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Fashion Sourcebook - 1920s (Fiell Fashion Sourcebooks) Paperback – 25 Jan 2012

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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Fiell Publishing Limited (25 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906863482
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906863487
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 4.8 x 25.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 200,968 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Charlotte Fiell is a leading design historian who has written numerous bestselling books on all aspects of design, from industrial products to graphic communications. She studied at the British Institute in Florence, Camberwell College of Arts, London, and at Sotheby's Institute, also in London. Emmanuelle Dirix is a highly regarded fashion historian and curator. She lectures at London College of Fashion, Central Saint Martins, The Royal College of Art and the Antwerp Fashion Academy. She has also contributed to various exhibition catalogues and academic volumes on fashion.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Kate Cole on 25 May 2012
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I have a LOT of books on 1920s fashion, plus hundreds of images that I've found online, so my main concern when ordering this book was that I might have seen many of the pictures already. I needn't have worried though, as I hadn't - I recognised only three or four images in the whole book - so it really is worth getting if you're interested in the period. It's also HUGE - I hadn't really clocked that before buying it, but it's 600-odd pages, and A4-ish size. I spent four hours looking through it when it first arrived and had still only made it about a third of the way through. It's also a good mix of fashion illustrations (both high-end and more mainstream) and period photographs. Great book, far surpassed my expectations.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Maggie V on 25 July 2012
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I fanned through the pages and fell instantly in love.
As mentioned by a previous reviewer, it is a beast of a book - among the largest in my collection to date.
The colour plates are exceptional and inspirational - I can't think of enough superlatives to describe this book!
As a knitwear designer, I think this tome will provide enough inspiration to keep me busy for quite some time.
I hope nobody wants dinner tonight, I have a feeling I won't be setting this book down long enough to cook!
Added 26/7/12:
Well, I was quite giddy when I received this book yesterday. Now I've taken a breath, and had a good look through, I think I'm even more impressed.
The book mainly comprises beautiful artwork, with a few sepia photographs of actresses & models of the period. The styles are broken down into categories: daywear, outerwear, eveningwear, accessories, and the all-encompassing 'other', which includes lingerie & wedding gowns. Each illustration carries a legend, some with more detail than others.
I haven't yet read the introduction in full, or all the pocket biographies; I'll probably get to those when I'm done (or take a break from!) feasting my eyes on the glorious fashions.
This is a fab book for anyone with an interest in the history of women's fashion (no menswear: dedicated purely to us ladies); a great 'picture-book' for grown-ups.
Now I can't wait for the next book to be released next year, and I hope the creators will be covering the 40s & 50s in the near future.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Jane H. Parker on 1 Oct. 2012
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I have been researching 1920s fashion over the past few weeks and I found the reviews for Fashion Sourcebook - 1920s by Fiell here on Amazon. I ordered it over the weekend with Free Super Saver delivery and it arrived on Monday morning! How's that for Service?
It is exactly as decribed by the first two reviewers, as amazing book stacked full of beautiful photos, fashion plates etc. showing anything and everything that a woman could have worn in the 1920s from skin out. I am interesetd in making 1920s manniquin style cloth dolls so I now have endless inspiration. I am also a knitwear designer so my brain is whirring.....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mel C on 8 Dec. 2012
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I bought this book as inspiration for my design work . The best book I've bought in a long time. Brilliant. Lovely illustrations and photographs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jimbo on 29 May 2013
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What a lovely book. My Grand daughter is studying design and I am told that the 20's are on the way back.
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