Thursday, September 9, 2010

New Eye Candy Books

While trolling peacefully through the other day, I learned about two new books that may interest some of my readers:

Lynn, Eleri. Underwear: Fashion in Detail. V & A Publishing (November 1, 2010).

Takeda, Sharon Sadako; Spilker, Kaye Durland; and Galliano, John. Fashioning Fashion: European Dress in Detail, 1700 - 1915. Prestel USA (September 22, 2010).

The first of these appears to be yet another entry in the V&A's "Dress in Detail" series--books which feature loving, tight closeups of fascinating details of articles of dress in the V&A's collection. "Fashioning Fashion" appears to be similar. Amazon quotes a description by co-author John Galliano from the book's preface, of which I will provide an excerpt:

...Fashion is in the details. The textiles, tailoring, and trimmings all work together in the creation of the finest pieces. Drawing on the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's internationally known fashion collection, this gorgeous book tells the story-in words and beautiful pictures-of fashion's aesthetic and technical development from the Age of Enlightenment to World War I, a period when fashionable dress underwent sweeping changes. Many remarkable examples of men's, women's, and children's garments are featured here for the first time, including an extraordinarily rare 1790s man's vest designed to promote sympathy with the French Revolution; a stunning 1845 black satin gown from the royal court of Portugal heavily embroidered with gold; and an 1891 evening mantle with silk embroidery, glass beads, and ostrich feathers designed by French couturier Aemile Pingat.

Shop for those pre-order discounts now if this touches upon your areas of costuming history interest!

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