Fashion & Design

  • 100 Dresses
    Here, for the first time ever, are 100 fabulous gowns from the permanent collection of the renowned Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, each of which is a reminder of the ways fashion reflects the broader culture that created it.

    Featuring designs by Paul Poiret, Coco Chanel, Madame Grés, Yves Saint Laurent, Gianni Versace, Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen, and many others, this one-of-a-kind collection presents a stunning variety of garments.

    Ranging from the buttoned-up gowns of the late 17th century to the cutting-edge designs of the early 21st, the dresses reflect the sensibilities and excesses of each era while providing a vivid picture of how styles have changed-sometimes radically-over the years.

    A late 1600s wool dress with a surprising splash of silver thread; a large-bustled red satin dress from the 1800s; a short, shimmery 1920s dancing dress; a glamorous 1950s cocktail dress; and a 1960s mini dress-each tells a story about its period and serves as a testament to the enduring ingenuity of the fashion designers art.

    Images of the dresses are accompanied by informative text and enhanced by close-up details as well as runway photos, fashion plates, works of art, and portraits of designers. A glossary of related terms is also included.

  • 100 Ideas That Changed Fashion
    This chronicles the most influential fashion ideas through which womenswear has evolved, offering a unique and engaging perspective on the subject.

    Charting the movements, developments and ideas that transformed the way women dress, the book gives a unique perspective on the history of twentieth-century fashion.

    But rather than just documenting these changes in fashion, it crucially explains why they happened.

    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 entertaining, intelligent and a visual feast.
  • 100 Ideas That Changed Street Style

    100 Ideas that Changed Street Style is a look-by-look dissection of the key ideas that changed the way we dress – from the middle of the 20th century to the present day – explaining the most iconic items of clothing and how they were worn, what the look was born of, its cultural background, how it was received, and how it still resonates in fashion today.

    The modern wardrobe owes its development not just to fashion designers in Paris or Milan but also to gangs and movements brought together by a shared appreciation of music, sport or a particular underground culture, and a certain style that defines membership.

    These styles have rocked establishments, created stereotypes, expressed social division as much as they have united people, entered the language, spread around the world, and, above all, transformed dress for a wider public.

  • 100 Unforgettable Dresses
    Featuring looks from the runway, film, television, the red carpet, and the worlds of royalty and politics, this celebrates the staying power of these gorgeous, sleek, sultry and outrageous creations as well as the lasting impact they've had in fashion, popular culture and our own lives.

    More than two hundred images, a witty, informative text and exclusive interviews with the designers and the women who wore the dresses reveal the initial spark and captivating drama behind the making of each dress.

    A gallery of dressmaking magic!
  • 100 Years of Fashion Illustration

    This is a comprehensive survey of fashion illustration over the last century and a visual feast with 400 dazzling images. The book also offers an overview of the development of fashion, as seen through the eyes of the greatest illustrators of the day.

    Early in the century, fashion illustration reflected new, liberating currents in art and culture, such as the exoticism of the Ballets Russes, while the postwar period saw inspiration from the great Parisian couturiers. After the dominance of the celebrity fashion photographer in the 60s, a new generation of illustrators emerged, embracing the medium of the computer, while many returned to more traditional techniques.

  • 1000 Dresses

    With stunning photographs of 1000 covetable dresses, this gorgeous pictorial collection is an unparalleled source of creative inspiration and a mine of information for students, designers and all fashionistas. Use the book to discover myriad design possibilities as a springboard for your own dress ideas – or revel in the beauty and craftsmanship on show.

    • Fabulously illustrated with catwalk photographs, analysed to pinpoint the desirable features of each dress
    • Directory of dress styles, featuring historical precedents; illustrations of versions of the shape to demonstrate how it can be interpreted, with technical details; designer notes explaining what should be borne in mind when embarking on this style; and simple sketches of alternative design possibilities
    • Brilliantly organized and easy-to-navigate content is ordered into colour-coded chapters by dress shape

  • 1000 Incredible Costume & Cosplay Ideas
    1,000 Incredible Costume and Cosplay Ideas provides a broad and detailed glimpse into the ingenious artistry and attention to detail behind some of the most fabulous costumes you can find.

    Featuring costumes from popular convention-goers to professional craftsman, this stunning, photo-filled book walks you through scads of your favourite characters as imagined and created by fans.
  • 1980s Fashion Print
    1980s fashion prints could be both dazzlingly ostentatious & subtly subversive. 200+ colour illustrations, including exclusive, original designer artwork & finished prints, showcase breezy, surfing-influenced patterns used for sportswear to the more sophisticated appropriation of classical & architectural motifs, via vibrant florals & jungle prints, colourful geometrics & painterly, abstract swirls.
  • 3D Fashion Design

    3D Fashion Design presents an overview of current technologies and their uses. It is packed with case studies and step-by-step tutorials showing the farreaching capabilities of 3D fashion software.

    The author begins with an introduction to 3D software and the principals of working in three dimensions. He then moves onto creating the mannequin avatar, garments, accessories and textures and shows how to present and publish the finished article. Various software programmes are covered including Clo3D and Marvellous Designer for fashion-orientated design, and Maya, Mudbox, Rhino and Photoshop for more general digital design, visual effects and rendering.

    This authoritative guide is aimed at all levels, from beginners and fashion students working with digital technologies to advanced fashion designers, digital designers and visual effects specialists for film and animation.

  • 80s Fashion: From Club to Catwalk
    In 80s Fashion, explore one of the most diverse and exciting periods in British fashion and the work of some of the decade's leading designers including Betty Jackson, Leigh Bowery, John Galliano, Body Map, Vivienne Westwood and many others.

    Based on the decade's extraordinarily creative interaction between fashion and popular music, this extensively illustrated book shows how club fashions were interpreted for a wider audience through the striking photography and innovative graphic designs of key magazines such as The Face and i-D.

    Casting new light on the designs of the decade, 80s Fashion includes interviews and original archive material from practitioners such as Wendy Dagworthy and Paul Smith.
  • A Portrait of Fashion

    Lavishly illustrated throughout with paintings, drawings, photographs and other works of art, this beautiful publication is centred around 190 examples from the National Portrait Gallery's Collection.

    Through these, the authors explore the purpose and original context of the dress in which the sitter was recorded – the damasks, satins, velvets and furs of Tudor and Stuart magnificence worn by Queen Elizabeth I and Charles I, but also the revolutionary simplicity of the cottons, linens and woollen cloth adopted by Mary Wollstonecraft, John Constable and John Clare.

    Packed with photographs that provide additional insights into the clothes worn by sitters in their portraits, and complemented by related material including fabric designs and jewellery, this authoritative guide looks in detail at one of the most fascinating aspects of many well-known images of the last 600 years.

  • Ads of the 20th Century: Fashion

    A century's worth of fabulous looks to help you start every day in style. Each day features a new photo and a related quote, ensuring a constant source of inspiration right on your desktop.

    For those whose datebooks have been replaced by smartphones, this calendar allows users to enjoy the warm analogue feeling of marking every day with the turn of a page.

  • After a Fashion
    250+ Press Association Images provide a detailed record of the interplay between fashion & our changing attitudes to its influence, that shapes the way we dress. View royalty, celebrities, models & everyday people wearing the 1950s figure-hugging glamour (a reaction to WWII austerity), to the mini-skirt & so-called liberation of the '60s, to the post-millenial designer label of today. Col/b&w
  • Art Nouveau Fashion

    The Art Nouveau movement overlapped with late Arts and Crafts in the 1890s and early modernism in the 1910s, combining the exquisite workmanship and natural forms of the former with the innovative materials, forms and practices associated with the latter.

    Art Nouveau Fashion provides a fascinating introduction to the style, defining it, and placing it in design history by focusing on a number of important designers – Worth, Lucile, Paquin, Poiret – and key topics, such as clients and artists, jewellery and accessories, and advertising.

    The movement's radicalism and openness to diverse design influences directly influenced the counter-culture of the late 1960s. Art Nouveau fashion continues to resonate today – and this book presents it with a wealth of unseen images and historic sources.

  • Bags

    A comprehensive look at the changing styles and uses of one of fashion’s best-loved accessories, the bag, throughout history.

    Illuminating the evolution of bag designs and uses from the medieval period to today, Claire Wilcox explores varied iterations of this cult accessory, from early drawstring creations and richly worked ecclesiastical purses to large work bags of the eighteenth century and the small reticules that were designed to complement high-waisted Empire line dresses.

    Increased travel in the nineteenth century brought about the leather handbag as we know it today, while the twentieth century saw an explosion of innovations, from 1930s designs reflecting the streamlined American aesthetic and the use of new synthetics such as imitation patent leather and Vynide, to the rise of the luxury designer handbag by the likes of Hermes, Gucci, Chanel and Prada.

    Written by fashion curators who spent years at the V&A, Bags is fully illustrated in colour throughout and arranged chronologically. A detailed glossary, bibliography and index conclude the book.

  • Bare Essentials

    This invaluable guide pays homage to the silk, satin and lace (or sometimes the Lycra and pvc) that has evolved to become the 'bare essentials' of every woman's wardrobe.

    Offering practical advice and tips on what to wear in every situation and occasion from your wedding day to a romantic assignation or even a little nocturnal naughtiness, Tracy Martin also advises on how to obtain that seam-free silhouette and avoid those lingerie fashion faux pas that every woman dreads.

    Beginning with the fascinating history of lingerie from the bustles and bloomers of the Victorian age to the more current, racy and bold burlesque style, this book is crammed full of information, facts and anecdotes as we celebrate how lingerie has literally shaped women's lives as well as their figures.

  • Basics Fashion Design 07: Menswear
    This title provides a broad introduction by considering a range of social and historical contexts that have defined and redefined menswear through the ages. The design process and sources of research for menswear are considered and presented in context with fashion drawings and presentations from students and recent graduates as well as more established design labels. There are also interviews with contemporary menswear labels, stylists and designers, giving you valuable insight into the different styles and role models who influence and define menswear in the 21st century.