This companion book to the “Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen” exhibition contains five essays discussing how the actress developed her personal style and public image as a style rebel. She famously dressed in trousers and loose shirts because she preferred their comfort over more constrictive skirts and dresses. She cultivated her counter-culture image very carefully, but at the same time was very interested in clothing design, working closely with designers she had hired herself to create her movie outfits. Rebel Chic sheds more light on both fashion personas: glamorous film star versus tomboy. With many never-before-published images of the actress’ costumes and personal wardrobe.
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American Vogue first appeared on the newsstands in December 1892 as a weekly, and became a bi-weekly publication after Condé Nast purchased it almost two decades later. Since then the magazine has become an important fashion trendsetter, its covers and content continue to captivate style lovers all over the world. Vogue: The Covers showcases more than 300 of the most iconic and striking covers, alongside the history and stories behind these stylish images. Organized in chronological order by decade, the book begins with the illustrated covers from the early years and spans the 20th century to the present, chronicling the evolution of fashion, art, culture, and photography. With photographs by influential artists like Annie Leibovitz, Richard Avedon and Irving Penn.
Once upon a time luxury goods were only available to the very rich. They offered a history of tradition, superior quality, and an exclusive buying experience. Today, luxury is simply just another product sold by multibillion-dollar global corporations focussed on growth, visibility, brand awareness, advertising, and, above all, profits. In this book fashion journalist Dana Thomas puts luxury in a historical context and explores the dark side of the industry to answer questions such as: What is the new definition of luxury when advertising for this lifestyle is targeted mainly toward the mass market? What are we paying for when quality has given way to quantity? Can integrity survive in a corporate culture driven by growth and profit? And is luxury still the best that money can buy?
Women from the Ankle Down combines fashion history with social history and tells the story of 20th century American footwear through some of the era’s most iconic shoes. From Dorothy’s ruby slippers over the femme fatale pinup pump to Nancy Sinatra’s boots and the Reebok Freestyle. From well-heeled suffragettes to the impact of the 1960s women’s liberation movement, the influence Hollywood had on shoe design to our current devotion to personal choice. Rachelle Bergstein shares the stories behind these historical moments, interweaving the design innovations with the evolution of modern women and the fashion that reflects – and has shaped – our changing lives.
From flapper dresses, feathers and beaded evening frocks for dancing the Charleston to sporty outfits and chic ensembles designed for luxury travel, fashion exploded during the Roaring Twenties, when clothes became a symbol of a more liberated lifestyle. This compact book focusses on the art deco fashions of the 1920′s, and uses sketches, outfit and jewellery photos, images from fashion magazines and evocative illustrations from the Victoria and Albert Museum’s dress collection to recreate this glamorous era.