High-fashion reading

Indulge yourself with these brand new fashion and beauty books from our collection.

Syndetics book coverHollywood sketchbook : a century of costume illustration / Deborah Nadoolman Landis.
“Hollywood Sketchbook is the first volume published on costume design illustration for the movies. This groundbreaking book celebrates one hundred years of the costume designers’ and costume illustrators’ contributions to the art of cinematic storytelling. Costume designer Deborah Nadoolman Landis offers us a unique perspective on the art and importance of the costume drawing. During her years of practice and research, Professor Landis has discovered a wealth of never-before-seen original sketches, published here for the first time, along with a comprehensive array of first-person anecdotes from collectors, archivists, illustrators, and designers. Whether the film, costume designer, or star was significant or successful did not factor into the criteria for choosing the sketches in this book. Every drawing had a chance to be included on its own merit as a work of art. Featuring a comprehensive introduction that contextualizes the rigors of costume design and a filmography that details the career highlights of each artist, Hollywood Sketchbook is the perfect gift for any lover of fine art, costume design, and the movies”. (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTim Gunn’s fashion bible : the fascinating history of everything in your closet / Tim Gunn with Ada Calhoun.
“From a bestselling fashion guru–a fascinating, meticulously researched history of Western fashion covering every topic from the history of the high heel to the origin of blue jeans.America’s favorite fashion expert, New York Times bestselling author, beloved mentor on Project Runway, and a frequent guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Dr. Oz, The Biggest Loser, and others–Tim Gunn is also the chief creative officer of Liz Claiborne and a former faculty member and chair of fashion design at Parsons’ New School for Design. Now he pours this undeniably impressive fashion knowledge into this category-killing tome, Tim Gunn’s Fashion Bible. From togas to Crocs, beloved fashion guru Tim Gunn presents the fascinating and exhaustive history of every item of clothing and accessory ever worn. In his new, authoritative, witty Fashion Bible, he traces the origins of everything in your closet from its earliest incarnation to the present day, covering everything from the cultural history of the garment to current fads. From suits to sportswear, Gunn recounts the contributions made by revolutionary designers and surveys Western fashion, educating, enlightening, and entertaining us all! Marked by Tim’s personable tone, this comprehensive volume not only informs, but reminds us that fashion is ultimately about innovation and fun!”– Provided by publisher. (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDressing the Queen : the Jubilee wardrobe / Angela Kelly.
“Under grey skies, more than one million people gathered for the Thames River Pageant of the 2012 Diamond Jubilee. Huddled under a sea of umbrellas, some had even spent the night there to secure prime seats. But the wait proved worthwhile. As the parade passed, there atop the splendid Spirit of Chartwell stood the Queen, resplendent against the wind and rain in a smart crystal encrusted white coat and pashmina shawl. The effect was one of breathtaking beauty, and it struck just the right note with the rain-dampened crowd, reinforcing Britain as a noble maritime nation.
Dressing the Queen reveals the careful planning and preparation that went into the Queen’s wardrobe for the Diamond Jubilee, the first such celebration since that of Queen Victoria in 1897 and made all the more momentous by London’s hosting of the 2012 Olympics. The secret to the Queen’s unfailing style is royal couturier Angela Kelly, whose team of dressmakers and milliners spent two years designing and bringing to fruition the creations seen in the events leading up to and during the Diamond Jubilee, as well as at the Olympics. In addition to presenting the right image, the Queen’s clothing must address a great many practical concerns—and all of her garments must be pristinely maintained. Of course, no outfit is complete without the perfect hat, and a chapter of the book is devoted entirely to their intricate and highly detailed creation”. (Amazon.com summary)

Syndetics book coverFifty fashion looks that changed the 1950s / Paula Reed.
“Fifty Fashion Looks that Changed the 1950s showcases fifty iconic outfits from one of fashion’s most influential and exciting decades. From the bombshell glamour of Marilyn Monroe in How to Marry a Millionnaire to the emergence of teenage style, via the sculptural forms of Christian Dior’s New Look and Balenciaga’s double A-line, this elegant sourcebook celebrates all the looks that revolutionized fashion. With Paula Reed’s lively and informative text and a wealth of fabulous photography, this book will be required reading for design students, collectors of vintage and all those who love fashion”. (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFifty fashion looks that changed the 1960s / Paula Reed.
“Building on the international success of the Design Museum Fifty… series, including Fifty Shoes/Bags/Hats that Changed the World, this new title – curated in the series by fashion guru Paula Reed – takes a look at key pieces in fashion history from the 1960s. From the Courreges ‘Moon Girls’ to Ossie Clark and Celia Birtwell’s ‘romantic peasants’, this books captures the influential looks of the decade. With more and more people buying vintage pieces to add to their wardrobes of contemporary items, this authoritative and inspiring book will prove an invaluable source of reference”. (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFifty fashion looks that changed the 1970s / Paula Reed.
“Building on the international success of the Design Museum Fifty… series, including Fifty Dresses/Shoes/Bags/Hats That Changed the World, this new title – curated by fashion guru Paula Reed – takes a look at key pieces in fashion history from the 1970s. From Bianca Jagger in Halston, Diane von Furstenberg’s first wrap dress to the rise of punk, this book captures the influential looks of the decade. With more and more people buying vintage pieces to add to their wardrobes of contemporary items, this authoritative and inspiring book will prove an invaluable source of reference”. (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBobbi Brown, pretty powerful : beauty stories to inspire confidence : start-to-finish makeup techniques to achieve fabulous looks / by Bobbi Brown with Sara Bliss.
“From best-selling author and global makeup mogul Bobbi Brown, this beauty guide presents Bobbi’s Pretty Powerful philosophy and inspires women to use makeup to be their best selves. With step-by-step application instructions, face charts breaking down the different looks, and personal stories from real women and celebrities, this book outlines the best tricks and techniques Bobbi has culled from her remarkable career in the beauty industry”. (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLove looks not with the eyes : thirteen years with Lee Alexander McQueen / by Anne Deniau.
“Lee Alexander McQueen (1969–2010), whose design combined visionary aesthetics, emotional power, and extraordinary craft, was known for staging provocative shows that were as much performances as venues to display his couture creations. Charged with energy, informed by history and culture, and filled with fresh concepts, McQueen’s shows have become legends not only of fashion but also of art. Anne Deniau was the only photographer allowed backstage by McQueen for 13 years, beginning in September 1997 and ending with the final show in March 2010. She captured McQueen working with his close circle of collaborators—including designer Sarah Burton, milliner Philip Treacy, jewelry designer Shaun Leane, and model Kate Moss—to create his meticulously produced spectacles. Her book offers an inspiring homage, through the art of photography, to the work of a great artist.” (excerpt from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHome sewn : with patterns from 10 leading New Zealand designers.
“New Zealand has a proud tradition of fashionable sewing. With an introductory essay by Doris de Pont, founder of the New Zealand Fashion Museum and curator of the Home Sewn exhibition, Home Sewn profiles 10 leading New Zealand designers, each of whom share a pattern from one of their stunning collections. With gorgeous colour photographs, simple instructions and how-to tutorials, Home Sewn gives you the tools you need to create your own designer garment at home.Click here to look inside Home Sewn”. (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverStylists : new fashion visionaries / by Katie Baron.
“Stylists are some of the most influential people working within the fashion industry, responsible for the final shape of many exciting works in popular culture. Still unsung heroes, they are now becoming increasingly more well known in their own right, alongside the photographers, art directors, and magazine editors of the industry. Featuring stunning imagery and entertaining interviews with some of the biggest names in the field, including Lady Gaga’s stylist Nicola Formichetti, Marc Jacobs’ collaborator Katie Grand, and Melanie Ward ofHarper’s Bazaar, this is an essential book for any aspiring stylist or fashion student”. (Syndetics summary)

New fashion for the new year

Wishing you all the very happiest of new years! We have some very glamorous new fashion books here at the library, from high-end fashion designers and world-class style icons. Start your year stylishly with these high-glamour reads.

Syndetics book coverAlexander McQueen : evolution / by Katherine Gleason ; epilogue by Simon Collins.
“From Jack the Ripper Stalks His Victims, his 1992 graduate collection, to Plato’s Atlantis, the last show before his death in 2010, Lee Alexander McQueen was as celebrated for the exquisite tailoring, meticulous craftsmanship, and stunning originality of his designs as he was notorious for his theatrical—and often controversial—runway shows. McQueen found inspiration for his avant-garde collections everywhere: his Scottish ancestry, Alfred Hitchcock movies, Yoruba mythology, the destruction of the environment—even the fashion industry itself. Whatever his inspiration, however, McQueen’s concept for his runway show came first and was crucial to the development of the collection. Every show had a narrative and was staged with his characteristic dramatic flair…” (Syndetics summary)

chanelThe little black jacket : Chanel’s classic revisited / by Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld.
“This book is Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld’s reinterpretation of Chanel’s iconic little black jacket. Lagerfeld has redesigned the jacket, transforming it into a modern, adaptable garment to be worn by both sexes of all ages. The Little Black Jacket contains Lagerfeld’s photographs of celebrities wearing the jacket with individual flair – sometimes classic, sometimes irreverent, but always Chanel – and each styled by Carine Roitfeld. A range of accomplished actors, musicians, designers, models, writers and directors gets the little black jacket treatment, including Claudia Schiffer, Uma Thurman, Kanye West, Tilda Swinton, Baptiste Giabiconi, Yoko Ono and Sarah Jessica Parker. This book shows the astounding versatility of Chanel’s vision in Lagerfeld’s hands, and ensures the little black jacket’s future as a timeless classic.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPleats please : Issey Miyake / [concept and editorial direction, Midori Kitamura].
Issey Miyake’s Pleats Please collections were first launched in 1993. Made from single pieces of high quality 100% polyester fabric,Pleats Please clothing is innovative in its process. For the first time, the story of this revolutionary clothing is told in a book. A wide array of texts and images explore the fundamental concept of Pleats Please Issey Miyake, tracing its journey from inception, through material development, to public reception. Exclusive photographs of the factories accompany the generous selection of images of the clothes themselves. (Adapted from Books in Print).

Syndetics book coverStars in Dior / [texts, Jérôme Hanover ; preface, Serge Toubiana ; introduction, Florence Müller ; captions, Barbara Jeauffroy-Mairet and Vincent Leret].
“A love letter to the cinema from the House of Dior, featuring legendary screen actresses in signature Dior. Embraced by Hollywood and the iconic women who are its stars, the fashions of Christian Dior have been worn by the likes of Marlene Dietrich in Stage Fright, Lauren Bacall in How to Marry a Millionaire, Ava Gardner, Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren, Elizabeth Taylor and, more recently, Charlize Theron, Penélope Cruz, and Nicole Kidman. Combining fashion photography and rarely seen and never before published behind-the-scenes photographs, this gorgeously produced volume showcases Dior’s creations for film and the movie stars who brought them to life, and is a must for those who aspire to high style”–adapted from publisher’s web site. (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCoco Chanel / Bronwyn Cosgrave.
This is a fresh look at the fashion designer, Coco Chanel, who is arguably the most influential female designer of the 20th century. – (Adapted from Books in Print).

Syndetics book coverKate Moss / Kate Moss ; edited by Fabien Baron ; Jess Hallett & Jefferson Hack.
Created by Kate Moss herself, in collaboration with creative director Fabien Baron, Jess Hallett, and Jefferson Hack, this book is a highly personal retrospective of Kate Moss’s career, tracing her evolution from ‘new girl with potential’ to one of the most iconic models of all time. (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAudrey : the 60s / David Wills and Stephen Schmidt.
“Audrey Hepburn charmed cinema audiences in the 1950s as a new type of screen presence – gamine, doe-eyed and refreshingly casual. By the 1960s she had metamorphosed to become a trendsetting sophisticate, achieving unrivalled status as an actress, model, movie star and champion for underprivileged children worldwide.Curator and archivist David Wills has amassed one of the world’s largest private collections of original Audrey Hepburn photography. Now, in Audrey: The 60s, he has gathered a spectacular selection of work from her key photographers – much of it digitally restored from original negatives and transparencies – to create a truly breath-taking portfolio of images which pays homage to the most beloved and enduring style icon of the decade that changed everything.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverVogue : the editor’s eye / edited by Eve MacSweeney ; introduction by Hamish Bowles.
“Vogue: The Editor’s Eye celebrates the pivotal role the fashion editor has played in shaping America’s sense of style since the magazine’s launch 120 years ago. Drawing on Vogue’s exceptional archive, this book focuses on the work of eight of the magazine’s legendary fashion editors (including Polly Mellen, Babs Simpson, and Grace Coddington) who collaborated with photographers, stylists, and designers to create the images that have had an indelible impact on the fashion world and beyond. The Editor’s Eye is a lavishly illustrated look at the visionary editors whose works continue to reverberate in the culture today” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe king of style : dressing Michael Jackson / Michael Bush ; forward by John Branca.
“Dressing Michael Jackson is a fascinating look at the intersection of music and fashion, as well as an homage to Michael Jackson’s brilliant fusing of costume, personality, and performance to create his iconic image. This is the first art-driven book about the costumes, apparel, shoes, and accessories worn by Michael Jackson, including hundreds of lavish photographs and a behind-the-scenes look into the process of making his wardrobe, written by his long-time costume designer Michael Bush.International exhibits hosted by Julians of Beverly Hills beginning September 2012, to coincide with publication. An auction of clothing and accessories seen in this book will take place in Beverly Hills at the end of exhibits in 2013. All proceeds will be donated to charity.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBottega Veneta / edited by Tomas Maier.
The first monograph on the luxury house Bottega Veneta, renowned for its superb craftsmanship and understated, no-logo elegance. Bottega Veneta’s illustrious history reaches back to a time when the brand was known primarily for its soft, handcrafted leather handbags. Today, the house is renowned not only for its coveted leather goods but also for a remarkable range of luxury products. Now, as then, the brand stands for the discreet sophistication and refined individuality captured in its famous line, “When your own initials are enough.” This beautifully designed and slipcased monograph, the first book to explore the world of Bottega Veneta, is the rich result of a collaborative effort between creative director Tomas Maier, designer Sam Shahid, and many of today’s leading lights of fashion journalism. This is the ultimate volume for the true connoisseur of luxury handcraftsmanship. – Publisher. (Syndetics summary)