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Design Museum Fifty Fashion Looks that Changed the 1960s [Hardcover]

The Design Museum , Paula Reed
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1 Oct 2012 Design Museum Fifty

The Design Museum and fashion guru Paula Reed present Fifty Fashion Looks that Changed the 1960s. The most exciting, influential and definitive looks of one of the most significant decades in fashion!

The Design Museum's mission is to celebrate, enterain and inform. It is the world's leading museum devoted to contemporary design in every form from furniture to fashion, and carchitecture to graphics. It is working to place design at the centre of contemporary culture and demonstrates both the richness of the creativity to be found in all forms of design, and its importance.

Building on the international success of the Design Museum Fifty series, including Fifty Shoes that Changed the World, Fifty Bags that Changed the World and Fifty Hats that Changed the World, this beautifully designed book - curated in the series by fashion guru Paula Reed - takes a fresh look at key fashion pieces from the 1960s.

Featuring Mary Quant's miniskirts, Andre Courrèges' Moon Girls, denim-clad hippies and Celia Birtwell's Romantic Peasants, this book captures and explains every influential look of the decade. For anyone looking to buy vintage pieces to add to their wardrobes of contemporary items, this authoritative and inspiring book will prove to be an invaluable source of reference.


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  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Conran; 1st Edition edition (1 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840916044
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840916041
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 15 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 162,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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One of three fabulous new titles in the successful Design Museum 'Fifty' series by fashion guru Paula Reed.

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The Design Museum's mission is to celebrate, entertain and inform. It is the world's leading museum devoted to contemporary design in every form from furniture to fashion, and architecture to graphics. It is working to place design at the centre of contemporary culture and demonstrates both the richness of the creativity to be found in all forms of design, and its importance.Paula Reed is the style director at Grazia, the bestselling fashion weekly. She is a former columnist for the US edition of InStyle magazine and her career has included fashion or style director positions at several magazines and newspapers, including the Sunday Times and InStyle. Her writing has appeared in the Financial Times, Elle and The Times. She is the author of Style Clinic and lives and works in London.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I gave this book to my daughter at Christmas .She is a product of the sixties and loved it . as did I . We are both keen followers of fashion and as it was my training at Art College and I have always maintained the interest.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good 29 Dec 2012
By Laura
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The book was in good condition and arrived quickly. A smaller envelope could have been used to minimise waste but that is only a minor issue. Thank you
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book that captures the Fifties fashion culture 20 Jun 2013
By Blogger
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This book captures the tone of the fifties through excellent iconic photographs of the of many of the fashion leaders of this exciting period. Simple,well presented and loved by the teenage girl it was sent to.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Cute Coffee Table Book on 1960s Pop Culture, But Mediocre-- and Completely Misleading Title 8 Oct 2013
By Atomic Grrrrrl - Published on Amazon.com
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One of the most frustrating things I'm finding about so-called "fashion" books like this is that more often than not, the authors tend to either be clearly out of their depths (in other words, don't really have intimate familiarity with the subject), or confuse "fashion overview" for "a who's who of all the cool people, events, and objects that defined the era."

"Fifty Fashion Looks that Changed the 1960's" is one of these books. What do you think about when you read that title, Fifty Fashion Looks that Changed the 1960's? You think, "It's going to list specific trendsetting outfits, ensembles, accessories, or hairstyles that wound up changing how people dressed in the '60s." For example, Jackie O and her "Camelot" look. The mini skirt. Tie dye.

Instead of doing that, the author of this book pretty much loosely interprets the title in such a way where she's not so much listing "looks", but just popular people, movies, events and models from the 1960s. Diana Vreeland may have been influential on 1960s fashion, but she herself was not a "fashion look"-- she was a person. Richard Avedon, Jean Shrimpton, Twiggy, Verushka, and David Bailey were, once again, not "looks", but people. Psychedelia was not a "fashion look"; it was an artistic trend that influenced the '60s but wasn't a look in itself. André Courrèges was not a "look", nor Yves Saint Laurent or Mary Quant. They were people who created "looks", but they weren't "looks."

Some of the other stuff that the author includes as "looks" couldn't be more bizarre. She lists Christine Keeler (the girl at the center of the Profumo Affair) and Truman Capote's black and white ball as a "look." Clearly, this was thrown in as filler.

Even when the author kinda sorta gets it right, the worst photos are chosen to illustrate what she's talking about, or she herself doesn't really explain what it was about that particular look that "changed" the '60s. The entry on Emilio Pucci not only doesn't talk about his influence on 1960s fashion, the photo couldn't be a poorer example of his work. The entry on Cleopatra just rambles on about how expensive the movie was, but doesn't talk about how the eye makeup in that film influenced 1960s fashion.

Ditto the entry on Breakfast at Tiffany's. It talks about Audrey Hepburn's iconic black dress, but the photo that was used is from a completely different movie, with her in a pink dress, not the famous gown, hat, and glasses from the movie. And the picture of Twiggy? Even though it's her, a photograph was chosen of her in which she's virtually unrecognizable.

But let's get to the worst problem about this book. Besides loosely interpreting the title to mean "pop cultural stuff that happened in the '60s", it's very clear that the author doesn't really know much about '60s fashion, period. When someone fails to mention the Nehru jacket (this was huge), the Beatles mop top, tie dye, Diana Rigg's catsuit, go go boots and so many other fashion trends that were such an unmistakable part of that era, then you know that person doesn't have a clue about that decade.

Is "Fifty Fashion Looks that Changed the 1960's" a bad book in itself? Well, as a cute, little coffee table book on 1960s pop culture, it's fine. But in no way, shape, or form would I consider it the definitive, informative book about 1960s fashion by someone who either was there or knows a lot about it. She clearly wasn't and doesn't.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lovely images, but some dubious research... 26 Oct 2013
By J.R. - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm glad I purchased this little book -- it's well designed and brings together many beautiful looks, with some pleasantly surprising subject choices thrown in. The writing, however, is rather shallow and should not be relied upon as an authority on fashion history. The Jean Seberg page, for example, contains errors --for one, Seberg did not star in "dozens" of Hollywood films before relocating to France, only two or three. Great for browsing, but not a serious read.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love love love 19 Sep 2013
By Dwight Hines - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm seriously inspried by the 1960s, and TWIGGY. This book is absolutely marvelous--a fantastic find, and a fantastic buy. My cover sleeve had a tiny tear in it, but I bought it used, so it was to be expected.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great photos and fun facts 20 Feb 2013
By little reader - Published on Amazon.com
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I ordered this book for my daughter for a school history project, but we have both loved reading this book for fun.
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE 60'S FASHION!!!! 26 Jan 2013
By CINZIA - Published on Amazon.com
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I'M A CLOTHES STYLIST...I'VE ALWAYS BEEN INTO 60'S FASHION AND I WEAR 60'S FASHION. THE BOOK IS INFO I ALREADY KNEW...WANTED IT FOR MY COLLECTION..60'S FASHION NEVER GOES OUT OF STYLE..IT'S ON GOING...GLAD IT'S BACK AGAIN FOR SPRING 2013....XOXO
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