This classic of classics was born when British brands Aquascutum and Burberry started using sturdy water-resistant materials for their outerwear collections more than a century ago. Worn by soldiers in both World Wars, immortalized on the silver screen by leading man Humphrey Bogart and femme fatala Greta Garbo, the trench coat has seen many subtle style reincarnations over the years. Yet the original design elements and silhouette have stood the test of time. In The Trench Book Nick Foulkes connects all the dots and explores the history of this iconic garment.
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1000 Dessous, an illustrated history of lingerie, relates the evolution of undergarments throughout the ages, with a strong focus on seduction, fantasy and desire. Extensive photo collections: corsets, bras, panties, stockings and garters… and an introductory essay on lingerie and eroticism, and lingerie in film and advertising.
Neil Handley, Curator of the British Optical Association Museum, presents the history of eyewear from the 1780s to the present, by showcasing more than 30 top brands that have gained cult status. Discover the story behind the innovative designs and style evolution of the world’s most iconic specs and sunglasses created by big industry names like Cartier, Polaroid, Ray-Ban and theo. With plenty of pictures and illustrations, and a short glossary.
The emergence of the bra, tribal and global influences, costume jewellery, the shoulder pad, open-toed footwear, eco fashion, the invention of the bias cut… 100 Ideas that Changed Fashion not only guides us through more than a century of style concepts, technologies and ideas that forever changed the world of fashion, but in bite-sized articles also provides background information on how these changes came about.
The Roaring Twenties was the decade of the flapper who defied Victorian morals and started the first female sexual revolution. Independent women like Louise Brooks, Clara Bow, Coco Chanel and Zelda Fitzgerald – sporting short hair, short skirts and long pearls – personified this cultural phenomenon. This book tells their story and is also an account of how “changes in American culture fed the rise of the flapper and vice versa”. An era that brought about the birth of modern advertising, mass consumerism and an intensified interest in celebrities.