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"The Business of Bliss"

How to Profit from Doing What You Love: by Janet Allon

In celebration of their 10 year anniversary Victoria Magazine has compiled a book of their favorite women entrepreneurs chosen from the many they have featured in the magazine over the years. Order

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Hats : Status, Style and Glamour: by Colin McDowel: 20% off list price. Anyone looking for a theme for a future World's Fair exhibit need look no further than this exciting book. Hats. Colin McDowell, an internationally recognized fashion historian, whose previous books were Shoes, Fashion and Fantasy, and the encyclopedic McDowell's Directory of Twentieth Century Fashion, opens Hats with a strong assertion: "All the basic hat shapes were created very early in the history of mankind. The author claims that in 500 years of headwear, even with changing scale, proportion and decoration, hats have remained basically two styles: brimmed and unbrimmed. However, readers may have a different viewpoint, turning the pages and taking a gander at the 15th century hennin from an annotated manuscript (c. 1477). Here's a towering hat that must be at least half the height of the beautiful woman portrayed wearing it. Unbrimmed, yes, but bizarre too. The author believes it possible that such high hennins came to us in painting as dramatizations of headwear that probably were much more prosaic in scale. I read this book from
cover to cover and relished McDowell's cataloging myriad styles, from royal crowns to skullcaps, tricornes to the creations of the great hat makers of our century. His sparkling style is appealing.
Vintage Hats & Bonnets 1770-1970 : Identification & Values
by Susan Langley, John Dowling 30% off list. "A must have for anyone interested in vintage clothing .Thoroughly researched, brilliant color photos, good crossreferences - it will become one of those books that are a "must have" for any serious fan of historical clothing and costuming."
Well priced new book for the serious hat aficionado.
Hats With Values: by Desire Smith 30% 0ff list price: I found my copy at an antique show in middle Florida and paid full price. This is an informative guide to collecting and the values of designer hats. You may be surprised what that Lilly Dache' is worth today.
Women's Hats of the 20th Century for Designers and Collectors : 30% off list price. For Designers and Collectors by Maureen Reilly, Mary Beth Detrich. This was suggested by my cyberfriend Barb who is very knowledgeable on vintage collectable hats. She likes this one a lot. Barb says "really like it cause it has all these hat head displays, like Lilly and Dilly wire heads that Lily Dache used in her shop, plus one Coco Chanel used and the prices are wonderful.
Stetson Hats and the John B. Stetson Hat Company : 1865-1970
New book on the founder of the classic American cowboy hat. John Stetson's original cowboy hat design is called the "hat that won the West". and it was designed by Stetson in Colorado where he had gone to seek his fortune in gold. This youngest son of a hat maker fashioned a wide brim, tall crown hat to shield from the elements, but lo and behold instead of finding gold he was offered a five dollar gold piece for the hat and one of Americas great manufacturing companies was launched. Stetson's company was a model of vertical integration, everything was done in house from building machinery, to turning blocks to looming straw and making felt and doing his own advertising. Find out the whole Stetson story in this well researched book.

Edwardian Hats : The Art of Millinery (1909) Anna Ben-Yusuf / Paperback / Published 1992 .This book is advertised a lot in various millinery related books and catalogs.
Fortuny : The Life and Work of Mariano Fortuny by Guillermo De Osma: I found my edition at the Louvre Book Store in Paris back in 1994. concise history of the designer who inspired many of our early designers.
Chanel (The Universe of Fashion), a new book about Coco Chanel by Francois Baudot . The life of Coco Chanel is an inspiring story of a woman who upon being abandoned at an orphanage in her early teens, rose to become as important to fashion and style as Picasso was to modern art.
Elsa Schiaparelli (The Universe of Fashion), by Francois Baudot. Hard to find book on the designer who introduced us all to Schiaparelli pink. Designer of hats, jewelry, perfumes and fashion.
The Art of Haute Couture by Victor Skrebneski: My own millinery techniques makes me very appreciative of design and couture. So I'm always on the lookout for books on the subject. The book examines the ingenious ways couturiers work with line, texture, and ornament to create sweep and volume, draping and pleating, illusion, and drama. All of the major designers of the twentieth century are represented, including Adolfo, John Anthony, Balenciaga, Balmain, Geoffrey Beene, Chanel, Dior, Erte and many others.
Couture Sewing Techniques by Claire B. Shaeffer:A nationally known sewing expert introduces readers to the world of haute couture, sharing the craftmanship of the most skilled artisans in the world, including those in the workrooms of Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Givenchy, and Baleciaga. Photos and illustration.
High-Fashion Sewing Secrets from the World's Best Designers : A Step-By-Step Guide to Sewing Stylish Seams, Buttonholes, Pockets, Collars, Hems,and more.... by Claire B. Shaeffer. If you want your notched collars to lie smoothly like Ellen Tracy's, your pants zippers to be as invisibly fused with the inseam pocket as Giorgio Armani's, and your topstitched facings to have the impeccable look of Chanel, this is the book to have.
The Artful Ribbon : Beauties in Bloom by Candace Kling: When viewing the magnificent floral forms that Candace Kling creates, it's sometimes hard to believe that they are actually pleated, gathered, ruched, and twisted ribbons--not the real thing. Her gorgeous ribbon flowers appear to be extremely intricate and complicated, but her extensive directions and diagrams take the mystery out of recreating everything from roses to pansies to poppies to daffodils.

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