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  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Sanctuary Publishing Ltd (1 Mar 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1860743021
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860743023
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 1.5 x 25 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 864,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Featuring striking colour photographs, this book is a must for all pop culture fans." -- Marie Claire, March 2001

"Gorman covers everything from The Beatles to Bowie, bringing the styles to life by talking to designers, tailors, stars and style icons past and present." -- The Face, April 2001

"Paul Gorman's intricately researched book is a must for anyone interested in the influence of rock and pop icons on style." -- OK! Magazine, March 2001

"WORTH A SECOND LOOK - Starting with Elvis, The Look tells the story of the designers who dressed the major artist of the 20th century." -- The Independent On Sunday, March 2001

"We thank Gorman for so vividly bringing to life the times when dancing in the street, in fantastic new styles, was a radical revolutionary thing to do." -- The Big Issue, March 2001

About the Author

Paul Gorman is a London-based writer who has worked in the US, the Uk and Asia, contributing to such publications as Music week, Screen International, GQ, Radio Times, Evening Standard, Mojo, Heat, Word, and the Daily Telegraph.
His books include the definitive history of the music press In Their Own Write (2001); Nine Lives, with Goldie (2002); the Sunday Times bestseller Straight, with Boy George (2005); and Blood & Fire, with Robin & Ali Campbell (2005). --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By flyinghyphen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Oct 2010
Format: Paperback
The CD is found inside the back cover of the book. Tracks included are:

1. Elvis Presley - Mystery Train
2. Miles Davis - Smooch
3. David Bowie - I Dig Everything
4. The Purple Gang - Granny Takes A Trip
5. Malcolm McLaren - Paris Deux
6. John Cale and Brian Eno - Spinning Away
7. Boy George - Song For A Boy In Deep Water
8. Blue Rondo A La Turk - Klacto Part Two
9. Pam Hogg - Opel Eyes
10. Kevin Rowland - Rag Doll
11. World According To - First Day Of Spring
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Fashion Fiend on 9 May 2006
Format: Paperback
Sorry to be over the top but this must rank among the best books on fashion ever ever ever (at least post 45) ever. Not only does it cover all the popular icons of our times - Elvis, Hendrix, Bowie, Jagger, yes, even Pete Doherty and Goldfrapp - but it details how fashion and style have developed, taking in everyone from Chanel and Stella McCartney and YSL and Katharine Hamnett and Galliano and Westwood to Jonny Rotten and Sid Vicious etc etc.

I've actually got a degree in this subject and there is stuff here I and my tutors have never even seen - shops like Universal Witness and Alkasura? Never heard of ithem but this book has photos and details of people like Bolan, Led Zep and Bowie buying their clothes there.

It's got a great CD with Bowieand Elvis on, and things like personal postcards from Joe Strummer and Paul McCartney dancing around in Soho.

I wish i'd had this when I was doing my finals!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T.M.A on 5 Oct 2011
Format: Paperback
As someone who is music and history junky, and a developing interest in fashion and style.

All I can say is: it is thoroughly readable, great pictures, great interviews, and - historical method was quite sound! I feel I have learnt a lot about a subject I know little about.

I've learnt a great deal from this book, and will recommend very highly to my friends.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
What a great book! 14 July 2001
By Peter Justin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Wow - I'm amazed that this book hasn't got more attention. First off it looks like a coffee table bookw ith loads of good pix and graphics - there is one of McLaren & Westwood from 1971 which is incredible. I've got all the books and pix relating to the Sex Pistols and this pair but I've never seen that one before.
Anyway there are loads of examples for everyone - the Elvis pix are great as are the Beatles and Mod ones. But once you start reading it really comes into its own.
There are interviews with the guy that made Elvis's clothes way back in teh eraly 50s as well as The Beatles tailor but also up to date people like Wayne Hemingway.
My own criticism is that there isn't enough on American style but I guess since we stole a whole lot from the limeys it could be justified.
Can't recommend it enough.
Pete
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A must for anybody who has an interest in music and fashion...seriously!!! 13 Mar 2010
By The Ras with Class - Published on Amazon.com
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Growing up anywhere usually revolves about two major things in your life...what you listen too and what you wear!
Paul Gorman has created here one of the most important must haves for anyone who has an interest in music and fashion.
This book has it all and I cannot recommend it highly enough, filled with fantastic and rare pictures it takes the reader on a fantastic journey about The Look.
Interesting take on Rock and Roll fashion. Very British ... 24 Sep 2014
By Marshall AC50 Stack - Published on Amazon.com
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Interesting take on Rock and Roll fashion. Very British in its outlook, but early chapters feature the influence of American style.
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