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.
The Definitive Sourcebook
In the 1920s, a great diversity of styles, including Art Deco, reflected the new freedoms and optimism of the post-First World War generation of young women. With around 600 contemporary photographs and fashion illustrations, this volume is a valuable resource for fashion historians, designers and fashionistas. It begins with an essay placing the clothes of the 1920s in social and economic context, before covering everything from the iconic silk sack dress and cloche hat to bridal gowns.
400 Chinese Motifs
Over many centuries, the tradition of Chinese decorative arts developed a way of rendering the world that is as instantly recognizable as it is consistent and harmonious. Inspired by examples on ceramics, paintings, bronzes, jade carvings, sculptures and architectural features, this book provides designs of flowers, animals, birds and fish for use in craft projects. The accompanying CD contains all 400 motifs.
Ancient to Present
For centuries, women have cut, coloured and styled their hair to change their appearance and express their personality. This history charts the changing fashions in the art of hairdressing from ancient Egypt to the present. Including over 1,000 illustrations and photographs, it celebrates the elaborate arrangements of the Romans, the bejewelled coiffures of the Renaissance, the bobs of the 1920s and the sophisticated cuts of today's leading stylists such as Anthony Mascolo, who provides the foreword.
Masterpieces of Italian Design
With its strong engineering focus, highly skilled craft workshops, specialized and technologically sophisticated factories, and an intellectually engaged design press, Italy has provided the ideal conditions for the creation of functional, innovative and elegant designs. This volume presents 100 of the finest products, from Carlo Bugatti's Cobra chair in 1902 to the Ducati 1199 Panigale, at the cutting edge of motorbike design in 2011. Each design is described in detail alongside a full-page colour photograph.