- Paperback: 96 pages
- Publisher: Tow Books (September 2, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1582975396
- ISBN-13: 978-1582975399
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.5 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,847,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Forgotten Fashion: An Illustrated Faux History Of Outrageous Trends And Their Untimely Demise Paperback – September 2, 2008
"From Mach2 Lingerie to Frigidaire Formals, Kate Hahn's concocted tales of bizarre trends gone awry, accompanied by playful fashion illustrations, exploit the fashion genus from couture to ready-to-wear in an irresistible way." -- SOMA Magazine
"Kate Hahn's hysterical faux history is part Funny Face, part Mark Twain, with a little bit of Ugly Betty thrown in for good measure. Her wit sheds a light on the delightful absurdity of the "trend", while always remaining a love letter to the world of fashion. Pop some cashew nuts, drink something fruity and enjoy!" -- Michael Urie (Marc St. James, Ugly Betty)
"Lots of fun!" -- Simon Collins, dean of fashion, Parsons
"Deadpan social satire."
"Hahn's tongue-in-cheek faux fashions mock the true trends of the 20th century while creating their own unique mythology. The perfect gift for the fashion lover in your life. It's witty and beautifully illustrated."
"A humorous look at the ups and downs of design. A lot of fun and the illustrations really bring the story to life."
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Kate Hahn provides a deliciously skewed look at popular culture by showing a panoply of frighteningly plausible could-have-been vintage styles. Outerwear inspired by a banana peel? Fifties evening gowns that owe their look to post-WWII kitchen appliances? Real fads have been created by stranger things. For instance, if you were a teenage girl in the 80s, you'll probably wince -- as I did -- while reading the section on Fuschette's girl-pop band line of neon skirts and leggings, knowing that you would've been clamoring to add them to your school wardrobe. Beautifully done drawings mimic the style of actual fashion plates, and nods to real history are liberally spread throughout, making this book even more of a delight.
Recipe for a fun read? Take one part fashionista, one part historian, three parts keen sense of humor, delicious illustrations to taste; mix well, bake at 325 degrees for 45 minutes, and apply directly to the funnybone!
Perhaps not. Hahn's tongue-in-cheek faux fashions mock the true trends of the 20th century while creating their own unique mythology. To assist Hahn in her reports are a phalanx of illustrators, one of whom Project Runway fans will recognize as Andrae Gonzalo of Red Lobster fame. The fashion figures, supposedly pulled from old magazines, press releases and trade publications, capture the art styles used in previous decades and are instrumental in adding authenticity to these outrageous designs.
I hate to even think about Christmas so early in the year, but take note, ya'll. This is the perfect gift for the fashion lover in your life. It's witty and funny and beautifully illustrated. Don't miss it!
This was an easy book to pick up and flip through. It was created as a series of independent articles and could be read from the beginning or you could skip around. For those searching for a fun book on popular culture that you can pick up and read at your leisure, Forgotten Fashion is a good choice.