Fashion Since 1900
The Complete Sourcebook
This largely pictorial volume is divided into ten sections, focusing on each decade of the 20th and early 21st centuries. Colour illustrations chart the changing face of fashion, showing underwear, leisure wear, day wear, evening dresses, bridal gowns and accessories for each period, with notes on dates, materials, styles and designs. Short biographies of relevant couturiers and designers are provided, with an illustrated chart of how styles developed through the century. Slightly off-mint.
Ravilious & Co
The Pattern of Friendship
An ‘outbreak of talent’ was how Paul Nash described the group of students he taught at the Royal College of Art in 1924–5. Eric Ravilious, Edward Bawden, Barnett Freedman and Enid Marx formed the core of a network of artists, friends and lovers influenced by Nash. This group biography explores their lives and relationships from the 1920s to Ravilious’s death in 1942 and, with reproductions of over 200 examples, it examines their painting, illustration and a variety of work in commercial design.
English Writers, Artists and the Imagination from Virginia Woolf to John Piper
Was it a betrayal of the modern movement to be in love, as John Piper was, with old churches? Harris finds the engagement of artists and writers with the English countryside during the interwar years ‘an expression of responsibility – towards places, people and histories too valuable and too vulnerable to go missing from art’. Among the now much-admired figures discussed are Paul Nash, Edward Bawden, Gertrude Hermes, John Betjeman and Daphne du Maurier, and the book features carefully chosen quotations and reproductions of their works.
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.
Paper Engineering for Designers
Pop-Up Skills and Techniques
Key techniques for making paper pop-ups for books and greetings cards are explained in this instructional guide (its inside cover reveals a surprisingly complex pop-up of its own). Each spread focuses on one particular mechanism, including the V-fold, pivot, pull-tab and wheel, and folds out to provide numerous ready-cut, pop-out shapes for constructing examples. Lists of basic equipment and further techniques, plus a glossary of terms, are included.
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 Complete 20th Century Sourcebook
Illustrating how men’s and women’s accessories evolved over the 20th century, this sourcebook contains over 2000 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.
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.
Keep Britain Tidy
And Other Posters from the Nanny State
'Don't ask a man to drink and drive', 'Coughs and sneezes spread diseases', 'Take your litter home'... Combining snappy slogans with eye-catching graphics, post-war British governments sought to influence the way we lived – all for our own good, of course. Accompanied by informative captions, more than 40 of these posters, produced between 1945 and 1975, are reproduced in this book in handy detachable format ready to pin up as nostalgic decoration. But remember – take care how you do it.
Young British Talents Talk Business
A look at how and why in the 1990s British style and attitude influenced Parisian couture, global advertising and American pop radio, through illustrated essays by young talents such as DJ James Lavelle, photographer Corinne Day and filmmaker Isaac Julien.
The Complete Historical Sourcebook
Tracing the history of children's fashions from ancient times to the present day, this sourcebook comprises over 1,000 specially drawn examples of the clothes children of various ages wore at different periods, with accompanying text detailing every aspect of their apparel, including accessories. Concluding with a simplified time chart and a bibliography, this is a colourful, authoritative, but also very accessible reference for designers, historians and collectors.
Cast Iron Decoration
A World Survey
In the 19th century there was an amazing flowering of ironwork forms, mass produced and widely distributed, but of extreme variety and richness of design. This volume introduces cast iron (often mistakenly referred to as 'wrought iron'), its manufacturers and their pattern books, and presents an international photographic inventory of the forms taken by cast iron ornamentation, its national variations, its relationship to architecture and its contribution to the appearance of buildings.
Architecture on the Carpet
The Curious Tale of Construction Toys and the Genesis of Modern Buildings
As children, the celebrated architects Norman Foster and Richard Rodgers both played with Meccano, the engineering toy, and they acknowledge its influence on their later work. This book examines an array of 20th-century building toys, including the American Bilt-E-Z sets of the 1920s that modelled contemporary skyscrapers, and the Girder and Panel sets of the 1950s that mirror modern steel and glass building methods, and analyses how they may have influenced the architects of later decades.
Inventions that Didn't Change the World
It’s no wonder the ‘Combined Umbrella Handle and Railway Carriage Door Key’, or the ‘Continuous Stream Enema Fountain Syringe’, were never made, yet Victorian designers were ever hopeful of relieving life’s burdens. This fascinating collection of 240 illustrations, reproduced from the National Archives, features drawings of gadgets and appliances submitted to officialdom for copyright purposes but never realized as products. Domestic needs and health concerns are among the many aspects of Victorian life revealed by the quirky ingenuity on display.