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Vintage Fashion: Collecting and Wearing Designer Classics, 1900-1990 Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Design; First Edition edition (October 23, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061252018
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061252013
  • Product Dimensions: 3.5 x 4.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #533,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Vintage Fashion is the ultimate guide to the most exemplary women's clothing from the turn of the twentieth century through the end of the 1980s. Along with a detailed, authoritative text, this gorgeous book offers more than 250 outstanding full-color photographs showcasing the quality fabrics, innovative techniques, silhouettes, shapes, and exquisite workmanship that are testimony to enduring and influential styles.

Each chapter focuses on a specific decade and is a rich survey of each era, placing the evolution of women's fashion in a cultural context. The most important designers and signature looks are discussed in detail and emphasized through beautiful illustrations, photographs, and fabric swatches. Finally, each chapter ends with a Key Looks feature that offers an at-a-glance view of the important shapes, colors, and details that defined each era.

Vintage Fashion concludes with a shopping guide, which not only offers tips on where to buy vintage pieces, but also how to care for them, and glossaries on fashion terms and the century's most collectable and important designers. The definitive word on the most influential designers and looks of the twentieth century, this book is an invaluable resource for lovers of fashion and vintage clothing as well as a source of inspiration for designers and those looking to spice up their personal style.

About the Author

Emma Baxter-Wright studied fashion at St Martin's College of Art and Design and taught at the London College of Fashion. A former fashion editor, she has contributed articles to The Face, iD, Just Seventeen, Cosmopolitan, and Fine Art Collector.

Karen Clarkson has written and styled for Glamour, Grazia, OK!, Elle, and Jalouse.

Sarah Kennedy has written and edited for numerous fashion magazines for more than twenty years. Most recently, her articles have appeared in She, InStyle, Glamour, and Marie Claire.

Kate Mulvey contributes regularly to numerous British publications, including the Sunday Times and The Independent. She is also the author of Decades of Beauty: The Changing Image of Women 1890s-1990s and a contributing author of Key Moments in Fashion.

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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A. J Terry on October 29, 2007
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As an avid vintage clothing collector, I looked forward to receiving this book. Alas, despite the subtitle, this is NOT a book on "collecting and wearing" vintage clothing. It is a very lightweight/insubstantial overview of 20th-century fashion, with four half-filled pages of "shopping guide" in back, which are credited to someone other than the book's author. My theory is that the book's editor decided that there are too many overviews of 20th-century fashion on the market already, and hired someone to throw in these four pages (in terms of content, two pages) so the publisher could call it a book on collecting vintage clothing.

This "shopping guide" contains bulleted lists of the most basic information possible on buying vintage clothing; things every collector with any experience already knows. For example, the guide tells readers that if they buy a garment without either trying it on or getting the measurements from the seller, it may not fit them.

_Vintage Fashion_ contains NO information on wearing vintage clothing. If you're looking for a guide to integrating vintage pieces into your everyday wardrobe, this is definitely not it. This is also not a guide to shopping the vintage market, or a price guide, or a real guide to cleaning and caring for vintage clothing. It is most certainly not a guide to mending or altering vintage clothing.

In short, if you want a lightweight history of 20th-century fashion, which contains a little text and many large, attractive, but not stunning color pictures per decade, buy this book. If you are either a beginning or advanced vintage clothing collector wanting a book specifically on collecting or wearing vintage clothing, find another book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Guy C. Taylor on January 19, 2010
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In researching the designers in the motion pictures for the 1930s, I find that Vintage Fashion has several mistakes. Namely they have left out several designers whose stars won Oscars in the '30s. They have also said Charles James was the "head of costume" for MGM, but another reference in their book correctly shows that during the '30s the head of design for MGM was Gilbert Adrian.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Manty on August 21, 2010
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Being a novice to vintage fashion, I have found this book to be a great introduction. Easy and interesting reading with great examples.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Brown on September 11, 2009
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I bought this for my sister for her b-day and she loved it. She is really into fashion and art so this was perfect. I've read through the book too and really enjoyed it. It's a nice coffee table item. The price of this on Amazon is great too.
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