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  • 1920S FASHION : The Definitive Sourcebook
    1920S FASHION : The Definitive Sourcebook
    FIELL CHARLOTTE & DIRIX EMMANUELLE
    ISBN: 9781783130146
    Title: 1920S FASHION : The Definitive Sourcebook
    Author: FIELL CHARLOTTE & DIRIX EMMANUELLE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Containing page after page of fabulous Twenties fashion, this exhaustive sourcebook documents the season-by-season fashions of the Twenties' Jazz Age with an impressive selection of over 500 original photograph and prints. This is an essential handbook for all fashion historians, students and vintage enthusiasts with its beautifully beaded dresses, cloche hats and strappy shoes. It reveals the daring elegance of the fashionable flappers and "bright young things" who came to define this remarkable era of female emancipation and stylish looks.

    An informative introduction written by fashion historian Emmanuelle Dirix highlights the fashion trends of the period and provides a fascinating analysis of the emerging fashion industry from haute couture to ready-to-wear.


    Imprint: HARDIE GRANT BOOKS
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $59.99
  • 1930S FASHION : The Definitive Sourcebook
    1930S FASHION : The Definitive Sourcebook
    FIELL CHARLOTTE & DIRIX EMMANUELLE
    ISBN: 9781783130153
    Title: 1930S FASHION : The Definitive Sourcebook
    Author: FIELL CHARLOTTE & DIRIX EMMANUELLE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The 1930s was a turbulent decade for the world at large – a decade framed by two world-changing events, the economic crash of 1929 and the outbreak of the Second World War ten years later. This book reveals a world of revolutionary changes in fashion, and demonstrates the remarkable ingeniuty and inventiveness of designers and home-seamstresses who managed to thrive despite economic constraints and turmoil in Europe. This is decade of the skirt suit, of sportswear-as-daywear and jersey fabrics.

    But it was the Thirties that also saw the rise of the glamorous Hollywood fashions, with silver-screen goddesses wearing slinky satin gowns that marked a new and overtly sensual direction within women's fashion design. Many of the images in this fabulous collection have been selected from popular fashion publications of the day, mail-order catalogues, and Hollywood studio press shots, including material from Chic Parisien, Harper's Bazaar, Sears, La Femme Chic and top film studios Metro-Golwyn-Mayer, RKO and Paramount.


    Imprint: HARDIE GRANT BOOKS
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $59.99
  • ALEXANDER MCQUEEN : GENIUS OF A GENERATION
    ALEXANDER MCQUEEN : GENIUS OF A GENERATION
    KNOX KRISTIN
    ISBN: 9781408130766
    Title: ALEXANDER MCQUEEN : GENIUS OF A GENERATION
    Author: KNOX KRISTIN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Packed with breathtaking photographs, this tribute to Alexander McQueen (1969-2010) celebrates the incredible creations of an iconic, imaginative and inspirational fashion designer whose work turned heads and hearts everywhere.McQueen was a major fashion figure famous throughout the world, especially the US and Japan. He worked as the head designer at Givenchy for five years before founding the Alexander McQueen and McQ labels. His dramatic designs, worn by a glittering array of celebrities such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz, Bjork, Lady Gaga and Rihanna, met with critical acclaim and earned him British Designer of the Year four times.Includes his final collection for Fall/Winter 2010 which went on show in Paris in March 2010.

    Imprint: VICTORIA AND ALBERT
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • ART DECO FASHION
    ART DECO FASHION
    LUSSIER SUZANNE
    ISBN: 9781851775651
    Title: ART DECO FASHION
    Author: LUSSIER SUZANNE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    From beaded evening dresses for dancing the Charleston to sporty outfits for golf, the world of Hollywood and F. Scott Fitzgerald is conjured up in sumptuous pictures of stylish outfits for all occasions. A wealth of evocative illustrations from the V & A's world famous dress collection and from the stylish fashion magazines of the time recreates this glamorous era.

    Imprint: VICTORIA AND ALBERT
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • AUSTRALIAN STYLE : The Whos Who of Fashion
    AUSTRALIAN STYLE : The Whos Who of Fashion
    TEH LISA / WHILTON THOM
    ISBN: 9780500500989
    Title: AUSTRALIAN STYLE : The Whos Who of Fashion
    Author: TEH LISA / WHILTON THOM
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE



    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • CHANEL : HER LIFE HER WORLD THE WOMAN BEHIND THE LEGEND
    CHANEL : HER LIFE HER WORLD THE WOMAN BEHIND THE LEGEND
    CARLES-ROUX EDMONDE
    ISBN: 9781906694241
    Title: CHANEL : HER LIFE HER WORLD THE WOMAN BEHIND THE LEGEND
    Author: CARLES-ROUX EDMONDE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    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 invented - Gabrielle Chanel fought constantly to escape the mundane. She rose from back-street milliner to become the head of a vast business empire, and socialised with Picasso, Stravinsky and Cocteau. Edmonde Charles-Roux also reveals one of Chanel's best-kept secrets - her love affair with a prodigal German spy.Chanel's legend did not fade with her death, and nor has the mark of sheer elegance that she left upon the world of fashion. This is the living woman behind the vibrant legend.

    Imprint: QUERCUS
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • CHANEL : THE ENIGMA
    CHANEL : THE ENIGMA
    FIEMEYER ISABELLE
    ISBN: 9782080202239
    Title: CHANEL : THE ENIGMA
    Author: FIEMEYER ISABELLE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Coco Chanel continues to beguile more than two decades after her death. The author describes Chanel's carefully crafted persona and then gradually elucidates each layer of intrigue that surrounded the great fashion designer to reveal the woman behind the enigma. She also includes photographs and new documents from the wartime period.

    Imprint: FLAMMARION
    RRP: $55.00

    Price: $55.00
  • COCO CHANEL
    COCO CHANEL
    HESS MEGAN
    ISBN: 9781743790663
    Title: COCO CHANEL
    Author: HESS MEGAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Fashion is ever-changing, influenced by the key designers that capture a moment in history; and Coco Chanel is arguably the most significant influence on women’s fashion in the twentieth century. Coco’s World is a compilation of Megan Hess’ stunning illustrations of the 100 most quintessential moments through Chanel’s history, from Coco’s incredible life, to the impact of Karl Lagerfeld on the company and the incredible items that have become iconic of the brand – the little black dress, the luxurious bags and accessories, glamorous jewellery and of course the renowned Chanel No 5 perfume. Interspersed with historical anecdotes and famous quotes from Coco herself, Karl Lagerfeld and other key fashion icons of the era, this book is an elegant and immersive introduction to the moments that shaped Coco and the iconic Chanel brand – and how fashion, in turn, shaped their lives.

    Imprint: HARDIE GRANT BOOKS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • COCO CHANEL : THE LEGEND AND THE LIFE
    COCO CHANEL : THE LEGEND AND THE LIFE
    PICARDIE JUSTINE
    ISBN: 9780007319046
    Title: COCO CHANEL : THE LEGEND AND THE LIFE
    Author: PICARDIE JUSTINE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Justine Picardie has spent the last decade puzzling over the truth about Coco Chanel, attempting to peel away the accretions of romance and lies. In this critically acclaimed, bestselling biography she shares the history of the incredible woman who created the way we look now.

    Coco Chanel was an extraordinary inventor - she conjured up the little black dress, bobbed hair, trousers for women, contemporary chic, best-selling perfumes, and the most successful fashion brand of all time - but she also invented herself, fashioning the myth of her own life with the same dexterity as her couture. While Chanel was supreme innovator and vendor of all things elegant and beautiful, what lies beneath her own glossy myth is darker and far more disturbing. Living through two World Wars, and surviving Nazi occupation of Paris by embarking on an affair with a German officer, Coco Chanel's life and the evolution of her brand are undeniably interlocked to her actions during this treacherous time.

    In this book, Justine Picardie brings the mysterious Gabrielle Chanel out of hiding, to celebrate her great achievements, at the same time as casting a clear eye over her transgressions. She examines Chanel's enduring afterlife, as well as her remarkable life, uncovering the consequences of what she covered up, unpicking the seams between truth and legend, yet keeping intact the real fabric of her past.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • COMPLETE FASHION SOURCEBOOK
    COMPLETE FASHION SOURCEBOOK
    GORMLEY ANTONY
    ISBN: 9780500512760
    Title: COMPLETE FASHION SOURCEBOOK
    Author: GORMLEY ANTONY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This bumper edition combines all seven books in John Peacock's renowned "Fashion Sourcebooks" series, which charts in meticulous drawings the development of women's and men's clothing in the 20th century. It will become an indispensable part of the library of fashion students, historians and collectors, and is sure to provide inspiration to any designer or student working in the performing arts.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $37.95

    Price: $37.95
  • CONTEMPORARY MENSWEAR : A GLOBAL GUIDE TO INDEPENDENT MENS FASHION
    CONTEMPORARY MENSWEAR : A GLOBAL GUIDE TO INDEPENDENT MENS FASHION
    VOGEL STEVEN
    ISBN: 9780500517598
    Title: CONTEMPORARY MENSWEAR : A GLOBAL GUIDE TO INDEPENDENT MENS FASHION
    Author: VOGEL STEVEN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Presents profiles of more than 50 of the designers, labels, brands, stores, websites and blogs that have shaped and continue to shape menswear in the 21st century. This book features interviews with key personnel from the menswear industry, including Minya Quirk, Nicholas Maggio, Glenn Kitson, Arthur Chmielewski, Jeff Carvalho and Mark Smith.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • DECADES : A CENTURY OF FASHION   *
    DECADES : A CENTURY OF FASHION *
    SILVER CAMERON
    ISBN: 9781408806364
    Title: DECADES : A CENTURY OF FASHION *
    Author: SILVER CAMERON
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Cameron Silver runs the most glamorous boutique in LA, where Hollywood royalty go to find vintage couture that is totally unique and utterly timeless. He is an expert at taking the finest clothing from the past and giving it a second life - and this is what Decades is all about. You won't find any frumpiness in this story of twentieth century style and innovation, which turns expectations upside-down. Because the Edwardians weren't all buttoned up, the ubiquitous Audrey Hepburn wasn't the only fashion icon of the fifties, and yes, it was actually possible to dress with elegance in the eighties.The book is a showcase of the past hundred years of fashion, decade by decade. Cameron's witty commentary of twentieth century dressing is both perceptive and funny. Each chapter opens with a pair of women who epitomise rival hot trends, like the luminous Cheryl Tiegs with her sunshine sexiness versus Bianca Jagger, the dark disco goddess of Studio 54. The chapters close with a designer of the decade- think Chanel, YSL and Dior at their most fabulous.Every one of the 200 stunning archival images in the book is completely contemporary and modern-looking, even as far back as the 1900s. To do justice to the jawdropping women and gorgeous clothes, the book is built on supermodel proportions - tall, slender and glamorous.Decades tells an international story with designers from Milan, Tokyo, London, Paris and New York all strutting their stuff. It's a bubbling, sassy, fabulous book that will make you think about vintage fashion in a totally new way.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $69.99

    Price: $69.99
  • DEFINING DRESSES : A CENTURY OF FASHION
    DEFINING DRESSES : A CENTURY OF FASHION
    DREYFUS ARTHUR
    ISBN: 9782080202253
    Title: DEFINING DRESSES : A CENTURY OF FASHION
    Author: DREYFUS ARTHUR
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The creative evolution and versatility of the dress over the past century is showcased in 101 groundbreaking pieces by iconic fashion designers. ?Featuring one dress from each year since 1914, this timeline of extraordinary dresses charts the creative evolution of fashion over the past century. These experimental designs reveal the potential of the dress both as a wardrobe item and as a work of art. A multitude of top international designers are featured including Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Dior, Vivienne Westwood, Martin Margiela, Kenzo, Helmut Lang, Comme des Garçons, Paco Rabanne, Dolce & Gabbana, Lanvin, Thierry Mugler, Elsa Schiaparelli, Yohji Yamamoto, Alaïa, and many more.

    Curators at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris delved deep into their archives to select the most iconic and revolutionary dress of each year. Specially commissioned photographs are accompanied by detailed captions indicating the dress's name, brand, designer, season, and fabric or material, along with a quotation contextualizing the dress in its time. Bursting with color and full of extravagant textures, shaping, and detailing, these dresses mark the metamorphosis of culture and serve as a regenerative form of inspiration. From sequins to silk, corsets to kimonos, designers continually seek fresh and daring ways to create memorable garments and mark fashion history.

    Imprint: FLAMMARION
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • DETAILS : ICONIC MENS ACCESSORIES
    DETAILS : ICONIC MENS ACCESSORIES
    SIMS JOSH
    ISBN: 9781780676098
    Title: DETAILS : ICONIC MENS ACCESSORIES
    Author: SIMS JOSH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The Details identifies the authentic classics among men’s accessories and explains how each item has developed.

    The book tells the stories of their design; the brand, company, or iconic figure that started it all; and how each item has shaped the way men dress today. The leather biker boot, as we know it today, takes its stylistic cues from the toughened boots worn by the loggers and railway engineers of the American industrial revolution. The origins of the ubiquitous baseball cap can be traced back to the New York Knick’s team caps of 1849 – which were made of straw.

    From classic diving watches to the simple pocket square, The Details examines the most important of men’s accessories and offers a complete guide to choosing your own examples.

    Imprint: LAURENCE KING
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • DRESS : 100 ICONIC MOMENTS IN FASHION
    DRESS : 100 ICONIC MOMENTS IN FASHION
    HESS MEGAN
    ISBN: 9781742708232
    Title: DRESS : 100 ICONIC MOMENTS IN FASHION
    Author: HESS MEGAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    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 neverending wedding dress, or that unforgettable white halter sported by Marilyn in The Seven Year Itch. Megan Hess' fabulous illustrations celebrate a collection of frocks that take readers on a decadent romp through fashion history, from the haute to the hot. Hess has spent her career exploring and illustrating fashion, and though it is an ever-evolving, ever-inspiring beast, there are particular instances that shine on through the years. This is a compendium of gowns that have captured a moment in history, the spirit of a generation and the indefinable energy of a fashion icon, and an exploration of why they continue to resonate with audiences, decades on. Accompanied by historical anecdotes and revealing facts, The Dress is an elegant and immersive introduction to the moments that shaped fashion, and, in turn, our lives.

    Imprint: HARDIE GRANT BOOKS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • DRESS LIKE A PARISIAN
    DRESS LIKE A PARISIAN
    GUINUT ALOIS
    ISBN: 9781784724184
    Title: DRESS LIKE A PARISIAN
    Author: GUINUT ALOIS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Discover how French women look so effortlessly good with this lively guide by a Parisian fashion insider.

    Bring a Parisian je ne sais quoi to your style, wherever you live.

    DRESS LIKE A PARISIAN is a wise and witty guide to finding your personal style, taking inspiration from how real Parisian women dress. With personal stylist and fashion blogger Alois Guinut as your guide, you can explore which colours, shapes and styles work best for you, whatever the occasion. Alois reveals Parisian style secrets, rejects restrictive fashion rules and shares her favourite shops and brands, demonstrating how you can use fashion to enhance your personality rather than shaping your personality to fashion. In the words of the patron saint of Parisian women, Yves St. Laurent, 'fashions fade, style is eternal.'

    This book is illustrated with photography shot on the streets of Paris plus illustrations by acclaimed fashion illustrator, Judith van den Hoek, who has worked with Elle, Hermes, Vogue, Prada and Grazia.

    Imprint: MITCHELL BEAZLEY
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
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