We have some sweet new fashion books here at the library, which you are going to loooove!

As you may have guessed last week, I am quite the Project Runway fan. So imagine my delight when this book arrived! I love Tim Gunn; I want him to be my mentor. In anything, really.

Syndetics book coverTim Gunn’s fashion bible : the fascinating history of everything in your closet / Tim Gunn with Ada Calhoun.
“Gunn (Gunn’s Golden Rules: Life’s Little Lessons for Making It Work) is best known for his role as the kind but frank mentor on the reality show Project Runway. Rich with photos, this book combines Gunn’s signature brand of sassy wisdom with a smart and entertaining journey through the history of fashion-no item in the closet is left uncovered: chapters include  “Belts: Friend to Soldiers and Vixens,” “Dress Shirts: Prudery and Puffery,” and “Capri Pants and Shorts: The Plague on Our Nation.”  Gunn states that “the primary purpose of this book is to give your clothes more significance.” In addition to his fun and informative survey of the past, Gunn doles out sage advice for the present, with sidebars devoted to helping determine the proper bra fit, listing the various categories of shorts, and explaining the proper way to shop for pants. Numerous cultural tidbits, fantastic images, and sartorial wisdom from one of fashion’s most respected gurus make this a must-read for “everyone who gets dressed in the morning, not just an elite crew in Manhattan.” Photos & illus. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.” (Publisher Weekly)

Syndetics book coverHollywood sketchbook : a century of costume illustration / Deborah Nadoolman Landis.
In Hollywood Sketchbook: A Century of Costume Illustration, author and Academy Award-nominated costume design expert Deborah Nadoolman Landis opens the doors to the dynamic world of costume illustration, revealing the world’s most sumptuous illustrations, behind-the-scenes stories of the most beloved costumes of all time, and the deft hands, sweeping visions, and creative intuitions that brought them to life. Drawing on years of extensive research, Landis has discovered a wealth of never-before-seen, original sketches and full-colour illustrations from some of the biggest names in the biz, to the lesser-known but equally important pioneers. With a deluxe, oversized, luxuriously produced package, this book is a stand-out on the shelf and the perfect gift book for anyone interested in film, fashion, and costume design history. – adapted from Global Books in Print.

Our series of Vogue On: books also continues to grow, with new additions about Elsa Schiaparelli, Christian Dior and Alexander McQueen.

Speaking of McQueen! We also have this super-glam new book (yus!!). I haven’t managed to get my hands on it yet; am patiently waiting for my reserve to come through. Any day!

Syndetics book coverLove looks not with the eyes : thirteen years with Lee Alexander McQueen / by Anne Deniau.
“In 1997, fashion photographer and filmmaker Deniau met fashion’s notorious “bad boy,” Alexander McQueen, then 27, when she was asked to document the creation of his first haute couture collection for Givenchy. The two artists became close friends, and the designer gave Deniau exclusive backstage access for the next 13 years. In her evocative and elegiac introduction, the photographer remembers her dear friend and collaborator, and recounts striking moments from his oeuvre that she was able to capture on film. The images are sensual, spooky, and whimsical, playing up the drama of McQueen’s vision; like one of the designer’s fabulous garments, the photographs transform fashion into high art. The book is both an homage and a memorial; this celebration of McQueen’s vast, unique talent is also a eulogy for his tragic loss. 400 color and b&w photos. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved” ( adapted from Publisher Weekly)

And finally… I want to show you something. I was lucky enough to spend the last couple of weeks in Shopping Heaven Sydney, and scored the most amazing Alexander McQueen top…


I’ve never purchased McQueen straight from a store before (hardly surprising). I must have been looking super stoked with my purchase, because the shop assistant even offered me the coathanger to keep, haha. Score!