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Vogue/Met: Parties, Exhibitions, People
by Hamish Bowles ~ Hardback

The Metropolitan Museum's annual Costume Institute exhibition is the most prestigious event of its kind--a remarkable, must-see spectacle. With subjects that both reflect the zeitgeist and contribute to its creation, each exhibition--from 2005's "Chanel," to 2011's "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty"...

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Vogue: The Editor's Eye
by Anna Wintour ~ Hardback

In September 2012, Vogue, the world's most influential fashion magazine, will celebrate its 120th Anniversary. Many of Vogue's hundreds of gorgeous images have remained timeless. With work by photographers such as Steichen, Horst, Avedon, Penn, Newton, Leibovitz, Testino, Weber, among others, Vogue:...

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The Dress
by Megan Hess ~ Hardback
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From Ms Hepburn's elegant black shift to Lady Gaga's meat gown, The Dress relives the marvellous and unforgettable dresses of fashion: think Liz Hurley's safety-pin ensemble, Princess Di's never- ending wedding dress, or that unforgettable white halter sported by Marilyn in The Seven Year Itch. Mega...

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Face Paint
by Lisa Eldridge ~ Hardback

Make-up, as we know it, has only been commercially available in the last 100 years, but applying decoration to the face and body may be one of the oldest global social practices. Lisa Eldridge, one of the world's foremost make-up artists-with a very large and loyal public following of her own-has wr...

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Vogue Essentials: Little Black Dress
by Chloe Fox ~ Hardback

'One is never over-dressed or under-dressed with a Little Black Dress' Karl Lagerfeld Ninety years after Vogue dubbed Coco Chanel's simple short black 'Ford' dress 'the frock that all the world will wear', Chloe Fox celebrates the best LBDs in Vogue Essentials: Little Black Dress. From the bold,...

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Vogue Essentials: Handbags
by Carolyn Asome ~ Hardback

Since its inception more than a century ago, Vogue has been fascinated by the infinite incarnations of the handbag. From the myriad surrealist creations of Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel to Prada's democratic nylon backpack, from the exclusive Hermes Birkin bag to individual vintage gems, the handbag is f...

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Inside Vogue
by Alexandra Shulman ~ Hardback

Coinciding with its 100th anniversary, Inside Vogue is Alexandra Shulman's record of her life at the magazine during its centenary year. These diaries are a fascinating glimpse into the realities of her day to day as the longest serving Editor-in-chief in Vogue's history- the emotional and personal ...

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Coco Chanel
by Megan Hess ~ Hardback

Coco Chanel: The Illustrated World of a Fashion Icon is an illustrated biography of Coco's Chanel's life from the internationally reknown illustrator and author, Megan Hess. It features key moments from Coco's amazing life and iconic items from the fashion empire that she built. Think an illustrated...

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Jane Austen Fashion
by Penelope Byrde ~ Paperback / softback

Jane Austen loved clothes, and followed fashion with enthusiasm. She was also an expert needlewoman. Her novels use the clothes people wore and their attitudes to dress to convey their characters. Her lively letters, extensively quoted, are full of shopping trips and visits to dressmakers. Penelope ...

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Edith Head's Hollywood
by Paddy Calistro ~ Paperback / softback

Celebrating a quarter-century since its initial release, "Edith Head's Hollywood" is reissued in trade paper, complete with an expanded photo section featuring the best work of the world's most famous costume designer. As the only authorized posthumous autobiography, Edith Head's Hollywood...

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Coco Chanel
by Justine Picardie ~ Paperback / softback
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Justine Picardie spent years puzzling over the truth about Coco Chanel, peeling away the accretions of romance and lies. Since its publication in 2010, hers has become the definitive Chanel biography. With a new foreword and previously unseen images, this new edition delves even deeper into the life...

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Fashion Climbing
by Bill Cunningham ~ Hardback

*A Financial Times Book of the Year 2018* *The New York Times Bestseller* 'I took to New York life like a star shooting through the heavens...' Bill Cunningham's first love was fashion but the big city came a close second. He left for New York aged nineteen, losing his family's support but enjoyi...

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All About the Boy
by Stephane Raynor ~ Hardback

Discover the true story behind the iconic London fashion label `BOY' told by the man himself - Stephane Raynor. Packed with punk attitude and original photography, buy a ticket and take the ride. Join Raynor on a journey through a life less ordinary - lived in a tireless pursuit for THE NEW. Artis...

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Unemployable
by Jason Boulter ~ Hardback

'Clearly, we were unemployable. To the outside that meant we were losers with juvenile hobbies and no future. To us, it meant not following a conventional life path. We wanted a grown-up life that would match our teen lives: optimistic, innovative and fun. Turns out when you band people together wit...

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Costume in Performance
by Donatella Barbieri ~ Paperback / softback

This beautifully illustrated book conveys the centrality of costume to live performance. Finding associations between contemporary practices and historical manifestations, costume is explored in six thematic chapters, examining the transformative ritual of costuming; choruses as reflective of societ...

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Chanel: Her Life, Her World, and the Woman Behind the Legend She...
by Edmonde Charles-Roux ~ Paperback / softback

She revolutionized how women looked. She banned corsets, shortened skirts and scented the world with Chanel No.5. Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel was an icon. But how closely did her carefully moulded image match the truth? Born illegitimate and raised in an orphanage - not by the two aunts that she invente...

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Vogue: The Gown
by Jo Ellison ~ Hardback

Something about a gown's intrinsic construction, unashamed opulence and sheer feminine romance ignites in us the promise of fairy-tale adventure and unparalleled glamour. The magical gowns featured here give full reign to those fantasies, be they the sublime yet simple classical creations of Madame ...

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Forties Fashion: From Siren Suits to the New Look
by Jonathan Walford ~ Paperback / softback
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This is the definitive book on fashion in the 1940s, covering everything from French style under the Occupation and the make do and mend mentality, through issues of dress, patriotism and propaganda and the development of faux fabrics and rationing, to the rise of American fashion houses and the cre...

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Perfume: A Century of Scents
by Lizzie Ostrom ~ Hardback

The incredible stories of 100 perfumes from a whole century of scents. Signature scents and now lost masterpieces; the visionaries who conceived them; the wild and wonderful campaigns that launched them; the women and men who wore them - every perfume has a tale to tell. Join Lizzie Ostrom, dubb...

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Shoes
by Rebecca Shawcross ~ Hardback

From chopines to stilettos, Louis XIV to Louboutin, Shoes: An Illustrated History is the definitive guide to footwear. Shoes have always been more than just a practical necessity. They reveal the culture of the times in which they were worn - the sexual morals, the social power play, as well as th...

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The House of Worth: Fashion Sketches, 1916-1918
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This stylish compilation features 125 watercolor and ink renderings of designs from the house of Worth, the first couturier establishment and founder of the modern fashion industry. Sent to one of their clients, a seasonal resident in Litchfield, Connecticut, the sketches include fabric swatches, de...

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Chanel
by Lisa Chaney ~ Paperback / softback

A provocative and revealing account of Chanel that explores her dalliances with bisexuality, drugs and an affair with a Nazi spy. Coco Chanel was many things to many people. Raised in emotional and financial poverty, she became one of the defining figures of the twentieth century. She was mistres...

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In Intimate Detail
by Cora Harrington ~ Hardback

The perfect gift or coffee table book for fashion and underwear lovers! A beautiful illustrated guide to lingerie from intimates expert Cora Harrington, founder of The Lingerie Addict, the internet's top lingerie blog. In this gorgeous aspirational book, Cora Harrington uses her extensive knowle...

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Underwear
by Eleri Lynn ~ Paperback / softback

From camisoles to corsets, basques to boudoir caps and girdles to garters, Underwear: Fashion in Detail gets up close to some of the most intimate items in the V&A. The book traces the evolution of underwear, from rare examples dating from the sixteenth century and the exaggerated shapes of eighteen...

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MOD
by Richard Weight ~ Paperback / softback

Welcome to the world of the sharp-suited 'faces'. The Italianistas. The scooter-riding, all-night-dancing instigators of what became, from its myriad sources, a very British phenomenon. Mod began life as the quintessential working-class movement of a newly affluent nation - a uniquely British amalg...

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Dior: New Couture
Hardback

The second volume of legendary photographer Patrick Demarchelier's sublime portraits of iconic Dior haute couture looks, from Christian Dior to Raf Simons. From the moment Christian Dior unveiled his famed "New Look" collection in Paris on February 12, 1947, women's fashion changed forever. Still o...

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Fashion
by Ammonite Press ~ Paperback / softback

This is a visual record of the British people's habits of dress from the Victorians to Britpop. Social history is reflected in the outfits of the time, from the wartime austerity of the 1940s to the new couture of the 1950s. It takes us on a fascinating journey through a hundred years of fashion and...

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The Hundred Dresses
by Erin McKean ~ Hardback

From the Sack to the Sari, each dress makes a powerful statement about the woman who wears it. Inspired by the Eleanor Estes' children's classic The Hundred Dresses, Erin McKean's classic-to-be by the same title, with chic illustrations by Donna Mehalko, is a definitive and witty look at what one h...

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100 Ideas that Changed Fashion
by Harriet Worsley ~ Paperback / softback

Charting the movements, developments and ideas that transformed the way women dress, this book gives a unique perspective on the history of twentieth-century fashion. From the invention of the bias cut and the stiletto heel to the designers who changed the way we think about clothes, the book is ent...

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The Chronology of Fashion
by N. J. Stevenson ~ Paperback / softback

The Chronology of Fashion traces the history of fashion from the late 18th century up to the present. Following a strict chronology, it pinpoints the times when a distinctive style of suit or dress, hat or handbag, cut of hair or cloth, or indeed entire look came to pinpoint its moment in time ...

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The Victorian Tailor
by Jason Maclochlainn ~ Paperback / softback

A valuable book for costume designers, dressmakers and those involved in historical re-enactments, this book contains all you need to create authentic menswear from the Victorian period. Historically accurate patterns enable you to make a wide range of garments, including morning coats, waistcoats, ...

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McQueen: or Lee and Beauty
by James Phillips ~ Paperback / softback

You look otherworldly. Like all my girls. This will make you a queen. Like years ago and people wore clothes like weapons, like weapons against poor people, because even is you were hungry how could you raise your fist against what looked like a god? But I can make things that are weapons against da...

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Introductions to Chinese Culture
by Mei Hua ~ Paperback / softback

Chinese clothing has undergone continuous transformations throughout history, providing a reflection of the culture in place at any given time. A wealth of archaeological findings coupled with ancient mythology, poetry and songs enable us to see the development of distinctive Chinese fashions throug...

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Paris, Capital of Fashion
Hardback

Paris, Capital of Fashion accompanies a major exhibition at The Museum at FIT, New York's only museum dedicated solely to the art of fashion. This lavishly-illustrated book is edited by MFIT's director and chief curator, Valerie Steele, also the author of the acclaimed Paris Fashion: A Cultural Hist...

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Golden Kicks
by Jason Coles ~ Hardback

Many iconic shoes, such as the adidas Stan Smith, Nike Air Jordan and Puma Suede are worn by millions as everyday footwear, but were originally born to bring victory on court, track and field. Golden Kicks reveals the stories behind some of the greatest shoes in sporting history, the roles they play...

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100 Unforgettable Dresses
by Hal Rubenstein ~ Hardback

A must for all fashion enthusiasts, movie buffs, andcelebrity watchers, 100 Unforgettable Dresses showcases thebehind-the-scenes stories of the most memorable, influential dresses from theworlds of fashion, film, television, society, and politics. In this lavishlyillustrated style compendium, InStyl...

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Shoes
by Geert Bruloot ~ Hardback

Shoes are a hot topic and are regularly discussed in various magazines and books. However, only few have access to the absolute top designers and initial founders of contemporary shoe design. Geert Bruloot provides a unique look behind the scenes by means of exclusive interviews with, among others, ...

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Denim Dudes
by Amy Leverton ~ Paperback / softback

Denim Dudes is a street style book with a difference. As well as featuring key players in the global denim business, such as Jason Denham (Denham), Francois Girbaud, (Marithe + Francois Girbaud), Adriano Goldschmied (Diesel, 7 For All Mankind) and Kenichi and Kenji Shiotani (Warehouse Japan), it al...

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1980s Fashion Print
by Marnie Fogg ~ Paperback / softback

A sourcebook of 1980s fashion print, this edition showcases prints from a design period that is having a major revival. Covering the whole of this decade of excess, the book includes prints that were, for the first time, produced completely by fashion fabric designers (not the interior print designe...

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Creating Historical Clothes
by Elizabeth Friendship ~ Paperback / softback

Create your own made-to-measure clothes in a range of historical styles, from the mid-16th century to the end of the 19th. this stunning collection of period garments spans 400 years of fashion, from 1550 to 1900. Draft your own made-to-measure patterns to create perfectly fitted bodices, sleeves...

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