Designers’ Edit: new fashion and beauty books for September

This month, we have a special edit for budding fashion designers. We have guides to putting together your own all-important fashion portfolio, insights into designing costumes for film and theatre, a beautiful book of fashion swatches, as well as an insider’s view of the iconic Parsons fashion school, home to Project Runway. Or if fashion consumption rather than fashion study is more your thing, check out our other selections – a glossy volume on international men’s street style, a biography on the driving force behind Avon and a limited-edition volume all about the fashion collection of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Syndetics book coverMen in this town : London, Tokyo, Sydney, Milan, New York / Giuseppe Santamaria.
“From the streets of the leading fashion cities around the world, photographer, art director and blogger Giuseppe Santamaria brings together a striking photographic collection showcasing the styles of the modern man. In each city he visits, Giuseppe seeks out the man whose dress sense speaks volumes about who he is, sharing looks that will be a source of inspiration to readers. Alongside the varied sartorial tastes captured on the streets, Giuseppe chooses a handful of men from each city who have particularly caught his attention, photographing them in various attires and interviewing them on their individual approach to fashion. With cutting-edge, street style photography, Men in This Town is an exploration of the current menswear scene across the world’s most fashionable cities.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBeauty queen : inside the reign of Avon’s Andrea Jung / Deborrah Himsel.
“Himsel (Leadership Sopranos Style), former vice-president of global organization effectiveness at Avon, takes on the story of former Avon CEO Andrea Jung, who resigned in 2011 in a blaze of scandal. At her peak, Jung was considered one of the finest leaders of the early 21st century; former colleague Himsel believes that her career constitutes the perfect leadership case study. Using her own experience and interviews with those who knew her, Himsel narrates Jung’s rise at Avon at a time when the direct sales channel model was viewed as old-fashioned. She then covers Jung’s initial success, her reshaping of the company’s image and mission, difficulties that arose, and her ultimate downfall. ” (Publisher Weekly)

Syndetics book coverThe school of fashion : 30 Parsons designers / Simon Collins.
“For over a century, Parsons The new school for design has been synonymous with the best in American fashion, fostering creative talent and pushing the boundaries of style around the world. The staggering influence of the schools many successful alumni has created a legacy that has only grown in scale and scope over the decades. This illustrated volume explores that legacy through the testimony of its brightest stars, with interviews and exclusive archival sketches from Donna Karan, Alexander Wang, Jack McCullough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler, and many others.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFashion portfolio : design and presentation / Anna Kiper.
“From finding inspiration to creating the final collection, this is the complete guide to putting together an attention-grabbing fashion portfolio. It follows the entire design process, covering research, quick sketches, silhouettes, mood boards, garment details, textiles, fabric manipulation, and draping experimentation. In addition to samples from professional sketchbooks, established fashion and accessories designers offer their personal insights on the job’s highlights and challenges. A beautiful and practical book that helps readers get inside the designer’s mind” –

Syndetics book coverThe fashion swatch book / Marnie Fogg.
“This exhaustive sourcebook book presents the most eye-catching and important pieces from an array of more than 100 of the world’s fashion designers. Covering both contemporary and classic designs, it sets a new benchmark in the world of fabric design. Alphabetically arranged by designer, around 1,300 images illustrate the huge variety of swatches. Marnie Fogg introduces each fashion house and guides the reader through their particular approach to textile design and production. With unprecedented access behind the scenes of some of the most important manufacturers, the final section of the book displays informative step-by-step photographs of the working techniques behind both modern and classic fabric manufacturing.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDesigning costume for stage and screen / Deirdre Clancy.
“In this comprehensive and beautifully illustrated volume, accomplished costume designer Deirdre Clancy draws from over-40 years of experience to show how to design costume for stage and screen. All budgets and practicalities are considered, so whether you are a student, or a designer for the stage or screen, this book has advice from one of the best in the business. The entire design process is explained, with drawings and tips throughout starting with how you go about researching and designing, to communicating with the audience, designing on paper and with Photoshop or on an iPad, and how best to share your ideas. All the different strands of costume design from period costume through to contemporary clothes are covered with authenticity and feasibility in mind, so that the final costume is the perfect fit for the actor’s role.” –

Syndetics book coverFashion designers : the collection of the Museum at FIT / text by Valerie Steele ; foreword by Suzy Menkes ; with contributions by Fred Dennis… [et al.] ; and illustrations by Robert Nippoldt.
“From Azzedine Alaïa, Cristóbal Balenciaga, and Coco Chanel, to Alexander McQueen, Yves Saint Laurent, and Vivienne Westwood, a century’s worth of fashion greats from the permanent collection of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology are celebrated in this limited-edition volume. Photographs of over 500 garments selected from the Museum’s permanent collection illuminate each of the featured designers, while texts by the curators explain why each designer is important in fashion history and what is special about the individual pieces featured.” – adapted from