Creative Director of American Vogue, Grace Coddington, “suddenly” became famous after making an indelible impression in the 2009 documentary The September Issue. But for many years before that she had been an inspiration to those behind the fashion scenes. In this memoir, Grace tells her own story, sharing both her personal and professional life with the reader. From her childhood in Anglesey, her early career as a model, the car accident that nearly ended it all, her trajectory from London in the Swinging Sixties to the years working at British Vogue, crossing the pond to work with Calvin Klein and then joining American Vogue in 1988. She talks about her two marriages and thirty-year romance with Didier Malige, the death of her sister and her relationship with Anna Wintour. Along the way she shares her views on everything from plastic surgery, cats, photography in the digital era and the nature of beauty.
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Budget fashionista extraordinaire, Kathryn Finney, has been writing about how to look fabulous for less since 2003. Her first book has been called “the bible of being stylish on a budget”, and is currently in its sixth print. It is filled with smart budgeting tricks, money-saving shopping tips, down-to-earth style advice for all sizes and fashion personas, and suggestions on how to become an expert in the art of bargain hunting. Her motto: being frugal and looking fabulous are not mutually exclusive.
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?
Artist and fashion designer Lorraine Geiger became fascinated with the style trends that emerged during the second half of the 20th century. To create a lasting testament to the creative and original individuals who started these trends, she decided to record them as they went about their daily lives during the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. The result is this book with sketches of real people in their true mode of dress. The drawings are accompanied by essays about these decades of “fashion revolt” and come with the original captions that describe the outfits in context.