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Pattern MagicPattern Magic
Tomoko Nakamichi
Available for the first time in English, Pattern Magic is the cult pattern-making book from Japan. Step-by-step projects show you how to create stunning, sculptural clothes, using a creative approach to pattern making. All the information you need to start pattern making is included, form the basic block to measurements and scaling. Each project is beautifully illustrated with clear diagrams and photographs showing the stages of construction, the muslins, and the finished garments. Softcover, 103 pp. $29.95.


Mary Schoeser
Beginning with silk's early development in imperial China, textile expert Mary Schoeser describes the fiber's enduring influence as a status symbol and traces its central function in historic fashions and twentieth-century glamour, expressed through the work of designers from Paquin to Lanvin and from Charles James to Valentino. With over 250 color reproductions, Silk is a reference on the history and practical applications of this fiber for contemporary designers and textile enthusiasts. Hardcover, 256 pp. $62.50.

Chinese TextilesChinese Textiles

Verity Wilson
This book tells many stories of Chinese life and legend through the sumptuous textiles that adorn its pages. It also shows how their visual brilliance and impressive workmanship were part of their allure for the Europeans who collected them and added their own stories to them. The expertly researched text is supported by a wide assortment of specially commissioned photographs which enable to reader to savour China's textile traditions in all their richness and diversity. Hardcover, 128 pp. $77.00.

Toile de JouyToile de Jouy: Printed Textiles in the Classic French Style
Melanie Riffel, Sophie Rouart & Marc Walter
This book draws upon the rich collections of the Musee de la Toile de Jouy to produce the first-ever complete history of the company which first produced printed cotton fabrics on French soil that were capable of competing with the popular imported ones. This factory became the biggest of it's kind in Europe and some 30,000 designs were created at Manufacture Royale de Jouy through the years. For anyone interested in the history of textiles or design, or looking for fresh ideas for interior decor, this book will be an essential reference. Hardcover, 217 pp. $75.00.

Embroidered Textiles
Traditional Patterns from Five ContinentsEmbroidered Textiles: Traditional Patterns from Five Continents
Sheila Paine
Embroidery has been practiced for thousands of years. In the West, traditions have been at the mercy of trade and fashion, but in much of the rest of the world, embroidery continues to be rooted in ancient beliefs and superstitions. This book is the first to examine in detail the symbolism of the motifs and designs that give life to these marvelous textiles. Softcover, 192 pp. $34.99.

Traditional Indian TextilesTraditional Indian Textiles
John Gillow and Nicholas Barnard
This beautifully illustrated book chronicles the remarkable artistry, and rich history of Indian textiles. 195 illustrations (169 of which are in colour) accompany the detailed text to make this an essential volume for anyone interested in fabrics and costume. Softcover, 160 pp. $33.99.

Traditional Indonesian TextilesTraditional Indonesian Textiles
John Gillow
The fabrics of Indonesia with their unique allure have won universal popularity for their precision of weave, exquisite patterning, and superlative craftmanship. In this book, the rich design tradition is reflected in over 200 dazzling photographs, and commented upon in the scrupulously researched text. Softcover, 160 pp. $33.99.

Traditional Textiles of Central AsiaTraditional Textiles of Central Asia
Janet Harvey
No region has a textile tradition more vivid and romantic than that of Central Asia. This book provides a spectacularly illustrated survey of these textiles, displaying in more than 200 colour plates the opulent silks and velvets, the exquisite embroderies, the magnificent felts and woolen fabrics, and the fine cotton weaves produced throughout the area. Softcover, 160 pp. $38.00.

The SariThe Sari: Styles, Patterns, History, Techniques
Linda Lynton
In this, the most detailed analysis of sari designs available, you will find: a comprehensive guide to the sari's symbols, patterns and motifs, hundreds of photographs of many unusual saris, diagrams of over forty sari types, a glossary of textile terms, information on museum collections, and much more. An essential addition to any fashion library. Softcover, 208 pp. $44.99.

Fabric of VisionFabric of Vision
Anne Hollander
This beautifully illustrated and innovative book examines how artists have used clothing and drapery as elements in their paintings to give emphasis and emotional force to their figures. Drawing on works by artists over a span of six centuries, Anne Hollander highlights how both styles of dress, and its depiction in painting, have evolved from the Renaissance until today. Softcover, 207 pp. $65.95.

Fashion: A History from the 18th to the 20th CenturyFashion: 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 collection of fashion or costume design.

Dress in Detail From Around The WorldDress in Detail From Around The World
Rosemary Crill, Jennifer Wearden and Verity Wilson
Dress in all its global diversity is the theme of this beautifully illustrated book. Many of the garments presented herein were made for festivals, weddings and other ceremonies, and they display a breathtaking richness of detail. The sumptuous photographs and enlightening text in this book will open your eyes to the variety and creativity of dress around the world, and will delight all lovers of fashion. Hardcover, 224 pp. $70.00.

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