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Fashion: 150 Years of Couturiers, Designers, Labels Hardcover – August 15, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: H.F.Ullmann Publishing Gmbh (August 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3848001217
  • ISBN-13: 978-3848001217
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 10.3 x 2.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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BIG BOOK OF FASHION -

WOW! This is the bible for every fashion enthusiast, professionals in the industry, fashion lovers and really an encyclopedia of 150 years of couturiers, designers and labels. The vase amount of information provided by Charlotte Seeling is quite overwhelming and it's gratifying to know that this book encompasses all that and more. It is a signature piece in any office space or home library. Learning through the profiles, the history and the images make this book an FW Fave. - Jennifer Sanchez, Four Seasons Magazine, issue one 2011

FASHION 150 YEARS on VOGUE.COM - "...walk down the runways of history"



FASHION 150 YEARS in FASHION WEEKLY - "This is the bible for every fashion enthusiast, professionals in the industry, fashion lovers and really an encyclopedia of 150 years of couturiers, designers and labels.





FASHION 150 YEARS, WORN MAGAZINE - "Seeling weaves the past into the fabric of contemporary fashion design, unraveling the innovations and alterations that have produced the clothes we wear today"



--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Charlotte Seeling was born in 1941 and trained as a journalist. Her career path led her to management positions such as chief editor of Cosmopolitan, Vogue, and the French Marie Claire. Charlotte Seeling lives in Mieming, Austria, writing books and working as a consultant in the areas of lifestyle and fashion. With Fashion, she has drawn on her years of experience and unique know-how to produce what has become a standard work for the realm of fashion.

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Great coffee table book.
Alice M. Steuck Konkel
The book is so heavy but very well bound, it's full of large high quality photos showing beautiful creations from every known label.
Lilly Ford
This is a must have coffee table book for everyone who loves fashion.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Henry Berry on January 10, 2011
Format: Hardcover
"Fashion - 150 Years" is an encyclopedic work, not only in content but in size and weight. Fashion is taken from about the mid 1800s to the present. Seeling locates the beginnings of modern fashion about 1860 when the English clothing designer Charles Frederick Worth working in Paris put labels with his signature on the gowns he designed. Seeling sees this as turning clothing--however ornamental, stylized, or individualized--into art--Worth was the first "fashion designer."

Since Worth's innovative touch, there have been scores of outstanding fashion designers--all of whom make their appearance. The history of fashion from the mid 1860s is related in terms of profiles of the leading, most imaginative and skilled, most influential, and often most acclaimed fashion designers accompanied by abundant photographic material. One could follow the history just by following the copious, most color photographs. One sees how fashion spread out from its beginnings in Paris to the global, popular enterprise it is today. But one wants to read the profiles too for their colorful biographical material and ideas and approaches to fashion, and for putting the respective designer into the context of fashion history.

Seeling has been a top editor at Vogue, Cosmopolitan, and Marie Claire after her time as a journalist interviewing many world-class celebrities. This incomparable work of hers can be used as a text on fashion history and also a reference. And its readable text plus the countless photographs give it the style of a popular book for informative and entertaining reading on fashion. And it's an ideal coffee-table book.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By BookLuvR on August 13, 2011
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Huge, detailed, wide ranging and wonderfully illustrated. If you buy only one book on fashion, this should be the one.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Chicago Girl on February 22, 2013
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I must be the only person who was not impressed by this book. After reading all the great reviews I was quite excited to get this book.

The book reads like a magazine? I know that the author was the editor in chief of the glossy magazines such as ”Cosmopolitan“, ”Vogue“, and ”Marie Claire“ but I guess I want a book to be a book and a magazine to be a magazine. I also wished they had spent more time time in the earlier years of fashion there were also no detail pictures which I have grown to enjoy in hardcover coffee table books. I liked the first quarter of the book and the rest I did it enjoy as much.

This book is massive in size 512 pages is rare to find. While there are a lot of pictures they were pictures that I have seen in other fashion books so nothing new to report in that arena. The book is extraordinarily well bound and the pages of the book has this wonderful slick glossy texture to it. It is a very richly made book. The book is organized very well in decades and in designers and they did have a few great designers in there Westwood, Fortuny and some others. I understand that fashion is sometimes dictated around the world we live in and what is happening around us at the time-war, economics, pop culture, music etc...but this book just had too much of the culture part and not enough of the fashion for me. If it had been a book on photos and that is what I understood I was buying I would have been happy.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By SocialDeb on December 9, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I love this book! On its own it looks fantastic on any bookshelf, delve into the pages and this book unfolds the secrets and stories behind fashion designers. The style and layout of the content reminds me of those autobiography-type magazine articles.
These photos are fantastic and openly displays the variety of fashion from the cute and inspiring, to the odd and very abstract!
The photographs are really well spaced and nicely breaks up the very informative text. An excellent reference book with interesting and little-known facts about these designers.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lilly Ford on December 12, 2011
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This is an amazing fashion encyclopedia which traces the history of fashion design and couture over a century and half. The book is so heavy but very well bound, it's full of large high quality photos showing beautiful creations from every known label. The text is highly informative but also engaging and far from being dry or boring. I highly recommend this book for anyone who needs a comprehensive beautifully illustrated historical overview detailing the development and evolving world of fashion design.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Donna Parris on January 7, 2012
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Got this book for my niece who is studying fashion in college. She couldn't put it down Christmas Eve. It is a great coffee table and reference book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By thekev on November 28, 2011
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100s of color photos, great designer bios, insightful historical background, all at an unbelieveabley inexpensive price. I loved it so much I chose it as the text for my 20th Century Fashion class.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Taylor on February 28, 2013
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Fabulous book on history of fashion; highlights include Chanel, Christian Dior, YSL...

Well made and handy book set in chronological order. If you need just one history book on fashion, this one is it!
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