A Labyrinthine Compendium
Combining specially commissioned drawings and a short history of each maze, this book allows the reader to trace a route through 60 of the world’s most beguiling life-size puzzles. Both real and imagined, they range from the Nazca Lines of Peru and Roman mosaics in Portugal and Pompeii to the Winchester labyrinth, supposedly constructed by a melancholy schoolboy, and the walls of yew around which an axe-wielding Jack Nicholson lumbers in Kubrick’s The Shining.
The Wonderful World of Optical Deception
From the illusionistic architectural spaces created by Renaissance mural painters to the op art of the 20th century, this compendium of optical tricks presents a range of images including depth inversions, vibration effects, impossible perspectives, camouflage and anamorphic art. Examples are drawn from the world of psychology, popular illustration and street art as well as the work of celebrated artists such as Escher, Picasso, Magritte and Bridget Riley.
A Century of Fashion Illustration
From Georges Lepape and Erté in the era of Art Deco to the contemporary artists Mats Gustafson, François Berthoud and Aurore de la Morinerie, this volume presents Joëlle Chariau’s remarkable collection of drawings and watercolours by some of the greatest fashion illustrators of the last 100 years. Originally published to coincide with the ‘Drawing Fashion’ exhibition at the Design Museum in London, the book comprises three essays on the art of the fashion illustrator and over 160 reproductions.
An Illustrated History
Due to the expensive materials and craftsmanship required, shoes have often been regarded as status symbols; the desire of owners to display their wealth resulting in extreme designs such as the absurdly elongated toes of 14th-century 'poulaines'. This well-illustrated history of shoe design analyses the many fads of the 20th century and the latest models of contemporary designers as well as investigating footwear styles dating back as far as 3500 BCE – the oldest shoe ever found.
Starting out as a designer of bags and hats, Orla Kiely has built an international reputation based on her colourful and distinctive pattern designs. Today, her hugely popular 'Multi Stem' design can be found on dozens of products including kitchenware, stationery, furniture and wallpaper as well as fabrics. In this attractively produced book, she explores her influences, explains and illustrates her approach to pattern design and describes how she has built up her successful business.
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.
Vintage Fashion Knitwear
Collecting and Wearing Designer Classics
Introduced by Kaffe Fassett, this illustrated history of knitwear surveys garments, styles, designers and manufacturers decade-by- decade, from cashmere under-vests in the early 1900s to wartime hand- knitting in the 1940s, and from 1950s twinsets by Pringle to evening dresses from the catwalks of the 2000s. The book covers all forms of knitted textile, whether hand-knits or machine produced jersey, and describes the development of the technology of knitting as well as its social and cultural context.
Designing the Modern Utopia
In the Soviet Union the years 1927 to 1933 were ones of intense industrialization and collectivization, aiming to transform old Russia into a modern, mechanized society. Designers played their part and motifs such as gears, aeroplanes and locomotives, sports and agriculture appeared in fabrics, reinforcing industrial and social ideas. This book draws on the Lloyd Cotsen fabrics collection in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to examine this short-lived but intriguing experiment in thematic design.
The interior design projects in this portfolio demonstrate the influence of minimalism on contemporary style. Rather than promoting sterile empty spaces, the 26 schemes, by leading international architects, show the intent to pare down rooms to their essential functions; each example is explored in a series of photographs and architectural plans, from New York lofts and North London terraces to apartments in Barcelona and Hong Kong.
The Story of the Bauhaus
The Art and Design School that Changed Everything
Established in 1919 around the principle that good design should be available to everyone, and has the potential to change the world, the Bauhaus movement remains influential a century later. The 100 entries in this illustrated book include artists who exemplified the movement’s ideals, from founder Walter Gropius to the more controversial Mies van der Rohe, and objects, buildings and other artforms that epitomize its emphasis on clean lines and efficiency.
The Evolution of Type
A Graphic Guide to 100 Landmark Typefaces
From the first ‘roman’ type cut by Nicolas Jenson in the 1470s to a 21st-century typeface inspired by Gutenberg’s original ‘blackletter’ font, this typographic reference demonstrates the development of letterforms from hand-cut metal punches to fonts designed for setting by Linotype and phototype machines and modern digital software. The history and development of each typeface is given and key letters are illustrated and annotated to identify notable characteristics.
The Origins of Comics
From William Hogarth to Winsor McCay
In this classic work, Belgian comics writer and scholar Thierry Smolderen explores the origins of the 20th-century comic strip. He establishes how the picture stories and illustrations of artists including William Hogarth, Rodolphe Töpffer and Gustave Doré laid the foundation of the form, which flourished with the evolution of visual culture through developments in printing technology, photography, audio recording and cinema. First published in 2000, the book is translated here by Bart Beaty and Nick Nguyen.
One of the most highly regarded British painters of the 20th century, John Piper (1903–1992) also worked in a variety of media including book illustration, murals, textiles and stained glass. This volume provides a concise biographical essay on the artist as well as reproducing a wide selection of his work, notably the Brighton Aquatints published by the Curwen Press, wallpaper designs for Sanderson & Co, and his Festival of Britain South Bank murals.
Outsider Art, Graphics and Illustration
This portfolio of contemporary paintings, sketches and digital art celebrates the motorcycle and the many styles, tribes and fashions it has inspired. Featuring the work of 30 artists from the UK, USA, Europe, Australia and Japan, and inspired by biker subcultures such as greasers, road rockets, choppers, café racers and dirt trackers, the imagery ranges from retro poster art and atmospheric racing scenes to photomontage, cartoon characters and pin-ups.
Johnston and Gill
Very British Types
British designers Eric Gill and Edward Johnston were contemporaries and friends and each was responsible for one of the most recognizable typefaces of the 20th century: Johnston, still adorning the signage of the London Underground, and Gill Sans, perhaps most notably used by the BBC. This study explores the relationship between the two men, details how their famous creations were developed and refined, and assesses their influence on British visual culture.
A Visual Atlas from Ancient Greece to Artificial Intelligence
Examples of automata copying human actions date back to the ancient world and the idea of artificial or mechanical humans has had a particularly notable influence on art and the popular imagination since the early 20th century. This celebration of robots in visual culture explores their use in film, music, art, fashion and commerce, from the paintings of Fernand Léger and movies such as The Forbidden Planet to Kraftwerk and Transformers toys.
From Rustic to Urban, Classic to Colourful
In the gap between the antique and the new, there is retro. Done well, the style works with architecture of every period. Using photographs from the exclusive Côté Maison magazines, this book explains how to achieve the perfect retro interior. It explores different interpretations of the look, from Rustic Reclamation to Structural Industrial, and how to combine the different elements – furniture, mirrors, lighting and textiles – in a striking and unusual yet sympathetic manner.
Utility Furniture of the Second World War
The 1943 Utility Furniture Catalogue
When furniture shortages in Britain hit an all-time high following the Blitz, the government responded by setting up the Utility Furniture scheme. This comprehensive guide, which accompanies a facsimile reproduction of the first catalogue, offers an insight into the privations of the war years and, for those who remember this sturdy furniture, a chance to reminisce.
Lewis Foreman Day
Unity in Design and Industry
Although less well-known than his friend and contemporary William Morris, Lewis F Day was one of the most influential figures of the Arts and Crafts movement. Convinced that the highest aesthetic ideals could be applied to industrial design, he produced a range of distinctive furniture, clocks, stained glass, pottery and tiles, while his magazine articles provided a perceptive commentary on the changing fashions of his day. This handsome book is well illustrated with examples of Day's striking work.
Style and Perfume from Chanel to Madonna
Illustrated with vintage advertisements and photographs, this examination of olfactory trends from the 1920s to the 1980s considers the key historical events and iconic female figures of each decade in turn and goes on to analyse in detail the scents most associated with it, such as Joy in the 1930s and Opium in the 1970s.
The Fashion Chronicles
The Style Stories of History's Best Dressed
In this illustrated collection of biographies, the fashion historian and BBC television presenter Amber Butchart investigates the lives and sartorial style of 100 figures across five thousand years of history, from Otzi the Iceman who lived c.3500–3100 BCE to the Vogue model Halima Aden, who was born in 1997. She explores how, across cultures and throughout time, people have used clothing to signify power and status, to adorn and beautify, even to prop up or dismantle regimes.
Fashion Illustration in Britain
Society & the Seasons
This well-illustrated book follows the history of fashion and the social calendar in Britain from the late 18th century to the outbreak of the Second World War, when intricately drawn fashion plates were gradually abandoned in favour of photography. Material is taken from the pages of fashion magazines, showing readers how to dress appropriately and stylishly at any time of year and for any occasion, ranging from weddings and funerals to the making of morning calls and sporting activities.
Great War Fashion
Tales from the History Wardrobe
From the corsets and respectable dresses of Edwardian high society to the relaxed styles that reflected the optimism of the early 1920s, this history traces the changes in women’s clothing during a period of radical social transformation. With examples from historical figures, including suffragettes, nurses and factory workers, it highlights how leisurewear and workwear became more diverse and practical, expressing the new-found freedom and confidence felt by many women after the Great War ended.
Bikinis, Bell-Bottoms and Little Black Dresses
70 Great Fashion Classics
lip-flops originated in ancient Egypt, sailors wore bell-bottom trousers – a wide leg could be rolled up while swabbing the decks – and the first people to don a parka-style coat were the Canadian Inuit. Taking 70 icons of style, from berets and bikinis to desert boots, this guide charts the history of each item, with photographs revealing how trends have been inspired by work-wear, film, history and the military.
Paris Refashioned 1957–1968
Challenging the assumption that London was the epicentre of fashion design during the 1960s, this illustrated volume reveals the influential role that Paris played in the industry at that time. The author explains how a new appetite for ready-to-wear clothing challenged the dominance of haute couture and considers the position of French fashion within the era's broader popular culture, looking in particular at how American publications such as Vogue promoted it. Off-mint.
From Gutenberg to Ashendene
An invaluable reference for typographers, graphic designers and historians of the book, Stan Knight’s introduction to the most significant historical types is arranged as 40 double-page spreads, each dedicated to one typeface and comprising a whole page reproduced from a representative book, an enlarged photographic detail of the type, an actual size sample and a brief description.
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.
Women's Hairstyles and Culture from 1920 to 1980
Illustrated with vintage photographs, contemporary images and sketches, this visual history explores how the coiffeurs of western women evolved as social expectations gradually relaxed. The author considers the rise of fashions such as the kiss curls favoured by the dancers of the Folies Bergère, Jacqueline Kennedy’s signature bouffant, rock-n-roll beehives and anarchic punk spikes, and closes with a section dedicated to iconic hairstylists, past and present.
A Century of Summer Exhibitions at the Royal Academy of Arts
The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition has become a British institution, bringing the work of hundreds of artists to the public in the largest event of its kind in the world. The academy's archivist has compiled this collection of more than 70 posters designed to promote the exhibition, creating a unique record of a century of changing tastes in illustration, graphic design and typography. Each poster is accompanied by an informative caption.
A Celebration of the Artist and His Work
Published to accompany a 2013 exhibition at the Museum of Illustrators in New York, this catalogue celebrates the 60-year career of the children's book artist Maurice Sendak (1928–2012). It comprises more than 200 images, including sketches, photographs, ephemera and rare and unpublished artwork from Where the Wild Things Are, and 12 essays from noted scholars and historians such as Iona Opie and Steven Heller.
The Fashion Design Resource
This visual fashion guide features photographs of 1,000 modern dresses, including shifts, pinafores and kaftans. It places each style in its historical context and offers multiple examples of variations. Technical information about the cut, construction, embellishments, proportion and symmetry of each garment is given, as well as design and fabric considerations, a range of traditional and interpretive examples of the silhouette, and a glossary of terms.
Hair by Guido
A pioneer of the unstructured hairstyles made famous by subjects including the supermodel Kate Moss, Guido aims to enhance rather than hide people's idiosyncrasies. In this volume, he presents 100 full-page photographs of his classic cuts, shot by leading photographers including David Sims and Paul Wetherell.
Masterpieces of Art
Beginning with a concise survey of the life and work of William Morris (1834–96) and paying particular attention to his pivotal role in the Arts and Crafts Movement, this volume from the popular Masterpieces of Art series presents a selection of his much-loved designs for wallpaper and printed, woven and embroidered textiles. Altogether, there are almost 100 designs presented in full-page colour reproductions, with notes on their motifs and original intended use.
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.
Posters of the Cold War
No sooner had the Second World War ended than the governments of the victorious powers were promoting their ideology (and the folly of the alternative) to their peoples and beyond. This collection of posters, many by leading artists, ranges from propaganda regarding the reshaping of Europe on either side of the Iron Curtain, and responses to the nuclear threat, to a selection of cinema posters for films encouraging a partisan reading of the political situation.
The Fine Art of Fashion Illustration
Drawing on his own archive, collected over a 60-year career in fashion design and teaching, Julian Robinson presents a survey of 400 years of fashion illustration as an art form, from Renaissance woodcuts to the Art Deco masterpieces of George Barbier. Reproducing over 300 artworks that ‘wordlessly carry within them so much information, both historical and cultural’, the book is an evocative history of fashion and the art of the fashion illustrator.
Fashion in Pictures
Pop stars and actors as well as models and society figures feature in this pictorial survey of fashion since 1900 through photographs taken for the Daily Mirror newspaper. From reportage images of Royal Ascot to studio fashion shots and tabloid-style photographs, the images reflect the changing times as well as changing attire.
Issue Twenty Three
NC Wyeth (1882–1945), one of the most influential illustrators of the early 20th century, is featured here, along with the master of fantasy artwork, Virgil Finlay; the character designer Bobby Chiu; and the 1960s illustrators of myth and legend, Anne and Janet Johnstone.
Three artists are featured in substantial illustrated articles in this issue: the British illustrator John Millar Watt, a frequent contributor to the Look and Learn and Picture Library series; the Serbian fantasy painter Petar Meseldžija; and the children’s book illustrator Davd Ashford.
The Man Who Changed the Look of British Illustration
In addition to producing his own ground-breaking work, Brian Grimwood founded the internationally renowned Central Illustration Agency in 1983. His distinctive free and fluid style first brought him to prominence in the 1960s and this overview of his output, which includes traditional drawings and paintings as well as iPad and Photoshop designs, clearly demonstrates his significant contribution to the changing world of commercial art since then.
A Portrait of Fashion
Six Centuries of Dress at the National Portrait Gallery
Discussing portraits of around 190 people, ranging chronologically from Henry VII to Grayson Perry and Elizabeth II, this study uses the superb collection of the National Portrait Gallery to explore the role of clothing and accessories in portraiture. With an illustrated introductory chapter and detailed commentary on 95 individuals, pairs or groups, the book looks at how clothing and fabrics are used to delineate identity and character, and how the choice of apparel gives insight into a sitter’s personality.
The Vintage Fashion Bible
The Style Guide to Vintage Looks 1920s–1990s
Written by the co-founders of British fashion brand ‘Red or Dead’ Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway and illustrated with items from their personal archive, this complete visual history of 20th-century fashion is arranged by decade. Along with an introduction to each period and discussion of the social influences on fashion, key designers and style icons of the day, it has a practical guide to buying, styling and restoring vintage clothing and interviews with collectors.
Alexander Rodchenko (1891-1953) was a central figure in the Russian Constructivist art movement: a radical activist, a pioneer of photomontage and a theorist, re-examining the place of art in the post-Revolution, classless society. This concise, illustrated study from the Design series focuses on Rodchenko's graphic work for book jackets, posters and advertising.
Graphic Art of the Underground
From the automotive art of ‘Kustom Kulture’ in 1950s and 1960s California, through drug-fuelled psychedelic graphics and the cartoons and freak art of illustrators such as Robert Crumb in the underground press, to punk graphics and the ‘lowbrow’ art of West Coast USA, this history uses LP cover art, flyers and concert posters to follow the shifting visual aesthetic and the artistic personalities of the counter-culture up to contemporary indie crafts. Sexually explicit content.
Edwardian Ladies' Hat Fashions
'Where Did You Get That Hat?'
Based on the historian Peter Kimpton’s collection of fashion postcards from Edwardian times, this well-illustrated guide documents the hat (and hatpin) fashions that defined that era and the designers – including Coco Chanel – who created them. The author also explores the darker side of the millinery industry, from the wholesale slaughter of exotic birds for their ornate feathers to the appalling conditions in the hat-making sweatshops of New York.
The Second Book of Illustrations by Chris Achilleos
A master of pre-digital airbrush technique, Chris Achilléos was a leading figure in fantasy, science fiction and glamour illustration in the 1970s and 1980s, creating visuals for film design, book covers and magazines. This collection of his work includes a brief biography in addition to over 100 artworks and preliminary drawings ranging from fantasy paintings and erotic illustrations to book cover art for Doctor Who and Star Trek novelizations. Slightly off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Designing Costume for Stage and Screen
Comprehensively illustrated with period images, design sketches and photographs of notable garments from well-known films and plays, this guide provides practical advice for students or working designers of amateur or professional productions. A history of theatrical costume is followed by guidance on the design process, thoughts about communicating ideas to your audience, an analysis of period styles from medieval to modern, and case studies from the author's illustrious career.
The Evolution of Type
A Graphic Guide to 100 Landmark Typefaces
Tony Seddon traces the development of type design and typographic style through a detailed survey of 100 important typefaces, from Nicholas Jenson’s early use of Roman letterforms in the mid 15th century to Selva, a blackletter typeface designed in 2012. For each design, Seddon describes its creator and its development, and provides examples of the typeface and a large, annotated illustration of a capital and a lower-case letter showing their distinctive typographical elements and innovations.
The Best of Letterhead & Logo Design
This compendium of the work of leading graphic designers in America and Europe presents over 300 designs for company logos and letterheads in a range of business sectors from creative and media agencies, retailers and entertainment companies to educational and non-profit organizations.
Masterpieces of Italian Design
Italy’s gifted designers, craft workshops, engineers and technologically sophisticated factories have provided the ideal conditions for the creation of functional, innovative and elegant designs, and made names such as Alessi, Missoni, Olivetti and Lamborghini internationally famous. This volume illustrates and describes 100 outstanding industrial and decorative designs from the century between 1902 to 2011, including furniture, metal wares, fabric, glass and ceramics, lighting, cars and motorcycles.
Edward Bawden Design
Edward Bawden (1903–1989) was one of the most innovative graphic designers of the 20th century, whose work included covers and designs for the Curwen Press, illustrations for the Ambrose Bierce cookery books published by Faber & Faber, ceramic designs, advertising artworks, particularly for London Transport and Fortnum & Mason, and murals. In this volume from the Design series, Peyton Skipwith’s succinct account of Bawden’s career accompanies reproductions of a wide selection of his work.
The Whole Story
With over 1,000 illustrations, this is a comprehensive and chronological history of worldwide fashion, from Greek draped styles and Inca tapestries of 500 BC to up-cycling and Afrocentric designs of the 21st century, via silk dresses of the Tang dynasty, fantastical headdresses of the 1770s and the Zhongshan suit of 1920s China. Focal points of many garments are highlighted with notes, significant designers are profiled and each fashion period is contextualized with a historical timeline.
The Raging Storm
The Album Graphics of Stormstudios
Storm Thorgerson made his name as the cover art designer of classic albums such as The Dark Side of the Moon and Band on the Run and his design company's more recent work retains his characteristic style of using photography to create surreal tableaux. This collection presents the studio's work between 2001 and 2011, explaining the design ideas behind album covers by artists including Biffy Clyro, Pink Floyd, Muse and the Cranberries.
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.
Dress of the Year
The Fashion Museum, Bath, takes donation of one new outfit from a contemporary designer each year. The pieces are chosen by fashion writers and intended to reflect the mood of the time – they are often prophetic of future trends. Beginning in 1963 with a Mary Quant dress, and finishing in 2012 with an appliqué evening dress by Christian Dior, this publication includes a photograph and description for each garment in the collection. Incorrectly placed text on page 126 corrected with erratum slip.
Through the work of contemporary photographers, writers, artists and designers, this book offers a vision of cultural life and life on the city streets of Iran today, and a glimpse of how Iranians think and feel about their country. Among the aspects of modern Iran explored in words and pictures are big housing developments or ‘slab cities’, publishing, heavy metal music, and beards.
Ambassador of Comics
In 1939, at the age of 17, Jerry Robinson was taken on by cartoonist Bob Kane to work on his new creation, Batman, and over the next few years helped create the superhero's sidekick, Robin, and his chief antagonist, the Joker. This illustrated biography charts the career of the influential artist from comic books, satirical cartoons and newspaper comic strips to his later work as a curator of comic book art and campaigner for artist's rights.
Tiles and Tilework of Europe
This handsome, lavishly illustrated volume charts the production and use of ceramics in architecture and interior decoration from the Middle Ages to the present. Drawing on the rich collection of London’s V&A, the book discusses different traditions and techniques, from the encaustic tiles of the Gothic era through Dutch Delftware to the lively, inventive work of Duncan Grant, while the influence of the Islamic world is shown in the tiles of Moorish Spain and Victorian England.
Vogue: The Shoe
Award-winning journalist Harriet Quick describes shoes as objects of ‘fascination, status and desire’ in this lavish volume, presented in an embossed box with a ribbon bookmark. Over 300 images by British Vogue photographers spanning from 1920 to 2015 are organized into five themed chapters including ‘Cinderella’, with bejewelled pumps by Manolo Blahnik, and ‘Fetish & Fantasia’, featuring Jean-Paul Gaultier’s corset-laced, thigh-length boots.
1,000 Masterpieces of Modern Design, 1800 to the Present Day
Mid 20th-century classics, such as Charles Eames' Model No.670 lounge chair and Arne Jacobsen's Egg chair, are among the extensive selection featured in this design compendium. Each example is afforded its own page and profiled with a brief description and example photograph. Organized chronologically, from the 1800s to the present day, the sourcebook demonstrates how different approaches to the same design problem reflect changing tastes, differing ideals and new technologies.
The Mackintosh Style
Decor & Design
Elizabeth Wilhide begins this study of Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868–1928) and his achievements in architecture and design by looking at how influences such as the Arts and Crafts and Aesthetic movements were forged into a new style and a ‘unique vocabulary of design and decoration’. The book goes on to give a detailed and richly illustrated account of buildings and interiors by Mackintosh, including The Glasgow School of Art, Windyhill, The Hill House and the Willow Tea Rooms.
The Complete Sourcebook
This comprehensive and detailed sourcebook comprises over 2,000 specially commissioned illustrations, many in colour, charting the history of the shoe from the Egyptian sandals of 2500 BCE to the baseball boots of the 21st century. Each example is carefully described, including details of materials, decorations and fastenings. The reference section provides short biographies of leading designers and companies, and a visual timeline shows the development of footwear through the centuries.
Shirley Craven and Hull Traders
Revolutionary Fabrics and Furniture 1957–1980
Under the direction of the designer Shirley Craven (b.1934), Hull Traders was one of the most innovative and influential textile studios of the 1960s; its bold, vivid patterns perfectly captured the exuberance and iconoclasm of the era. Published in conjunction with an exhibition at Ferens Art Gallery, Hull, this stylish book celebrates a remarkable creative partnership, and reproduces more than 125 vibrant fabrics by such celebrated artists as Eduardo Paolozzi (1924–2005), Ivon Hitchens (1893–1979) and Althea McNish (b.1933).
The Man Who Could Not Stop Drawing
Leonard S Marcus, a distinguished historian of children's literature, presents a short biography of Randolph Caldecott (1846–1886), illustrated with a great collection of his work, including many previously unpublished drawings. From doodling in the margins of his schoolbooks to his tragically early death, the book traces the career of the 'man who invented the modern picture book' and whose dynamic visual storytelling was to influence later illustrators, notably Beatrix Potter and Maurice Sendak. Slightly off-mint.
In 1933, Stephen Tallents, who had been working on posters for the Empire Marketing Board, joined the General Post Office (GPO) to revitalize its public relations and advertising campaigns. He was to become a major patron of art and design, commissioning work by designers such as Edward McKnight Kauffer, Lewitt-Him and Frank Newbould. This volume describes the major personalities and themes of Tallents’s ambitious project.
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.
20 Iconic Film Posters
Film director Otto Preminger gave Saul Bass his break in movies, allowing the designer to carry through his ideas of creating a unified graphic identity for a film, removing sensationalist illustrations and images of the stars. This book reproduces 20 of his classic poster designs, from Vertigo and Spartacus to The Shining. The reproductions are printed on heavy board and sized to fit 12 x 16 inch (305 x 406mm) frames.
The Modern Magazine
Visual Journalism in the Digital Era
Digital technology has had a profound effect on magazine publishing, reducing large circulations but making it easier to manipulate text and images, and cheaper than ever to print small numbers. This review of developments in magazine design in the 21st century includes hundreds of example pages from a wide spectrum of publications from mainstream titles to the many new independent magazines that have emerged in recent years.
50 Shoes that Changed the World
The Design Museum
Whether mass-produced for everyday wear or hand-crafted as a work of art, shoes hold an important place in fashion and social history. Beginning with the production of the first plimsoll in the 1830s and progressing through designs including Dr Martens boots and flip-flops to architect Zaha Hadid's sculptural Melissa shoe, created in 2008, this illustrated guide outlines the historical context and significance of 50 iconic styles.
The Chronology of Pattern
Pattern in Art from Lotus Flower to Flower Power
A richly illustrated sourcebook, this journey through 3,000 years of pattern styles reveals geographical and cultural contrasts and connections from late Bronze Age metalwork motifs to 21st-century fashion design. Including a visual timeline, analyses of elements of pattern, biographies of the great innovators and examples from textiles, paintings, mosaics, engravings and architecture from around the world, the book provides an inspirational design resource and an expert guide to the history and development of pattern in art.
Legendary Food Brands and Their Typefaces
The McDonald's 'golden arches' logo that has become such an iconic global emblem was originally devised to reference the distinctive architecture of the early restaurants, the most recognizable feature of the growing fast food empire in the 1960s. This design history examines 23 enduring food products, including Heinz ketchup, Campbell's soup, Coca Cola and Oxo, and traces how the illustrative and typographic styles of their brand identities have developed over the years.
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.
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.
Lee Miller in Fashion
Lee Miller is renowned as one of the 20th century's finest photojournalists, but the woman who photographed the liberation of Dachau began her career as a fashion model in 1920s New York. In the 1930s, she switched from New York to Paris and London and from model to photographer. This first study devoted to Miller's work in fashion presents an outstanding collection of her photographs for Vogue and couture houses, revealing fashion as the backbone of her extraordinarily varied career.
Understanding Fashion History
As fashion history is now taught, a divide has developed between collections of dress in museums and academics who approach fashion via theories about the body, feminism, gender and postmodernism. A classic text in its field, this book re-examines the evolution of fashion and how it has been defined and studied since the late 17th century, and looks in detail at the assembling and use of collections of fashion and textiles.
Festival of Britain
Held on the centenary of the Great Exhibition of 1851, the Festival of Britain was a celebration of the end of post-war austerity and a showcase for British arts, science and trade for the future. This book examines the objects and printed ephemera produced to commemorate the Festival and includes work by major designers, including Abram Games’s Festival emblem and Lewitt-Him’s Guinness Clock in the Battersea Park Pleasure Gardens.
The Art of Things
Product Design Since 1945
New materials, new manufacturing techniques and a new consumer society drove rapid change in product design after the Second World War. The American dream home of the 1940s and 1950s led the way, with iconic designs in cars, furniture and everyday items emerging from Europe and Japan as prosperity grew. With over 700 illustrations, this book identifies key developments, exploring such milestones as Charles Eames' chairs, the Mini, the Sony Walkman and the iPhone. Slipcased.
Graphic Design in Context
In his foreword, Professor Meredith Davis writes ‘a change in how we teach typography is long overdue’: this book breaks new ground, approaching the ever-changing environment of contemporary typography through explanations of how and why typography works, or does not work, in a given context. Intended as a core text for typography courses, the book is very well illustrated and each chapter starts with a ‘primer’ by William Temple giving concise definitions of terms.
Global Street Style
The shiny skirts, bowler hats and plaits of Bolivian ‘Cholitas’ reveal them to be a cut above the peasant women, while the ‘born-free’ Smarteez of South Africa express their superiority through avant-garde individuality. Based around the images of an award-winning fashion photographer, this photographic extravaganza explores how, in seven distinct areas of the world, modern-day ‘tribes’ use style as a means to express themselves, often overcoming hardship or personal misfortune in the process.
The Performance of Style
Most associated with the music of artists such as David Bowie, glam was an extravagant and subversive movement of the early 1970s that has received much attention recently for its influence on later music and fashion and for the wider social impact of its experiments with androgyny and artifice. This catalogue, published to accompany the exhibition at the Tate, Liverpool, presents a collection of illustrated essays exploring the music, fashion, art and politics of glam.
The Fashion of Subcultures
Social changes in the early 20th century increasingly encouraged young people to develop tastes that were different from those of their parents, and to spend money on indulging their interests. Usually aligning themselves with new movements in popular music, style tribes emerged with idiosyncratic attitudes and modes of dress. This survey of youth culture identifies over 30 styles from the flappers of the 1920s and the swing kids of the 1930s, to beatniks, hippies, goths and hipsters.
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.
20th-Century Design for Contemporary LIving
Currently there is a movement away from bland flatpack furniture in favour of 20th-century design classics that combine traditional craftsmanship with modern style. Well-illustrated in colour throughout, this collector’s guide explores the key movements, from art deco through mid-century modern and pop art to postmodernism, and explains how to select vintage pieces and integrate them stylishly into a modern home. Includes a directory of designers and manufacturers, and suppliers.
The Mechanical Smile
Modernism and the First Fashion Shows in France and America 1900–1929
In a richly illustrated study of the early fashion shows in France and America between the 1880s and 1929, Caroline Evans brings ‘economic and design history together in a new formation’ as she explores topics including fashion and modernism; the innovations of designers such as Worth, Lucile and Poiret; the body and the fashion mannequins (as models were known); the international garment and fashion trade; and commercial and cultural relations between America and France.
The Essence of English Decoration
Arthur Sanderson set up as an importer of French wallpaper in London in 1860, but changing tastes and new technologies meant that he was soon producing his own designs and establishing a name that still stands for quality and taste in interior design today. This highly illustrated volume describes the development of the company and its products from the Arts and Crafts style of its early wallpapers to mid-20th-century, modernist-influenced designs and today's interpretations of classic patterns. Slightly off-mint.
Aarrgghh!! It's War
Between the 1950s and 1970s the British comic digests War, Battle, Air Ace and War at Sea ran for a combined total of more than 4,500 issues, their humble black-and-white artwork on cheap newsprint concealed beneath painted covers bursting with colour and conflict, depicting soldiers, sailors and pilots fighting for their lives in the Second World War. This title reproduces over 500 of the digests' finest covers in the quality they deserve, and features commentary by veteran comic artist David Roach. Foreword by James May.
The Cult of Nature in Italian Design
This is the catalogue of an American exhibition on the manifestation of the 'Liberty style' of the early 20th century in the decorative arts of Italy. The First International Exposition of Modern Decorative Art, held in Turin in 1902, was the starting point for the evolution of the style in the country, largely through the work of the furniture-maker and entrepreneur Agostino Lauro (1861–1924). His creations are among those illustrated here, alongside preparatory drawings, contemporary photographs and other items from the archives.
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.
Twentieth Century Design
A Decade-by-Decade Exploration of Graphic Style
After a timeline summarizing a century of design, Tony Seddon's richly illustrated survey examines the movements in art, graphic design and typography, the major designers and 'the look' of each decade of the 20th century, from the Arts and Crafts Movement and Art Nouveau of the early 1900s to the impact of digital media in the 1990s. Covering Europe and America, the book profiles 30 graphic designers or design studios and analyses one piece of representative artwork for each decade.