We have a huge range in our new fashion and beauty books for November. If you’re interested in using natural ingredients for beauty, we have two new books which will keep you informed and up to date! We also have books on the history of fashion, from vintage icons to punk fashion history to hot medieval looks. We have a new fashion bio and a guide to fashion for the perfect gentleman. Swoon!! So much variety!!
Icons of vintage fashion: definitive designer classics at auction 1900-2000
“Paris is the historic center of couture, and, as this splendid and beautifully produced encyclopedia of auctioned vintage couture and accessories from throughout the 20th century shows, the city’s major auction houses are the most prominent in the couture auction market. The book is organized chronologically by decade. Each entry includes an individual color photograph of the garment, a brief description, its estimated value and selling price, and in some cases, its provenance. The book also features short, informative profiles of major designers, including Elsa Schiaparelli, Madame Gres, Courreges, Yohji Yamamoto, and Comme des Garcons, and interviews with fashion curators and vintage retailers, as well as histories of iconic garments and accessories, such as the Chanel jacket, the Hermes silk scarf, and “le smoking” (a tuxedo). More than 1,000 photos.” (Publisher Weekly)
Lee Miller in fashion / Becky E. Conekin.
“Though many readers may know Miller’s name because of her connection to 20th-century artists-Picasso, Man Ray (also her lover), and Paul Eluard-her own photography created a new standard for fashion photography and journalism, according to Yale University historian Conekin (The Autobiography of a Nation: The 1951 Festival of Britain). Conekin’s book is the first to study Miller’s modeling and photographic work in relation to her biography, and comes during a resurgence in interest in Miller, especially in her work for Vogue. Conekin does an excellent job of capturing Miller’s efforts as a WWII correspondent for British Vogue, seen, for example, in an image of U.S. servicewomen in uniform joyfully fingering the fabric of a dress at a fashion show in Paris. Miller seemed to disappear from view after the 1950s, and Conekin acknowledges that the explanation remains elusive: “We can never know for sure whether it was Miller’s postwar domestic life or her wartime experiences.that made her turn her back on photography and her always fraught writing career.” This book is essential to understanding Miller, as well as reclaiming her artistic legacy. 150 illus.” (Publisher Weekly)
Fashion insiders’ guide : New York / Carole Sabas ; illustrated by Bernadette Pascua.
“This is not your typical guidebook, rather it’s for the fashion-conscious and those who want to go where the rich and famous and in-the-know locals go. 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.” (Library Catalogue)
Coconut cracked open : food, health, diet, beauty : the new revolution in feeling good and looking great / Christine Schang.
“Coconut Oil and Water is taking the world by Storm! Coconut Cracked Open has all the information about the amazing health benefits and wonderful properties of coconut, especially its oil and water products.” (Amazon.com)
Fashionable : an illustrated history of the bizarre and beautiful / text by Barbara Cox..[et.al]
“Fashionable takes a look at some of the most bizarrely beautiful and outlandish trends in clothing and ornament, from the medieval steeple headdress and the eighteenth-century dandies of the Macaroni Club, to the dangerously tight corsets of the nineteenth century and the futuristic space-age look of the 1960s.” (Library Catalogue)
Made on Earth : what we wear, where it comes from, where it goes / Wolfgang Korn.
“How does a piece of clothing end up in your wardrobe? Where does it come from, and where does it go? This is not just a story about manufacturing. This is a story about people, their livelihoods and their life expectations. This is the story of globalisation. Made on Earth follows the incredible journey of a red fleece manufactured in Bangladesh.” (Library Catalogue)
The perfect gentleman : the pursuit of timeless elegance and style in London / James Sherwood ; [foreword by Terence Stamp] ; principal photography by Andy Barnham and Guy Hills.
“Author/broadcaster/curator Sherwood here offers an impressive companion to his earlier Bespoke (CH, Jun’11, 48-5485). It details being a gentleman from the time of the English Restoration to the present. Six chapters; an epilogue; a London point-of-interest section devoted to shopping/lodging/dining; an address book; and a bibliography all make this an outstanding volume. Most noteworthy are the hundreds of lavish, historic, vintage, and modern photographs and illustrations, some by noted British photographers Andy Barnham and Guy Hills. Subjects range from Charles II, Prince Albert, and the Duke of Windsor to Prince Harry–with Oscar Wilde, Noel Coward, Douglas Fairbanks, and countless gentlemen in between. This well-organized social history, filled with anecdotes describing what defines a gentleman–clothes, clubs, accessories, affiliations, and shopping establishments–is elegant and lavish, and has both substance and style. Anyone who spends even a few minutes perusing this volume will soon understand the fallacy of the notion that printed books are obsolete. Glossy and informative, with opinions and a point of view, this volume will be a wonderful addition to any collection. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and above; general readers.” (CHOICE)
Punk : chaos to couture / [by Andrew Bolton… [et al.]].
“With essays by John Lydon (aka Sex Pistols front man Johnny Rotten), Richard Hell (I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp) of Television and Richard Hell and the Voidoids, writer and filmmaker Jon Savage (Teenage; England’s Dreaming), and Bolton (curator, Costume Inst.), this catalog is a profusion of photographs that captures the anarchic spirit of punk more accurately than the accompanying Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute’s did, dominated as it was by mannequins wearing spectacular 21st-century couture. Following the exhibition’s themes of graffiti, agitprop, hardware, destruction, and bricolage, the book makes a more direct and persuasive visual case for punk’s influence on couture by juxtaposing contemporary photographs of 1970s punk fashion against designs by Alexander McQueen, Junya Watanabe, Martin Margiela, Balmain, Rodarte, and others. Verdict? This loud, intensely illustrated record of a controversial exhibition will pique cultural interest from fields beyond fashion.” (Library Journal)
Making natural beauty products / by Sally Trew.
“This highly visual guide teaches you how to make skincare, makeup, and many more personal-care and beauty products using natural ingredients. For both men and women, step-by-step, full-color photos guide you through basic beauty recipes, followed by more than 250 color and blend variations. Readers with sensitive skin, as well as those who want to save money and avoid harmful chemicals, will find everything you need to get started making your own luxurious, natural beauty products.” (adapted from Amazon.com)