Hugh Devlin

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Vintage Fashion & Couture: From Poiret to McQueen by Kerry Taylor
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An overdue treat, 14 Oct 2013
Kerry Taylor is a world-renowned expert on both fashion history and textiles. For any lover of fashion, this book provides both a general guide useful to beginners and enough unusual detail to keep even the more experienced collector interested. Drawing on the vast store of images of things which she has sold in her eponymous auction house, Ms Taylor illustrates her expertise with great skill and, in doing so, avoids the over-used stock images most often relied upon in books looking at vintage fashion. No matter how many books you might already have on the subject, there are things in this book which will be new to you and Ms Taylor's direct yet friendly approach in her text is as… Read more
Alexander McQueen: Fashion Visionary by Judith Watt
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The work is the key, 17 Oct 2012
There have been a number of books published in the period since Alexander McQueen's untimely death and they mostly focus on his lifestyle and his relationship with Isabella Blow. Judith Watt eschews the titillation of the man's personal life and, instead, focuses on his work and the impact it had and continues to have on the world of fashion. Charting his career, collection by collection, she has written a book which should stand the test of time. A fantastic purchase for anyone who is interested in fashion rather than trying to get another piece of gossip.
Decades: A Century of Fashion by Cameron Silver
Decades: A Century of Fashion by Cameron Silver
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surpasses expectations, 15 Oct 2012
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… Read more