Review of the best books about fashion
James Laver «Costume and Fashion: A Concise History»
James Laver in his book spends a brief digression into the history of fashion. From the invention of a needle 40 thousand years ago to the grunge shows of Marc Jacobs. It was not without investigation of what was fashionable, and what is not in the period 1940 to 1990.
Cally Blackman «100 Years of Menswear»
Fashion historian and teacher St. Martins Kelly Blackman in his illustrated encyclopedia studied the fashion of men. From working and military clothing to punks and club kids. From the design of Pierre Cardin, Giorgio Armani and Ralph Lauren to Savile Rowe and Hollywood celebrities.
Holly Brubach «A Dedicated Follower of Fashion»
The book included 26 essays, each of which was previously published in The New York Times, The New Yorker and The Atlantic. Holly Brubak studied the influence of fashion on the public discourse of each era on the example of Chanel jackets, the works of Jean-Paul Gaultier, Yves Saint Laurent and others.
Christopher Breward, Caroline Evans «Fashion and Modernity»
Carolyn Evans decided to study the relationship of fashionable discourse with the modern social and political. The author analyzed the influence of social factors – gender, nationality, technology and fashion, as well as their role in the creation of modernity on the example of modernist authors.
Amy de la Haye, Valerie Mendes «Fashion since 1900»
One of the main books in the program of St. Martins will tell about the fashion industry over the past 30 years. The latest edition includes chapters on the impact of the Internet on fashion, China and India as emerging rapidly emerging fashion industry centers.
Roland Barthes «Fashion system»
Roland Bart regards fashion from the point of view of the system of signs and symbols that define the consumer society and subsequently enter our verbal space through the efforts of fashion critics, authors and journalists. The author studied the influence of semiotics of fashion on the capitalist system, and also how exactly translates visual images of fashion into speech and writing.
Barbara Vinken, Mark Hewson «Fashion Zeitgeist: Trends and Cycles In the Fashion System »
Barbara Winken tried to answer the question: “How are trends formed?” The author studied the symbols and codes in the works of Yohji Yamamoto, Ray Kavakubo, Martin Margel, Karl Lagerfeld, Jean-Paul Gaultier and others. Described the phenomenon of post-fashion and other innovations.
Sarah Mower «Stylist: The Interpreters of Fashion»
Journalist Sarah Mower in her book told all about stylists, their work, influences on the fashion industry, celebrities, glossy magazines and the world as a whole. As illustrations were selected works of famous photographers and stylists. And also interviews with the most influential stylists of the world.
Paul Jobling «Fashion Spreads: Word and Image In Fashion Photography since 1980»
Paul Jobling, with the help of Vogue and The Face, studied how the male and female body is represented in a fashion photography. And what significance it has for power and pleasure. The author found out who the shooting was intended for and whether it influences the creation of gender roles.