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.
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.
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.
FHK Henrion was one of a distinguished group of graphic designers – refugees from Europe during the 1930s – who brought cutting edge design to England. As well as poster and exhibition designs, this book covers his work in corporate identity, creating iconic logos for companies such as Tate and Lyle, Blue Circle Cement and the National Theatre. The Design series presents introductions to some of the great names in British book design, illustration and typography. Each book is exceptionally well illustrated, with fine reproductions accompanied by a concise and informative essay on a designer’s career or a significant moment in the history of 20th-century design.
Claud Lovat Fraser
Although known today mainly for his poster, costume and the stage sets for Nigel Playfair's 1920 production of The Beggar's Opera, Claud Lovat Fraser worked in a great variety of media including watercolours, caricature, fabric design, book illustration and the design of pattern-papers, particularly for the Curwen Press and Poetry Bookshop. The Design series presents introductions to some of the great names in British book design, illustration and typography. Each book is exceptionally well illustrated, with fine reproductions accompanied by a concise and informative essay on a designer’s career or a significant moment in the history of 20th-century design.
Festival of Britain
The 1951 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 features work by major designers, including the many variants of Abram Games’s Festival emblem.The Design series presents introductions to some of the great names in British book design, illustration and typography. Each book is exceptionally well illustrated, with fine reproductions accompanied by a concise and informative essay on a designer’s career or a significant moment in the history of 20th-century design.
Heath Robinson's Commercial Art
A Compendium of His Advertising Work
William Heath Robinson (1872–1944) wanted to be a landscape painter but lack of funds made him turn to comic art in 1906, and eventually drew him into advertising. This definitive study of his commercial art is arranged by theme – from heavy engineering to finance – and presents over 280 illustrations, including some of his finest contraption drawings from promotional booklets such as The Gentle Art of Excavating, An Unconventional History of Hovis and Then and Now for Port of Manchester Warehouses Ltd.
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.
100 Years of Tattoos
Over the past century, tattoo culture has gradually emerged from the underground and reached the mainstream. This comprehensive visual history of the art offers analysis in the context of changing fashions and subcultures, from the designs favoured by sailors during the First World War to those of contemporary celebrities.
Walk this Way
Footwear from the Stuart Weitzman Collection of Historic Shoes
Known for his use of unique materials and his creation of bespoke shoes for Oscar nominees, the American designer Stuart Weitzman has, over the years, acquired an impressive assortment of antique footwear. Illustrated with photographs from this collection, the costume and textile historian Edward Maeder explores the impact of twentieth-century design and culture on the evolution of women's shoes from 1870-1980.
Carpets of the Art Deco Era
This illustrated volume studies the influence of early 20th century avant-garde art and architecture on the design of carpets, from the roots of an abstract approach in the stylized natural forms of Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau to the bold colour and shape of Art Deco. The survey reviews regional styles across Europe and America and includes designs by celebrated artists including Léger and Miró.
Peacock and Vine
On William Morris and Mariano Fortuny
This well-illustrated small volume is a personal reflection on two influential designers by the award-winning writer AS Byatt. Morris, the Victorian medievalist and champion of traditional crafts, and Fortuny, the aristocratic Spanish fashion designer of the 1920s, share a similar reverence for historic models and Byatt finds points of connection and inspiration, picking out themes and reflecting on their influences and the sincerity of their art. Slightly off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge
Time Out 50
50 Years, 50 Covers
The groundbreaking independent magazine Time Out launched in London in 1968 and spread to other major cities around the world. This celebration features classic covers from throughout the magazine's history and includes the memories of writers, photographers, designers and editors.
Best known for his cutlery and silverwares, David Mellor (1930–2009) referred to himself as an 'instinctive modernist' and his designs – particularly public commissions such as Abacus bus shelters, street lighting and litter bins – helped modernize the post-war British landscape. The Design series presents introductions to some of the great names in British book design, illustration and typography. Each book is exceptionally well illustrated, with fine reproductions accompanied by a concise and informative essay on a designer’s career or a significant moment in the history of 20th-century design.
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.
A Sourcebook for Old-School Designs and Tattoo Artists
Once the preserve of sailors and bikers, tattoos have become enormously popular in the last two decades. This book explores their history, illustrating many striking designs and recording the colourful lives of the great tattoo artists of the past. Each chapter focuses on a particular theme: the circus, naval and military, girls, hearts and banners, religious icons, rock and roll, and prison tattoos.
Twentieth-Century Type and Beyond
Reproducing many example type sets as well as posters, book pages and art, this review analyses how type design developed in the 20th century. It also looks at how artists and designers applied letterforms in their work, from the Art Nouveau and Futurist influences of the beginning of the century to the impact of the Apple Mac and digital type.
Fashion in the '70s
From hippy flares to punk drainpipes and sequinned disco hot pants to flowing organza evening gowns, womenswear in the 1970s was an eclectic affair. Featuring more than 450 original photographs and illustrations, this volume presents an overview of the decade's styles, plus a directory of influential designers and fashion houses.
Loulou and Yves
The Untold Story of Loulou de La Falaise and the House of Saint Laurent
These 150 candid interviews with some of the most influential figures in 20th-century fashion tell the story of Loulou de La Falaise, proving that the sometime model, designer, and editor was so much more than Yves Saint Laurent's muse – a moniker that she loathed.
The Art of Graphic Design
The distinguished career of the American graphic designer Bradbury Thompson (1911–1995) included work in the design of magazines, postage stamps and books, particularly the Bible, in corporate identity, and as a teacher at the Yale University School of Art. In this award-winning autobiography, first published in 1988, he describes his work from the war years (1940–45) up to his much-acclaimed redesign of the King James Bible.
Hundreds of examples of the use of Futura and its many derivatives are illustrated in this tribute to the celebrated typeface. Reviewing the origin and history of the design, created in 1927 by Paul Renner as part of the New Frankfurt architectural project, the images and accompanying essays describe how the once radical and futuristic letterforms, based on pure geometric shapes, have become a familiar typographic standard.
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.
The World Atlas of Street Fashion
In this highly illustrated volume, the fashion historian Caroline Cox explores the derivation and development of sartorial movements in different regions of the world – such as the Chinese skinheads of Beijing, the feminist funkeiras of São Paolo, the raggare of Stockholm and the ravers of Ibiza. In doing so, she demonstrates how clothing choices can transmit messages of resistance, solidarity, subversion or musical affiliation.
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.
Street Jewellery Styles and Styling Tips
Describing jewellery as 'the ultimate means of self-expression', the stylist Liza Urla started her popular Gemologue blog in 2009, and since then has worked with brands including Chanel, Bulgari and Fabergé. This collection of photographs, interspersed with styling suggestions, chronicles her journey around the world in search of inspirational pieces of jewellery from private collections, boutiques and trade shows.
Encyclopedia of Russian Stage Design, 1880–1930
The Catalogue Raisonné of the Collection of Nina and Nikita D. Lobanov-Rostovsky
Russian Stage Design 1880–1930 is a two-volume work based on the collection, now in the Glinka Museum, St Petersburg, of Nina and Nikita Lobanov-Rostovsky. This is Volume II: a catalogue raisonné documenting each work in the collection, with details of attribution, date and stage production. The 1,196 entries include sketches and design drawings of stage sets and costumes, and portraits of the artists and 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.
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.
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.
100 Great Children's Picturebooks
A personal selection that is ‘first and foremost about good art and design’, Martin Salisbury’s 100 picture books are arranged chronologically from The Slant Book (1910) by Peter Newell, to Katherina Manolessou’s Zoom Zoom Zoom (2014) and include not only the finest illustrated books for children but also works that were designed for a wider audience, such as Richards and Ravilious’ High Street. Each book is described and illustrated with multiple reproductions of pictures and pages.
Masterpieces of Russian Stage Design
1880–1930, Volume 1
Russian Stage Design 1880–1930 is a two-volume work based on the collection of Nina and Nikita Lobanov-Rostrovsky now in the Glinka Museum, St Petersburg. Volume II is the catalogue raisonné; this first volume introduces the history, theatre companies and productions of the Russian stage as a whole, questioning the assumed dominance of Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes artists. The ‘masterpieces’ are presented in 242 full-page reproductions of designs by artists including Léon Bakst, Sonia Delaunay, Natalia Goncharova and El Lissitzky.
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.
Elsa Schiaparelli's Private Album
The fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli flouted 1930s style conventions with her idiosyncratic designs, becoming well-known for her collaborations with Surrealist artists such as Salvador Dalí. With biographical text by her granddaughter Marisa Berenson, this collection of images from her personal archive includes likenesses by Picasso and Drian, photographs of her at work and leisure, pictures of her couture shows, contemporaneous magazine extracts and facsimile pages from her note- and sketchbooks.
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.
Shoes for Stars
From a stall on London's Waterloo Road, H&M Rayne evolved over the course of a century into a world-famous luxury shoe brand known for its collaboration with designers including Mary Quant and Bruce Oldfield. Sumptuously illustrated with photographs and contemporaneous print advertisements, this volume charts the company's history and its famous clientele, and explores the influence of the social and artistic milestones of the 20th century on footwear design.
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.
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.
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.
Designs and Sketches for elBulli
Ferran Adrià, chef of the three-Michelin-star restaurant elBulli, collaborated with industrial designer Luki Huber to create bespoke cooking and serving implements that would facilitate his advanced methods and enhance the presentation of his food. This notebook of Huber’s sketches and photography includes such innovations as a mould to insert fillings between the tines of a fork and silver-plated meringue boxes.
Representing the Domestic Interior Since the Renaissance
With contributions from 31 art and design historians, this richly illustrated volume surveys changing representations of domestic interiors and discusses the meanings ascribed to them in Europe and North America over time. The essays explore key issues through subjects ranging from the interior settings of the birth of the Virgin in 15th-century painting to television ‘make-over’ shows today; while short, illustrated features look at ways of interior image-making including Renaissance prints, inventories and photography.
Fit Men Wanted
Original Posters from the Home Front
Recruitment posters were a key tool in getting men and women to enlist during the First and Second World Wars and public notices of all kinds were further used to inform and direct the population’s behaviour. This collection of 62 detachable facsimile posters ranges from the blunt ‘Men of Hull Get a Move On’ to the surprising ‘Attack With Your Wastepaper’ and ‘Sultanas are News’.
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.
Modern Scandinavian Design
This extensively researched, highly illustrated guide to the everyday design traditions of the Nordic countries since 1925, an aesthetic which is broadly underpinned by a shared belief in social equality, ranges from decorative pieces to lighting, furniture and architecture. The authors explore the influences that characterize each country's contrasting output, such as the Danish philosophy of Hygge, the Finnish preference for functionality, the ethical approach favoured by Sweden and the rich folk heritage of Norway.
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.
Love and Rockets
Subverting the traditions of comic book art, the Hernandez brothers’ stories, set in a Central American village and among the Californian Mexican community, heralded a new alternative comic book style when Love and Rockets was launched in 1982. This portfolio reproduces the front and back covers of all 50 issues of Volume 1 (1982–96) as well as the collected edition covers plus original artwork and production ephemera. Slightly off-mint.
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.
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.
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.
Sex, Sense and Nonsense
Felicity Green on the '60s Fashion Scene
Felicity Green was fashion editor of the Daily Mirror throughout the 1960s and, as well as blazing a trail for women in journalism, revolutionized newspaper coverage of fashion through the introduction of celebrity and glamour. Reproducing some of the best pages from the newspaper, featuring leading models, designers and celebrities of the day, she reflects on the rapidly changing scene of the 1960s, when sexy and playful fashions scandalized, entertained and excited the nation.
Fashion by Chance 1960–1974
A Visual Autobiography
During the 1960s and 1970s the fashion designer Cleonice Capece played a pivotal role in the success of the 'Made in Italy' mark, creating collections that were sold all over the world in iconic stores including Harrods and Saks New York. This account of her life in the industry is illustrated with fashion shoot photographs, press clippings, sketches, and previously unpublished ephemera from her personal archive.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 models of more recent designers as well as investigating footwear styles dating back as far as 3500 BCE – the oldest shoe ever found.
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.
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 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.
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.
The 1943 Utility Furniture Catalogue with an Explanation of Britain's Second World War Utility Scheme
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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 volume focuses on his graphic work for book jackets, posters and advertisements. The Design series presents introductions to some of the great names in British book design, illustration and typography. Each book is exceptionally well illustrated, with fine reproductions accompanied by a concise and informative essay on a designer’s career or a significant moment in the history of 20th-century design.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.