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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Laurence King; 01 edition (5 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856697339
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856697330
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 1.9 x 27.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 322,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Harriet Worsley studied fashion at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, where she teaches fashion communication and fashion journalism today. She worked as a fashion and interiors journalist before starting a career in garden design. Her previous publications include Decades of Fashion and Classics of Fashion.


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I was intrigued by the title and being interest in fashion, I thought this a must. The 100 ideas are presented in a sort of chronological order, with images that illustrate the development of the original idea. As an example, the book starts with "Couture" - made to measure for the super-rich" and this concept is illustrated with photos of a dress by Worth (the "first" couturier) and one from the 2007 collection by Galliano.
So far so good. However, I found some of the "100 ideas" weird or not ideas at all and not so ground breaking. While I can uderstand that "The wristwatch", "The little black dress" and "Mass-manufacturing" actually changed the worl of fashion and where "ideas" (or inventions such as "Rayon" and "Lycra"), I do not agree with the selection of other "concepts".
Examples: "Celebrities" - are they "ideas" or real people who might influence fashion? Big problem with semantic here... "Brand culture and logo worship" - that is a social trend, not an idea at all. "Paris challeged" - that is a "perceived event", linked to the developpement of transport and communication, but again... not an idea at all.
So, the title is very deceptive, some of the stories are good; others seem to have been added to reach the required number of 100.
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Brilliant for overall learning of fashion basics. It will help you develop a knowledge of iconic moments and product innovation.
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HASH(0xa0a2c1bc) out of 5 stars an informative and beautifully realized book! 5 Oct. 2011
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i found this book by accident here on amazon, and what a find!

it's set out like a fast and furious handbook on the elements of style and the major game-changers of the last century. the images are excellent, and many of them would be suitable for framing.

the cover of the book lists several of the 100 ideas that are in the book, but a smattering of my favorites are as follows:

the delphos gown
royals and politicians
photographs and magazines (the image on page 24 by cecil beaton is stunning)
costume jewelry (the image here of coco chanel is beautiful)
the bias cut
surrealism
the fashion show as theatrical spectacle
disposable fashion
low-key luxury

these bite-size sections are the perfect length to whet the appetite, and the images are well selected to accompany each two page topic.

quite simply, this is a wonderful and informative book at a very reasonable price!
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HASH(0x9ebb3cd8) out of 5 stars Great Brief History on Fashion 12 Dec. 2012
By kathryn e henderson - Published on Amazon.com
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If you're looking for a book that gives you a brief overview of many of fashions historical milestones, this is it. Wonderful for anyone interested in divining into fashion and a fun read in general. I do wish some of the entries were more in-depth, but that really isn't the purpose of this book (at least the way it seemed to me), it's really more of a reference or an entree into fashion.
HASH(0xa0b02228) out of 5 stars Great for fashion history, not for societal reaction 5 May 2015
By Luke Stewart - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was good, but that was all. It was very vague at some points and did not go into detail. I understand the point of the book was to explain how fashion affected itself but i would have liked to know more about the societal reaction and struggle that some clothes went through. It's a great book for fashion history and turning points in that, but not for culturally. It talked more about the clothes than how they really changed fashion.
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HASH(0x9ed260fc) out of 5 stars Great Book 4 Feb. 2012
By fashionable - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is so informative and I would recommend it to whoever loves fashion. I have learned a great deal from this author.
HASH(0xa0a32f9c) out of 5 stars AMAZING!!! 15 July 2013
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This book was a bit worn, but it mattered not! The photographs are incredible, and sometimes that's easier to grasp than just the written word. Our granddaughter was over-the-moon with this book! Laurel
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