The War on Terror has led to major changes in the way snipers operate, both on the battlefield and in counterterrorism measures. Featuring accounts of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, a Special Forces expert explores the selection, training and equipment of these long-range specialists, and their supplementary role of providing surveillance.
A Rope from the Sky
The Making and Unmaking of the World's Newest State
South Sudan’s declaration of independence in 2011 was greeted with euphoria, but within a few years the fledgling state had collapsed amid corruption and civil war. A foreign policy expert for the Obama administration, Zach Vertin witnessed the changes. His first-hand encounters with politicians, guerrilla fighters, intelligence agents and cattle rustlers create a sobering account of the unravelling of a dream and the limitations of Western intervention.
Fashion, Femininity and Form
Eugene Vernier (1920–2011) worked as a photographer for British Vogue from 1954 to 1967. Presenting more than a hundred images from the publication's extensive archive, this lavishly illustrated volume, featuring commentary by fashion historians Becky Conekin and Robin Muir, reveals his mastery of composition and innovative use of locations, props and backdrops.
The Influence of Japanese and Chinese Textiles on the Fashions of the Roaring Twenties
Exploring the influence of Asian style, patterns, colour and textiles on European fashion and the changing culture of the 1920s, this catalogue accompanied an exhibition at the Baur Museum in Geneva. Its wealth of images include drawings by Parisienne fashion designers and photographs of Eastern fabrics, kimonos in particular, whose flowing style was a far cry from the restrictive corsets Western women had previously worn. Text in English and French.
BBC Radio 4 Today
A History of Our World through 60 Years of Conversations and Controversies
Reporting from the Women’s Peace Camp at Greenham Common in 1983, or Tiananmen Square in 1989, interviewing strike leaders during the 1979 Winter of Discontent or discussing artificial intelligence with a professor of robotics ... Since it first went on air in October 1957, BBC Radio 4's Today has covered major developments in revolution and protest, politics, war, culture, social change, and science and technology. This volume presents Today discussions of 60 topics, introduced by the presenters.
From Chanel's iconic Little Black Dress to Kylie Minogue's gold hot pants, fashion history is full of influential turning points. This volume, illustrated with watercolour art, looks at the cultural impact of 100 such 'moments', detailing key facts about each garment and its designer and explaining why it was ground-breaking. Slightly off-mint.
Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution
This design history celebrates the influential Chelsea Set who challenged the conformity of post-war Britain and encouraged people to embrace a more colourful and easy-going attitude to how they dressed and furnished their homes in the 1960s and early 1970s. The highly illustrated book presents examples of notable Quant fashions and Conran interiors as well as related ephemera characterizing the times.
Point of View, Four Decades of Defining Style
As fashion director at Vogue, Tonne Goodman shaped how women dress and strengthened the link between style and celebrity. In this largely photographic volume she recalls working with some of the world’s most renowned photographers, models, celebrities and designers, and offers an insight into her personal life. Examples of her reportage, editorial and advertising work are included, with reproductions of the magazine covers she helped create for Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue.
Central Saint Martins Foundation
Key Lessons in Art and Design
The art foundation course at Central Saint Martin's College is designed to challenge students to question and analyse, and to experiment and explore through making. The exercises and workshops in this workbook, prepared by the course leaders, cover a range of topics, concepts and media to help creative people discover their voice. The practical tasks are complemented by examples of students’ work and interviews with tutors at the college.
Fashion and the Art of Pochoir
The Golden Age of Illustration in Paris
In the early 20th century, the ancient hand-stencilling technique known as pochoir was re-imagined and innovatively integrated into the world of elite fashion publishing. Showcasing examples taken from the design books of leading French couturiers and high-end style magazines between 1908 and 1925, this detailed history of the artform includes biographical descriptions of the featured illustrators and designers.
No Turning Back
Life, Loss, and Hope in Wartime Syria
This year-by-year account tracks the Syrian civil war from the first peaceful protests in Damascus in 2011 to 2016. Based on interviews with civilians, Free Syrian Army fighters and Islamist militias, it offers a human account of the devastation inflicted by the conflict, the ideological and religious passions involved, and the secret deals that armed and then betrayed the uprising.
A Modern History: 1945–2015
Starting with the growing nationalist demands for independence that followed the Second World War, Guy Arnold’s magisterial history describes the momentous changes that transformed Africa from a collection of European colonies to fifty independent nations. After an introduction to the post-war continent, the book examines how the hopes of the 1960s were followed by the realities of foreign interference, internal tyrannies and corruption. This 2017 edition ends with the growing influence of China, the Arab Spring and the refugee crisis.
The New Tsar
The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin
In this account of Vladimir Putin’s rise from obscurity to power, the former New York Times Moscow bureau chief explains how the Russian leader established his popularity by restoring order after the chaos of the 1990s and advancing his country’s interests on the international stage, before cementing his authoritarian rule and suppressing dissent.
Dressing the Decades
Twentieth-Century Vintage Style
From the Parisian haute couture houses of the 1900s, with their elite clienteles, unique garments and personal fittings, to the high-end designers and luxury ready-to-wear clothes of the 1990s, Emmanuelle Dirix traces the progress of high fashion through the 20th century. Using an exceptional collection of photographs and illustrations, she discusses significant stylistic changes, the social and economic background to fashions and, within each decade, focuses on three ‘looks’ and the work of three of the most representative designers.
Christopher Dresser Textiles
A contemporary of William Morris and an influential member of the Aesthetic Movement, Christopher Dresser (1834–1904) took full advantage of the innovations offered by the new industrial world of the nineteenth century, and by 1870 had established the most prominent independent design practice in Britain. This highly illustrated monograph charts his life in textiles and assesses his sizeable contribution to the decorative arts tradition.
Power & Style
A World History of Politics and Dress
This exploration of regalia and its numerous accessories, extensively illustrated with paintings and photographs, demonstrates how clothing reflects social structure as well as individual rank and identity. It examines the art of power dressing through the ages and around the world, from the feathers and pigments of ‘naked’ societies to the cufflinks and suits of modern global leaders, and provides a comprehensive view of the sociological aspect of clothing.
Icons of Women's Style
Audrey Hepburn’s little black dress, Chrissy Hynde’s leather jacket, Grace Kelly’s bikini…this visual history explores how a simple design idea can become an iconic style. Covering over 80 years of fashion, each chapter features a specific type of clothing made famous by a movie actress, supermodel, pop star or princess. Item by item, the book reveals the most influential garments and accessories, and examines their effect on the way women dress today.
This introduction to fine lingerie offers the buyer advice on choosing suitable styles, taking correct measurements, and caring for delicate items. There are lists of the world's best designers, manufacturers and museums of lingerie and an explanation of terms relating to cut and fabric.
The Best of Men's File
Tracing the Roots of Style
Men's File magazine was founded in 2008, initially as a showcase for Nick Clements' photography and his own collection of mid-20th-century clothing, cars and motorcycles. The magazine has since become a vintage style tastemaker, tracing the origins of subculture clothing and paraphernalia, from American surf style and classic biker-chic to English country wear, through a mixture of fashion shoots, interviews and articles. This volume selects the best of the first four issues.
The Book Smugglers of Timbuktu
The Quest for this Storied City and the Race to Save its Treasures
When the political chaos of 2012 allowed jihadists to surge across Mali, librarians and archivists secretly worked to hide thousands of Timbuktu’s precious ancient manuscripts. This book combines first-hand reporting of those modern events with the story of Timbuktu’s past as a medieval centre of learning and as the mysterious city that inspired decades of dangerous expeditions by Westerners in search of its fabled wealth. Slightly off-mint.
The True Story of Life Behind the Counter
In the 1960s over a million women worked in shops, nearly a fifth of the female workforce. The number had grown steadily from the early 19th century as industrialization had drawn people to the cities and created a demand for, and supply of, consumer goods. Originally published to accompany the BBC TV series, this book explores the life of the shopgirl from the strict propriety of Victorian department stores to the boutiques of the 1960s.
The Colonel Who Would Not Repent
The Bangladesh War and Its Unquiet Legacy
Muslim and Bengali-speaking Bangladesh was once East Pakistan, created when India achieved independence in 1947. The country gained its own independence from Pakistan in 1971 after a war in which many hundreds of thousands died. More conflict was to follow, exacerbated by natural disaster, famine and corruption. Salil Tripathi, an Indian journalist and Bengali-speaker, presents the first in-depth account of Bangladesh’s struggle for independence and the troubled aftermath.
A Rage for Order
The Middle East in Turmoil, From Tahrir Square to Isis
New York Times correspondent Robert F Worth gives his analysis of the contemporary Middle East in this investigation of how the optimism of the Arab Spring of 2011 disintegrated into civil wars, brutal repressions and the rise of Islamic State. Illuminating the conflicts and contradictions through people caught between loyalties to family, sect, country or religion, the narrative focuses on Egypt, Libya, Syria, Yemen and Tunisia.
From Pre-Raphaelites to Punk
Beginning with the 19th century, this anecdotal history explores the less conventional aspects of London society. Recalling incidents in the lives of some of the city’s most Bohemian inhabitants, including Oscar Wilde, Aubrey Beardsley, the Bloomsburyites and Dylan Thomas, it reveals their eccentricities and discusses the places they frequented: the Café Royal, the Colony Room and the Gargoyle Club.
Harper's Bazaar Models
In her foreword, Harper’s editor-in-chief, Glenda Bailey, writes, ‘You can become a good model with a perfect body, but to become a great model you need a unique face’. With over 200 photographs by some of the greatest fashion photographers, this volume presents the stories of 28 women whose faces, poise and ability to switch personas made them the most sought-after models of the last 60 years, from Dovima and Suzy Parker in the 1950s to Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss in the 2010s.
The Complete 20th Century Sourcebook
Illustrating how men’s and women’s accessories evolved over the 20th century, this sourcebook contains over 2,000 coloured artworks based on real examples. For each of seven periods, from 1900–1913 to 1986–1999, chapters begin and end with ‘the complete look’, and show the various types of accessory, including hats and footwear, jewellery, scarves, ties, gloves and bags. Detailed descriptions follow the illustrations and the book concludes with brief biographies of over 85 influential designers.
Written for anyone interested in making clothes, whether a complete beginner or experienced needleworker, this guide to basic and intermediate techniques includes chapters on identifying and choosing fabrics, body types and size charts, seams and shaping, hems and closures, all with step-by-step, illustrated instructions showing how to create fashionable, professional-looking garments.
This practical guide for the layperson shows how to identify a rug by its patterns, colours and weaving technique. Illustrated in colour with many fine examples and organized by region of origin, from Turkey via Iran and Afghanistan to Central Asia, it also includes advice on buying at auction, care and maintenance, and a colour analysis chart.