Fashion design books of 2013

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Dior Glamour: 1952-1962Dior Glamour: 1952-1962

“Demonstrating an unrehearsed fluidity—an honesty—Dior Glamour explores the photographer’s work, chronicling his experience with Christian Dior. The era of 1952 to 1962 called for a sort of sweet beauty—a pretty elegance—to reinvigorate the spirit of the world. Shaw embraced his task of communicating Dior’s message with aplomb, forever captivating this moment of glamour.” ~Quest Magazine

“…relish the ultimate romance of the creations of fashion’s iconic standard-bearer, Christian Dior….readers are treated to the phenomenal art that is truly Christian Dior. It’s what all the best coffee tables will be wearing this fall.” ~Beverly Drive

“Behind-the-scenes fittings, dazzling frothy gowns–Mark Shaw’s images offer an intimate peek into a lush decade of Parisian Haute Couture.” ~Veranda Magazine

New Fashion Photography

The 21st century has brought about seismic changes in photography, technology, fashion, and art. At the nexus of these exciting movements is a group of fashion photographers who are breaking ground in a variety of ways, including cultural referencing, digital imaging, photo manipulation, and the use of new media. This stunningly illustrated book profiles more than 30 artists from around the world through exclusive interviews, commentary, and beautiful images.

From Nick Knight’s paint-soaked portrait of Lady Gaga to Mikes Aldridge’s dark surrealism to Alice Hawkins’s explorations of body image through satire, new fashion portraiture is challenging conventional ideas of beauty by confronting us with the unexpected.

Jean Patou: A Fashionable Life

a book that can be and should be read for intellectual fulfillment, and sheer entertainment as a real life French fairy tale that revolves around the world of fashion. The book is a must read for those who wish to round out and enhance their knowledge of fashion-and definitely for those who are just learning about the subject.” ~New York Journal of Books

“It is an essential reference for anyone interested in the history of fashion and of the greatest early years of modern Parisian style.” ~Society Diaries

“CHIC READ. Jean Patou, A compendium of never-before-seen archival photos and sketches from the illustrious French designer and perfumier whose heyday was the ‘20s and ‘30s.” ~Wall Street Journal

“…unprecedented access by Patou’s heirs to diaries, letters, sketchbooks and client lists, reveals the brief but flowing arc of his career.”

Art Fashion in the 21st Century

“There are many striking and improbable images scattered throughout.” —Women’s Wear Daily“A stunning new book. . . . Explores the symbiotic relationship between fashion and art.” – The Wall Street Journal

Nearly 250 illustrations showcase collaborative art/fashion work from Acne Studios, Balenciaga, Chanel, Hussein Chayalan, Tracey Emin, Jean Paul Gaultier, Zaha Hadid, Hermès, Marc Jacobs, Calvin Klein, Jeff Koons, Stella McCartney, Issey Miyake, Takashi Murakami, Prada, Richard Prince, Anselm Reyle, Cindy Sherman, Juergen Teller, Viktor & Rolf, and many more.

Pattern: 100 Fashion Designers, 10 Curators

“This hefty tome, a follow up to Phaidon’s Sample (2005) takes on an almost impossible task: identifying the 100 most influential new designers of the moment. . .The book, presented in a printed Tyvek shoulder bag, offers something for everyone.” – Publishers Weekly

“Which young designers will be the next global tastematers? New tome Pattern highlights 100 names currently shaping fashion.” – Harpers Bazaar

“Of all the hefty fashion tomes that land with a thump in bookstores this time of year, the vanity monographs have nothing on a good survey of designers who matter. . .Pattern is the follow up to the 2005 Sample, a yearbook of fashion’s new generation. . .Patternreflects its moment. The majority of entrants work in the hot fashion capital of London. There are several of Asian descent, like Jason Wu and Alexander Wang of New York and Xander Zhou of Beijing, but only one, Noritaka Tatehana, from Japan. Showing how quickly fashion changes, there were 15 from Japan in Sample.” – Eric Wilson, The New York Times

Rookie Yearbook 2

“Irreverent, honest, and wholly affirming, this is a book that teen girls will cherish.” —School Library Journal

“Many books for teenagers encourage independence and self-awareness, but few do so with this much honesty, humor, and style . . . It’s a lucky teen who receives this book as a gift, and a smart one who picks it up for herself.” —Publishers Weekly

“To say that [Rookie Yearbook One] is the essential companion to navigating your teen years, is an understatement.”­ —Hello Giggles

“Yearbook is as impressive as it is inspiring and entertaining.”Vice

Icons of Vintage Fashion

almost 1,000 articles of clothing and bags depicted

“Splendid and beautifully produced . . . This elegant, informative collection truly brings vintage garments to life for fashion historians and general readers.” Publishers Weekly

This comprehensive volume also includes a practical guide to the best addresses for vintage shopping around the world, as well as tips for bargain hunting and getting the most out of auctions.


I Am Dandy: The Return of the Elegant Gentleman

A refuge for eccentrics, dandyism has seen a revival in the Anglo-American realm over the last several years. For example, today’s distinguished gentlemen can ride their vintage bikes around London during the tweed Run to show off their authentic outfits or attend the Jazz Age Lawn Party on new York City’s Governor’s Island to bring the era of the Great Gatsby back to life, if only for a few hours. Now, the phenomenon is again going more international. Known for their Dandy Portraits, the spiffy duo of Callahan and Adams approaches their topic –and their protagonists–with a keen, yet empathic eye. In this book, they successfully capture the styles, attitudes, and philosophies of contemporary dandyism in all its nuances.

Empress of Fashion: A Life of Diana Vreeland (now in paperback)

Stuart’s sympathetic biography has for its subject a fascinating figure whose life spanned almost the entire twentieth century, of which the author takes dizzying, delightful advantage—pre-Depression New York society life, between-the-world-wars Europe, and American dynamism of wartime and beyond—and thus provides a sturdy backdrop for the story of a legendary personage….The bright cast of photographers, models, and celebrities who filled Vreeland’s world adorn this cohesive, well-researched volume.

The Killer Detail: Defining Moments in Fashion

“This book offers a different raw insight into the eyes of fashion icons from decade to decade. If you’re a fan of fashion and the history of the world’s most famous style icons from every generation, this is a must read.” ~Zink Magazine

Striking photographs of 120 influential figures of the twentieth century highlight a singular sartorial detail that the stars wore first and that, as a result, redefined fashion. In a series of iconic portraits accompanied by insightful and sometimes dishy text, this volume examines the most influential stars of the twentieth century and the “killer detail” that made them stand out and for which they would forever be remembered.

Hippie ChicHippie Chic

how hippies changed forever the way the fashion world functions

Defying easy definition but becoming an international phenomenon all the same, hippie fashion twisted and turned from trippy to retro and crafty to ethnic. The accompanying idea that one can express a personal style with clothing went against everything about the previous generation’s notion of matching suits or ladylike ensembles dictated by social class or profession.

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