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Vintage Fashion & Couture: From Poiret to McQueen Hardcover – 7 Oct 2013
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This is the stuff of fashion lovers' dreams. (Vogue)
In this essential resource for vintage collectors and fashion lovers, auctioneer Kerry Taylor tells the story of 20th-century fashion through the work of its key design talents and the memorable women who have worn their creations.See all Product description
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As a basic survey of 20Cth designers it was ok, but the photos were not especially well chosen, neither were the clothes. Zandra Rhodes' dresses in real life were magical and ethereal, but the photos don't show this. It was very ordinary and didn't tell me anything I didn't already know. I was disappointed and wouldn't have bought it if I'd seen it first. I enjoyed Christopher Kane's prologue.
The author, an expert on vintage fashion, organizes the book by decade with each chapter focusing on a number of important designers and style icons. Fashion pieces are shown in colour photographs with good descriptive captions. It should be noted that not all the information in the book is factually accurate (important if you are a fashion student), but don't let that put you off as it's still an interesting and informative work.
All the big European names are here, but I feel the book also needed more reference to historical American designers and the Hollywood costume designers influences. The book looks at many couturiers, fashion and textile designers from early designers like Poiret, Patou, Fortuny, Vionnet and Lanvin to Comme des Garcons, Vivienne Westwood, John Galliano and Jean Paul Gaultier to name only a very few.
The final section, ‘Buying Vintage’, is an inside look in which the author, reveals how and where to buy the best vintage pieces, as well as how to spot fakes and forgeries.
If you want to look at fashion as a whole, you will like this book, but as I’m greedy, for me it needed to be longer with more pictures as there are only a few to cover each decade. All that said, this book provides a general guide useful for beginners and gives enough detail to keep the more experienced fashion enthusiast and collector interested.