The 6 Fashion History Books That Every Enthusiast Would Want To Add To Their Libraryby | January 17, 2020
With its numerous elements and verticals, fashion never fails to surprise and if there is one thing that stands tall and continues to charm every enthusiast in the fashion landscape, it's the history of fashion. Erstwhile trends, events that shaped the industry as we see it today and celebrated designers are all a part of the deal if you are browsing through renowned works on the subject.
Care to explore more about a particular area that interests you? Here's taking a look at the six best books that highlight fashion through varied lenses—expect flair, favourites, and facts unheard of.
Fashion Designers A–Z
Delving into an array of designers and the intricate details of what they represented, the book focuses on fashion legends—ranging from Alexander McQueen to Yves Saint Laurent amongst many others—and their creations displayed in a permanent collection at The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology. With notes from the museum's curators and vivid pictures making them come alive on print, this account highlights the fashion giants and their everlasting relevance.
The Battle of Versailles: The Night American Fashion Stumbled into the Spotlight and Made History
In 1973, an international fashion showcase in the famed Palace of Versailles made headlines when five American designers—Oscar de la Renta, Bill Blass, Anne Klein, Halston, and Stephen Burrows—put forward their work along with their French counterparts—Yves Saint Laurent, Hubert de Givenchy, Pierre Cardin, Emanuel Ungaro, and Christian Dior. In her book, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Robin Givhan describes the showcase and how it went down as a landmark event in the history of fashion.
Issues: A History of Photography in Fashion Magazines
Highlighting an unconventional facet to photography by using ones from magazines and his personal archives, Vince Aletti charts a thorough history of magazines from 1925 to 2018 in terms of photography. Featuring the leading names in the business, Aletti's research, the first of its kind, is a collectible for fashion enthusiasts.
Get a Life: The Diaries of Vivienne Westwood
An activist, a crusader and a designer—Vivienne Westwood dons several hats. One of the first to open a dialogue about fashion and its impact on the environment, the British designer is oft credited with her involvement in bringing the UK punk scene to the centerstage in the '70s. In her book, based on a day-to-day diary, Westwood offers a genuine, first-hand account of what it's like to be in her shoes. A must-read, any day.
Legendary Artists and the Clothes They Wore
Whether it is Japanese conceptual artist Yayoi Kusama's signature vibrant mane or Piet Mondrian's tailored, structured suits, every artist has a distinctive look that sets them apart from the crowd and through his work, Terry Newman describes an array of famous artists—Georgia Totto O'Keeffe, Erdem Moralioglu, Barbara Kruger, Andy Warhol and several others—while exploring the relationship between the art they create and their sartorial style.
Dior Catwalk: The Complete Collections
From the 'New Look' that marked Christian Dior's foray into haute couture when it made its Parisian debut in February 1947 to the house's Spring/Summer collection in 2017, helmed by Maria Grazia Chiuri—its first female creative director—Alexander Fury collates extensive details with precision. As you flip through the 1,100 pictures accounting for the French luxury house's craftsmanship, Dior's legacy only becomes more clear to the eye.
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