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Fashion

Books on the complex relationship between art and fashion.
  • The Looks of Love: 50 Moments in Fashion That Inspired Romance
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    Hal Rubenstein, fashion authority, consultant, and author of the bestselling 100 Unforgettable Dresses, presents fifty of the most influential romantic moments in style from the 1930s to today, in this full-color collection that reveals each item's indelible place in the pantheons of fashion and popular culture.

    In The Looks of Love, Hal Rubenstein showcases seminal moments and events in television and film, on the runway and red carpet, and in social media that have changed the way we look at love, fashion, passion, romance, marriage, beauty, and style. From Alexander McQueen’s stunning dance marathon collection inspired by the film They Shoot Horses Don’t They? to shoulder-pad-clad Krystle and Alexis Carrington’s jealous catfights; from all eight of Elizabeth Taylor’s wedding ensembles to Angelina Jolie’s singular Versace wedding gown with a veil embroidered with her children’s drawings, Rubenstein brings his impeccable eye, compelling voice, and impressive depth of knowledge to these iconic moments. Here, too are anecdotes and first-person commentary from more than a dozen world-class designers that offer fascinating insight into each “look.”

    Hardcover

    256 Pages

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  • Hollywood Costume
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    Hollywood Costume

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    Exhibition catalogue for "Hollywood Costume" shown at Phoenix Art Museum, March 2014 - July 2014. Featuring the most beloved costume designs from the past 100 years of Hollywood films, "Hollywood Costume" celebrates, for the very first time, the costume designer’s contribution to the telling of the cinematic story. Published in conjunction with an exhibition launched at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the book showcases the talents of renowned designers such as Adrian, Edith Head, and Sandy Powell, among many others, whose work spans the silent era to the Golden Age of Hollywood to the present day. Essays by a wide variety of leading scholars, archivists, and private collectors, as well as contributions by contemporary costume designers, actors, and directors, take a close look at the conventions of what is considered "costume" and the role of the designer in creating a film’s characters and helping to shape its narrative. With memorable wardrobe classics from The Tramp, Ben-Hur, Cleopatra, The Wizard of Oz, Gone with the Wind, Pirates of the Caribbean, Ocean’s Eleven, Sherlock Holmes, Avatar, and many more, Hollywood Costume is the ultimate volume for fashionistas and film lovers alike.

    • 320 Pages
    • V&A Publishing, 2012
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  • Fashion Independent The Original Style of Ann Bonfoey Taylor
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    Ann Bonfoey Taylor (1910-2007) was a pioneering female flight instructor during World War II, was a member of the US Olympic Ski Squad in 1939, competed in tennis at Wimbledon and was accomplished at riding and shooting. Recognized among an international jet-setting social circle as a wonderful hostess at her magnificent homes in Colorado and Montana, Taylor also played a leading role as a style icon. She was captured in photographs by artists such as Edward Steichen, Louise Dahl-Wolfe and Toni Frissell, and was regularly featured in publications such as Vogue, Town and Country and Harper's Bazaar from the 1930s through the 1970s.

      In 2008, her extraordinary wardrobe of couture and custom-designed sporting ensembles was donated to Phoenix Art Museum. Selected by Art and Antiques as one of the top 100 art museum gifts of 2008, Taylor's impressive collection features works by some of the most masterful fashion designers of the 1950s and 60s, including Charles James, Balenciaga, Givenchy and Madame Grès. The collection is significant for both the quality of the designers and for its depth, as the numerous examples allow for a comprehensive look at each designer's artistic process. Fashion Independent: The Original Style of Ann Bonfoey Taylor features more than 60 full ensembles and accessories that provide a comprehensive look at the wardrobe of a dynamic and sophisticated woman.

    • Hardcover
    • 140 pages
    • Phoenix Art Museum, 2011
    • Edited by Dennita Sewell, photography by Ken Howie
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  • 50 Ways To Wear A Scarf
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    50 Ways To Wear A Scarf

    $ 14.95

    From the Audrey to the Paris, the Top Down, or the Easy Breezy, there are 50 scarf styles in this book for any occasion or mood. Keep it on your dresser to flip through on those days when you need a little extra fashion inspiration.  Jaunty illustrations break down each step so you can wrap, loop, and step out the door in style. 

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    128 Pages

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  • Why it Does Not Have to Fit: Modern Fashion Explained
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    Why it Does Not Have to Fit: Modern Fashion Explained

    $ 18.95

    This engaging and well-informed book demystifies and celebrates avant-garde clothing of the past century. Just about everyone can appreciate the value and beauty of a Calvin Klein jacket or a gown by Dior. But what about a suit made entirely of paper? Or a skirt designed to be worn by men? These are just a few of the audacious examples in this dynamic visual feast of fashion. Following on the heels of the highly successful Why Your Five-Year-Old Could Not Have Done That: Modern Art Explained and Why It Does Not Have to Be in Focus: Modern Photography Explained, this book is organized into chapters that focus on fantasy, displacement, provocation, distortion, and volume. Author Marnie Fogg explains how figures such as Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen, Thierry Mugler, Elsa Schiaparelli, and Jean Paul Gaultier challenged convention and precedent in ways that have both provoked and influenced their successors. Stunning, colorful images of 100 groundbreaking garments accompany engaging and enlightening commentary that explores the reasons for designing clothing that might not really fit, provide warmth or coverage, or even make its wearers more attractive. Beautifully produced and reasonably priced, this fun and informative look at weird and wonderful couture will delight all fans of fashion.

    • Paperback
    • 224 pages
    • Prestel, 2014
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  • Autographed!!  Badgley Mischka: American Glamour
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    Autographed!! Badgley Mischka: American Glamour

    $ 65.00

    Autographed and written by Mark Badgley and James Mischka

    Foreword by Andre Leon Talley, Contribution by Hal Rubenstein, Introduction by Dennita Sewell.

    This lavish volume is the first to celebrate the designs of duo Mark Badgley and James Mischka, the authorities on the evening dress. After meeting at Parsons School of Design in New York and embarking on separate apprenticeships at major fashion houses, Mark Badgley and James Mischka joined forces to form Badgley Mischka in 1988. By the time Winona Ryder walked the red carpet at the 1996 Academy Awards in their gown encrusted in crystal and pearl beads, the design duo had become synonymous with elegant and luxurious evening dresses. Informed by a streamlined 1940s Hollywood silhouette while employing exquisite beads crafted in India, Badgley Mischka have become the arbiters of old Hollywood glamour. Their commitment to classic American beauty continues to reign on the red carpet today. As Mark and James say, “glamour always works.”  

    Badgley Mischka follow in the great haute-couture tradition of legendary fashion houses such as Christian Dior and Adrian, who continue to inspire them season after season. These pages showcase the long-celebrated silhouettes—skinny beaded dresses, fishtail and ball gowns, and cocktail dresses—inspired by the masters of a bygone era. Embellished modern evening gowns imbued with the allure of Hollywood’s golden age have been Badgley Mischka’s signature voice for more than twenty-five years, and this book is a celebration of the evening dress in all its shimmering glory.

    Mark Badgley and James Mischka have made their mark over the past two decades with glamorous eveningwear, sportswear, accessories, and bridal collections. Badgley Mischka styles can be found at prestigious stores around the world. André Leon Talley is a contributing editor at Vogue. Hal Rubenstein is a writer, a designer, and one of the founding editors of InStyle magazine. He is a frequent red-carpet commentator for The Today Show, Extra, and Access Hollywood. Dennita Sewell is Curator of Fashion Design at Phoenix Art Museum.

    • Hardcover
    • 224 pages
    • Rizzoli, 2015
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  • Extending The Runway: Tatiana Sorokko Style
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    Extending The Runway: Tatiana Sorokko Style

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    After a highly-anticipated and celebrated unveiling at the recently opened Russian Fashion Museum, Moscow, Extending the Runway: Tatiana Sorokko Style makes its U.S. debut on September 16, 2010, at Phoenix Art Museum. Curated by Phoenix Art Museum Fashion Design curator Dennita Sewell, the exhibition features a collection of more than 60 garments and accessories from Sorokko’s extraordinary couture wardrobe. 

    Tatiana Sorokko was the first Russian model to achieve international success. Moving from Moscow to Paris in 1990, she walked the runways for major designers such as Yves Saint Laurent, Hubert de Givenchy, Karl Lagerfeld, Miuccia Prada, Issey Miyake, Alexander McQueen, Marc Jacobs, and Calvin Klein, among many others. For over a decade, Sorokko graced the covers and editorial pages of European and American magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Elle and Cosmopolitan. Her influence as an international style setter and taste maker extends well beyond the runway; Sorokko was named to the International Top 100 Best Dressed list by American Vogue in 2000 and the Best Dressed Women of All Time list by Harper’s Bazaar in 2007. 

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    127 Pages

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  • Charles James: Beyond Fashion - Metropolitan Museum of Art
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    "His work went beyond fashion and was a fine art." —a Charles James patron

    Charles James, often considered to be America’s first couturier, was renowned in the 1940s and 1950s as a master at sculpting fabric for the female form and creating fashions that defined mid-century glamour. Although James had no formal training as a dressmaker, he created strikingly original and complex designs, including intricate ball gowns worn by members of high society in New York and Europe. This lavishly illustrated book offers a comprehensive study of James’ life and work, highlighting his virtuosity and inventiveness as well as his influence on subsequent fashion designers.
     
    Featuring exciting new photography of the spectacular evening dresses James produced between 1947 and 1955, this publication includes enlightening details of these intricate creations alongside vintage photographs and rarely seen archival items, such as patterns, muslins, dress forms, and sketches. A detailed and illustrated chronology of James’ life describes his magnetic personality, his unorthodox design processes, his colorful supporters—such as Salvador Dalí, Elsa Schiaparelli, Christian Dior, and Cristobal Balenciaga—and profiles of a number of his famous clients, such as Gypsy Rose Lee. With flair and style echoing that of its subject, Charles James brings to life one of the most fascinating and creative figures in American fashion.

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    264 Pages

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  • 50 Fashion Designers You Should Know
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    50 Fashion Designers You Should Know

    $ 19.95

    This accessible and beautifully illustrated book brings together the most important designers who have moved fashion forward over the past century.
    Fifty major fashion designers are profiled in this book in full color spreads that showcase their most memorable creations. Red carpet regulars such as Armani, Prada, Calvin Klein, and Dolce & Gabbana are included, as well as the classic clothiers Christian Dior, Karl Lagerfeld, and Oscar de La Renta. While some of these designers have designed for the masses―Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan, Diane von Furstenberg―others prefer the fierce over the functional: Jean-Paul Gaultier, Vivienne Westwood, and Helmut Lang, for instance. Readers will learn how the early twentieth-century designers such as Coco Chanel and André Courrèges made fashion history, and discover who’s making it now: Stella McCartney, Marc Jacobs, and Tom Ford, to name a few. A celebration of diversity and innovation and an essential handbook to a century of fashion, this exciting and informative look into the world of style will delight readers of every taste and age.

    Soft Cover

    160 Pages

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  • 50 Contemporary Fashion Designers You Should Know
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    50 Contemporary Fashion Designers You Should Know

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    Today’s designers are savvier and more daring than ever before. Happy to exist within or outside the established houses of haute couture, their reputations are cemented by smart consumers who are willing to navigate the thin line between setting and following trends. This book of the most creative and iconoclastic members of today’s fashion scene includes Fashion Week regulars and cutting-edge up-and comers. Each designer is profiled in double-page spreads that include runway-ready products as well as notes, sketches, and biographical information. These 50 men and women have embraced the global, economic, and environmental.

    Soft Cover

    160 Pages

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  • Yeohlee: Work Material Architecture
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    Yeohlee: Work Material Architecture

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    Yeohlee: Work surveys the career of one of the world's most remarkable and innovative clothing designers. Yeohlee's designs, grounded in a consistent philosophical commitment to simplicity, economy, and physical awareness, express a powerful vision of clothing as functional art. It is no surprise that her work has won the praise of the world's most esteemed fashion theorists and critics.

    Hardcover

    224 Pages

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