Official Book List
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
Other Recommended Books
: 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
: 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.
(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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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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