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Bus Stop and the Influence of the 70s on Fashion Today [Paperback]

Lee Bender
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15 Mar 2010
A look at the iconic 1970s fashion chain and the influence the designs of the 70s have on today's fashion. Bus Stop was one of the key fashion stores of the 1970s. In this book, Lee Bender, the founder of Bus Stop, looks at how the shops and their distinctive fashion designs developed and how fashion today is influenced by this era of design. The result is a book that will appeal not only to people interested in the fashions of the 1970s, but also to current students interested in developing their own lines and working with vintage designs.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd (15 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140811142X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408111420
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 30.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 601,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Full of fabulous pictures and illustrations ... It is a vintage girl's dream. --Edinburgh Evening News

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Lee Bender was the founder and moving force in the Bus Stop chain of fashion stores, and she is still designing and teaching fashion today.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Crazy Days 30 Dec 2010
As a member of the original Bus Stop team I ordered this book out of nostalgia for the crazy days that followed the opening of Bus Stop. I loved Lee Benders sketches and some of her insights into production and fabric orders were insigtfull and enlightening for new designers. I was kinda disapointed that she passed by the beginnings and covered very little of what really went on in the shop and the colourful characters who were part of the scene at the time. Our rivals up the street were never mentioned (and after all credit needs to be given where credits due) nor were those who contributed from the very beginning to the atmosphere and the inspiration behind the designs.For vintage lovers a book for their achives but for those of us that were there I was left feeling just a little disappointed.
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This is an enchanting book. A personal 'scrapbook' from Lee Bender, the talented founder and designer of 'Bus Stop', one of the iconic boutiques and brands of the 70's. It combines Lee's personal recollections and wonderful illustrations with a look at the social and civil developments of the era, including the civil rights movement and, in Britain, the passing of the Race Relations Act. None of the designs in this book would look out of place today including khaki, tartan, 'underwear as outerwear' and the 'one piece'. Bus Stop was the first boutique to put together a 'head to toe' offering including accessories such as shoes and jewellery. It has some wonderful photographs from leading photographers including Helmut Newton and David Bailey. This book will appeal mainly to those interested in fashion but it is not purely a 'fashion' book; anyone interested in the social history of the seventies and the impact it continues to have on our lives today, will find this a fascinating read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 25 May 2014
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What a bargain. Good condition and a great book...much better than I expected too. Very 1940s inspired 1970s fashion designs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A trip down memory lane 3 Jan 2014
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A beautiful book taking you on a nostalgic trip down memory lane to the fashion shop in Kensington church street and it's designs and 1980s fashion
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Bus Stop look, a step back to the 70's. 12 Mar 2013
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A wonderful and beautifully illustrated book. Bus Stop is a precise look at the early boutique scene of London in the 70's.
The pages are full of fabulous illustrations by Lee Bender herself, the founder and designer of Bus stop. This book is a timeless record of a time when a whole new look was emerging out of Britain. I would defiantly recommend this book to design students, costume designers and anyone who loves fashion.
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