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Vintage Fashion: Collecting and Wearing Designer Classics, 1900-1990 Hardcover – October 23, 2007

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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Design; 1st edition (October 23, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061252018
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061252013
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.9 x 11.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #578,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I found this book to be a wonderful look into the past. The photo's were a pleasure, and I have picked it up again and again. The descriptions were accurate, and the highlights of each decade, concise,
I don't think there is any one "diffinitive" guide for vintage fashion, it is impossible to find in one book. This is an overlook into each decade. I certainly feel that I got my money's worth. The shopping guide could have been expanded, but all you have to do is "google" and there are thousands of resourses at your fingertips!
As to learning "how" to wear vintage fashion, I think as with any fashion or style, it is just an instinct. If you love it, wear it.
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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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By FR on July 10, 2013
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This book is GREAT! It has pleanty of photes from the 1900's to the 19980's .Each decade has the top designers names and summery reviews of the most popular fashions.You should buy this book you will really enjoy it!
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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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