March’s new fashion and beauty books include a beautifully illustrated story of the life of couturier Coco Chanel, a peek into Belgian fashion and a guide to waste-free fashion design. We also have a new style guide book that promises humour and fun like no other!
Coco Chanel : the illustrated world of a fashion icon / Megan Hess.
“Coco Chanel is arguably the most significant influence on women’s fashion in the twentieth century. Coco Chanel is a compilation of Megan Hess’ stunning illustrations of the 100 most quintessential moments through Chanel’s history, from Coco’s incredible life, to the impact of Karl Lagerfeld on the company and the incredible items that have become iconic of the brand – the little black dress, the luxurious bags and accessories, glamorous jewellery and of course the renowned Chanel No 5 perfume. Interspersed with historical anecdotes and famous quotes, this book is an elegant and immersive introduction to the moments that shaped Coco and the iconic Chanel brand – and how fashion, in turn, shaped their lives.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Grace & style : the art of pretending you have it / Grace Helbig.
“While Grace doesn’t claim to be stylish or polished, she is very self-aware and perceptive. Trendy? She’d rather have fun trying. She loves fashion as much as the next lady, man, or French bulldog, but telling others how they should look doesn’t suit her. Instead, with Grace & Style, Grace takes us into her closet and shares her silly and practical approach to style. One part parody, one part fashion fun, and one part personal experience, Grace’s latest guide to life as a woman in America today is more H&M than Chanel. So tighten your Banana Republic belt a few notches and learn how to pretend and convince everyone around you that you’ve got style and grace!” (Provided by publisher)
The Belgians : an unexpected fashion story / editor: Didier Vervaeren.
“Surreal, avant-garde and explicit are three keywords that are commonly associated with Belgian fashion. This exhibition catalogue gives a unique historic overview of Belgian fashion, starting with the legendary Antwerp Six. The catalogue also highlights the work of several influential players in various fashion and art disciplines. Additionally, it touches upon the importance of the fashion academies, especially the Antwerp Academy and La Cambre in Brussels, and documents emerging talent such as Jean-Paul Lespagnard and Christian Wijnants.” (adapted from amazon.com)
Zero waste fashion design / Timo Rissanen, Holly McQuillan.
“Zero Waste Fashion Design combines research and practice to introduce a crucial sustainable fashion design approach. Written by two industry leading pioneers, the book offers flexible strategies and easy-to-master zero waste techniques to help you develop your own cutting edge fashion designs. Sample flat patterns and more than 20 exercises will reinforce your understanding of the zero waste fashion design process. Beautifully illustrated interviews with high-profile, innovative designers, including Winifred Aldrich, Rickard Lindqvist and Yeohlee Teng, show the stunning garments produced by zero waste fashion design.” (adapted from amazon.com)
Fashion’s front line : fashion show photography from the runway to backstage / photographs by Niall McInerney ; written by Nilgin Yusuf ; art direction by Clive Crook.
“A visual journey through three decades of photographing fashion shows in Paris, Milan, London and New York, Fashion’s front line showcases dazzling images taken by long-serving runway photographer Nial McInerney, whose life’s work has been painstakingly preserved and made available. This book captures many rare and never-before-seen images of iconic moments on the runway as well as famous faces on the front row and the buzzing atmosphere backstage.” (from dust jacket)
Printed textile design / Amanda Briggs-Goode.
“This book explains the fundamentals of printed textile design, from design brief through to the completed collection, and introduces the basics of color, drawing, composition, and repeat with a series of step-by-step exercises and examples. Printed Textile Design helps to demystify the design process and provides an invaluable guide to the study and practice of textile design. The book includes case studies of designers working in both the fashion and interiors sectors. It covers hand and traditional print techniques and the latest digital print technologies, with specially commissioned photographs of the processes. All aspects of textile design are covered, from sustainability to manufacturing and marketing the finished product.” (amazon.com)
V&A gallery of fashion / edited by Claire Wilcox and Jenny Lister.
“Spanning four centuries, the V&A’s fashion collection is the most comprehensive in the world, housing unrivalled collections of dress, accessories, shoes, and hats from the 17th century to the present day. This concise volume perfectly encapsulates the collection, from rare 18th-century gowns and exquisite bodices to 1930s evening wear, post-war couture, and show-stopping ensembles by contemporary designers. Fashion couturiers represented include Charles Frederick Worth, Madeleine Vionnet, Cristobal Balenciaga, Coco Chanel, Christian Dior, Mary Quant, Stephen Jones, Vivienne Westwood, and Alexander McQueen.” (amazon.com)