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 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!
  • 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

  • 59 Authentic Turn of the Century Fashion Patterns

    Reproduced from rare original issues of The Voice of Fashion, most of these patterns are for stylish women's day wear, but there are also house dresses and nightwear, along with suits and dresses for young girls and boys and several men's garments.

    Includes over 575 patterns and illustrations detailing the various garments, with individual instructions for making them, and general directions for drafting and altering patterns to fit. For those interested in recreating exact copies of 1890s elegantly crafted fashions.

  • 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.

  • 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.
  • Capture Your Style

    With 3 million Instagram fans and counting, Aimee Song knows a thing or two about taking the perfect Instagram photo. In Capture Your Style, she reveals the secrets behind creating the ultimate feed and breaks down the technical and editorial essentials for creating an account that will draw thousands of followers to earn you likes and brand attention.

    Organised by lifestyle categories, including fashion, travel, food, decor and more, the book presents the best apps and filters for processing photos, improving your voice and capturing your story on Instagram. There is also how-to information for propping and styling food and fashion photos.

    Whether you're launching a career or simply sharing a gorgeous meal with your friends, Capture Your Style empowers you to become a master mobile photographer and shows you how to turn everyday moments into Instagold.

  • City of Style

    In City of Style, Melissa Magsaysay, style editor for the Los Angeles Times, draws on decades of the best, most iconic examples of LA-style and explores the trends, tastes and fashion innovations of today's Angelenos.

    Features offered include:

    • A taste of the retail landscape

    • A guide to stores and shops

    • Helpful tips on how to buy and wear key pieces for each different style

    • Exclusive interviews with Los Angeles's most influential designers, retailers and trendsetters

  • Classic Hollywood Style
    Classic Hollywood Style explores iconic looks from the golden era of Hollywood, covering 35 films from the 1920s to the end of the 1960s. Caroline Young looks at the history and social context of the costumes through stories from the production, photos, interviews and original costume design sketches, and tips on how to 'get the look' today.

    Through archived records, studio press releases, behind the scenes memos, costume designer sketches and notes, censorship records and articles from magazines of the time, this is a behind-the-scenes look at the classic costumes of the silver screen.
  • Cocktail Dress
    This book contains an informative, fun introduction chronicling the history of the cocktail dress throughout fashion history, a wealth of images including fine art & photography, film stills, fashion editorial & runway photography, vintage ads, magazine covers, & illustrations by the world's foremost designers.
  • Collectable Names and Design in Women's Fashion

    Collectable Names and Designs in Women's Fashion looks at why many fashion pieces have become highly regarded within collector's circles. The author shares her own personal fashion knowledge on what to look out for, where to buy and explain the origins behind those iconic vintage pieces. She examines:

    • Why retro fashion is suddenly in such high demand and which of the modern fashion items you should be investing in now for the future

    • Nostalgia and takes you on a trip down memory lane as she explores the various decades and the history behind the times

    • The lives and times of the pioneering fashion designers themselves from where they gain their inspiration to how this is then transported onto the catwalks