Vintage Fashion: Collecting and Wearing Designer Classics, 1900-1990

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Harper Collins, Oct 23, 2007 - Design - 224 pages
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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.


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Review: Vintage Fashion: Collecting and Wearing Designer Classics, 1900-1990

User Review  - Kipahni - Goodreads

I am nowhere near a fashionista. The nearest I get to fashion is watching project runway and trying to come up with my own "make it work" outfit in my closet. This book though has made me feel a ... Read full review

Review: Vintage Fashion: Collecting and Wearing Designer Classics, 1900-1990

User Review  - Melissa Kapow - Goodreads

Beautiful illustrations, key silhouettes for each era, and brands/labels to look for (and what the labels actually look like). Very informative, fun, and inspiring book. Great for thrifters and estate sale hunters, I learned a lot. Read full review

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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.

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