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Most popular Fashion design & theory books

The most popular Fashion design & theory books currently available. Updated weekly.
2020 Shoes Page-A-Day Gallery Calendar
Chanel: Collections and Creations
Chanel's combination of tradition, originality and style has always made it the most seductive of brands. This title reveal its private archives, a galaxy of brilliant designs created by Coco Chanel from 1920 onwards.
Legendary Artists and the Clothes They Wore
Profiles more than forty iconic artists in relationship to their sartorial choices via a mix of anecdotes, portraits of the subjects in their studios, art and runway imagery, and commentary by critics, designers, and the artists.
Fashion: The Definitive Visual Guide
Christian Louboutin
Known for his sexy stilettos with their signature lacquer-red soles, Christian Louboutin is a household name and master craftsman, with a multi-million dollar brand with boutiques around the world and an international celebrity clientele.
2019 Shoes Gallery Page-A-Day Gallery Calendar
Based on Linda O'Keefe's bestselling novel, the ever popular Shoes Gallery desk calendar features 365 days of Manolo Blahniks, Jimmy Choos, Louboutins and more. Each loose leaf - one for every day of the year - is displayed in a sturdy yet attractive clear plastic stand making this calendar the perfect gift for any fashionista's desk or studio in 2019!
Veiling in Fashion: Space and the Hijab in Minority Communities
9 Heads: A Guide to Drawing Fashion by Nancy Riegelman
Tokyo Street Style
A vibrant style manual that showcases an urban fashion mecca through hundreds of photographs and interviews with top tastemakers
Fashion and Cultural Studies
Fashion and Cultural Studies addresses the growing interaction between the two fields. Bridging theory and practice, it draws on cultural diversity in fashion, dress and style in the context of globalization and its varied cultural-historical underpinnings.
Rick Owens Fashion
The definitive monograph on the fashion of Rick Owens one of the most daring and influential designers working today this book documents over a decade of sublime, iconic styles.
Becoming a Fashion Designer
"Go behind the scenes and be mentored by the best in the business to find out what it's really like, and what it takes, to become a fashion designer."--Jacket flap.
Yves Saint Laurent
One of the most distinctive and influential designers of the second half of the twentieth century, Yves Saint Laurent takes his place in the pantheon of French couturiers, alongside Coco Chanel, Christian Dior, and Jeanne Lanvin. This title presents a comprehensive retrospective of his life's work.
Pious Fashion: How Muslim Women Dress
Thames & Hudson Dictionary of Fashion and Fashion Designers
Offers information on important designers from 1840 onwards. It includes couturiers, shoe, hat and knitwear specialists, costume designers, jewelers and hairdressers. It also covers the fashion media, photographers and illustrators, influential art movements, fashion terms, garment and accessory styles, and technical processes.
Coco Chanel: A Biography
A biography of one of the twentieth century's greatest fashion icons, reissued to coincide with the biopic Coco avant Chanel.
Rare Bird of Fashion: The Irreverent Iris Apfel
Captures the style of American fashion maverick Iris Apfel who has cultivated a personal chic that is exuberantly idiosyncratic. Featuring over ninety colour plates, this work shows off a selection of her outfits on wittily posed mannequins.
Fashion as Photograph: Viewing and Reviewing Images of Fashion
Examines the production and consumption of fashion images from the points of view of industry and academia, the museum, the auction house, and the art gallery. Illustrated in black and white and colour, this book discusses issues in fashion photography and establishes a space for different ways of looking to emerge on this dynamic visual form.
Adorned in Dreams: Fashion and Modernity
Traces the social and cultural history of fashion and its complex relationship to modernity. This work explores the grunge look inspired by bands like Nirvana, the 'boho chic' of the mid 90's, retro-dressing and the meanings of dress from the veil to Beck's pink-varnished toenails.
Yves St.Laurent Fashion
Dressing the Man: Mastering the Art of Permanent Fashion
This illustrated guide to men's fashion introduces men to the timeless elements of fashion and personal style.
Medieval Tailor's Assistant: Common Garments 1100-1480
Suitable for both amateurs and professionals wishing to re-create the clothing of Medieval England for historical interpretation or drama. This book extends its range with details of fitting different figures and many more patterns for main garments and accessories. It includes instructions for plain garments, and patterns for experienced sewers.
Lingerie Design: A Complete Course: A Complete Course
Takes a very practical approach, showing how to design and construct lingerie, sleepwear and foundation garments. In this title, step-bystep illustrations demonstrate the basic blocks and show how to manipulate them into different styles. It also shows how to add unique and personal touches to garments and apply that luxurious finish.
Cut of Women's Clothes
This is a vivid record, in words, illustrations and working diagrams, of a section of women's clothing design from 1600 to 1930. The author was in charge of costume at the Theatre Studio run by Michel Saint-Denis in the 1930s.
Patterns of Fashion 3: 1560 - 1620
The third of four volumes of Patterns of Fashions written and illustrated by Janet Arnold that together form an indispensable core collection for any costume designer, for theatre film or reenactments.
Sustainable Fashion and Textiles: Design Journeys
Originally published: London; Sterling, VA: Earthscan, 2008.
Fashion Patternmaking Techniques V1 Haute Couture
High fashion is the driving force behind the entire fashion and garment industry. This book introduces in its patternmaking techniques.
Fashion Design Course: Principles, Practice and Techniques
A revised and updated edition of this essential practical foundation course in fashion design.
Costume 1066 to the Present
A collection of drawings that ranges over eleven centuries of English historical costume. It includes more than a thousand clear and detailed illustrations, and notes that pinpoint specific features such as fabric, decoration, accessories and cut, make each costume immediately comprehensible.
Guo Pei
The first major book on China s leading couture visionary reveals the intricate craftsmanship and imperial glamour that has fashion publications worldwide declaring Guo Pei s creations the Empire s new clothes.
Olympia Le-Tan: The Story of O.L.T.
The first book on the eclectic and whimsical work of fashion designer Olympia Le-Tan.
Fashion in European Art: Dress and Identity, Politics and the Body, 1775-1925
PLUS+: Style Inspiration for Everyone
Ballerina: Fashion's Modern Muse
Fashion Sketchpad
With more than 400 figure templates, this sketchpad is the blueprint for an aspiring designer's dream wardrobe.
How to Draw: Fashion Figures
Learn to draw a fantastic selection of fashion figures in a range of poses and outfits. Even absolute beginners will be able to create great drawings and there is much to inspire more experienced artists too.
Draping: The Complete Course: The Complete Course
Draping is the art of using cotton muslin to create a fashion design directly on a mannequin. It is an essential skill for fashion designers. This book presents a series of step-by-step projects, creating real garments in classic styles, that are designed to develop skills from the most basic to more advanced techniques.
Fashion Portfolio: Design and Presentation
The book takes the reader through all the major steps of fashion portfolio creation. A beautiful but practical book that provides useful techniques and helps the reader get inside the mind of the designer.
High fashion for children from the Parisian brand Bonpoint
Fashion Drawing: Illustration Techniques for Fashion Designers:: Illustration Techniques for Fashion Designers
A guide to fashion drawing for students of fashion design. It covers men, women and children, starting with how to draw the fashion figure and continuing with garments and garment details, before teaching the reader how to render various types of fabric. It also includes details on how to draw flats as well as rendering knits, denim, and fur.
Creating Couture Embellishment
A comprehensive sourcebook featuring over 100 embellishment techniques with step-by-step instructions and colour photographs
100 Years of Fashion Illustration
Featuring work by more than 140 illustrators, this is a comprehensive survey of the history of fashion illustration in the twentieth century. Now in a pocket edition.
Sports Shoe: A History from Field to Fashion
Handbags 900 Bags to Die for
With over 900 colour photographs and illustrations, this title provides a visual feast of handbags. The author reveals the trade secrets of designers in interviews, capturing the "It" bag that defines a period of decade.
Fashion: The 50 Most Influential Fashion Designers in the World
A handy pocket guide to the most influential fashion designers and fashion trends from the 19th century up to the present.
Pattern Cutting for Menswear
Designed for both students and professionals as a comprehensive guide to pattern cutting from the basic skills through to advanced techniques. Using a step-by-step approach, illustrated with accurately sized and scaled flat diagrams, technical flats and photographs, Pattern Cutting for Menswear explains the theory behind the practice.
Teaching Fashion Studies
Bianca e Blu Monica Bolzoni
Larry Legaspi
The first volume documenting the life and work of Larry Legaspi, the designer behind the iconic looks for musical acts including KISS, Labelle, George Clinton, and Parliament.
20th Century Jewelry: The Complete Sourcebook
A detailed history and sourcebook of 20th-century jewellery. It charts every kind and style for men and women, each piece accompanied by a full description with details of materials, fastenings and mounts. Arranged by decade, this is an invaluable reference for students, designers and collectors.