Finer Fashions

This month’s new books bring you a sweet slice of the finer things in life, from celebrated milliners to renowned textile designers and luxurious designer jewels. Our collection of Vogue On: fashion books also continues to grow, with our latest editions about Alexander McQueen, Elsa Schiaparelli and Christian Dior. Do enjoy!

Syndetics book coverPhilip Treacy by Kevin Davies / [Kevin Davies].
“Davies (Fashion Now) first photographed celebrated milliner Treacy at an American Vogue photo shoot in 1991. It was just a year after Treacy had graduated from the Royal College of Art and set up his first studio, and the same year Treacy won his first British Fashion Council award for British Accessory Designer of the Year. After several more encounters between designer and photographer, Davies became part of the Treacy studio family-along with the dog, Mr. Pig, and the house model, Alla. Most of this book is fashion photojournalism: black and white, often grainy, taken with existing lighting whenever possible. Most compelling are photographs of Treacy interacting with his clients-from Isabella Blow, the stylist most associated with Treacy’s work, to pop icon Grace Jones, to Princess Anne. The book concludes with the most important fashion “show” of Treacy’s career, the 2011 wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Davies provides the most unvarnished version of the clients, assistants, and journalists that packed the milliner’s studio. Extended captions, written by both authors, are full of nicknames and insider references. Photos. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved” (Publisher Weekly)

Syndetics book coverVivienne Westwood / curated by Terry Jones.
“Delving deep into the archives of the magazine, this title offers insight into the world of iconic fashion designer Vivienne Westwood. It revisits interviews and features from the early punk beginnings of her career in the 1980’s to today, documenting her instigation of the crinoline craze, and her thoughts on how fashion can make a difference.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCelia Birtwell / by Celia Birtwell ; text by Dominic Lutyens.
“Celia Birtwell’s prints have been worn by everyone from the 1960s London in crowd to noughties fashionistas. This book is a highly illustrated scrapbook of the life of one of the most renowned textile designers of the last 50 years.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHarry Winston / foreword by Andre Leon Talley.
“From the legacy of the Hope Diamond to ‘Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend’ … this book showcases Winston’s most exquisite creations in historic images, captivating advertising campaigns, and celebrity images.” –From the jacket.

Syndetics book coverCelebrating jewellery : exceptional jewels of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries / David Bennett and Daniela Mascetti.
“Broadly divided into 19th and 20th Centuries and then arranged thematically, this beautifully designed and lavishly produced book celebrates the greatest jewels encountered by the authors.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Queen’s diamonds / Hugh Roberts.
“Published on the occasion of the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, this book tells the story of the magnificent royal inheritance of diamonds from the time of Queen Adelaide in the 1830s to the present day. Illustrated with a wealth of archive material as well as extensive new photography of the jewels, this important publication includes stones of international importance as well as items of great historic significance, and will be a standard work of reference on diamond jewellery for many years to come.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverChristian Dior / Charlotte Sinclair.
“In 1947, Christian Dior stunned the fashion world with his first collection; his ‘New Look’ featured designs that transformed the way women dressed. This book recounts Dior’s search for the perfect line and how his unique vision of women’s ideal silhouette developed.” – Books in Print

Syndetics book coverElsa Schiaparelli / Judith Watt.
“Shocking, witty and eccentric, the designs of Elsa Schiaparelli are among the most innovative and influential in the history of fashion. Through the photographs and illustrations of ‘Vogue’ this book presents the enduring legacy of this daring and visionary designer.” – Books in Print

Syndetics book coverAlexander McQueen / Chloe Fox.
“From the controversy of his early shows to the elegiac perfection of his last, Alexander McQueen was British fashion’s most significant figure. His extraordinary career, which took him from humble beginnings as an apprentice on Savile Row to the creative dictatorship of his own global brand, is a story of hard work.” – Books in Print