In the second half of the 20th century Hardy Amies (1909–2003) epitomized the finest of British couture, with his emphasis on a strong line achieved with high-quality materials and excellent tailoring. This comprehensive survey of his life and work, illustrated with photographs of his creations and his clients, and original drawings, reveals how Amies, although best-known as couturier to the Queen, designed clothes for generations of aristocratic and influential women.
Lee Miller in Fashion
Lee Miller is renowned as one of the 20th century's finest photojournalists, but the woman who photographed the liberation of Dachau began her career as a fashion model in 1920s New York. In the 1930s, she switched from New York to Paris and London and from model to photographer. This first study devoted to Miller's work in fashion presents an outstanding collection of her photographs for Vogue and couture houses, revealing fashion as the backbone of her extraordinarily varied career.
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 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.
A History of Aristocratic Fashion Icons
Among the royals of Europe there have always been fashionistas: long before Christian Louboutin, Louis XIV created a trend with red-soled shoes, Queen Victoria started the fashion for white wedding dresses, and the elegant style of Grace Kelly has been copied the world over. With over 200 photographs of aristocratic fashion leaders, Royal Style celebrates regal fashion, from the Middle Ages to the newest icons such as the couture-loving Kate Middleton and Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece.
Great War Fashion
Tales from the History Wardrobe
This attractively designed social history rummages through the wardrobes of women in the years before the First World War to reveal the lives and fashions of the real women behind the stiff, mono-bosomed ideal of Edwardian high society, and closes with the newly liberated breed who donned trousers and overalls to work in munitions factories, uniforms to tend the wounded and widow's weeds to mourn a generation of men. The wide-ranging text is highly illustrated.
Classic Hollywood Style
Iconic costumes from the golden era of Hollywood are indelibly associated with particular stars and films. With over 150 photographs, and featuring screen stars such as Greta Garbo and Marilyn Monroe, this book explores how cinema's most glamorous costumes were created and how you can get the look today. Focusing on 34 classic films, including Casablanca, Breakfast at Tiffany's and Bonnie and Clyde, the book also tells the stories of the designers, including some who became stars themselves.
Fashion in Impressionist Paris
The Paris of the Impressionists was the fashion capital of the world. How was this reflected in their work? Featuring paintings by Degas, Manet, Monet and Morisot, this captivating book follows in the footsteps of stylish Parisians – at home, in cafés, in the park and on holiday; and it uses vintage photographs and prints to explore the worlds of dressmaking, millinery and the department store, while providing fresh insight into some of the most popular paintings of the 19th century.
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 Surreal Body
Fetish and Fashion
Manipulated, fetishized and strangely transmogrified, the representation of the female body was a common thread in the work of the early Surrealists such as Salvador Dali and Man Ray, and swiftly spilled over into the world of fashion. Published to accompany a major exhibition at the V&A, this stylish and lavishly illustrated book shows how Surrealist ideas gained general currency, whether in the collections of Elsa Schiaparelli and Meret Oppenheim, or in advertising, film, photography and ballet.