia FreeHand and digital photography. Interesting collage, found objects and embroidery also feature in the selection. Whatever the medium, only the most innovative and striking fashion images are included here. With artists from every part of the world - from Norway to South Africa, America to Russia - this is the ultimate resource for all fashion illustrators and graphic artist. Softcover, 384 pp. $32.95.
Fashion 101: A Crash Course in Clothing
Erika Stalder & Ariel Krietzman
Filled with tons of intriguing factoids about designers and celebrities, and more than 300 illustrations, Fashion 101 offers the total scoop on underwear, outerwear, accessories, and everything in between. With this crash course, you'll learn not only how to put together smarter looks, but also how to become a fashion expert in the process. Softcover, 128 pp. $19.95.
At the heart of this book is a visual document of key collections from the beginning of Jeanne Lanvin's career through 1946, the year of her death. Images of Lanvin artifacts, acquired from various museums and collections, serve to document the importance of Lanvin design and aesthetic in the world of art and design. Hardcover, 368 pp. $110.00.
Decade by decade, this rich volume explores the evolution of women's fashion in a cultural context, highlighting the most important designers and signature looks in great detail. To complement the detailed text, the book includes more than 250 gorgeous full colour photos and illustrations showcasing quality fabrics, innovative techniques, important silhouettes and colours, and exquisite workmanship. Hardcover, 223 pp. $46.95.
The Seductive Shoe: Four Centuries of Fashion Footwear
This book is full of a wide variety of beautiful and historically significant shoes, and is a resourceful reference for many - from students to professionals. Hardcover, 400 pp.
Shoe Fleur: A Footwear Fantasy
With a playful wink at the real world of designer fashion, Shoe Fleur presents an outrageous imaginary collection of botanical shoes and handbags created by photographer Michel Tcherevkoff. Each of these "virtual" accessories is amazingly crafted out of numerous digital images of a single plant or flower. The result is at once organic and cutting edge; flamboyant and sophisticated; whimsical and witty. Hardcover, 140 pp. $44.00.
Balenciaga and his Legacy
This book presents nearly seventy creations by famed Spanish fashion designer Cristobal Balenciaga for day and evening. It includes striking photographs by Richard Avedon and Louise Dahl-Wolfe from Vogue magazine and Harper's Bazaar, as well as a series of essays that explores aspects of the designer's work. Hardcover, 162 pp. $84.95.
How the West was Worn: A History of the Western Wear
Holly George-Warren & Michelle Freedman
From fringed chaps and embroidered jeans to silver-studded and rhinestone suits, Western wear is a uniquely American look that continues to captivate the world. How the West was Worn is a roundup of the many different styles of this enduring trend and an authoritative yet entertaining examination of long riders, rodeo girls, and rhinestone cowboys from the nineteenth century to the present. Softcover, 239 pp. $34.95.
Seduction: A celebration of sensual style
Seduction is the first book to explore the sensual style of the seductress,
In chronological chapters international fashion authority Caroline
Cox explores the art of seduction from Marie Antoinette and Madame
de Pompadour to Jean Harlow and Marlene Dietrich through to the contemporary
sex kittens of today, Madonna and Jennifer Lopez. hardcover, 180
Cary Grant: A Celebration of Style
One of the most charismatic movie stars of all time, Cary Grant left an
indelible mark on the film industry and on the culture at large.
With rare and never-before-published photographs, personal letters,
and documents, this groundbreaking book reveals the style secrets
that helped make Grant a fashion icon and a perennial inspiration
to fans and fashion designers alike. Hardcover, 206 pp. $44.00.
Balenciaga loved elegance, beauty, and women. Through his clothing-sculptures,
he transformed the way others look at things, their ideas about couture,
and their vision of fashion; his influence touched many creative
people. This opulent volume is a visual catalogue of his remarkable
body of work. Costume designers and fashion historians will revel
in this beautiful book. Softcover, 225 pp. $111.00.
Walking Dreams: Salvatore Ferragamo
Walking Dreams explores the life and work of one of Italy's (as well as
the world's) most outstanding fashion designers. Salvator Ferragamo
was an artist who revolutionized the manufacture of footware by introducing
innovative materials and designs based on a thorough knowledge of
anatomy and art. Beautifully illustrated throughout, this book contains
texts by four different authors who approach their subject from varying
perspectives -- historical, artistic, social, and erotic. Hardcover,
141 pp. $60.00.
Angus McBean was one of the most revolutionary and influential photographers
of his time. His stylistic innovations are still reflected in the
works of the most prominent contemporary portrait photographers.
During a prolific career that spanned from the 1930s into the 1980s,
McBean photographed many of the greatest stars of stage, screen and
music. Drawing on his background in set design, McBean worked with the
biggest names, such as Katherine Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, and Marlene
Dietrich, often placing them in fantastic settings and costumes. McBean
became the most prominent theatre photographer of his generation as well
as one of the last British avant-garde studio photographers. This fascinating
book shows how McBean changed the facade of glamour and inspired generations
of artists. Hardcover, 172 pp. $52.00.
Sue Jenkyn Jones
This book offers a thorough grounding in the principles of fashion design.
It describes the qualities and skills needed to become a fashion designer,
examines the varied career opportunities available and gives a balanced
inside view of the fashion business today. Subjects covered include how
to interpret a project; build a collection; choose fabric; master fit
and cutting methods; and build a portfolio presentation. Softcover,
240 pp. $39.95.
Grace Kelly: Icon of Style to Royal Bride
H. Kristina Haugland
One of the most admired women of her generation, Grace Kelly (1929-1982) is remembered
for her beauty, poise, and style. Her "fairy-tale" wedding to Prince
Rainer of Monaco in 1956 was one of the most celebrated of the century. Published
to commemorate its fiftieth anniversary and including stunning color images and
specially commissioned drawings, this lovely book tells the story behind her
wedding gown, cap, veil, shoes, and prayer book. Softcover, 80 pp. $30.95.
G. Bruce Boyer
The "rebel style" of the 1950's brought a completely new attitude
and look to the films of that era. The leather jacket and provocative
stare of Brando became the aesthetic correlative of an American version
existentialist view of life. G. Bruce Boyer analyzes the sartorial
and philosophical revolution brought about by the representatives
of this first
counterculture, and the evolution of rebel style. Hardcover, 80 pp.
Art of the Boot
Plain brown and black boots are still the mainstay of cowboy boot making,
but the eye-poppin', snake-stompin', spine-chillin' designs created
by individual artists are the ones that capture our hearts and imaginations.
This remarkable history of cowboy boots is full of photographs which
a testament to the diversity of this deceptively simple footwear.
Softcover, 160 pp. $32.95.
Fashion in Colors
Colour has fascinated us since ancient times, and in our clothing, it reflects
personal feelings, character, and taste, and also conveys significant
messages of culture and of social systems. All of us have a relationship
and we constantly make decisions about its importance and appropriateness
for different situations. Published to coincide with a major exhibition
organized by The Kyoto Costume Institute and the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewiit,
National Design Museum, Fashion in Colours is a dazzling exploration
of the perception and relevance of colour across more than 300 years
of fashion. Softcover, 247 pp. $48.95.
Since his first notorious Paris show in 1981, the Japanese designer Yohji
Yamamoto has extended his influence year after year. His recent collections
reveal him to be firmly in the ranks of the world's greatest stylists.
This lovely monograph provides a compact introduction to his work
and his place in contemporary fashion world. Hardcover, 79 pp. $29.95.
For this book, make-up artist Paul Starr has put together a stunning
portfolio of interviews and photographs of thirty of today's most
Starr's subjects -- including Jennifer Garner, Salma Hayek, Anjelica
Huston, Iman, Carolyn Murphy, Jada Pinkett Smith, Meg Ryan, and
-- represent varied ages and ethnicities. The women speak candidly
about their views on beauty and make-up, offering insights for
everyday women. Hardcover, 223 pp. $41.95.
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.
Shoes: The Complete Sourcebook
Here, in over 2,000 specially drawn illustrations, is the most comprehensive
and detailed history of shoes ever published. John Peacock charts
the development of every kind and style of footwear, for both men
and women, from Antiquity
to the present day. This encyclopaedic survey, with its colourful
and detailed illustrations, will become the unrivaled reference work
in its field, indispensable
to any shoe enthusiast, designer, fashion student, or collector.
Hardcover, 168 pp. $60.00.
Artwear: Fashion and Anti-fashion
Poised at the juncture of art, craft and fashion, artwear has both challenged
and blurred cultural boundaries for the past thirty-five years. In
this richly illustrated history of wearable art, Melissa Leventon
puts the genre
in context as the latest in the long line of aethetic dress reforms
that began with the Arts and Crafts movement. Tracing its development
1960s and 1970s to the present day, Leventon highlights many of the
leading practitioners and discussing its characteristic forms, processes
Softcover, 160 pp. $45.00.
Tibor Kalman & Maira Kalman
A delightfully unconventional view of international fashion, this
clever and eye-popping book is the brainchild of graphic designer
Tibor Kalman. From cardboard shoes in Africa to orange roller skates
in the United States, from Zulu dancers in South Africa to an Indian
Elvis, un(FASHION) will startle, delight, amuse, engross, and enchant
with its witty juxtapositions and subversive visual statements. Softcover.
Laundry: The Whys and Hows of Cleaning Clothes
What is soap and how does it differ from detergent; why do certain products
remove stains that others don't; what is water's role in the cleaning
of clothes; when did laundry begin and why? These are but a few of
that this fascinating book will answer. Not since Mrs. Isabel Beaton
wrote her book on Household Management in the early 19th century
has there been
a book that laid out the facts and fascinations of doing the household
Softcover, 230 pp. $29.99.
Fashion: A Canadian Perspective
This unique publication takes as its subject the hitherto under-explored world
of Canadian fashion. The entire gamut of Canadian style is elucidated in four
-- "Fashion and Identity,""Fashion, Trade, and Consumption,""Fashion
and Transition," and "Fashion and Journalism." Alexander Palmer
breaks new ground with this rich collection that will contribute to Canadian
cultural history and undoubtedly initiate further projects and debates. Softcover,
382 pp. $35.00.
Six decades have seen the stiletto in vogue around the world
with an ever-changing, kaleidoscopic clientele of classic ladies,
Hollywood stars, fetishists, punks, princesses, power-dressers, cross-dressers,
A-list celebrities, and the girl next door. This exciting new book
by an international fashion authority presents the story of the stiletto
for the first time, illustrated with new and vintage photographs
to explore the stiletto's long relationship with sex, power, femininity,
fashion, and fetishism. $49.95
The London Look: Fashion from Street to Sidewalk
Christopher Breward & Edwina Ehrman
From Saville Row to Carnaby Street, from the bohemian dress of
the Oscar Wilde circle in the nineteenth century to the punk street
styles of recent years, London has been a significant source of fashion
style. This stunning book, a rich and stimulating history of two
hundred years of London fashion, explores the circumstances and characteristics
that have made the "London Look" so distinctive. Hardcover,
174 pp. $67.50.
Wild: Fashion Untamed
Skins, furs, feathers, and animal prints have played a major
role in the history of fashion. This generously illustrated volume
effectively highlights humanity's ongoing obsession with animals
in clothing from prehistoric times to the present. A stunning collection
of fascinating images and text. Softcover, 177 pp. $37.95.
Glamour: Fashion + Industrial Design + Architecture
As one of the most alluring yet elusive concepts in contemporary
style, glamour is an ideal that permeates our visual culture. This
lavish volume offers a stunning sampling of the myriad of incarnations
of glamour in post-war fashion, industrial
design, and architecture. Glamour is decadent visual catalogue that will
satify the eyes and minds of anyone interested in aesthetics. Hardcover, 185
Ultimate Style: The Best of the Best Dressed List
The ultimate fashion book, Ultimate Style: The Best of the Best
Dressed List celebrates more than 60 years of quintessential style.
This lavishly illustrated
history of the internationally acclaimed "Best Dressed List" features
witty profiles of the world's most elegant women and an introduction by the list's
the late Eleanor Lambert. Hardcover, 183 pp. $80.00.
Vivienne Westwood is a global icon whose career has successfully
spanned three decades, from the early days of punk to the coming-of-age
of her own fashion house.
Published to accompany a major V&A exhibition -- the first ever Vivienne
Westwood retrospective -- this book is also the first full-length study of her
work as a groundbreaking
fashion designer. Hardcover, 224 pp. $67.50.
Elvis Fashion: From Memphis to Vegas
Elvis Fashion is the first book to document Elvis's wardrobe. Featuring
archival and newly commissioned photography, in addition to rare documents
and sketches, it offers an unprecedented look inside Graceland's collection,
taking us from the wild outfits of America's best loved teen idol to the outrageous
stagewear of the world's first rock and roll superstar. Hardcover, 208 pp.
For more than 10 years, GQ has been the bible of male fashion,
and Jo Levin, fashion director, has directed sessions featuring those
icons who have defined the essence of male cool. From David Bowie to
David Beckham, Harrison Ford, Alec
Baldwin, and Ewan McGregor, GQ Cool features actors and musicians, performers,
sportsmen -- in fact anyone who has left their particular mark on the world of
Softcover, 160 pp. $29.95.
Japan Unveiled: Understanding Japanese Body Culture
Luminous colour photographs and an euridte text are combined in this stunning
examination of Japanese body culture. Sample chapters include: The Sacred Body,
The Social Body, The Performing Body, The Body in Death, and several others.
Hardcover, 215 pp. $70.00.
Chanel: The Couturiere At Work
Amy DeLaHaye & Shelley Tobin
In the years around World War I, Gabrielle Chanel challenged the world of fashion
head on. This marvelous book focuses on Chanel the couturiere, her innovations
and the immense influence she has had on the way women choose to look in the
Softcover, 135 pp. $44.95.
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