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Tim Gunn's Fashion Bible: The Fascinating History of Everything in Your Closet [Kindle Edition]

Tim Gunn , Ada Calhoun
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In the beginning there was the fig leaf...

and the toga. Crinolines and ruffs. Chain mailand corsets. What do these antiquated items have to do with the oh-so-twenty-first-century skinny jeans, graphic tee, and sexy pumps you slipped into this morning? Everything! Fashion begets fashion, and life—from economics to politics, weather to warfare, practicality to the utterly impractical—is reflected in the styles of any given era, evolving into the threads you buy and wear today.

With the candidness, intelligence, and charm that made him a household name on Project Runway, Tim Gunn reveals the fascinating story behind each article of clothing dating back to ancient times, in a book that reads like a walking tour from museum to closet with Tim at your side. From Cleopatra’s crown to Helen of Troy’s sandals, from Queen Victoria’s corset to Madonna’s cone bra, Dynasty’s power suits to Hillary Clinton’s pantsuits, Tim Gunn’s Fashion Bible takes you on a runway-ready journey through the highs and lows of fashion history.

Drawing from his exhaustive knowledge and intensive research to offer cutting-edge insights into modern style, Tim explains how the 1960s ruined American underwear, how Beau Brummell created the look men have worn for more than a century, why cargo capri pants are a plague on our nation, and much more. He will make you see your wardrobe in a whole new way. Prepare to be inspired as you change your thinking about the past, present, and future of fashion!


Editorial Reviews

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"Tim Gunn is fun and chatty, but most of all he is incredibly knowledgable and informed!"
—Diane von Furstenberg


“Tim Gunn’s Fashion Bible is a must-have for discerning fashionistas. Not only is it packed with fun facts from the whole of fashion history, but it is a rollicking good read and, in many places, laugh-out-loud funny. Gunn combines acerbic wit with disarming charm—a rare combination—such that we don’t realize how much we learn from the book. Beware: he may be unforgiving when it comes to a favorite style—but you can’t help feeling he’s right.”
—Kathryn Earle, Head of Visual Arts Publishing at Bloomsbury


“Rich with photos, this book combines Gunn's signature brand of sassy wisdom with a smart and entertaining journey through the history of fashion--no item in the closet is left uncovered…. Gunn makes this history of fashion more than just another lesson about fabrics and dyes--for him, it's the people and the culture that bring the items we wear into sharper focus; in fact, Gunn states that "the primary purpose of this book is to give your clothes more significance." …. Numerous cultural tidbits, fantastic images, and sartorial wisdom from one of fashion's most respected gurus make this a must-read for "everyone who gets dressed in the morning, not just an elite crew in Manhattan."
Publishers Weekly, Starred Review


"[Gunn's] expertise is very up to the minute, and while this book is a valuable guide for today, it will also reflect well historically on our current styles in decades to come."
(Saturday Evening Post)

About the Author

Beloved pop culture icon Tim Gunn is best known as co-host of the twelve-time Emmy-nominated reality show Project Runway. He also hosted two seasons of his own Bravo makeover series, Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style.

Product Details

  • File Size: 46037 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (September 11, 2012)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0064CL138
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,422 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From Toga to T-Shirt September 13, 2012
Format:Hardcover
Tim Gunn may be best known from "Project Runway" but here he shows himself again to be a fascinating writer(Gunn's Golden Rules: Life's Little Lessons for Making It Work). Now he embarks on a history of fashion, complete with quite a few snark-filled rants, a number of raves, and just plain useful and helpful tips.

Some interesting chapter titles include:
"Underwear: Security vs. Freedom," "Belts: Friend to Soldiers and Vixens," "Dress Shirts: Prudery and Puffery," and "Capri Pants and Shorts: The Plague on Our Nation!"

This is more suited for the general reader than the serious scholar, but it's also very readable and quite fun.

Lavishly illustrated, full of examples such aa "proper bra fitting", and the various categories of shorts.

One of his pet peeves is athletic wear outside sports.

Fun & informative!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars He made it work. September 27, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I am a Project Runway junky, and I enjoy Tim Gunn. I agree that this book is meant for the fashion ameteur, but that is I. I learned a lot about the evolution of our current styles. And some of the comments made me think about our current usage of items such as bras. Tim Gunn has an intriguing hand with language, and this book reflected it. On the Kindle Fire, I was delighted to find that the pictures were easy to view. I was afraid the digital product would blur them.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fashion Bible September 20, 2012
By Nancy
Format:Hardcover
I admit that I bought the book at a book signing really to meet Mr. Gunn, who is as nice in person as he appears on TV, but then I actually read the book and I enjoyed it. Its filled with pictures that help illustrate his examples and they run from Mark Walhberg to one of the first bikini models to some truly ugly 70's ads for clothes. He also touches on clothing aspects that are everyday day wear such as sweaters and baseball caps.

You don't have to be a fashion student to have fun with this book.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tim Gunn Almost Made It Work July 21, 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I give this book a mixed review. To me, the title was misleading because I thought the book would emphasize and showcase Mr. Gunn's well-known fashion advice and clothing expertise. Perhaps a title such as "Tim Gunn's Look At Fashion History" would have been more consistent with the content. Even so, the book is a charmingly written "look-back" at clothing history in the Western world. I learned a lot of fascinating facts about the evolution of clothing trends, and the significant impact of social change on the clothes our ancestors wore as well as those we wear today. It's a well-researched (but not academic) book, and the chapters are organized by type of clothing (such as "Hats", "Sweaters", "Shoes", "Athletic Wear", etc.). You'd think a history book about clothes would be arranged chronologically, but his choice to mix it up by topic works surprisingly well. He weaves in the meaning and function of clothes by tracing them back to their origins. And of course along the way, he does manage to convey his pet peeves and iconic no-nonsense advice for the careful reader. For example, in the underwear section there's a highlighted section on page 13 with the ominous heading "Does Your Bra Fit"? (Uh, probably not). And in the section on capris and shorts, he states unequivocally that "The baggy cargo capri is the single worst item of clothing in America today". And although he writes of gloves as "remnants of the past", the chapter on them was so captivating I went out and bought a beautiful leather pair for winter. The pictures, which include movie stars past and present, old photographs, portraits, art work, advertisements, and more, work well to illustrate the points he wants to make.

Oh, I do love this guy. He says what he thinks, and he loves and respects clothes.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Tim Gunn, why are you hesitating? March 5, 2013
By Jessica
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I loooove Tim Gunn, both on screen and in writing. His prose mirrors his speech, if you've seen him on Project Runway, expect the same style of wit and criticism. I've bought each of his previous books, but this one is my favorite simply because I was a history major in college, and in this book Mr. Gunn explains the history of fashion, where items of clothing originally came from and how they've evolved. You don't have to be a fashion guru to enjoy the book, just someone interested in how clothes have changed. Excellent read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the read October 6, 2012
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Tim Gunn's Fashion Bible is an interesting read if you like facts and history. It is written as Tim Gunn talks. I can hear him quip a few one liners that makes me smile or laugh out loud. He does use more big words than i am use to reading. It is SO "Tim Gunn". I have not finished the book yet, but will over the next few days. At times, the way the author explains fashion history is educational. But the entertainment value is well worth the read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it October 2, 2012
Format:Hardcover
This book is a must have. It gives a succinct and interesting history of fashion--that isn't weighed down by the upper-crust, bizarre world of glamorized anorexia, that the average American can't relate with. Its simply a delight to read for anyone. I will never look at my clothes the same way!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a wonderful history lesson September 27, 2012
By MelAmb
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
For anyone who is fascinated with fashion or just curious about where and how various fashions came about. It is sprinkled with comments about modern trends by Tim Gunn. Also found the special info such as picking out a purse actually valuable.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Tim
So much information! I love Tim Gunn
Published 9 days ago by Sandra Jordan
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Trip through Fashion History
I am truly enjoying learning the history of fashion as told by Tim Gunn. His voice and demeanor leaps off the pages. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Dionne C. Clemons
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Tim Gunn!
This is an interesting review of the history of fashion with Tim Gunn's unique comments about fashion. Really good book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jean
4.0 out of 5 stars very facinating!
I am fascinated and amazed by how much our fashions are a direct reflection of the time period. I would totally recommend this book to just about anyone, not just fashionistas. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Pamela Gadaldon
5.0 out of 5 stars Fashion history
I rated this a five, because it was very informative. Learn the history of fashion to move forward. I would recommend it to anyone interested in fashion . Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tiffani Savage
5.0 out of 5 stars Tim Gunn is amazing!
It's so interesting to read on how fashion has evolved over the centuries. Tim Gunn starts off each chapter with a personal story and then talks about a particular item of... Read more
Published 3 months ago by CDS
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
A big fan of Tim Gunn! He always speaks honestly and without hype. And is a really nice guy - a rarity in the Biz!
Published 4 months ago by David NYC
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the history
Tim has such an easy way of writing I feel like the two of us are having a latte together chatting about fashion and style. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Desiree L. Dodson
5.0 out of 5 stars finally a fashion book of substance
Have read many fashion books now but this one was hard to put down. Tim's experience shows in the quality of the content in this book. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jennifer Stepanik
5.0 out of 5 stars Tim Gunn never disappoints!
Well written, on topic and easy to read. You can hear Tim Gunns sense of humor on the pages of the entire book.
Published 6 months ago by Amy D. Scheid
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