August is here with a great selection of new fashion books to tempt you!
Bizarre bras : World of WearableArt / photographs by Daniel Allen, Daniel Rose and Martin de Ruyter.
“Bizarre Bra is one of the most popular and enduring categories in the annual World of WearableArt Awards Show, in which designers are free to create bras from a breathtaking range of material and styles. This book collects together the most innovative, outrageous and compelling examples of Bizarre Bras that have been entered over recent years. Here you will find bras made out of hedgehogs, old telephones and wire, human hair, chrome teapots, imitation pistols, a typewriter, kitchen utensils, cable ties, candelabras, and countless other different kinds of fabrics and materials.” (Cover)
Madame Grès : sculptural fashion / [final editing, Catherine Blake… [et al.]].
“Alix Gres (1903-93), born Germaine Emilie Krebs, was in many ways the opposite of today’s celebrity designers. She shunned interviews, obscured her personal life, and devoted herself entirely to her influential six-decade career. The sparse details Saillard, with the help of assistant curator Alexandre Samson, was able to gather for the book’s biographical essays leave Gres the woman a mystery, to be remembered best for the revolutionary designs she created by draping fabric sculpturally on the body.” (Adapted from Library Journal)
Audrey Hepburn in hats / June Marsh.
“Audrey Hepburn’s legendary style and grace redefined perceived notions of Hollywood glamour and ushered in an age of sophistication and elegance. Her legacy on screen and in fashion is undisputed and her image has become as synonymous with her fame as her films. This book celebrates Audrey Hepburn wearing a selection of her most beautiful, stylish and outrageous hats – from legendary designs such as Givenchy, Mr. John, Dior, Cecil Beaton and Balenciaga. This exquisite volume features stunning photography and accompanying text from renowned fashion writer, June Marsh.” (amazon.com)
Elie Saab / Janie Samet.
“The designer magnifies femininity, building his fairy-tale creations with simple designs, the finest materials, delicate hand-embroidery, intricate detail, and a sophisticated fusion of cultural influences. Saab’s specialty is the ultimate dress that highlights a woman’s silhouette, making him a go-to designer for international stars and royalty—including Catherine Zeta-Jones, Beyoncé, Aishwarya Rai, Emmanuelle Béart, Marion Cotillard, Bérénice Bejo, Princess Victoria of Sweden, and Queen Rania of Jordan.” (amazon.com)
C.Z. Guest : American style icon : celebrating her timeless world at home, in her garden & around town / Susanna Salk.
“A treasure trove of extraordinary images celebrating the elegance and flair of style icon C.Z. Guest—a true tastemaker known for her classic, understated American look who continues to influence fashion today. Celebrated for her beauty and personal style, C.Z. Guest transcended eras to become an enduring figure of good taste, appearing on the cover of Time magazine in 1962. A grande dame of high society, she lived the good life and was photographed by such legends as Irving Penn, Cecil Beaton, John Rawlings, and Slim Aarons.” (adapted from amazon.com)
Vintage fashion illustration : from Harper’s Bazaar 1930 to 1970 / with introduction by Marnie Fogg.”
“Some of the greatest fashion illustrations ever created appeared in Harper’s Bazaar, and their styles, shapes, and colors continue to influence today’s practitioners. This stunning collection showcases more than 250 iconic images published between 1930 and 1970—including artwork from Jean Cocteau, Leon Benigni, and Jane Bixby. Whether they work with traditional pencils, crayons, watercolors, or a digital pen, fashion illustrators will find inspiration in these breathtaking designs.” (amazon.com)
80s fashion: from club to catwalk
“In 80s Fashion, the V&A explores one of the most diverse and exciting periods in fashion history, showcasing the work of some of the decade’s leading designers, including Vivienne Westwood, Fiorucci, Leigh Bowery, Bodymap, Rifat Ozbek, and many others. Exploring the decade’s extraordinarily creative exchange between fashion and music, this extensively illustrated book shows how fashions seen on trendsetters in the clubs of the period were interpreted for a wider audience through the striking photography and innovative graphic design of key magazines such as The Face and i-D. Casting new light on the designs of the decade, 80s Fashion includes interviews and previously unseen original material from designers’ archives.” (amazon.com)