Synopses & Reviews
andlt;Bandgt;andlt;Iandgt;In the beginning there was the fig leaf...andlt;/Iandgt;andlt;/Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;and the toga. Crinolines and ruffs. Chain mailand corsets. What do these antiquated items have to do with the oh-so-twenty-first-century skinny jeans, graphic tee, and sexy pumps you slipped into this morning? Everything! Fashion begets fashion, and lifeand#8212;from economics to politics, weather to warfare, practicality to the utterly impracticaland#8212;is reflected in the styles of any given era, evolving into the threads you buy and wear today. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;With the candidness, intelligence, and charm that made him a household name on Project Runway, Tim Gunn reveals the fascinating story behind each article of clothing dating back to ancient times, in a book that reads like a walking tour from museum to closet with Tim at your side. From Cleopatraand#8217;s crown to Helen of Troyand#8217;s sandals, from Queen Victoriaand#8217;s corset to Madonnaand#8217;s cone bra, Dynastyand#8217;s power suits to Hillary Clintonand#8217;s pantsuits, Tim Gunnand#8217;s Fashion Bible takes you on a runway-ready journey through the highs and lows of fashion history. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Drawing from his exhaustive knowledge and intensive research to offer cutting-edge insights into modern style, Tim explains how the 1960s ruined American underwear, how Beau Brummell created the look men have worn for more than a century, why cargo capri pants are a plague on our nation, and much more. He will make you see your wardrobe in a whole new way. Prepare to be inspired as you change your thinking about the past, present, and future of fashion!
"Gunn (Gunn's Golden Rules: Life's Little Lessons for Making It Work) is best known for his role as the kind but frank mentor on the reality show Project Runway. Rich with photos, this book combines Gunn's signature brand of sassy wisdom with a smart and entertaining journey through the history of fashion no item in the closet is left uncovered: chapters include 'Underwear: Security vs. Freedom,' 'Belts: Friend to Soldiers and Vixens,' 'Dress Shirts: Prudery and Puffery,' and 'Capri Pants and Shorts: The Plague on Our Nation.' Gunn makes this history of fashion more than just another lesson about fabrics and dyes for him, it's the people and the culture that bring the items we wear into sharper focus; in fact, Gunn states that 'the primary purpose of this book is to give your clothes more significance.' In addition to his fun and informative survey of the past, Gunn doles out sage advice for the present, with sidebars devoted to helping determine the proper bra fit, listing the various categories of shorts, and explaining the proper way to shop for pants. Numerous cultural tidbits, fantastic images, and sartorial wisdom from one of fashion's most respected gurus make this a must-read for 'everyone who gets dressed in the morning, not just an elite crew in Manhattan.' Photos & illus. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Tim Gunn is fun and chatty, but most of all he is incredibly knowledgable and informed!" andlt;BRandgt; and#8212;Diane von Furstenberg
and#8220;Tim Gunnand#8217;s Fashion Bible is a must-have for discerning fashionistas. Not only is it packed with fun facts from the whole of fashion history, but it is a rollicking good read and, in many places, laugh-out-loud funny. Gunn combines acerbic wit with disarming charmand#8212;a rare combinationand#8212;such that we donand#8217;t realize how much we learn from the book. Beware: he may be unforgiving when it comes to a favorite styleand#8212;but you canand#8217;t help feeling heand#8217;s right.and#8221; andlt;BRandgt; and#8212;Kathryn Earle, Head of Visual Arts Publishing at Bloomsbury
and#8220;Rich with photos, this book combines Gunn's signature brand of sassy wisdom with a smart and entertaining journey through the history of fashion--no item in the closet is left uncoveredand#8230;. Gunn makes this history of fashion more than just another lesson about fabrics and dyes--for him, it's the people and the culture that bring the items we wear into sharper focus; in fact, Gunn states that "the primary purpose of this book is to give your clothes more significance." and#8230;. Numerous cultural tidbits, fantastic images, and sartorial wisdom from one of fashion's most respected gurus make this a must-read for "everyone who gets dressed in the morning, not just an elite crew in Manhattan." andlt;BRandgt; and#8212;andlt;iandgt;Publishers Weeklyandlt;/iandgt;, Starred Review
"[Gunn's] expertise is very up to the minute, and while this book is a valuable guide for today, it will also reflect well historically on our current styles in decades to come."
From a bestselling fashion guru—a fascinating, meticulously researched history of Western fashion covering every topic from the history of the high heel to the origin of blue jeans.
America’s favorite fashion expert, New York Times bestselling author, beloved mentor on Project Runway, and a frequent guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Dr. Oz, The Biggest Loser, and others—Tim Gunn is also the chief creative officer of Liz Claiborne and a former faculty member and chair of fashion design at Parsons’ New School for Design. Now he pours this undeniably impressive fashion knowledge into this category-killing tome, Tim Gunn’s Fashion Bible.
From togas to Crocs, beloved fashion guru Tim Gunn presents the fascinating and exhaustive history of every item of clothing and accessory ever worn. In his new, authoritative, witty Fashion Bible, he traces the origins of everything in your closet from its earliest incarnation to the present day, covering everything from the cultural history of the garment to current fads. From suits to sportswear, Gunn recounts the contributions made by revolutionary designers and surveys Western fashion, educating, enlightening, and entertaining us all! Marked by Tim’s personable tone, this comprehensive volume not only informs, but reminds us that fashion is ultimately about innovation and fun!
About the Author
Beloved pop culture icon and andlt;iandgt;New York Timesandlt;/iandgt; bestselling author Tim Gunn is best known as the Emmy Awardandndash;winning host of andlt;iandgt;Project Runwayandlt;/iandgt;. He also hosted two seasons of his own Bravo makeover series, andlt;iandgt;Tim Gunnandrsquo;s Guide to Styleandlt;/iandgt;, and was the host of the reality TV series andlt;iandgt;Under the Gunnandlt;/iandgt;.andlt;bandgt;Ada Calhounandlt;/bandgt; was the founding editor-in-chief of the award-winning parenting site Babble.com. She is the co-author of andlt;Iandgt;Gunn's Golden Rules: Life's Little Lessons for Making it Workandlt;/Iandgt;, and has written for andlt;Iandgt;Theandlt;/Iandgt; andlt;iandgt;New York Timesandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;New Yorkandlt;/iandgt; magazine, the andlt;iandgt;New York Postandlt;/iandgt;, Salon.com and andlt;iandgt;Time andlt;/iandgt;magazine. She lives in New York City with her husband and young son.