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Decades: A Century of Fashion [Hardcover]

Cameron Silver
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11 Oct 2012

Cameron Silver runs the most glamorous boutique in LA, where Hollywood royalty go to find vintage couture that is totally unique and utterly timeless. He is an expert at taking the finest clothing from the past and giving it a second life - and this is what Decades is all about. You won't find any frumpiness in this story of twentieth century style and innovation. Instead, prepare to have your fashion stereotypes turned upside-down. Because the Edwardians weren't all buttoned up, the ubiquitous Audrey Hepburn wasn't the only fashion icon of the fifties, and yes, it was actually possible to dress with elegance in the eighties.

The book is a showcase of the past hundred years of fashion, decade by decade. Cameron's witty commentary of twentieth century dressing is both perceptive and funny. Each chapter opens with a pair of women who epitomise rival hot trends, like the luminous Cheryl Tiegs with her sunshine sexiness versus Bianca Jagger, the dark disco goddess of Studio 54. The chapters close with a designer of the decade: think Chanel, YSL and Dior at their most fabulous.

Every one of the more than 150 photographs in the book is completely contemporary and modern-looking, even as far back as the 1900s. There are rare and previously unpublished images, as well as work by legendary fashion photographers.

Decades tells an international story with designers from Milan, Tokyo, London, Paris and New York all strutting their stuff. It's a bubbling, sassy, fabulous book that will make you think about vintage fashion in a totally new way.


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (11 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408806363
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408806364
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 18.6 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 480,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stunning ... it's an education not only about the people who create fashion but also the people who bring the looks to life (Los Angeles Times)

A brilliant showcase of the past century of fashion (Elle Decoration)

Hefty and gorgeous (Fashionista)

A vibrant coffee table book (Daily Telegraph)

Every one of the 150 alluring, often rare photographs is bang on trend (Scotsman)

VERDICT Beautiful color and black-and-white illustrations of clothing and fashion photography are included, and the book is longer and larger than most tomes on fashion. This is best for readers who want a well-illustrated general overview of 20th-century women's fashion but are not too concerned with a detailed or in-depth account of the subject. (Sandra Rothenberg, Framingham State College Library, MA Library Journal)

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A decade-by-decade showcase of the twentieth century's most iconic fashion moments

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5.0 out of 5 stars Surpasses expectations 15 Oct 2012
Format:Hardcover
I work in the fashion industry and own a lot of books about the history of fashion and so was intrigued about what Mr Silver might be able to do which gave me something new. He has delivered a book which contains fantastic images - many of which were new to me - and a particularly personal perspective on how fashion was shaped through the 20th Century. Of course, Mr Silver is best known for his work dressing Hollywood actresses for red carpet appearances but his personal relationship with these women has given him a very direct insight into how women (who need to look their absolute best) respond to a dress.

Most books about fashion history, if good, can provide a lot of factual information. Mr Silver's book delivers all of this but also provides us with an insight on why women adopted particular looks and how they remain relevant today. His obsessive search for something old which looks modern may not be something which everyone can aspire to be good at but read this book and study the illustrations and you're much more likely to find that perfect dress.

This is a perfect present for any fashion interested friend. For its size and quality, it's one of the best investments you're likely to make.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A perfect gift 17 Jan 2013
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My wife thoroughly enjoys this book. The only criticism is sme light text on coloured background - make reading difficult.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent fashion book 10 Dec 2012
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an excellent book with pictures researched by my friend! Made a great present for my stepdaughter but haven't had her response yert
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5.0 out of 5 stars Super 16 Nov 2012
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The book was fab, saw it advertised in a Sunday Supplement for 40 and then initailly got it for 20 but then with a discount of 5 for being very slightly damaged. Would def shop with these lovely people again!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Never Stop Collection 23 Oct 2012
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I have always collected books, and fashion/photography books in particular. This book is a collector's book about a love of collecting. Collection clothing. Vintage Haute Couture. It is so timeless and amazing. The references to be pulled from the book are astounding and there is a never ending list of images that I have never seen before and am sure most people won't have seen previously.

You might think you know your fashion history, and who's who of the last 100 years in the industry but this book will teach you anew and give you a thirst for even more information and imagery. This is going to be a great Christmas present for almost everyone I know! Mr. Silver has really written and compiled an excellent tome.
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