From punk rock in the 1970s to the Paris catwalks today, Vivienne Westwood’s career has spanned almost five decades and created a living legend – punk proprietor of Let it Rock, fashion designer, global brand, activist and grandmother, still wearing impossibly tall shoes in her seventies. Written in collaboration with the biographer Ian Kelly, this memoir tells the story of her extraordinary trajectory – from early memories of Second World War rationing (‘everybody was knitting’) to creating outfits for the Duchess of Cornwall.
by Celia Birtwell
Textile designer Celia Birtwell (b.1941) was one of British fashion's most fêted figures in the 1960s and 1970s, as well as a muse for David Hockney whose painting Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy featured Birtwell and her then-husband Ossie Clark. Her colourful and vibrant designs for clothes and home fabrics, often featuring flowers, animals and birds, are lavishly illustrated in this scrapbook, alongside photos from her life and career, comments from friends and colleagues, and her own reminiscences and observations.
A History of Britain in Thirty-Six Postage Stamps
From the world's first postage stamp, the 1840 Penny Black, to the First Class stamp 2012, Chris West's selection of 36 stamps – 'some beautiful, some quirky, some baffling, some stained with blood' – are the inspiration for his idiosyncratic and entertaining history of Britain. Among his collection are the 1881 Penny Lilac (33 billion printed); the first decimal set (1971); and a single foreign stamp telling a story of reparations and hyperinflation: a 1923 German 200 mark stamp, overprinted 2 million.
The Emperor's Private Paradise
Treasures from the Forbidden City
Within China's Forbidden City, and not yet open to the public, is the elegant, intimate Qianlong Garden, built as a retirement retreat for the Emperor Qianlong in the 18th century. A visionary patron of the arts, Qianlong designed the garden to reflect a perfect union of art, architecture and nature. This lavishly illustrated volume gives an in-depth analysis of that design and also interprets 90 of the superlative artworks commissioned by the Emperor for his garden.