The Chiffon Trenches is a candid look at the who’s who of the last fifty years of fashion, and proof that fact is always fascinatingly more devilish than fiction. Andre Leon Talley’s engaging memoir tells the story of how he not only survived but thrived – despite racism, illicit rumours and all the other challenges of this notoriously cutthroat industry – to become one of the most legendary voices and faces in fashion.
The 20th century saw fashion evolve from an exclusive Parisian salon business catering for the wealthy elite into a global industry employing millions, with new trends whisked into stores before the last model has even left the catwalk.
The 1970s are experiencing a resurgence of cool. Rescuing the decade from parody, this study is sensationally illustrated, meticulously researched, and wittily written. Once dismissed as the decade of avocado suites, lava lamps and shag-pile carpets, the period is now being enthusiastically mined for trends from the fashion, music, literature and groove of the time….
It is not unusual to see the colours and hear the rhythms of Africa at runway shows in Paris, New York, or Milan. But despite its influence on Western designers, African fashion is still struggling to make itself known. With the ambitious pursuit of reinventing urban fashion, many young African designers are breaking away from…
African models are discovered at these events—many of them dream of becoming the next Naomi Campbell or Alek Wek. The middle-class and newly rich in Africa spend their money on foreign brands but local brands are trying to catch up, for example the Smarteez designers in Soweto, South Africa, or the Sapeurs in Kinshasa, DRC. Some of the most talented and internationally successful African designers are Duro Olowu, David Tlale, Gavin Rajah, Thula Sindi, Taibo Bacar, Deola Sagoe, Folake, and Lisa Folawiyo.
African Textiles is an authoritative survey of textile arts–unique and collectible rugs, tapestries, garments, and much more–from across the continent. John Gillow has traveled extensively throughout Africa, uncovering the dazzling range of traditional, handcrafted, indigenous textiles from each region.
Ultimate and unprecedented, American Fashion is a richly illustrated celebration of the history of fashion in this country. Commissioned by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA),Â American FashionÂ is a visual journey beginning with the protean creators in Hollywood and New York during the1930s and the significant and creative expansion that took place in…
Starting in the 20th century, the American accessory designer looked to Europe and then said, “I can do better.” In a book commissioned by the Council of Fashion Designers of America and edited by Candy Pratts Price, their achievements are revealed: a century of objects of necessity and desire.
From the outset, America was settled by individualists and adventurers who severed ties with the old world to find their destiny in an unknown land, a separation that opened the way for change in a less stratified society. To survive the challenges of a new environment, the American man needed garments that were functional and…
The ultimate reference book on the ethnic jewelery of Asian peoples. This volume provides a vivid and varied insight into body adornment around Asia: ivory, beads, leather, shells, enamel work, precious metals, and stones, alone or in combination, are illustrated throughout.
In honor of the fashion house’s fiftieth anniversary, Loris Azzaro offers an in-depth look at the life and legacy of French fashion icon Loris Azzaro. This illustrated retrospective reveals a designer who celebrated the female form with unabashed glamour,
Beauty–the book, born out of Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum’s 2015 Triennial of the same name, curated by Andrea Lipps and Ellen Lupton–showcases some of the most exciting and provocative design created around the globe during the past three years.
Catherine Malandrino’s designs make the most of creative opposites: the utmost feminine lines temper an aggressive urban style, French chic combines with New York energy, a vibrant palette contrasts with the black…
Already renowned for the pioneering spirit she brought to fashion, Gabrielle Chanel rewrote the rulebook for perfumes when, in 1921, she launched a revolutionary fragrance: No.5. Its uniquely complex composition, which contrasted with the sobriety of its bottle and its disconcertingly simple name, suddenly made all other fragrances seem outdated and gave the world a lesson in modernity. An icon of the 20th century, the world’s most popular perfume laid the foundations for the style that was to distinguish all Chanel’s fragrances.