Dresses, Jewels and Artworks: new fashion books for March

Welcome autumn with our varied new fashion books for March! If you ever find yourself struggling to part with particular items in your wardrobe, you’ll enjoy Lorelei Vashti’s Dress, memory, where she discusses her emotional associations with individual pieces in her wardrobe. Art and fashion lovers alike will love Chanel art; a catalogue of artworks created by Karl Lagerfeld especially to set the scene for a 2013 fashion show for the illustrious label. The new dual biography about Alexander McQueen and John Galliano will delight any fashionista, and our luscious new book on Italian Damiani jewellery provides lots of delicious eye candy. You’re welcome.

Syndetics book coverDress, memory : a memoir of my twenties in dresses / Lorelei Vashti.
“As we grow older, how do we know what to let go of and what to keep?… Lorelei started collecting dresses in her twenties and found that every time she wore one it became more significant to her. From falling in love for the first time to playing in a band, from starting a career to moving overseas, every dress soon had a memory stitched into it, and she became as attached to each one as if they were the events and people themselves…But what happens when the wardrobe gets full? Should you let go of the dresses you’ve outgrown, or try to hold on to them forever?..’Dress, Memory’ is about a decade in dresses. Perceptive and poignant, humorous and heartwarming, it’s the story of growing up and growing into yourself. It’s about trying things on until you find the perfect fit.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverChanel art / by Karl Lagerfeld.
“For the set of Chanel’s Spring-Summer 2014 Prêt-à-Porter fashion show on 1 October 2013, Karl Lagerfeld transformed Paris’s Grand Palais into a vast art gallery filled with specially created Chanel artworks. Chanel Art is a record of this gallery and unique moment in fashion history. The myriad themes of art similarly shaped Lagerfeld’s collection-from dresses printed with color charts, fabrics like canvases spattered with paint, to graffitied art students’ backpacks-all proof that the designer’s fashion creations and the sets in which they are shown are themselves like single consolidated “artworks”.” (adapted from amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverDance & fashion / edited by Valerie Steele.
“Lavishly illustrated with both contemporary and historical images, the book features essays by ten fashion experts, who explore various aspects of the reciprocal relationship between dance and fashion, from the liberating effects of the tango to the influence of ballet on Japanese girl culture. Designers featured include Leon Bakst, Cristóbal Balenciaga, Comme des Garçons, Christian Dior, John Galliano, Jean Paul Gaultier, Halston, Barbara Karinka, Isaac Mizrahi, Rodarte, Yves Saint Laurent, Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy, Valentino, and Iris Van Herpen” (Publisher’s website)

Syndetics book coverGods and kings : the rise and fall of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano / Dana Thomas.
“Fashion columnist Thomas paints a grim portrait of the fashion industry in this dual biography of John Galliano and Alexander McQueen, two influential London-born designers who came of age in the world of high couture in the early aughts and whose careers hit critical tipping points with devastating results.” (Publisher Weekly)

Syndetics book coverHow to draw vintage fashion / Celia Joicey & Dennis Nothdruft.
“In this guide, Joicey and Nothdruft, the head and curator, respectively, of London’s Fashion and Textile Museum, offer younger audiences a fresh look at vintage fashion through drawing it. A time line covering decades of the 20th century from 1920s through the 1990s provides the historical backbone of the book. Dozens of step-by-step drawing exercises of signature looks of various bygone eras comprise the bulk of the work. This fun survey of 20th-century fashion is surprisingly informative, whether or not you choose to follow the drawing lessons.” (adapted from Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverHalston : inventing American fashion / Lesley Frowick ; with a foreword by Liza Minnelli.
“Written by Halton’s niece and confidant, this is the first monograph to chronicle the designer’s life and his glamorous, minimalist aesthetic.” (Jacket flap)

Syndetics book coverDamiani : alchemy of desire, a story, a family and an Italian passion / edited by Cristina Morozzi.
“Marking the company’s ninetieth anniversary, this lushly illustrated volume showcases Damiani’s tradition of creative and beautifully crafted jewelry-the best of Italian style. Damiani jewelry represents the highest expression of Italian style: unique pieces created with passion and craftsmanship for three generations. Founded in 1924 by Enrico Grassi Damiani, personal jeweler to the nobility, the company celebrates its ninetieth anniversary with a lavishly designed volume that focuses on tradition, craftsmanship, and creativity. Today, Damiani’s clientele includes many highly visible celebrities around the world.” (amazon.com)