Pure Glamour: New fashion and beauty books for February

I hope you’re all feeling glamorous!! Because our selection of new fashion and beauty books this month is nothing if not glamorous; we have a whole book dedicated to shoes (swoon), as well as big, beautiful books documenting Christian Dior, Paul Smith and the essence of French style. We also have your guide to gentlemen’s fashion, and an illustrated history of luxury fashion brands. We have Collette Dinnigan’s new book, and also an anthology of rock and roll fashion photographs that aren’t to be missed.

Syndetics book coverFor the love of shoes / edited by Patrice Farameh.
“Women have long realized that cool shoes do not only complement the outfit, they are the whole point. From Cinderella to Carrie, we have all fallen head over heels for the right pair-and to hell with cost or comfort! This book explores the outer realms of avant-garde shoe design. Unfettered by commercialism, these pioneering designers give full rein to their artistic visions. These zany pieces contain an array of extraordinary forms and materials. With influences ranging from Las Vegas pizzazz and arcane tribal relics to contemporary architecture, it may be difficult to distinguish between fun footwear and conceptual sculpture.” (amazon.co.uk)

Syndetics book coverJohn Varvatos : rock in fashion / John Varvatos with Holly George-Warren.
“In John Varvatos, the legendary designer reveals his perspective on how rock & roll music and style have influenced his own designs and fashion worldwide. Varvatos’s personally curated collection of more than 250 images are some of the most provocative ever shot by top rock photographers from the late 1960s to today, from the Rolling Stones to the Kings of Leon. Also included are select images from Varvatos’s own advertising campaigns. Every chapter also contains numerous quotes from the musicians themselves, including Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Iggy Pop, Jack White, Pete Townshend, Robert Plant, Steven Tyler, and Patti Smith. An extraordinary anthology of some of the finest images in rock & roll and the most influential rock looks in fashion and popular culture.” (Provided by publisher)

Syndetics book coverDior glamour : photographs from 1952 to 1962 / Mark Shaw ; foreword by Lee Radziwill ; text by Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni.
“A collection of the lavish and iconic gowns of Christian Dior, from the 1950s and 1960s, captured by the legendary photographer Mark Shaw. Iconic photographer Mark Shaw documented the ultra-exclusive Parisian fashion world, focusing on Paris’s long-standing top couturier Christian Dior. This lavish volume embodies the glamour of that time, from rare moments of Christian Dior during fittings to editorial-style photographs of models, socialites, and actresses posing in Dior’s ballgowns, day suits, and haute couture collections. With an eye for intimacy and opulence, this book features more than 200 color and black-and-white photographs, many never published before, having only recently been found in a secret vault by his estate.” (Amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverHello, my name is Paul Smith : fashion and other stories / by Paul Smith, Deyan Sudjic and Donna Loveday ; edited by Alan Aboud.
“This handsome volume celebrates over forty years of the playful and trendsetting English fashion brand and retailer Paul Smith. Always in fashion, Paul Smith perfected a classic style that exudes a sense of English tradition combined with humor, playfulness, and mischief. This marriage of sophistication and the unexpected has given birth to a style and identity that forty years and many collections later remains charming, personable, and effortlessly hip. Using hand-drawn designs, archival photographs, gorgeous original photography, and engaging essays, this colorful catalog weaves together a compelling visual tale of Paul Smith s prestigious projects and creative processes from behind-the-scenes to on the streets that built this multifaceted empire of cool.” (Adapted from amazon.co.uk)

Syndetics book coverObsessive creative / Collette Dinnigan.
“In this much-anticipated book, renowned fashion designer and icon Collette Dinnigan provides an intimate insight into her life and work. In this sumptuous volume jam-packed with hundreds of photographs of the clothes on and off the runway, sketches, watercolors, and images from the designers personal albums.” (amazon.co.uk)

Syndetics book coverLuxury fashion : a global history of heritage brands / Caroline Cox ; foreword by Cameron Silver.
“Luxury brands are not about banal retro styling or taking refuge in past glories; they are brands with a heritage that still chimes with contemporary culture. Luxury Fashion is a unique tribute to the world’s most hallowed fashion brands. Glossy and highly informative, it provides in-depth feature portraits of fifty of the finest luxury fashion brands (renowned heritage labels and hidden gems) as well as an essential directory of a further 150 brands, which includes details of key items and where to find them. Each featured brand is beautifully illustrated, with historical and contemporary images, evoking the story of how artisans from all over the world have created objects of desire that have endured because of their superb quality, superior craftsmanship and timeless design appeal.” (Adapted from amazon.co.uk)

Syndetics book coverThe art of being a woman : my mother, Schiaparelli, and me / Patricia Volk.
“Patricia Volk’s glittering memoir, written with charm, panache and wit, juxtaposes the lives of two women – the iconoclastic fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli and the author’s own mother – to tell the story of how young Patricia fashioned herself into a woman. Patricia Volk’s mother Audrey was an upper-middle class New Yorker, a great beauty, a perfectionist, and a polished hostess who believed in women doing things the proper way. The iconoclastic Italian fashion designer, Elsa Schiaparelli, on the other hand, never found a rule she didn’t want to break. For Patricia, who read Schiap’s ‘scandalous’ autobiography, Shocking Life, at a tender age, these two women offered fabulously contrasting lessons in everything from fashion, make-up, lingerie, family and entertaining, to love, sex, superstition and gambling – lessons that would stay with her for the rest of her life.” (amazon.co.uk)

Syndetics book coverFrench style / Bérénice Vila Baudry.
“French Style Berenice Baudry was born in Argentina and raised in France. She was a fellow of the Ecole Normale Superieure where she studied French and Spanish literature, and received her doctorate from the University of Paris-Sorbonne. After living four years in Spain, she currently resides in New York and teaches at Columbia University.” (amazon.co.uk)

Syndetics book coverQuintessentially gentleman / head of editorial and writer, Nathalie Bradbury.
“Quintessentially Gentleman is a luxury guidebook for the sartorially savvy man. This edition explores some of the biggest fashion brands as well as the most exclusive bespoke tailors and craftsmen and readers can discover the ‘do’s and don’ts’ of lifestyle etiquette. Be it the finest cut suit, a fashion-forward branded anorak or traditional tweeds for a country weekend, Quintessentially Gentleman will reveal surprising insights into the most respected and admired names in industry.” (Publisher’s website)

New year fashion reads

Diana Vreeland is back! Hot on the heels of her biographical DVD, The Eye has to Travel, comes a hot new volume of Vreeland’s correspondence relating to America’s most prestigious and in-demand fashion mag – Vogue. I can’t wait for my reserve to come through on this one – place yours now!! January’s new books also bring a sneak peek into fashion designers’ sketchbooks, as well as their own homes. If the new year has you itching for a new wardrobe, check out our new book Recycled Chic for some tips on reinvigorating your existing wardrobe. Have fun!

Syndetics book coverMemos : the Vogue years, 1962-1971 / Diana Vreeland ; edited by Alexander Vreeland.
“A look behind the scenes at Diana Vreeland’s Vogue, showing the legendary editor in chief in her own inimitable words. When Diana Vreeland became editor in chief of Vogue in 1963, she initiated a transformation, shaping the magazine into the dominant U.S. fashion publication. Vreeland rarely held meetings and communicated with her staff and photographers through memos dictated from her office or Park Avenue apartment. This extraordinary compilation of more than 250 pieces of Vreeland’s personal correspondence and memos that show the direction of some of Vogue’s most legendary stories. These display Vreeland’s irreverence and her characteristically over-the-top pronouncements and reveal her sharpness about the Vogue woman and what the magazine should be.” (adapted from amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverJean Patou : a fashionable life / Emmanuelle Polle ; photographs by Francis Hammond ; translated from the French by Alexandra Keens.
“This illustrated monograph spans the life and career of haute couture designer Jean Patou during the apex of twentieth-century glamour. Drawing from previously unpublished family archives including vintage photos, diaries, hand-colored fashion sketches, fabric swatches, and contemporary photographs of his masterpieces, the volume offers unprecedented access into the rarefied world of Jean Patou and celebrates his significant contributions to the history of fashion.” (Book jacket)

Syndetics book coverDior impressions : the inspiration and influence of impressionism at the House of Dior / edited by Florence Müller.
“Christian Dior grew up in Granville, in Normandy, in a natural environment similar to the setting favored by the Impressionist artists. Throughout his career, he designed dresses that show links with this art movement, such as the elegance seen in the Impressionist paintings, with subtle connections through common themes such as nature, light, color, and the notion of movement. Published to accompany the Impressions Dior exhibition presented at the Musée Christian Dior in Granville, France, this lavish volume features over 150 pieces of gorgeous art – including noted artworks by Monet, Renoir, Degas, and Manet – alongside a magnificent visual tour of Dior garments, from Christian Dior’s first designs to Raf Simons’s latest collection.” (Library catalogue)

Syndetics book coverVintage fashion & couture : from Poiret to McQueen / Kerry Taylor ; foreword by Hubert de Givenchy ; afterword by Christopher Kane.
“Profiled by Vogue and The New York Times and courted by style icons with wardrobes to sell and top designers in search of insipiration, Kerry Taylor is one of the world’s leading experts on vintage fashion and couture. In this lavishly illustrated book, Kerry tells the story of a century of fashion through the work of its key design talents and the memorable women who have worn their creations. All the fashion stars are here from Poiret to McQueen via Lanvin, Chanel, Schiparelli, Madame Grès, Dior, Balenciaga, Mary Quant, Ossie Clark, Vivienne Westwood, Alaïa, and Margiela.” (Book cover)

Syndetics book coverFashion designers’ sketchbooks. Two / Hywel Davies.
“Following the success of Fashion Designers’ Sketchbooks, this second volume shines a light on the work of a new line-up of major names in the fashion industry. Photographs, sketches, moodboards, line-ups, toiles, swatches and more all feed the creative processes that forge fashion designs, and here they are brought together to reveal how the final collections are conceived and developed. Juxtaposing the original research material and drawings with the garments shown on the catwalk and in lookbooks provides fresh insight into the working methods of leading international designers and the role of different media in creating their collections. Rick Owens, Clements Ribeiro and Marios Schwab are just some of the prominent designers featured.” (Llibrary catalogue)

Syndetics book coverThe great fashion designers at home / Ivan Terestchenko.
“Some of the most important people in fashion, Chanel, Alaïa, Yves Saint Laurent, Pucci, Kenso, and Missoni are know for their public image and their iconic designs. But what kind of world have they cultivated behind closed doors? From France to Italy, from England to Morocco, come along on a private visit to the remarkable homes of couturiers, stylists, muses, and fashion personalities. Photographer Ivan Terestchenko shows the decor, works of art, and the personal collections of these legendary designers.” (Inside front cover)

Syndetics book coverRecycled chic / Amanda McKittrick.
“Take a creative plunge and explore the possibilities to refashion your wardrobe with these unique, yet simple, projects.” (Library catalogue)

Syndetics book coverLouis Vuitton city bags : a natural history / Jean-Claude Kaufmann, Ian Luna, Florence Müller, Mariko Nishitani, Colombe Pringle and Deyan Sudjic ; contributions by Rei Kawakubo, Yayoi Kusama and Takashi Murakami.
“This volume is an unprecedented history of Louis Vuitton’s women’s bags, the most coveted line of accessories in women’s fashion. At the heart of Louis Vuitton are its City Bags, a range of women’s bags that dates back to the turn of the twentieth century. These bags have in a hundred years formally diversified into a dizzying array of handbags for every conceivable function demanded by the modern woman. Lavishly illustrated with new and archival photography, historical graphics, landmark editorials, and ad campaigns, the volume traces the history of these specific bag families, and examines the earliest specimens and today’s most sought-after collectibles.” (Adapted from Amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverBlitz : as seen in Blitz : fashioning ’80s style / Iain R. Webb.
“1980s fashion and culture, as seen on the deeply influential pages of ‘BLITZ’, the pioneering ’80s style magazine.” (Library catalogue)

Luxurious fashion

This month, our new books have a focus on decadence and luxury. Revel in the luxury of Alexander McQueen or Balenciaga, or swoon over entire books of shoes, dresses and little black dresses. Alexa Chung’s book, It, is a real treat for the eyes and you can even plan your dream shopping trip to Paris! With our new fashion selections for December, you’ll have your Christmas wishlist sorted in no time.

Syndetics book coverThe complete book of shoes / Marta Morales.
“Every fashion season, designers create not only a clothing collection but also a full array of complementary footwear, sometimes working collaboratively with a shoe designer. The styles featured in Big Book of Shoes are direct from the runway. The book organizes shoes by designer, with an introductory paragraph about their work and in particular the shoes shown. Labels show the collection and season. Styles include sandals, flats, wedges, pumps, platforms, slingbacks, gravity-defying heels, boots and more. Big Book of Shoes is like a window-shopping trip down the chicest streets of the world’s fashion capitals. Large photographs display dozens of shoes in all their glory, their details vividly revealed. Hand stitches, leather grain, patent shine, suede softness. Leopard spots and alligator scales. Buckles and buttons, zippers and chain, studs and straps. Ribbons and bows. Anklets and cuffs. Fringes, feathers and fur. Silver, gold, copper, brass. Wood, acrylic, steel. The range of designs reveals the astonishing creativity and craftsmanship found at the highest levels of fashion.” (Library catalogue)

Syndetics book coverCristóbal Balenciaga / Susan Irvine.
“In 1936, Cristobal Balenciaga opened a fashion house in Paris, after fleeing the Spanish civil war; within a couple of seasons he had raised fashion to the level of art. Christian Dior called Balenciaga ‘the master of us all’, while Coco Chanel claimed that he alone was ‘a couturier in the truest sense of the word …the others are simply fashion designers’. In the Fifties he revolutionised women’s silhouette, experimenting with the semi-fitted shape, the sack dress, the cocoon and the babydoll. His innovative designs were famously easy to wear, with one diplomat’s wife quipping that she could play golf in her Balenciaga gown. In the Sixties, despite the waning power of couture, he created some of his most imaginative clothes, culminating in the bold, fluid lines of his last two collections. Always something of an enigma, he preferred to let his clothes speak for themselves. Vogue, the international fashion bible, has charted the careers of designers through the decades. Its unique archive of photographs, taken by the leading photographers of the day from Cecil Beaton to Mario Testino, and original illustrations, together with its stable of highly respected fashion writers, make Vogue the most authoritative and prestigious source of reference on fashion.” (Library catalogue)

Syndetics book coverLittle black dress / André Leon Talley ; photographs by Adam Kuehl.
“A celebratory tribute to the iconic little black dress and its deeply resonant cultural and social significance in the modern era … Features an impeccable group of more than 80 dresses from many of the most eminent fashion houses” (Book jacket)

Syndetics book coverYou are what you wear [electronic resource] : what your clothes reveal about you / Jennifer Baugartner.
“Most every woman has found herself with a closet full of too many clothes or surrounded by brand-new items that somehow never get worn. Instead she gets stuck wearing the same few familiar pieces from a wardrobe that just doesn’t feel “right”. Dr. Jennifer Baumgartner argues that all those things are actually manifestations of deeper life issues. What if you could understand your appearance as a representation of your inner unresolved conflicts and then assemble a wardrobe to match the way you wish to be perceived? In this fashion guide that is like no other, Dr. Baumgartner helps readers identify the psychology behind their choices, so they can not only develop a personal style that suits their identity but also make positive changes in all areas of life.” (Library catalogue)

Syndetics book coverThe hundred dresses : the most iconic styles of our time / Erin McKean ; illustrated by Donna Mehalko.
“Like any 100-best list, a book of iconic dresses invites potential quibbles with its selection criteria. Yet McKean and illustrator Mehalko have created a book so charming that any critic is completely disarmed. One of the dresses has to be the infamous curtain dress worn by Scarlett O’Hara, but McKean insightfully notes that “[t]he defining characteristic of the Scarlett O’Hara is not the fabric of the dress but the determination of the wearer.” Mehalko’s illustrations, which have an equal partnership with the text, evoke the whimsy of a Cher headdress that reminds us of the Oscar moment without being too specific. McKean defines some clear categories: single-moment dresses (The Mondrian, The J-Lo), universal dress shapes (The Sack, the Baby Doll Dress, dress “types”), and fashion moments that have become categories: “The Dorothy Dress is any dress in which you find yourself having an unexpected adventure.” “The Pretty Woman dress is any dress that serves both to hide one’s origins and to bring out some essential truth of character.” In all its delightful chattiness, the book has something intelligent to say about fashion as representation and nostalgia. As McKean writes: “You can use this book to help you decide what stories you want to embody.” (Adapted from Publisher Weekly)

Syndetics book coverIt / Alexa Chung.
“Fashion muse, model, Fuse News cohost, and British “it girl” Chung’s first book is heavy on style and charm but light on substance. She brings would-be admirers (and current fans who follow her on street style blogs and social media) into her world with this combined style guide, memoir, and scrapbook. Filled with doodles, personal photos, lists, and discussions of her sources of inspiration, Chung lightly sketches a portrait of her universe in an engaging voice. The majority of the book is given to random musings about fashion, with Chung naming Annie Hall, Gwyneth Paltrow in the The Royal Tenenbaums, and Edie Sedgwick as just a few of her influences. Of Paltrow’s portrayal of Margot Tenenbaum, Chung muses, “I love her side-parted bob and preppy Lacoste dresses.” Elsewhere in the book, Chung offers odd pronouncements, such as, “How to rage: Get a balloon and a best friend. Go to a festival in a desert. Be 24.” Die-hard fans will no doubt embrace this slim, whimsical offering, or delight in receiving it as a gift.” (Adapted from Publisher Weekly)

Syndetics book coverAlexander McQueen, working process / photographs by Nick Waplington.
“Documents the process behind the creation of the 2009 women’s ready-to-wear show ‘The Horn of Plenty!'” (Library catalogue)

Syndetics book coverFashion insiders’ guide : Paris / Carole Sabas ; illustrated by Caroline Andrieu.
“The Fashion Insider’s Guide to Paris is a carefully curated compendium of the current hotspots, classic haunts and hidden gems of one of the world’s greatest fashion destinations.” (Library catalogue)

Spring-fresh fashion and beauty

If the start of the new season has made you feel the need for a fresh look, then let our new books help! Experiment with some new make up looks, or try out a detox especially aimed to emphasise your natural beauty. If fashion history is more your thing,we have books on European and UK fashion histories, including legendary French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld and iconic British fashion brand Hardy Amies. Also, ogle divine designer jewellery pieces and find out all about contemporary fashion textiles – whatever your spring fashion and beauty fancy, there is a book for you among our new book picks for September.

Syndetics book coverFace to face : amazing new looks and inspiration from the top celebrity makeup artist / Scott Barnes with Alyssa Giacobbe.
“World-renowned makeup artist Scott Barnes aims to inspire you to express yourself, try new things, push the envelope and reach your full potential using the power of makeup.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe beauty detox foods : discover the top 50 beauty foods that will transform your body and reveal a more beautiful you / Kimberly Snyder.
“In her bestselling book, The Beauty Detox Solution, Kimberly Snyder—one of Hollywood’s top celebrity nutritionists and beauty experts—shared the groundbreaking program that keeps her A-list clientele in red-carpet shape. Now you can get the star treatment with this guide to the top 50 beauty foods that will make you more beautiful from the inside out. Stop wasting your money on fancy, expensive beauty products and get real results, while spending less at your neighborhood grocery. With over 85 recipes that taste as good as they make you look, you can finally take charge of your health and beauty—one delicious bite at a time.” (adapted from amazon.com)

Syndetics book cover50 years in fashion : the diaries & scrapbooks of a leading London designer / Caroline Charles.
Caroline Charles is one of London’s most respected womenswear designers and was one of the original designers to join what was later to become British Fashion Week.” (amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverCarine Roitfeld : irreverent / edited by Olivier Zahm, Alex Wiederin.
“Karl Lagerfeld once said that if you close your eyes and imagine the ideal French woman, it would be Carine Roitfeld. She is a fashion visionary and a muse. Since the start of her career in the early 1990s, through her collaborations with the legendary photographer Mario Testino, Roitfeld has been credited with launching Tom Ford’s career at Gucci, as well as turning French Vogue into one of the industry’s most worshipped magazines.
Featuring a selection of 250 magazine tear sheets and covers from pivotal editorial shoots and advertising campaigns, as well as intimate visual ephemera, this book gives an inside view into Roitfeld’s creative thought process and sensibility.” (adapted from amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverHardy Amies / Michael Pick.
“Hardy Amies epitomized understated British couture, emphasizing the cut of fine materials by tailored construction. Untrained in dress-making, he achieved headlines in Vogue in 1937 with his ‘Panic’ suit, a reconstructed design of a staple in every woman’s wardrobe, wittily named to reflect current events. Evoking the glamour of pre-war London while meeting the demands of contemporary society’s activities – town to country, morning to night – Amies designs drew a star-studded clientele. The first post-war international designer to visit the USA, Amies’ luxurious style produced lucrative global business opportunities, including ready-to-wear, menswear shown as couture, and wide-ranging merchandising options.” (adapted from amazon.com_

Syndetics book coverKnitted, knotted, twisted, & twined : the jewelry of Mary Lee Hu / [foreword by Stefano Catalani].
“Over the past 40 years, Mary Lee Hu has affirmed her distinctive voice in the world of jewelry with her elegant, voluptuous creations. Hu’s apparently effortless and graceful creations, resulting from twining, weaving, knotting, and braiding, investigate both the possibilities and limits of wire by melding fiber art and jewelry, structure and pattern, light and line. Knitted, Knotted, Twisted, and Twined features exquisite earrings, rings, brooches, and neckpieces drawn from public and private collections internationally. The book traces the evolution and refinement of Hu’s processes and skill from her earliest experimental pieces in the late 1960s – capturing the spirit of a time when craft and lifestyle were so passionately intertwined – to the confidence and movement of her contemporary creations.” (adapted from amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverFashion textiles now / Janet Prescott.
” Before the beautifully tailored men’s suit or the exquisite gown appears on the catwalk or in the store, the most important element comes into play–the place where fashion starts–the fabric. Behind the catwalks there is a whole hidden system which combines industry, glamour, high finance and above all, design. This book, written by textiles expert Janet Prescott, is a guide to all types of fashion fabrics from the traditional tweeds to luxury fabrics containing lapis lazuli and diamonds to the newest hi-tech textiles as well as recycled and eco fabrics. Do you know whether your underwear is made of crab shells? Could you be wearing milk and coffee? Can your T-shirt stop you from getting skin cancer? These are just a few of the intriguing questions the author addresses in her book. With information on where each fabric comes from, how it is made and its properties, Fashion Textiles Now provides a complete guide to fashion textiles.” (adapted from amazon.com)

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)