Bikinis, Bell-Bottoms and Little Black Dresses
70 Great Fashion Classics
Flip-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.
Abram Games and London Transport
One of the greatest graphic designers of last century, Abram Games (1914–1988) was a Londoner and a dedicated user of public transport as well as the designer of many brilliant posters for London’s Underground and bus services – all informed by his personal philosophy of 'maximum meaning, minimum means'. This book offers a unique insight into Gates's working methods, reproducing rarely seen sketches and following the development of initial ideas through to the final design.
This is Your Way Sir
LMS Publicity and Posters, 1923 to 1947
Once seen on station platforms across the country, posters for the railway companies represented a highpoint of 1920s and 1930s commercial art. This collection, featuring posters and other publicity materials, illustrates how the 'golden age of steam' was also a golden age of graphic design. Among the destinations advertised by the London, Midland and Scottish Railway were Lytham St Annes, Morecambe Bay, the Lake District, Ireland and, in a glamorous painting of theatregoers by Fortunino Matania, Southport in wintertime.