Innovation and Sustainability in Textile Design
This examination of the future of textile production looks at how technological developments and concerns about sustainability are driving the innovation of new fabrics. Through interviews with 36 designers it reveals experiments with biodegradable and waste materials; how electronic elements can enable clothing to change colour or form in response to the wearer’s movements; and advancements that will make ironing a thing of the past.
50 Years in Fashion
Caroline Charles dressed stars such as Marianne Faithfull and Ringo Starr in the swinging '60s, styled Diana, Princess of Wales in the 1980s and is still, at the age of 78, creating three collections of quintessentially English womenswear per season. This celebration of her life's work includes behind-the-scenes images, extracts from her working diaries, scrapbooks and press books, and a selection of celebrity and catwalk photographs.
Profiling 40 fashion designers, including Missoni, Sibling and Sonia Rykiel, who use hand and machine knitting, crochet and macramé to produce garments, this illustrated volume explores both their approaches to knitwear and how they use different stitches, techniques and yarns to create their distinctive signature pieces.
The Fashion Universe of Jean Paul Gaultier
From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk
Published to coincide with the first retrospective of the 'enfant terrible' of design Jean Paul Gaultier, this monograph sheds light on his life in fashion over the last 35 years. It includes more than 500 full-colour photographs of artists, movie stars and musicians wearing his eclectic clothing, interviews with Gaultier and his associates, and essays by leading fashion writers, including the editor of Vogue International Suzy Menkes.
A History of Lingerie
From red stockings and satin bustiers to leopard-print thongs, undergarments are often more interesting than the clothes that cover them. With a short introduction, this volume uses colour photographs and contemporary advertisements to illustrate a fascinating range of lingerie. From 19th-century corsets to an early bust supporter and a 1920s bra that offers no support at all, each item is described and catalogued, charting the changing shape of 20th-century fashion.
Fashion Since 1900
The Complete Sourcebook
This largely pictorial volume is divided into ten sections, focusing on each decade of the 20th century. Colour illustrations record the changing styles of fashion, showing underwear, leisure wear, day wear, evening dresses, bridal gowns and accessories for each period, with notes on dates, materials and designs. There are also concise biographies of relevant couturiers and designers, and a chart summarizing the evolution of different silhouettes. Slightly off-mint.
The Story of Costume
Fashion changed slowly in the centuries before the modern era and resulted in some odd and impractical styles, such as the long, pointed men’s shoes of the 15th century or the 19th century’s bustles and crinolines. This children’s history of costume tells the story of fashion from the ancient Egyptians and Greeks to the modern era through a series of 325 colour illustrations. Age 8+
In the second half of the 20th century Hardy Amies (1909–2003) epitomized the finest of British couture, with his emphasis on a strong line achieved with high-quality materials and excellent tailoring. This comprehensive survey of his life and work, illustrated with photographs of his creations and his clients, and original drawings, reveals how Amies, although best-known as couturier to the Queen, designed clothes for generations of aristocratic and influential women.
Art Deco Fashion
Masterpieces of Art
After an account of the Art Deco style, its fashion designers and artists, and the lifestyle and look of the women who wore the clothes, Gordon Kerr presents a gallery of over 100 of the movement's best illustrations. The reproductions include fashion plates and other artworks by artists such as Georges Barbier, Tamara de Lempicka and, of course, Erté (Romain de Tirtoff). Masterpieces of Art series.
The Ambassador Magazine
Promoting Post-War British Textiles and Fashion
The Ambassador has been described as 'probably the most daring and enterprising trade magazine ever conceived'. Founded to promote British textile and fashion manufacturing, the innovative design, ambitious photo-shoots and adventurous editorial approach set it apart from other magazines. Illustrated with examples of the best covers and layouts, some featuring original artwork by artists such as John Piper and Graham Sutherland, this book tells the story of the Ambassador during its 30-year run from 1942 to 1972.