1940s Fashion: The Definitive Sourcebook
by Emmanuelle Dirix Publisher Comments
"The early Forties might have been years of make-do-and-mending and fashionable inventiveness, but the latter half of the decade saw an explosion of contemporary forward-looking fashions. 1940s Fashion: the Definitive Sourcebook is an extensive survey... (read more)
A History of the Paper Pattern Industry: The Home Dressmaking Fashion Revolution (Arden Shakespeare Library)
by Joy Emery Staff Pick A History of the Paper Pattern Industry is a joy for any follower of fashion history. I've often been fascinated by how the early days of modern fashion (starting around the 1850s) followed developments in technology. Whether it's the maturation of the sewing machine, the development of chemical dyes for superior color, or the increase of factory jobs for women, the late 1800s and early 1900s were an amazing time in clothing. What I hadn't taken into consideration was how much paper patterns also played into modern fashion history. A History of the Paper Pattern Industry is concerned primarily with U.S. paper pattern history, while filled with plenty of depictions of pattern envelopes. No doubt the designer/sewist will find inspiration here, but this is really more of a sociological study of the pattern business. Recommended by Tracey T., Powells.com
Fashion: The Definitive History of Costume and Style
by Dk Publishing Publisher Comments
Tracing the evolution of fashion -- from the early draped fabrics of ancient times to the catwalk couture of today -- Fashion: The Definitive History of Costume and Style is a stunningly illustrated guide to more than three thousand years of shifting... (read more)
by Kevyn Aucoin Publisher Comments
America's preeminent makeup artist shares his secrets, explaining not only the basics of makeup application and technique but also how to use the fundamentals to create a wide range of different looks. 200 color photos & sketches.... (read more)
What Shall I Wear?
by Claire Mccardell Publisher Comments
The revolutionary fashion designer credited with originating "The American Look," Claire McCardell designed for the emerging active lifestyle of women in the 1940s and '50s. She was the originator of mix-and-match separates, open-backed sundresses, and... (read more)
The Basics of Corset Building: A Handbook for Beginners
by Linda Sparks Publisher Comments
Think of a corset as a blank canvas. Linda Sparks' The Basics of Corset Building: A Handbook for Beginners is a comprehensive guide to building your first corset, including: Section One: Tools and Materials for Corset Building Discusses the... (read more)
Image Matters for Men: How to Dress for Success!
by Veronique Henderson Publisher Comments
Lets face it, most men need fashion advice, and few of them are going to receive a visit from the Queer Eye gang. Thats where Image Matters for Men comes in. In seven idea-packed chapters the Average Joe will learn which clothes will flatter his coloring... (read more)
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