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  • 100 YEARS OF FASHION ILLUSTRATION
    100 YEARS OF FASHION ILLUSTRATION
    BLACKMAN CALLY
    ISBN: 9781786270689
    Title: 100 YEARS OF FASHION ILLUSTRATION
    Author: BLACKMAN CALLY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: AUGUST 2017 NEW RELEASE

    A visual feast of 400 dazzling images, this is a comprehensive survey of the genre over the last century. 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.

    Imprint: LAURENCE KING
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • 1000 FASHION DETAILS
    1000 FASHION DETAILS
    MARTIN NATALIO
    ISBN: 9788494263927
    Title: 1000 FASHION DETAILS
    Author: MARTIN NATALIO
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: AUGUST 2016 NEW RELEASE

    1000 Fashion Details is a complete compilation of international fashion collections where you'll find a selection of the finest details, categorised into eight different chapters: collars, necklines, sleeves, waistbands, etc. Details convert fashion into a never-ending source of resources and have resulted in the distinction of unforgettable collections. Established designers and young talents from around the world reveal the magnificence of their individual haute couture techniques that they combine with innovative advances. An endless range of possibilities that will satisfy the expectations of the most curious and creative minds in search of the perfect detail.

    Imprint: PERIBO
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • ALEXANDER MCQUEEN : EVOLUTION
    ALEXANDER MCQUEEN : EVOLUTION
    GLEASON KATHERINE
    ISBN: 9781631061479
    Title: ALEXANDER MCQUEEN : EVOLUTION
    Author: GLEASON KATHERINE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    From Jack the Ripper Stalks His Victims, his 1992 graduate collection, to Plato's Atlantis, the last show before his death in 2010, Lee Alexander McQueen was as celebrated for the meticulous craftsmanship and stunning originality of his designs as he was notorious for his theatrical - and often controversial - runway shows.

    Taking his inspiration from sources as diverse as his own Scottish ancestry, Alfred Hitchcock movies and Yoruba mythology, McQueen brought together exquisite tailoring and avant-garde performance art.

    Combining gripping narrative and vivid photography with quotes from the designer and those who knew him best, this book brings each of the designer's runway shows to life, including a look at the pieces and inspiration behind Angels and Demons, the show he was working on before his untimely death.

    This is the definitive, immersive account of a unique career and a fitting tribute to the enfant terrible of British fashion.

    Imprint: MURDOCH BOOKS
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • 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 : Catwalk - The Complete Collections
    CHANEL : Catwalk - The Complete Collections
    MAURIES PATRICK
    ISBN: 9780500518366
    Title: CHANEL : Catwalk - The Complete Collections
    Author: MAURIES PATRICK
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Reveals the history of the house of Chanel, from the days of Coco Chanel to today. With an overview of Karl Lagerfeld, this title showcases hundreds of clothes, details, accessories, beauty looks and set designs - and more. It is suitable for all fashion professionals and Chanel obsessives.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $100.00

    Price: $100.00
  • 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
  • CHANEL ART
    CHANEL ART
    LAGERFELD KARL
    ISBN: 9783869307664
    Title: CHANEL ART
    Author: LAGERFELD KARL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    For the set of CHANEL's Spring-Summer 2014 Pret-a-Porter fashion show on 1 October 2013, Karl Lagerfeld transformed Paris' Grand Palais into a vast art gallery filled with specially created CHANEL artworks.

    CHANEL Art is a record of this gallery and unique moment in fashion history. Lagerfeld personally conceived each of the diverse paintings, sculptures and installations, many of which are ironic interpretations of CHANEL's famous icons informed by a pop sensibility. Here we see expressive paintings of camellias, ladders with gold chains as rungs, and a cubist take on the two-tone shoe jostling for space alongside a robot in the shape of a No 5 perfume bottle and a giant sculpture of the double C logo. The myriad themes of art similarly shaped Lagerfeld's collection from dresses printed with color charts, fabrics like canvases spattered with paint, to graffitied art students backpacks all proof that the designers fashion creations and the sets in which they are shown are themselves like single consolidated artworks.

    Imprint: STEIDL
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • 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
  • COOL FACTOR
    COOL FACTOR
    LINETT ANDREA
    ISBN: 9781579656485
    Title: COOL FACTOR
    Author: LINETT ANDREA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Trendsetter Andrea Linett has that rare ability to distill fashion talk into advice that everyone can follow, and in this book she shares the style wisdom she’s gathered over years of working in the fashion industry. Here is only the content that matters—wardrobe classics, leather, denim, suits, dressing in black and white, dressing up, getting the right fit, layering, accessories, and hair. Linett’s fashion philosophy is illustrated through precise tips and photos of women who do it right, andfrom them we learn how to develop personal style. Did you think a “Canadian tuxedo” (denim on denim) was an absolute faux pas? Not if you pair the right shades of denim and dress it up with some serious heels. Were you under the impression that your hair should get shorter as you age? That rule no longer exists. Do you want to know how to wear black and white pieces together without looking like a cater waiter? The black and white chapter is filled with some ingenious examples. Finally, Linett rounds out the book with checklists, including must-haves for a hardworking wardrobe, how to breathe new life into old pieces, how to make a trend your own, and how to make sure everything you buy actually fits.

    Imprint: WORKMAN PRESS
    RRP: $55.00

    Price: $55.00
  • 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
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