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ABC of Men's Fashion Hardcover – 4 Sep 2007

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: V & A Publications (4 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1851775285
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851775286
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 970,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Written by the good Hardy in 1964, but still holding its shape and force' -- Deirdre McQuillan, The Irish Times, 2007

`An idiosyncratic little hardback, with some great line drawings and period photographs, detailing all the style tips and technical terms any man-about-town needs to know. From Acrilan to Zips, a classic guide to classic style from one of Britain's most eminent traditional stylists' -- Gay Times, 2007

`An invaluable handbook of sartorial - and somehow moral - excellence'
-- Ben Schott, author of Schott's Original Miscellany

`Endearing little pocket-sized friend ... answers all the fashion questions one man could ever think of' -- The Herald, 2007

`More than an indispensable style guide, ABC of Men's Fashion is peppered with witticisms and acute cultural observations ... readers ...will be delighted by this sartorial guide to looking shipshape' -- GQ, 2007

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Sir Hardy Amies died in 2003, but his legacy and style continues under his protege Ian Garlant at Hardy Amies Plc. He opened his fashion house in 1945 and became Dressmaker by Appointment to Her Majesty The Queen. Famous for menswear and his keen eye for classic style, Amies had a regular fashion column in Esquire magazine.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Richard A. Drew on 2 Jun. 2009
Format: Hardcover
A book that appeals on two levels. Most of the book is timeless good advice on a gentleman's dress, but the book also has the period charm of a book written in the early sixties. Hardy Amies predicts where men's style will go over the forthcoming years, often with great acuity. He may not have predicted how short-lived some changes in fashion were to be but he frequently sees where the late 60's and early 70's were headed.

Enjoyably opinionated but always knowledgeable. One of the classics tomes on men's style.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Edmund on 8 Oct. 2007
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Forget pretenders like Dylan Jones et al, Hardy Amies was the original modfather and coolest bloke ever. This book contains timeless advice for the modern gent and is a must have for any man who thinks he has style, or who needs some.
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I bought this book originally in the 1960s. This hardback reprint is an excellent piece of work, it really feels like an expensive book. This is the second copy of this reprint I have bought. I gave one away to a friend.
For anyone with half an interest in men's clothing and fashion the book is an invaluable piece of history. Hardy Amies writes with a style of his own.
The predicit9ons that he got wrong are as interesting and humourous as the ones he got right .
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I bought this for a friend who is a style guru, he likes it and it is an accurate reference for men who want to dress properly. It is a classic guidebook. Boys should be made to read this at school! Track suits, trainers jeans hanging off backsides is not classic or stylish or attractive unless youre a girl who also dresses like a tramp.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Blind Panic Jones on 22 July 2010
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I am so pleased this gem has been re-publish by the V&A. I had an original copy back in the 60's and this has a more appropriate cover. I refer to this book often, it is always on my coffee table and I have also given copies as gifts and they have been much appreciated. A good idea for those who are challenged by what to buy for birthday's, Chistmas and Fathers day.
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