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  • 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: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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
  • 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
  • FASHION : THE WHOLE STORY
    FASHION : THE WHOLE STORY
    FOGG MARNIE [ED]
    ISBN: 9780500291108
    Title: FASHION : THE WHOLE STORY
    Author: FOGG MARNIE [ED]
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Suitable for everyone who loves the line of a superb suit or knows the joy of wearing a great pair of shoes, this book traces the history of fashion in every part of the world, from Greco-Roman woven-cloth clothing and the silk court dress of the Chinese Tang dynasty to contemporary sportswear designers and Japanese street culture.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • FASHION BOOK
    FASHION BOOK
    ISBN: 9780714871073
    Title: FASHION BOOK
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The Fashion Book takes a fresh look at the fashion world and the people who created and inspired it.

    Spanning almost 200 years, the entire industry is represented; from clothing and footwear designers, to photographers, stylists, icons and retailers, including the new category of educational institutions that have been fundamental in the careers of many of the creative individuals.

    Marking the significant changes on the fashion landscape since the first edition, this revision includes updates on existing entries as well as important new names who have fundamentally shaped the way we see fashion, from designers such as Nicholas Ghesquière, Gareth Pugh and Phoebe Philo, influential image makers Mert and Marcus and Mario Sorrenti, and contemporary icons Lady Gaga and Tilda Swinton, representing just a few of the many exciting new figures. New faces rub shoulders with the fashion pioneers of the original edition; such as Coco Chanel, Issey Miyake, Yves Saint Laurent, Kate Moss and Helmut Newton. In keeping in the reference style of the first edition, this new edition reflects a comprehensive view of the fashion industry today.

    Easy to use and filled with inspirational images,The Fashion Book is organized as an A-Z guide of names, listing 576 entries across the categories of clothing and accessory designers, photographers, institutions, models and those iconic individuals who instigated or symbolize a whole fashion movement. Cutting through the usual classifications, and organized alphabetically, the book creates unexpected juxtapositions that make fascinating and unlikely partnerships: the powerful Anna Wintour sits opposite the pioneer of modern fashion, Charles Worth while Terry Richardson rubs shoulders with Herb Ritts, and digital print wunderkind Mary Katranzou meets Rei Kawakubo.

    Each entry is illustrated with a photograph or drawing from the most important creative talents in the industry - showing a quintessential aspect of their work. An accompanying text describes where they fit into the fashion story and includes essential biographical information about the subject. In addition, The Fashion Book uses a comprehensive cross-referencing system and glossary which explain the many collaborations and techniques used in fashion, that singular business which lives somewhere between art and commerce.

    Imprint: PHAIDON
    RRP: $49.95

    Price: $49.95
  • FASHION INSIDERS GUIDE : PARIS
    FASHION INSIDERS GUIDE : PARIS
    SABAS CAROLE
    ISBN: 9781419707223
    Title: FASHION INSIDERS GUIDE : PARIS
    Author: SABAS CAROLE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A former Parisian living in New York, French Vogue correspondent Carole Sabas was often approached by visiting friends and colleagues looking for recommendations on where to get a good blow dry, a quick eyebrow shaping, or a great place to meet friends for drinks after a long day at a fashion show. So many people asked, in fact, that she produced a small guide that she gave out for free and which was filled with all sorts of useful advice. Sabas has now expanded this guide to include sections titled "Eating and Drinking," "Beauty," "Health," "Fashion and Decoration," "Shopping," "Art" and an eclectic selection of odds and ends called "Might Be Useful One Day." Each entry is written with a light touch and in a friendly tone, and includes a description with hints about when to go, who to ask for and what to order, as well as location and contact information. The inclusion of local fashion celebrities' favourite places to frequent leaves the reader confidently in-the-know.

    Imprint: ABRAMS
    RRP: $29.95

    Price: $29.95
  • FASHION IS...
    FASHION IS...
    METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART
    ISBN: 9781419711688
    Title: FASHION IS...
    Author: METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Fashion Is? encourages readers to think about the myriad definitions of fashion. A Dior day suit. An Yves Saint Laurent minidress. A Japanese kimono. A Ferragamo shoe. A French court ensemble. A Schiaparelli hat. Fashion is glamour and attitude, texture and pattern, sexy and prim, luxurious and eccentric. It is above all a rich and evocative means of expression for both the designer and the wearer. Gathered here are costumes, regional dress, haute couture, and accessories from the fifteenth century to the present, as well as paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts relating to modes of dress.

    Each of these clever little books from the Metropolitan Museum of Art—on the perennially popular subjects of fashion and New York City—pairs more than 180 selected works from across the museum’s vast collection with simple, concise observations.

    Imprint: ABRAMS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
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