Synopses & Reviews
The Fashion Insidersand#8217; Guides
are carefully curated compendiums of the current hotspots, classic haunts, and hidden gems of the worldand#8217;s greatest fashion destinations. A former Parisian living in New York, French Vogue
correspondent Carole Sabas was often approached by friends and colleagues on their way to Paris for Fashion Week, looking for the best place for a quick facial, early morning yoga, or to meet a friend for a drink. So many people asked, in fact, that she produced a small guide filled with advice, which she gave out for free. Requests for more information and other cities came pouring in.
Abrams is now making Sabasand#8217;s Paris and New York guides available to everyone, with expanded content including chapters such as and#8220;Eating and Drinking,and#8221; and#8220;Beauty,and#8221; and#8220;Health,and#8221; and#8220;Shopping,and#8221; and#8220;Art,and#8221; and an eclectic selection of odds and ends called and#8220;Might Be Useful One Day.and#8221; Written with a light touch and in a friendly tone, each entry includes a description of the recommended spots with hints about when to go, who to ask for, and what to get, as well as location and contact information. The inclusion of additional advice from local fashion celebrities on their favorite places to frequent puts readers confidently in-the-know. Peppered throughout with drawings by a noted and local fashion illustrator, these beautifully designed guides will be the must-have accessories of the season.
andldquo;Seriously, there is a ton of good stuff in this book. Designers were asked questions on topics ranging from career advice to shopping tips, and the answers run the gamut from hilarious to sweet.andrdquo;
andldquo;From tips and tricks for breaking into fashion to essential wardrobe items to favorite words of wisdom,andnbsp;The Pursuit of Styleandnbsp;gives you a glimpse inside the fashion worldandrsquo;s most creative minds and offers an endless amount of inspiration.andrdquo;
andldquo;Inspiration never looked so chic.andrdquo;
andldquo;With designers revealing everything from their favorite muses (Rachelandrsquo;s are Jane Birkin and Brigitte Bardot), to their top shopping destinations, this is sure to be the fashion-loverandrsquo;s gift this summer. We recommend stocking up on a few copies for graduation and hostess gifts.andrdquo;
andldquo;Illustrated by Bill Donovan with an introduction by Jessica Alba and a foreword byandnbsp;von Furstenberg and CFDA CEO Steven Kolb, The Pursuit of Style is basically a whoandrsquo;s who in the style world.andrdquo;
"Much has been written about fashion, in all its aspects, but i do not think any couturier has ever before attempted to compile a dictionary on the subject."
—from the little dictionary of fashion
Christian Dior reveals the secrets of style in this charming handbook that no woman should be without. An indispensable guide that covers everything from what to wear to a wedding and how to tie a scarf to how to walk with grace, The Little Dictionary of Fashion is full of timeless tips. From afternoon frocks and accessories to traveling and tweed, Dior's expertise ensures every girl will know the three fundamentals of fashion: simplicity, grooming, and good taste. Published for the Victoria and Albert Museum's Golden Age of Couture exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of Dior's "New Look" and illustrated with delightful photographs and drawings, this handbag-sized classic is the perfect gift for style-conscious women.
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, September 22, 2007 & January 6, 2008
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 British 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 prehistory to the present, as well as paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts relating to modes of dress.
Compiled by Kate Bethune, A to Z of Wedding Style
brings together style tips, pithy advice, and engaging opinions about everything wedding. This beautiful book will make a perfect present for anyone getting ready for their special day, or someone who has had the burden and pleasure of being a bridesmaid multiple times. If ever you needed to know whether or not a boutonniere is appropriate, or how to bustle a dress, this thoughtful and thorough book will be your guide.
Where fashion has always moved on swiftly from season to season, bridal wear can keep a trend or style current for several years or longerandmdash;maintaining perennial favorites and occasional revivals. Concentrating on wedding style, but also featuring thoughts on etiquette and history, this book captures some of the abiding wisdom and witticisms that surround the Happy Day.
In 1947, Christian Dior stunned the fashion world with his first collection, the andldquo;New Look,andrdquo; which transformed the way women dressed, and he continued to send shock waves with his later shows, significantly altering the fashion landscape. Vogue on Christian Dior tells the story of Diorandrsquo;s searchfor the perfect line and how his unique style and vision of womenandrsquo;s ideal silhouette developed. One of the most famous designers of the 20th century, his name still fronts one of the most successful haute couture fashion houses. Vogue on Christian Dior is a volume from the series created by the editors of British Vogue. It features 20,000 words of original biography and history and is studded with 80 color and black-and-white images from their unique archive of photos taken by the leading photographers of the day, including Cecil Beaton, Horst P. Horst, Irving Penn, and Richard Avedon.
The fashion aesthetic of handsome, aristocratic Hubert de Givenchy combined the traditions of haute coutureandmdash;creative, luxurious, and perfectionistandmdash;with a modern entrepreneurial sensibility. In a career spanning 40 years, he created the most glamorous of evening dresses, developed the influential andldquo;sackandrdquo; dress, and produced debonair daytime suits that have never gone out of fashion. He also famously defined the sartorial image of Audrey Hepburnandmdash;both onscreen and offandmdash;designing the little black dress for Breakfast at Tiffanyandrsquo;s. Created by the editors of British Vogue, Vogue on Hubert de Givenchy features biography and history studded with more than 80 images from their unique archive of images taken by leading photographers such as Irving Penn, Patrick Demarchelier, and Cecil Beaton.
Christian Dior (1905andndash;1957) rocketed to fame with his first collection in 1947 when the andldquo;New Lookandrdquo; took the world by storm. This charming autobiography gives fascinating and detailed insight into the workings of a great fashion house, while revealing the private man behind the high-profile establishment. It is also a unique portrait of classic Paris haute couture of the 1950s. Dior details his childhood in Granville, the family and friends closest to him, and his most difficult years and sudden success, as well as his sources of inspiration and creative processes.
The latest book in the clothbound series that includes the bestselling Little Dictionary of Fashion
and A to Z of Style
, A to Z of Classic Hollywood Style
is the perfect compendium of fashion wisdom from Hollywoodand#8217;s most glamorous era. From Alfred Hitchcock on elegance, to Sophia Loren on sex appeal, to Edith Head on making a woman more beautiful, this book gathers the opinions of the worldand#8217;s most beloved classic film stars, as well as directors, designers, and critics. Including Joan Crawfordand#8217;s five fashion rules and Marlene Dietrichand#8217;s tips for dressing on a budget, A to Z of Classic Hollywood Style
is packed full of stylish advice for would-be starletsand#8212;or simply anyone who loves the Golden Age of Hollywood style.
A to Z of Style brings together the secrets of style from the worldand#8217;s greatest fashion designers, their famous clients, and others from the world of fashion in this delightful illustrated dictionary. This gifty guide preserves the wisdom of fashionand#8217;s big names, from Chanel on perfume, to Dior on elegance, to Schiaparelli on hats. This charming compendium is illustrated with newly commissioned line drawings by Emma Farrarons of accessories and clothing from the VandAand#8217;s celebrated fashion collection. With timeless advice for women and men alike, this handy guide is essential reading for anyone with a love of fashion and style.
Life, Love, and the Pursuit of Style is an all-new, origiand#173;nal collection of clever, charming, and often hilarious musings from American fashionand#8217;s biggest designers. The book culls the best pieces of advice and insight from a survey conducted by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) of its 400-plus members, including Diane von Furstenberg, Zac Posen, Betsey Johnson, Narciso Rodriguez, Donna Karan, and Ralph Lauren, among many others. From tips and tricks for breaking into a fashion career, to essential wardrobe items, to favorite words of wisdom, this book provides a glimpse inside the fashion worldand#8217;s most creative minds and offers readers an endless amount of inspiration. Illustrated by Bil Donovan, this stylish package is the must-have fashion gift book of the season.
About the Author
Amy de la Haye is a curator and dress historian. She is a professor at London College of Fashion and was formerly Curator of 20th Century Fashion at the VandA. She is the author of Chanel. Emma Farrarons is a French illustrator and designer living in London. She has illustrated I Want Those Shoes and The Queenand#8217;s English. Devi Kroell launched her namesake label in 2004, specializing in cutting-edge accessories. She quickly won acclaim, receiving the prestigious CFDA Swarovski award in 2006, designing her first ready-to-wear collection in 2008, and opening her flagship store on Madison Avenue in 2009. In 2011, Kroell reemerged with her new line, DAX GABLER.