January 22, 2009

Inspiring Reading

I am a bit of a magpie when it comes to books, especially on the topic of fashion. One can never have to many...
Here are my current favourites to inspire elegance and refinement:
The Golden Age of Couture: Paris and London 1947-1957 (Claire Wilcox)
This is the book to the wonderful 2007 exhibition at the V&A Museum. If you love the 'old' masters of fashion (Dior, Balenciaga, Givenchy etc.), the elegance and sophistication of the 50's and like to drool over stunning photographs, this is a must-buy. If this book doesn't inspire a desire for a more elegant style of dressing, I don't know what will!
Fashion. Collection of the Kyoto Costume Institute
The Kyoto Institute has an amazing collection of costumes from the 18th right through to the 20th century. This book is full of high quality pictures and close-ups; a great source if you are gathering inspiration for a new project. I have spent many a rainy afternoon just browsing through its magic pages full of fashion glory.
Vintage Fashion (Emma Baxter-Wright & Harriet Quick)
A visual feast through the decades, this book is fantastic for learning about key shapes, designers and influences in 20th century fashion. With fantastic photographs and illustrations as well, this is an ideal reference and inspiration.
Historical Costumes of England 1066-1968 (Nancy Bradfield)
I love this book with its detailed drawings of both men and women's clothing through the ages. The illustrations are accompanied by excellent descriptions of the key shapes, fabrics, accessories and even hairstyles. A valuable source of information and inspiration alike. Nancy Bradfield's other book, Costume in Detail, is also fantastic.


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