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  • PARIS UNDRESSED : The Secrets of French Lingerie
    PARIS UNDRESSED : The Secrets of French Lingerie
    KEMP-GRIFFIN KATHRYN
    ISBN: 9781760295790
    Title: PARIS UNDRESSED : The Secrets of French Lingerie
    Author: KEMP-GRIFFIN KATHRYN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: APRIL 2017 NEW RELEASE

    Most women wear underwear. French women wear lingerie. French women seem inherently more confident in their bodies, able to embrace the sensuality of life and love. What's their secret? Lingerie.


    Despite an insatiable curiosity for all things French, most women still find lingerie an enigma, a tangled melange of silk and lace, and are confused about how, when, and where to wear it. (Hint: it's not just for special occasions.) Many aspire to having a drawer full of silky, lacy undergarments, but have no idea where to start: How should my bra fit? How exactly do I wear a garter belt? Do bras and undies always have to match?

    With illustrations by French lingerie designer Paloma Casile, Paris Undressed: The Secrets of French Lingerie will help women feel at ease with their figures and show them how to integrate a lingerie lifestyle a la francaise to enhance their own femininity, confidence, and joie de vivre. It will transform the way women perceive their undergarments - and their bodies - and reveal how to co-ordinate a lingerie wardrobe to reflect personality and to meet lifestyle needs with the right dose of reverie. The book also includes a hand-selected guide to the most confidential addresses and lingerie boutiques in Paris, and discloses where to find the perfect bra, couture camisole, or cheeky knickers.

    Paris Undressed goes behind the seams, combining cultural references, expertise, and practical advice to inspire every woman to reconsider her underwear drawer.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • PARISIAN GENTLEMAN
    PARISIAN GENTLEMAN
    JACOMET HUGO
    ISBN: 9780500518014
    Title: PARISIAN GENTLEMAN
    Author: JACOMET HUGO
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Home of haute couture and the world's leading fashion houses, Paris and its inhabitants represent sophistication and refinement to the rest of the world. In the city s elegant neighborhoods, debonair Parisian men continue to participate in a centuries-long tradition of sartorial craftsmanship and quality. The Parisian Gentleman is like a dream shopping excursion to the leading men s style-makers, from hidden ateliers and little-known studios to internationally renowned labels such as shirtmakers Charvet, shoemakers Berluti, and the recently revived trunk makers Moynat. The stories behind each house, and the creative minds and artisans who give each brand its unique identity, bring the clothes alive, capturing an unceasing dedication to quality in an era overrun with new, mass-produced trends.
    Author Hugo Jacomet's portraits of these often-inaccessible marques (or brands) are intimate and illuminating, thanks to his personal connections to many of the leading figures associated with each. His text is accompanied by beautifully shot photographs of the designers, studios, garments, and locations, the majority of which were taken exclusively for this book.

    Imprint: THAMES PUBLISHING
    RRP: $90.00

    Price: $90.00
  • PARISIENNES : A CELEBRATION OF FRENCH WOMEN
    PARISIENNES : A CELEBRATION OF FRENCH WOMEN
    ISBN: 9782080300379
    Title: PARISIENNES : A CELEBRATION OF FRENCH WOMEN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Divided by theme into chapters, this light-hearted and nostalgic romp through 20th-century Paris creates a beautiful history of the world's most romantic city and its exceptional women.

    This collection of one hundred and thirty duotone photographs captures the essence of the Parisian femme fatale. All of the great French photographers from the late 1930s through the 1960s are featured, including Robert Doisneau, Brassai, Willy Ronis, Jacques-Henri Lartigue, Edouard Boubat, Jean-Philippe Charbonnier, Sabine Weiss, and many more.

    The photographs reveal Parisian women and all of their glorious facets: from the love-struck waif strolling along the banks of the Seine to the belles of the neighborhood balls flushed from their raucous dance moves, from no-nonsense career girls to flirty neighbors. Chanel-clad locals and runway models alike showcase the glamour of the fashion and haute-couture world with inimitable style. One chapter pays homage to the courageous women who battled for justice in World War II, the Resistance, the Liberation, and the revolts of May 1968, including role models such as philosopher and writer Simone de Beauvoir and journalist and playwright Marguerite Dumas.

    The Parisiennes featured here go to work, ride bikes, pose seductively, smile coyly, and are all devastatingly irresistible.

    Imprint: FLAMMARION
    RRP: $60.00

    Price: $60.00
  • SEVENTIES GLAMOUR
    SEVENTIES GLAMOUR
    WILLS DAVID
    ISBN: 9780062265562
    Title: SEVENTIES GLAMOUR
    Author: WILLS DAVID
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: DECEMBER 2014 NEW RELEASE

    A dazzling compilation of photographs from the outrageous and decadent 1970s, featuring the most iconic films, fashions, music, and art - from the brilliant curator of Hollywood in Kodachrome, Marilyn Monroe: Metamorphosis, and Audrey: The 60s.

    The 1970s were an era when the age-old glitter of Hollywood was challenged by new forces from afar: an era when old-school stars like Elizabeth Taylor and Liza Minnelli rubbed elbows (and more) at Studio 54 with new stars from the world of punk rock, indie film, fashion, and art: David Bowie, Debbie Harry, Candy Darling, the Sex Pistols. It was a decade whose style was about both glamour and hedonism, about fluid gender roles and experimentation rather than the carefully manicured portraits of an earlier time.
    Photo curator and historian David Wills has made a name for himself as a chronicler of golden age Hollywood, with his richly luxurious portrait collections Marilyn Monroe: Metamorphosis, Audrey: The 60s, and Hollywood in Kodachrome. Now, in his most diverse and surprising book yet, Wills showcases the great explosive parade of the 1970s - a time marked by an aesthetic of liberation and defiance, sexual freedom and decadent indulgence. Gorgeously reproduced with Wills' expert touch, the photos in Seventies Glamour will be as varied as the decade's own dichotomous persona: Yves San Laurent models alongside Hugh Hefner and his Bunnies, transsexual Coccinelle beside Tom Jones, the Jackson Five in sequined suits and Alice Cooper wearing only a snake.
    Seventies Glamour is a loud and vibrant gallery, unveiling a time when society was experimenting, stars were revealing everything, and style was all about defining oneself by defying expectations.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $59.99
  • SHOES
    SHOES
    PRATT LUCY / WOOLLEY LINDA
    ISBN: 9781851775378
    Title: SHOES
    Author: PRATT LUCY / WOOLLEY LINDA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: VICTORIA AND ALBERT
    RRP: $25.00
    Price: $25.00
  • STYLE IS ETERNAL
    STYLE IS ETERNAL
    JENKINS NICOLE
    ISBN: 9780522866407
    Title: STYLE IS ETERNAL
    Author: JENKINS NICOLE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    How can I have so many clothes, yet still have nothing to wear? Style is Eternal provides you with the tools to transform your wardrobe from faddish to stylish. Nicole Jenkins shares her experience as a fashion buyer and stylist to navigate the essential additions to your wardrobe without breaking the bank, use accessories to create new outfits, convert your fashion faux pas into chic statements and travel with only hand luggage and still look classy. Nicole reveals her tricks of the trade:
    * How to make the most of your body shape
    * How to create an authentic look
    * When to combine classic staples with more contemporary fashionable pieces
    * How to avoid those regrettable and expensive impulse buys
    * How to have a wardrobe that will cover all your work and lifestyle options
    * Practical tips on looking after your clothes.

    Style is Eternal gives a beautiful step-by-step guide to understand and integrate fashion basics, classics and trends into a personalised signature look. It will encourage dressing with confidence and creativity.

    Imprint: MELBOURNE UNI PRESS
    RRP: $44.99

    Price: $44.99
  • STYLE TRIBES : THE FASHION OF SUBCULTURES
    STYLE TRIBES : THE FASHION OF SUBCULTURES
    YOUNG CAROLINE
    ISBN: 9780711237513
    Title: STYLE TRIBES : THE FASHION OF SUBCULTURES
    Author: YOUNG CAROLINE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SEPTEMBER 2016 NEW RELEAS

    Style Tribes: The Fashion of Subcultures explores the style, fashions and ideology of youth movements of the last 100 years.


    Fully illustrated, it delves into the stories behind the styles, what sets each of them apart, and looks at the influence and legacy of each of these tribes.

    The advent of industrialisation, globalisation and modernism in the twentieth century brought with it an explosion of subcultures, most of which are defined by their youthfulness. As subcultures gain media attention they are absorbed into the mainstream, and the style is often picked up by the fashion industry. The book will look at how these subcultures have been translated into fashion, from flappers and teddy boys to punk and grunge.

    Subcultures inspire, influence and blend into one another: hippies were a continuation of the beat movement, combined with a surfer lifestyle influence, while Jamaica's rudeboys and London mods inspired the original skinheads. There's also a running theme of 'the hipster' - a word that emerged from Harlem in the 1920s from 'hip' or 'hep', meaning non-conformist and one step ahead. This concept has played a part in understanding subcultures including zoot suiters, the jazz loving hipsters of the 1940s, beatniks, the hippie and now the contemporary hipsters with their beards and skinny jeans. Illustrated with historic and contemporary images, it colourfully details each group to give a comprehensive overview of each subculture.

    Imprint: FRANCES LINCOLN
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • TOKYO STYLE GUIDE : EAST SLEEP SHOP
    TOKYO STYLE GUIDE : EAST SLEEP SHOP
    LAWSON JANE
    ISBN: 9781743365687
    Title: TOKYO STYLE GUIDE : EAST SLEEP SHOP
    Author: LAWSON JANE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    One of the most exhilarating and inspiring cities in the world, Tokyo is vast, complex and ever-changing, pulsating with youthful energy. Author Jane Lawson has been travelling to Japan for more than thirty years, and has led many group and private tours to various parts of the country.

    In Tokyo Style Guide she offers a unique insight into Japan's culture and aesthetic with her expert guided walks through 21 of the most intriguing and stylish Tokyo neighbourhoods and the best of what they have to offer.

    Jane shares information on how to get the most from your trip-what to see and how best to experience it. Tokyo Style Guide is packed with places where you can shop, relax, be inspired, eat and sleep, as well as practical tips to help you prepare for your trip, navigate the city with confidence and make the most of your visit.

    Imprint: MURDOCH BOOKS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • V&A GALLERY OF FASHION : Records and Rebels 1966-1970
    V&A GALLERY OF FASHION : Records and Rebels 1966-1970
    WILCOX CLAIRE / LISTER JENNY
    ISBN: 9781851778935
    Title: V&A GALLERY OF FASHION : Records and Rebels 1966-1970
    Author: WILCOX CLAIRE / LISTER JENNY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Spanning four centuries, the V&A's Fashion Collection is the most comprehensive in the world, housing unrivaled collections of dress,accessories, shoes and hats from the 17th century to the present day. This thoroughly revised and redesigned edition perfectly encapsulates the collection and is a must for any fashion enthusiast.

    Imprint: VICTORIA AND ALBERT
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • VINTAGE FASHION COMPLETE
    VINTAGE FASHION COMPLETE
    ALBRECHTSEN NICKY
    ISBN: 9780500517611
    Title: VINTAGE FASHION COMPLETE
    Author: ALBRECHTSEN NICKY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Offers a guide to vintage womens fashion. This book presents over 1,000 stand-out examples, together with over 300 contextual illustrations, dating from the 1920s to the 1980s, including many icons of vintage fashion, from Marylin Monroe's bra to the Ossie Clark dress made so famous by David Hockney's painting.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $100.00

    Price: $100.00
  • VINTAGE MENSWEAR : A COLLECTION FROM THE VINTAGE SHOWROOM
    VINTAGE MENSWEAR : A COLLECTION FROM THE VINTAGE SHOWROOM
    SIMS JOSH
    ISBN: 9781856698832
    Title: VINTAGE MENSWEAR : A COLLECTION FROM THE VINTAGE SHOWROOM
    Author: SIMS JOSH
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Featuring 130 of the most influential examples of 20th-century and earlier European, American and Asian utilitarian tailoring and design, this 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.

    Imprint: LAURENCE KING
    RRP: $65.00

    Price: $65.00
  • VINTAGE SHOWROOM : VINTAGE MENSWEAR 2
    VINTAGE SHOWROOM : VINTAGE MENSWEAR 2
    GUNN DOUGLAS
    ISBN: 9781780676210
    Title: VINTAGE SHOWROOM : VINTAGE MENSWEAR 2
    Author: GUNN DOUGLAS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Featuring everything from a bearskin bomber jacket and fur-lined flying trousers to the original US navy peacoat and waterproofs worn on the British Antarctic Survey, this book offers a mine of ideas for designers and stylists. It is suitable for designers and fashionistas.

    Imprint: LAURENCE KING
    RRP: $70.00

    Price: $70.00
  • VOGUE 100 : A CETNTURY OF STYLE
    VOGUE 100 : A CETNTURY OF STYLE
    MUIR ROBIN
    ISBN: 9781855145610
    Title: VOGUE 100 : A CETNTURY OF STYLE
    Author: MUIR ROBIN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: APRIL 2016 NEW RELEASE

    In more than 2,000 issues, British Vogue magazine has acted as a cultural barometer, putting fashion in the context of the larger world in which we live - how we dress, how we entertain, what we eat, listen to, watch, who leads us, excites us and inspires us. This book celebrates the greatest moments in fashion, beauty and portrait photography.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $80.00

    Price: $80.00
  • VOGUE ON ALEXANDER MCQUEEN
    VOGUE ON ALEXANDER MCQUEEN
    FOX CHLOE
    ISBN: 9781849491136
    Title: VOGUE ON ALEXANDER MCQUEEN
    Author: FOX CHLOE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Alexander (Lee) McQueen was - for the 15 years that he stood at its helm - British fashion's most significant figure. His extraordinary career, which took him from humble beginnings as an apprentice on Savile Row to the creative directorship of his own global brand, is a story of hard work, ambition and visionary brilliance. Leading photographers such as Mario Testino and Corinne Day photographed his stunning designs for Vogue, and through them Alexander McQueen's career is presented - from the controversy of his early shows to the elegiac perfection of his last - with a particular emphasis on the evolution of his signature style: immaculate tailoring, slashed fabric, historical references and beauty in the macabre. The book shows that McQueen's own ambition was fully realised: 'I want to be the purveyor of a certain silhouette or a way of cutting so that, when I'm dead and gone, people will know that the Twenty-first Century was started by Alexander McQueen'. Vogue, the international fashion bible, has charted the careers of designers through the decades. Its unique archive of photographs, taken by the leading photographers of the day from Cecil Beaton to Mario Testino, and original illustrations, together with its stable of highly respected fashion writers, make Vogue the most authoritative and prestigious source of reference on fashion. With a circulation of over 160,000 and a readership of over 1,400,000, no brand is better positioned to present a library on the great fashion designers of the modern age.

    Imprint: QUADRILLE
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • VOGUE ON CALVIN KLEIN
    VOGUE ON CALVIN KLEIN
    FRASER-CAVASSONI NATASHA
    ISBN: 9781849499705
    Title: VOGUE ON CALVIN KLEIN
    Author: FRASER-CAVASSONI NATASHA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: AUGUST 2017 NEW RELEASE

    This book reveals how Calvin Klein created a fashion brand that made understated, all-American glamour his own - at the same time as building a vast billion-dollar empire that includes everything from pants and jeans to perfume and pillows.

    Imprint: QUADRILLE
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • VOGUE ON CHRISTIAN DIOR
    VOGUE ON CHRISTIAN DIOR
    SINCLAIR CHARLOTTE
    ISBN: 9781849491129
    Title: VOGUE ON CHRISTIAN DIOR
    Author: SINCLAIR CHARLOTTE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    In 1947, Christian Dior stunned the fashion world with his first collection; his 'New Look' featured designs that transformed the way women dressed. Dior continued to send shockwaves with his later shows, significantly altering the fashion landscape during the ten years of his career as a couturier. This book recounts Dior's search for the perfect line and how his unique vision of women's ideal silhouette developed. More than any designer before him, Dior embraced the dual aspects of creativity and commerce, becoming the first couturier to license his products in 1949. He became one of the most famous designers of the twentieth century, and his name still fronts one of the most successful haute couture fashion houses. As portrayed in the pages of Vogue by photographers such as Horst and Irving Penn and artists like Christian Berard, the book offers a unique insight into Dior's contribution to design, his dramatic impact on the landscape of 40s and 50s fashion and his personal legacy. Vogue, the international fashion bible, has charted the careers of designers through the decades. Its unique archive of photographs, taken by the leading photographers of the day from Cecil Beaton to Mario Testino, and original illustrations, together with its stable of highly respected fashion writers, make Vogue the most authoritative and prestigious source of reference on fashion. With a circulation of over 160,000 and a readership of over 1,400,000, no brand is better positioned to present a library on the great fashion designers of the modern age.

    Imprint: QUADRILLE
    RRP: $29.95

    Price: $29.95
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