October Fashion and Beauty: “We’re going to Mood!”

“Designers, we’re going to Mood!” Every keen Project Runway watcher will be excited to hear that we have a brand new book about New York’s ultimate fabric mecca, made famous by Tim Gunn on TV’s Project Runway. The Mood guide to fabric and fashion gives every sewer essential fabric know-how, produced by Mood’s experts. This year’s wedding season is kicked off with a brand new book of beautiful couture wedding gowns, and we have a new book about the ever-popular nautical style, just in time for our summer and spring wardrobes. Our collection of street style books also continues to grow, with new editions on Sydney and London’s East End. And find out what it’s really like to attend the hottest fashion shows – from the back row. Bon appétit!

Syndetics book coverCouture wedding gowns / Marie Bariller ; translated from the French by Willard Wood.
“The couture wedding gown–a fashion show’s grand finale–marks the pinnacle of a designer’s creativity for the season. Consequently, these dresses offer particular insight into the designer’s creative process. Couture Wedding Gowns presents a collection of extraordinary dresses designed by some of the most respected designers from the 20th century to today. Profiling designers from Alexander McQueen to Zuhair Murad, Marie Bariller reveals what the wedding gown represents for each of them. With exclusive interviews, in-depth analysis, and detailed descriptions of the signature dresses accompanied by lavish photography and hand-drawn illustrations, the book offers insight into the artistic vision of their creators.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFear and clothing : unbuckling American style / Cintra Wilson.
“Cintra Wilson takes her celebrated eye for style on the road, traveling around the “belt regions” of the United States. She tackles the fashion choices of scantily clad clubgoers on South Beach, unpacks the altogether impractical clothing choices at the Sundance Festival in Utah, and digs beneath the sartorial armor of politicians and their wives in Washington, DC. In this smart and rollicking book, Wilson illustrates how every closet is a declaration of the owner’s politics, sexuality, class, education, hopes, and dreams.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverEast End fashionistas. Anthony Webb.
“Multicultural, adjacent to London’s wealthy financial district, home to artists and designers of all stripes, London’s East End neighborhood is alive with creative possibility. Not unlike the denizens of Brooklyn’s Williamsburg, its inhabitants exhibit a highly individual sense of style, in keeping with their environment. Anthony Webb’s exhilarating portraits capture the expressive characters who populate the East End. His full-color shots portray hundreds of self-fashioned individuals flaunting remarkably creative personal style… this book encapsulates the avant-garde spirit of a new urban counterculture taking not just London but all major urban centers by storm.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSydney street style / Vicki Karaminas, Justine Taylor and Toni Johnson-Woods ; photography by Kate Disher-Quill.
“Style is predominantly an individual matter–the way people put themselves together creates a sense of individual identity–but collectively it creates a sense of common culture in a community, a city, or a country. Geographically isolated from the fashion hubs of Paris and New York, Australia may not yet be synonymous with style. Sydney Street Style depicts the style of this less-explored fashion capital. Beautifully assembled and packed with full color photos of the stylish and eclectic residents of Sydney, this book will be a welcome addition to the library of any fashionista or armchair traveller.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Mood guide to fabric and fashion : the essential guide from the world’s most famous fabric store / editor, Melanie Falick ; foreword by Tim Gunn ; photography by Johnny Miller.
“”Designers, we’re going to Mood!” More than 10 years ago, Tim Gunn and Project Runway introduced millions of viewers to New York’s ultimate fabric mecca, Mood Fabrics. The Mood Guide to Fabric and Fashion is the ultimate guide for home-sewers, fashion students, aspiring designers, and Project Runway fans who want to learn everything they need to know to choose and use quality fabric. Drawing upon the expertise of the Mood staff, the book teaches readers the fundamentals–from where fabric is produced to the ins and outs of its construction–and features a fabric-by-fabric guide to cottons and other plant fibers, wools, silks, knits, and other specialty fabrics.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTales from the back row : an outsider’s view from inside the fashion industry / Amy Odell.
“Cosmopolitan.com editor Amy Odell knows what it’s really like to be a young woman working in the fashion industry. In Tales from the Back Row, Amy–funny and fearless–takes readers behind the stage of New York’s hottest fashion shows to meet the world’s most influential models, designers, celebrities, editors, and photographers. As she describes the allure of Alexander Wang’s ripped tights and Marchesa’s Oscar-worthy dresses, Amy artfully layers in something else: ultimately this book is about how the fashion industry is an exaggerated mirror of human fallibility-reflecting our desperate desire to belong, to make a mark, to be included.” (adapted from syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverNautical chic / Amber Jane Butchart.
“From the modernist elegance of Coco Chanel to Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood’s punk-fuelled pirates, the appeal of nautical dress has cut a sartorial swathe for over two centuries. But how did garments such as the blue and white fishermans top and peacoat cross over from uniform and workwear into fashionable dress? In Nautical Chic, the first and only book to look at the history of high fashion on the high seas, fashion historian Amber Jane Butchart traces the relationship between maritime dress and the fashionable wardrobe, uncovering stories, tracking the trends, and tracing the evolution of the style back to its roots in our seafaring past.” (adapted from syndetics summary)

Woof, arrf, stories of my fluffy friend: New Books About Dogs

From heroic earthquake dogs, to whimsical animal poems, the stories of the lovely fluffy dogs will cheer up your day and melt your heart.

Syndetics book coverA dog walks into a nursing home : lessons in the good life from an unlikely teacher / Sue Halpern.
“Halpern’s (Can’t Remember What I Forgot) love of life and openness to its infinite possibilities shine through in this powerful and engaging account of her time working in a Vermont nursing home. Her efforts to brighten the residents’ lives were aided by a remarkable Labradoodle named Pransky-“one singular, faithful, charitable, loving, and sometimes prudent dog.” Confounding both her expectations and the reader’s, Halpern was surprised to find that happiness was “the dominant emotion for both Pransky and me,” at the nursing home where they work together as a therapy-dog team. From the outset, the book’s humanity is evident, as seen in a description of an encounter with a legless man Halpern had never seen before and would never see again. Instead of simply passing by the man, who embodied her worst fears about nursing homes, Halpern, prodded by her dog, engaged him in conversation and got out of her comfort zone. Time and again, anecdotes bolster her contention that in places where “life is in the balance,” it is possible to get to the essentials about human nature.” (Abridged from Publisher Weekly)

Syndetics book coverLuv from Dog / by Murray Ball.
“Following on from the ‘Wisdom of Dog’, comes ‘Love from Dog’, a book focusing on the many romances down on the Footrot Flats farm. From the intense relationships between Dog and Jess and Wal and Cheeky to the troubled and sometimes fleeting encounters of many other Raupo residents, love is definitely in the air.” (Publisher information)

Syndetics book coverWedding dogs : a celebration of holy muttrimony / by Katie Preston Toepfer and Sam Stall.
“Dogs attend weddings, often making up the bridal party, in this lighthearted catalogue of four-legged matrimonial revelers. Toepfer writes: “When my parents were married, my dad’s best man was a Labrador and my mum’s maid-of-honor was a Dalmatian.” A broad range of weddings, breeds, and locations are covered. Each wedding features a canine photograph and comments from the newlyweds. An “exuberant kiss” is planted on a bride in Montreal, a lathering, in fact. Bride Casi in Virginia recalls, “The dogs totally outshined me at my own wedding!” Kelly, whose pugs couldn’t make the ceremony, made pug cake toppers, had pug buttons hidden in her bouquet, and included pix of the three pugs on the wedding announcement. Outdoor weddings show a more appropriate environment for the shaggy guests, being amenable to common complaints of barks and rowdiness. A great picture of a hulking mastiff mix shows him absconding with the bride’s bouquet; perhaps a greater infraction occurs when “Romeo, enthralled by his mistress’s dress, immediately grabbed a mouthful and commenced a one-sided game of tug-of-war.” Chipper captions work in tandem with precious pictures of dapper canines: “While other guests shed tears of joy, Addie merely shed.” (Abridged grom Publisher Weekly)

Syndetics book coverQuake dogs : heart-warming stories of Christchurch dogs / text by Laura Sessions ; photography by Craig Bullock. “Strange-but-true dog stories from the Christchurch earthquakes, with beautiful photographs illustrating each story. A collection of stories about Christchurch dogs and the earthquakes u true tales of heroism, odd and quirky stories, funny stories, sad stories u stories that will surprise you, make you chuckle or make you go awwww. Includes stories of USAR dogs that worked in the central city right after the February earthquake; Guinness, the unofficial mascot of the Student Volunteer Army; Nemo who has a special gift for predicting earthquakes; dogs who were rescued and dogs who rescued others; and the uncanny knowledge that a number of dogs showed in their efforts to find their owners. Dogs have been a huge comfort to their owners in Christchurch. The intensity of the earthquake experience has heightened the wordless connection between people and their dogs, and their understanding of each others’ emotions. Part of the proceeds from the book help support one of the organisations that helped to save many dogs following the earthquakes. HUHA is a national organisation that works to rescue and re-home animals around the country, and they went to Christchurch three times to take more than 70 dogs plus numerous other animals to safe and loving homes elsewhere in the country.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMonster knits for little monsters : 20 super-cute animal-themed hat, mitten and bootee sets to knit / Nuriya Khegay ; [photography by Alexandra Vainshtein].
“25 super cute animal themed hat and mitten sets and snowsuits to knit. Coverall hats to keep your childs head, ears and neck warm and toasty Practical pullover design ensures your little one wont tug it off Stylish matching mitten. All in one snowsuits for babies create a very Cute outfit indeed. Patterns to suit all knitting levels, from beginner to advanced, and in a rrange of sizes from 6 months to 4 years.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPug and other animal poems / Valerie Worth ; pictures by Steve Jenkins.
“As with the highly regarded Animal Poems (2007), Jenkins’ meticulous cut-paper collage images successfully catch the essence of Worth’s concise, vivid poems about a startling variety of creatures. The 18 featured animals, each radiant upon a separate double-page spread against boldly colored backgrounds, run the gamut from large (bull) to small (fly), from beautiful (Bengal tiger) to ugly (pug), from lively (fox) to dead (mouse), and from unusual (wood thrush) to more common ( My Cat ). Rendered in action close-ups, each should be recognizable to children. Worth’s free-verse poems are chock-full of delicious metaphor ( The Bengal tiger / Batters his cage; / His rage is thunder, / Sharp stripes flash ), providing a precise mental image. While some concepts may be a tad sophisticated for the youngest, the language and images should inspire appreciation in audiences of all ages.” (Booklist)

Syndetics book coverChaser : unlocking the genius of the dog who knows a thousand words / John W. Pilley with Hilary Hinzmann.
“Many dog owners think their own pet is smart, but get ready to meet an energetic and truly intelligent border collie, Chaser. Pilley (psychology, emeritus, Wofford Coll.) shares a remarkable story of his family dog, who over a period of three years learned to recognize and fetch more than 1,000 objects by name and eventually was even taught the meaning of different types of words such as verbs and prepositions. Pilley conducted other experiments and concluded that Chaser has two cognitive abilities: memory storage and working memory. Pilley’s findings were published in a scholarly journal, and Chaser has appeared on the Today Show and CBS Evening News and was featured in a NOVA Science Now episode on animal intelligence along with Alex, Irene Pepperberg’s fascinating parrot. While the author focuses on Chaser’s intelligence, he writes charmingly about fun, loyalty, and the friendship that an older man and his companion dog share. VERDICT Along with Pepperberg’s Alex & Me, Chaser’s remarkable story adds to our evolving understanding of how animals learn and is recommended for dog and animal intelligence collections.” (Abridged from Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverEvery dog has its day : a thousand things you didn’t know about man’s best friend / Max Cryer.
“Why has Fido become a generic term for all dogs? Why did hundreds of people collect dog faeces – and sell it?Dogs never eat other dogs, so why is it a dog-eat-dog world? Did any dogs survive the ‘Titanic’?What is a Yorkipoo?Do mad dogs really go out in the midday sun? ‘Every Dog Has Its Day’ pays homage to man’s best friend, telling the stories of famous dogs in history, tracing the origins of some of our favourite breeds, showing how dogs have become a significant part of our language, and describing the amazing range of activities in which dogs are involved. Written with Max Cryer’s characteristic light touch and sense of humour, this is a fascinating – and sometimes surprising – collection of historical facts and eccentricities of language. It will delight all dog-lovers and anyone with a morsel of interest in the world around them.” (Syndetics summary)

Wedding Fashion

Until April 22nd 2012 Te Papa is host to the exhibition Unveiled: 200 Years of Wedding Fashion from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

If you can’t make it to see the exhibition or you have had your interest sparked, explore our Weddings Popular Topic page, and take a look at some of collection on Wedding Fashion:

Syndetics book coverI do : 100 years of wedding fashion / Caroline Cox.
“I Do is a captivating review of wedding fashion over the last century. Chapter by chapter, the book outlines the changes from the ostentatious Edwardian wedding gowns of the early twentieth century to the knee length flapper gowns of the 1920’s, inspired by Parisian couture and the designer Coco Chanel. By the 1930’s Hollywood reigned and film-star weddings, publicised both on the silver screen and in fan magazines, brought a touch of glamour into the ceremony, which was soon to be cut short by the restrictions of the Second World War. By contrast, the war bride had to cope with walking up the aisle in ‘make-do-and-mend’ concoctions of muslin and parachute silk. Since the 1950’s romantic styles have dominated, influenced by Dior’s New Look and the American ‘sweetheart’ line – despite incursions from street styles and high fashion. But the 1960’s mini – seemingly a rejection of marital bliss and a symbol of independence – was worn by few brides, and despite the effect of the hippie counterculture and feminism, marriage still survives today. A widespread subversion in the look of the bride has yet to happen, suggesting that the white wedding is here to stay.” (Amazon)

Syndetics book coverThe wedding dress : 300 years of bridal fashions / Edwina Ehrman.
“From the romance of its evolution to the splendor of its design, the wedding dress is unlike any other garment, a talisman from a fantasy world, the manifestation of dreams coming true. This book draws on wedding garments in the V&A’s renowned collection along with photographs, letters, memoirs, and newspaper accounts to explore the history of the white wedding dress and the traditions that have developed around it from 1700 to today, when designers from Vera Wang to Vivienne Westwood continue to challenge the aesthetic. Paintings, drawings, and wedding photos depict queens, princesses, celebrities, and everyday women- including Kate Middleton – in their gowns. The text considers the dress in the context of the commercialization of weddings that began in the Victorian era. The Wedding Dress is not only about costume, but also about the cultivation of the image of the bride.” (Library Catalogue)

Syndetics book coverVintage weddings : one hundred years of bridal fashion and style / Marnie Fogg ; [foreword by Bruce Oldfield].
“A visual journey through 100 years of wedding styles and dresses, “Vintage Weddings” takes a close look at the key periods, diverse styles, iconoclastic designers, significant ceremonies and cultural influences in wedding fashions. Organized chronologically, this book shows the reader how to recognize the silhouette that will best suit their body shape, identify luxurious fabrics, contrast various styles, and to source appropriate accessories, from gloves and shoes to flowers, veils, jewellery and table decorations. Throughout the book, individual pieces that epitomize the defining characteristic of each designer or decade are analyzed in detail. This book is for those interested in collecting and acquiring all aspects of authentic vintage pieces relating to the wedding ceremony, and also for prospective brides who are buying new, but are looking for sources of inspiration.” (Amazon)

Syndetics book coverWedding dress across cultures / edited by Helen Bradley Foster and Donald Clay Johnson.
“Editors Foster and Johnson use the term “dress” for more than clothing. They include body modifications, supplements, and usage based on terminology developed by Ruth Barnes and Joanne Eicher in Dress and Gender: Making and Meaning in Cultural Contexts (CH, Dec’92). These 14 essays by international scholars in art history, textiles, anthropology, folklore, and theatrical costume provide a spectrum of wedding clothing, symbolism, and customs from traditional Swazi bridal garments, Inca sandals and tunics, the Moroccan Berber bridal Aabroq (cloth-and-jewelry headdress and face covering), and Korean embroidered whalot robes to Greek wedding crowns and Slovak bride capping. Several studies cover changes over time within cultures: contemporary political attempts to lower inhibiting dowry requirements for Rabari families (Hindu pastoralists in Kutch, western India); modern marketing through packaged elite weddings in Osaka, Japan; modifications to Alaskan Inupiaq atikluks (parka-style dresses and jackets); and the latest US playful theme weddings (e.g., Renaissance, cowboy, Celtic, Halloween, 1920s), which reject tradition and allow for the ultimate in free choice. The colorful cover might deceive readers looking for a lush coffee-table book, but this small volume, though rich in content, is limited in illustrations. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. All libraries. B. B. Chico Regis UniversityCopyright American Library Association, used with permission.” (CHOICE)

Syndetics book coverQuest for the dress : finding your dream gown without losing your sanity, friends, or groom / Nancy Di Fabbio.
“Having run a bridal gown shop for over 20 years, Nancy Di Fabbio has seen everything from botched plans for a plus-sized bride to wear a petite grandmother’s dress to knock-down, drag-out family fights over the veil. In “Quest for the Dress, ” she draws on her irrepressible sense of humor, experience, and entertaining stories to create one guidebook that helps brides find their dream dress without losing their sanity in the process. The guide includes tips on creating a game plan for the wedding before making any plans, choosing shopping companions carefully, finding the right accessories and the perfect headpiece and veil, a crash course in fashion and fabric, avoiding alteration problems, and caring for a dress after the big day. Perfect for future brides and those close to the bride, “Quest for the Dress” is an enjoyable and useful present for a shower or engagement.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBridal couture : fine sewing techniques for wedding gowns and evening wear / Susan Khalje.
“Create a fantasy! Susan Khalje guides readers through the principles and techniques of designing, constructing, and embellishing wedding gowns and evening wear. Ideal for the bride-to-be or seamstress. Learn how to choose the right fabric, work with lace, and problem solve tricky construction issues.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Knot book of wedding gowns / by Carley Roney.
“What’s the real difference between an $800 gown and an $8000 gown? Is Dupioni better than Duchesse? When do you need a crinoline, and what is a crumb catcher? From the creator of the #1 online wedding resource, The Knot Book of Wedding Gowns provides the answers to these questions and thousands more. The perfect gift for a bride-to-be, this lavishly illustrated book–more than 250 color photographs and illustrations–tells her everything she needs to know about the single most expensive and important piece of clothing she will ever own. The only fully comprehensive book on the subject, The Knot Book of Wedding Gowns dissects the construction of the dress; profiles the numerous styles; defines and illustrates hundreds of varieties of fabrics, laces, embellishments, and accessories; and provides straightforward counsel on which cuts work best with which fabrics, and what styles look best on which body types. In addition, informative sections explain how and where to search for a dress, how to pull everything together to achieve the perfect look, and how to care for the masterpiece when the wedding is over. Fascinating bits of history throughout unveil the traditions and significance of this most important piece of clothing. For that all-important decision of a lifetime, The Knot Book of Wedding Gowns is the ultimate book on the ultimate dress.” (Syndetics summary)