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1001 Little Fashion Miracles: Stylish Wardrobe Solutions from Head to Toe
1001 Little Fashion Miracles
Stylish Wardrobe Solutions from Head to Toe
Paperback      ISBN: 1847322336

Whether you need to know what shoes to wear with a mini skirt or how to dress for an interview, this book has it all. You'll learn how to choose fabrics and cuts that flatter your figure, strike that murky balance between underdressing and overdressing, and create a striking silhouette that looks elegant but not contrived. With remedies for any fashion disaster and advice on styles, accessorizing, and shopping, 1001 Little Fashion Miracles offers ideas for looking your best in all circumstances.

When the Girls Came Out to Play: The Birth of American Sportswear
When the Girls Came Out to Play
The Birth of American Sportswear
Paperback      ISBN: 1558495495

A study of the evolution of American women's clothing, When the Girls Came Out to Play traces the history of modern sportswear as a universal style that broke down traditional gender roles. Patricia Warner shows how this profound cultural shift, which did not reach fruition until World War II, originated during the previous century with the gradual expansion of socially acceptable physical activity for women. Behind this development was a growing interest in sports and exercise that was further nurtured by the establishment of schools of higher education for women.The participation of women in athletic pursuits previously reserved for men began with the relatively genteel sports of croquet and tennis. With the founding of women's colleges, these "ladylike" games were supplemented by more vigorous activities and competitive team sports, from gymnastics to swimming to basketball. At first, Warner points out, women literally had nothing to wear for these activities. Whereas such fashionable attire as corsets, petticoats, hats, and gloves could be worn while playing outdoor lawn games, more strenuous athletic endeavors required less physically restrictive clothing. Even so, change came only gradually, as women's colleges, shielded from public scrutiny and prying male eyes, permitted the adoption of looser, more comfortable apparel for physical education. Many of these new outfits featured trousers, garments considered taboo for women, though they often remained hidden beneath voluminous skirts. Over time, however, the practicality and versatility of such clothing led to social acceptance, laying the foundation for the emergence of the now ubiquitous yet distinctly American style known as sportswear. Although we take it for granted, Warner observes, this is the first time in the history of the world that such universality has existed in clothing, and it has lasted now for well over half a century--in itself a marvel, considering the speed of fashion change in an era of instant messages and images.

Sew Serendipity: Fresh + Pretty Designs to Make and Wear
Sew Serendipity
Fresh + Pretty Designs to Make and Wear
Hardcover      ISBN: 1440203571

Lay it out, cut it out, sew it up, put it on

Kay Whitt of Serendipity Studios proves that all you need to re-make your wardrobe are a few key things: Great fabric, easy-to-make patterns, a handful of simple skills, and your own personal sense of style

Use Sew Serendipity to create a fresh, new look.

  • Included in the book are tissue pattern inserts for the skirt, tunic/dress and jacket--each with 6 variations detailed in the book. 3 basic patterns x 6 variations = 18 ways to show off your skills and style
  • Kay provides the master instructions for each basic garment, and individual instruction for each unique look. Once you master the basics, changing it up is a snap
  • Each clothing pattern is graded in seven sizes (bust: 32-44; waist: 24-36; hips: 34-46) from XXS to XXL. Use the "Custom Fitting" section of this book to learn how to measure yourself and adjust the patterns to get the best possible fit
  • Embellish your designs to match your style, whether you're feeling the need for classic, tailored elegance, or you're in the mood for a little ruffled whimsy. Kay's simple embellishments make it a breeze to adapt your design to the look you want.

With Sew Serendipity, you'll find out how to lay out the pattern pieces, cut them out and sew them up. All you have to do is put them on and strut your stuff

Tim Gunn's Fashion Bible: The Fascinating History of Everything in Your Closet
Tim Gunn's Fashion Bible
The Fascinating History of Everything in Your Closet
Hardcover      ISBN: 1451643853
From a bestselling fashion guru--a fascinating, meticulously researched history of Western fashion covering every topic from the history of the high heel to the origin of blue jeans.

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
The Complete Photo Guide to Clothing Construction
The Complete Photo Guide to Clothing Construction
Paperback      ISBN: 1589237773

The Complete Photo Guide to Clothing Construction helps you master all of the techniques needed to sew clothes--including tops, dresses, pants, skirts, and even outerwear.

This technique-driven book follows the entire process of clothing construction, including a section on the sewing machine and other tools/materials used, information on working with patterns and fitting, laying out the pattern pieces, cutting and marking, and on through every step of construction to the final button. Large, detailed photos guide you from start to finish and help give you a visual basis for learning the skills. This comprehensive guide is a long-lasting reference for anyone who sews clothes. It fills in all the technique details not supplied by manufacturers of the clothing patterns that most sewers use for all of their projects.

The Complete Photo Guide to Clothing Construction explains the reasons behind the methods, warns of pitfalls to watch out for, and provides you with valuable tips that help you reach a satisfying, successful end with every project. Examples show both men's and women's fashions as well as children's clothes.

Menswear Dog Presents the New Classics: Fresh Looks for the Modern Man
Menswear Dog Presents the New Classics
Fresh Looks for the Modern Man
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 1579656161

Bodhi, the Shiba Inu behind the beloved blog Menswear Dog, is here to show you how to dress like a man. Organized seasonally, The New Classics highlights the timeless, can't-go-wrong items every man needs in his wardrobe--from a chambray shirt to a perfectly fitted peacoat (all modeled by Bodhi, of course)--and shows how to mix and match them all year long.

Whatever your style dilemma, dog's got your back Readers will learn what to wear to a summer wedding, when to splurge (on the perfect white dress shirt) and when to save (snag your military field jacket at a thrift store), the secrets to getting the right fit, the brands that stand the test of time, the basics of clothing care, and more.
Threadless: Ten Years of T-Shirts from the World's Most Inspiring Online Design Community
Threadless
Ten Years of T-Shirts from the World's Most Inspiring Online Design Community
Paperback      ISBN: 0810996103

Threadless.com is the phenomenally successful T-shirt company with more than 4 million tees sold since it began in 2000. It pioneered the online business model of crowd-sourced or community-driven design, in which people submit designs that are voted on by the site's 1 million users and printed. Over the past 10 years, the company has amassed a vast archive of very cool, very hip, and often very entertaining designs, and Threadless is a spectacular showcase of 400 of the very best T-shirts created by the community--a barometer of art and design over the past decade.



Much more than a book of extraordinary graphics, Threadless tells the extremely interesting story that inspired Inc. magazine to hail Threadless.com as "the most innovative small company in America." There are also profiles of individual designers and "think pieces" from influential admirers, including design guru John Maeda, Jeff Howe of Wired, and bestselling business/marketing writer Seth Godin.

Praise for Threadless

"If you page through this book, you'll see example after example of love, art, and joy."
-Seth Godin, author of twelve international bestsellers

"With its message of passion, creativity and fearlessness, the Threadless book is more than just a visually stimulating flip-through. Its 224 pages of design, artwork, and creativity make for an inspirational read for any entrepreneurial start-up."
-Coolhunting.com

"Page after page of awesome designs."
-Wired.com

"The Threadless book is a treat-more informative than an art book, less boring than a Harvard Business Review case-study, a sweet-spot between commercialism and passion, like the site itself."
-Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing.net
Brooklyn Street Style: The No-Rules Guide to Fashion
Brooklyn Street Style
The No-Rules Guide to Fashion
Paperback      ISBN: 1419717952

Brooklyn style is eclectic, creative, and distinct from neighborhood to neighborhood. It's not about chasing labels. It is stylish on its own terms, and it's about dressing for real life. Brooklyn Street Style: The No-Rules Guide to Fashion explores what has made the borough a global fashion mecca and presents style advice from a host of Brooklyn tastemakers. This diverse crew of notable women in the design, fashion, food, and entertainment worlds includes style expert Mary Alice Stephenson, Girls costume designer Jenn Rogien, Urban Bush Babes blogger Cipriana Quann, Sleigh Bells's singer/beauty-industry activist Alexis Krauss, and award-winning actor/playwright Eisa Davis. Chapters distill what's happening in the borough today--from the maker movement to eco-conscious fashion--with more than 175 striking street-style photographs. Full of suggestions for both visitors and locals alike, the book's Brooklyn Guide offers a curated listing of the essential shops, markets, restaurants, and bars.

75 Years of Fashion
75 Years of Fashion
Hardcover      ISBN: 087005144x

Traces the evolution of styles of dresses, coats, suits, sportswear, millinery, furs, and accessories and surveys popular hairdos during the twentieth century

The Inspirational Moustache
The Inspirational Moustache
Paperback      ISBN: 0956205356

For decades the moustache has been languishing in fashion's dark and dingy closet, but at long last the soup strainer, nose neighbour, lip tickler, mouth brow, or whatever else you want to call it is making a comeback. With gorgeous photography and key grooming tips, this book is here to celebrate a seminal moment in the history of facial hair.