100 Ideas that Changed Fashion Paperback – 5 Sep 2011
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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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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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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
the fashion show as theatrical spectacle
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!