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Fifty Dresses that Changed the World: Design Museum Fifty [Kindle Edition]

Design Museum
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Everything around us is designed and the word 'design' has become part of our everyday experience. But how much do we know about it? Fifty Dresses That Changed the World imparts that knowledge listing the top 50 dresses that have made a substantial impact in the world of British design today. From the 1915 Delphos Pleated dress to Hussein Chalayan's 2007 LED dress, each entry offers a short appraisal to explore what has made their iconic status and the designers that give them a special place in design history.

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Book Description

Perfect gift for the design aficionado, students or newcomers to the subject. Published to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Design Museum. Fantastic value and collectable series. Carries the authority of the Design Museum bringing serious design knowledge to the general reader. Sales of books affiliated with the Design Museum have surpassed 15,000 copies. (TCM, Nielsen Bookscan)

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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 graphics, and architecture to industrial design. It is working to place design at the centre of contemporary culture. It demonstrates both the richness of the creativity to be found in all forms of design, and its importance. Design is a hugely fertile field of inventive new work, as well as a key component underpinning the modern economy. It provides a means for understanding the contemporary world, and, potentially, for making it a better place.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 13983 KB
  • Print Length: 110 pages
  • Publisher: Conran Octopus (5 Oct. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0050C87L2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #368,036 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.4 out of 5 stars
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4.0 out of 5 stars good little read 9 May 2011
This is not a huge glossy coffee-table tome but a lovely size that fits neatly in your hands as you sit back and dive into its pages. The matt dust jacket and pages, while not to everyone's taste, makes a welcome change from all those super glossy books that are all style and no substance...for me this book has both.

When I opened it I had in my mind a list of dresses that just HAD to be in there if the book was to be of any real authority, and I'm pleased to say they were all in there. The dresses start with the 1915 pleated dresses by Fortuny, through the New Look of Dior in 1947, the mini dress of '65, the paper dress of `68 to "that" Versace dress modelled by Liz Hurley in 1994 ending with Hussein Chalayan's LED dress in 2007.

With each dress is a page of background, giving you information on the dress and its designer. The detail isn't overwhelming, there could be more, but this is for general readership and not necessarily for design or fashion students, although I think they would also benefit from this book.

There are no dresses missing that I thought should be there, although there are a couple that I personally thought were not really worthy of mention as changing the world. And as this foray into fashion finishes in 2007 there are some obvious omissions that could perhaps be added in future editions - I'm sure Lady Gaga will appear at some point.

Overall I'd say that this is a good book for those interested in seeing how fashion has progressed, and is informative for those wanting to know a little about the designs and their designers. It may even inspire some readers to look for further information and look more closely at fashion and how it changes the world .
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Book 29 Dec. 2009
Tried to find this book in several book shops but no one stocked it so I couldn't see what it looked like inside before I bought it as a gift for my mother. Not quite as I expected, thought it may be a little bigger/glossier, but the price was great, and my ma loved it (I hope!). Would recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars perfect fit! 18 Jun. 2013
By Q.
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This books is interesting and gives an interesting insight to the fashion among the modern years without any tiring amount of information.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fifty dresses that changed the world review 1 April 2014
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Lovely book, nice addition to my fashion bookshelf
Nice quality pictures interesting assortment of dressed and good amount of text
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing presentation 8 Jan. 2014
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For a book associated with fashion it might have been reasonable to have expected a glossier presentation
But interesting - particularly the latter part of the book which covers a familiar period in our lives
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5.0 out of 5 stars recommend people who are studying fashion 6 Sept. 2013
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really interesting book and good for fashion course, worth the money and it help me with my fashion course and would recommend to those who are studying fashion and great price
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5.0 out of 5 stars Designer Dress book 1 Jan. 2014
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My daughter was very pleased with this book! I bought it for Christmas and was pleased with it myself - very good value and very good presentation.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Happy 9 April 2013
By yvonne
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Very happy book arrived on time when said needed for daughters school work so happy with service thank very much
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