Fashion & Design
Fashion has always sought to celebrate nature – from sumptuous silks and floral patterns, to the spectacular creations of designers such as Alexander McQueen and Christian Dior, the two have long been entwined. Yet this reverence is sometimes combined with a damaging need for raw materials. From the seventeenth century to the present day, Fashioned from Nature examines our dependence on the natural world and the devastating effect of certain trends, as seen in the demand for ivory, fur, skins and exotic feathers.
Today, intense consumerism and fast fashion have a different impact on the world around us, and this book discusses the need for a more responsible fashion cycle. But which has the greater environmental impact – a leather handbag or a white cotton t-shirt? Consider the effects of land clearance, insecticides and water consumption – not to mention washing after every wear – and the answer may not be completely clear. Fascinating and beautifully illustrated, this book will stimulate an important and timely debate.$49.99
Curated by connoisseurs of vintage clothing, The Vintage Showroom is a vast collection of rare 20th-century pieces that fashion designers and stylists pay to view, using the cut and detailing of individual garments as inspiration for their own work. Offering one-of-a-kind access, Vintage Menswear now makes this unique resource available in book form.
Featuring 130 of the most influential examples of 20th-century and earlier European, American and Asian utilitarian tailoring and design, the book is divided into three sections of sportswear, militaria and workwear, covering everything from 1940s flying jackets and polar exploration suits to vintage French denims. Stunning full-page photos and front and back views showcase ground-breaking designs in concept, shape and cut.$29.99
Fashion: The Essential Visual Guide to the World of Style reveals the fashion industry as never before. Featuring stunning original illustrations, this beautiful book contains a wealth of information every fashionista should know, including:
- The story behind the most iconic fabrics and prints
- How glasses became the ultimate fashion accessory
- The Little Black Dress Family Tree
- The Metrosexual – how men became fashionable
- Fashion photographers and the art of airbrushing
- The world’s most expensive underwear
- Key figures and brands in the industry, such as Alexander McQueen, Tom Ford, Audrey Hepburn, Hermes, Christian Louboutin, Prada and Manolo Blahnik
Becoming a successful fashion designer involves understanding a wide variety of core principles. This foundation course is an ideal introduction for students, dressmakers and anyone interested in the creative side of fashion.
Step-by-step tutorials, practical exercises and inspirational interviews with industry professionals teach you how to create your own unique fashion design collections. The concludes with practical advice for anyone considering a career in fashion, offering ideas on building a portfolio, preparing for interviews and continuing on a path to a professional career.$34.99
Knitwear Fashion Design aims to help fashion students to understand the basic design elements in knitwear and learn how illustrate them.
This practical book begins with a thorough exposition of basic yarns and threads, picot, mohair s, knots, together with a brief description about their structure and illustrations for each example. Together with a thorough presentation of a variety of patterns and complements ending with the most common knitwear types, it is documented by a range of suitable poses in movement based on contemporary apparel.
Offering an extensive overview about yarn types, garment, accessories and finishes the book also teaches how to transform and renovate basic pieces. Various attractive designs are shown as well as the stitches needed to create and illustrate these garments such as cable, Aran, jacquards, ribs, etc.
Whether hand knitted or industrially produced, the book is a glorious celebration of the new vogue in knitting, showcasing examples of knitted pieces from fashion great designers. Encouraging the reader to be innovative, this book is sure to be an inspiration for anyone working with or interested in knitted textiles and garment illustration.$49.99
Fabrics are the base for the world of fashion: they determine the way designers conceive their pieces and their creativity. Fabrics in Fashion Design is the ultimate reference guide to all the major types of fabric in use today.
The book is a bridge uniting materials and their creators by visually showing the profound relationship between fabrics and fashion with a wide range of patterns, their history and terminology along with around 1,600 stunning colour photographs. This book is an exhaustive study on the subject making it a key reference.$49.99
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.$42.99
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.$39.99$19.99
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!$49.99
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.$24.99
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
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.$29.99
This newest addition to the Victoria and Albert Museum's series on historical dress patterns, presents full instructions for making the garments in a technically accurate, visually exciting, step-by-step format. It delves into the intricate detail of the techniques involved in historical tailoring and dressmaking. Scale patterns, precise construction diagrams, an abundance of informative details, and x-ray photographs that reveal the hidden structure of each piece are accompanied by colour photography of the whole garment.
Edited by the world's leading authorities on historical tailoring, it surveys the masculine wardrobe in England during the early seventeenth century. It features 12 chapters, each dedicated to one garment, including an ensemble of doublet and breeches, three doublets, a cloak, a hat, a night cap and a night-cap liner, a picadil, a pair of mittens, a sword girdle and hangers, and a linen stocking. Chapters on tailoring, dressing and inventories of men's dress provide key historical context.$69.99
This beautifully illustrated book reveals the decorative seams, refined stitching, voluptuous drapery, strict corseting, slashing and stamping that make up some of the garments in the Victoria and Albert Museum's superlative fashion collection.
With an authoritative text, exquisite colour photography of garment details and line drawings showing the complete construction of each piece, the reader has the unique opportunity to examine up close historical clothing that is often too fragile to be on display. It is an inspirational resource for students, collectors, designers and anyone who is fascinated by fashion and clothing.
This new edition features an updated design, improved navigation, a comprehensive index and an introduction that sets the examples in full historical context.$55.00
This sumptuously illustrated book reveals the decorative seams, refined stitching, voluptuous drapery, strict corseting and slashing and stamping that make up some of the garments in the Victoria & Albert Museum's superlative 19th-century fashion collection.
With an authoritative text, exquisite colour photography of garment details and line drawings showing the complete construction of each piece, it gives the reader a unique opportunity to examine historical clothing that is often too fragile to be on display. It is an inspirational resource for students, collectors, designers and anyone who is fascinated by fashion and clothing.$55.00
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.$29.99
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.$39.99
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.$55.00
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.$44.99
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$69.99$64.95
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.$49.99
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.$27.99
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.$29.99
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 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.
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.$39.99$25.00