On the heels of New York City Fashion Week, you may be feeling the void that often follows once the glut of theatrical runway shows, six-inch-heeled models, and designers--both new and namesake--have disappeared from the streets of Lincoln Center. We know that sometimes nothing could be worse than the need for a serious fashion fix, especially after eight whole days of nonstop glamour. If you're feeling starved for style, The Overlook Press is here to help you get your fill with some dazzling books on the fashion world and its brightest stars. Whether you want extra styling tips, want to get better acquainted with your favorite designer, or want to learn more about the world of underground chic, we have something for you.
Chanel by Amy de la Haye and Shelley Tobin
In the years around World War I, Chanel challenged the fashion world head on. From showy costume jewelry, to little black dresses, Chanel brought about changes in women's fashion that have become permanent styles. In this lavishly illustrated book, the designer is shown up-close with focuses on her career, style, workroom, customers and rivals. Chanel is a fun, unique look at one of the indisputable geniuses of twentieth century fashion and rivals the excitement of a front-row seat at any couture show.
What Shall I Wear? by Claire McCardell
Claire McCardell is a revolutionary fashion designer, credited with originating "The American Look," a blend of mix-and-match separates, open-backed sundresses, and feminine denim fashion. First published in 1956, What Shall I Wear is a distillation of McCardell's democratic fashion philosophy and a chattily vivacious guide to looking effortlessly stylish.
Christian Dior: The Biography by Marie-France Pochna
Christian Dior caused a worldwide sensation in 1947 by reintroducing the flowing, ankle-length skirt, and giving women back their sense of freedom, femininity and joie de vivre in a world ravaged by World War II. Dior was crowned "The King of Fashion," and he immediately reestablished Paris as the center of the fashion world. With elegance, precision, and impeccable research, Marie-France Pochna recreates this one-of-a-kind world of glamour and luxury and situates Dior's fairy-tale career in the rich tapestry of Paris cultural life.
Vivienne Westwood: Fashion, Perversity and the Sixties Laid Bare by Fred Vermorel
Vivienne Westwood was the queen of Punk Rock fashion and her styles have scandalized and fascinated the world since the Sixties. Parading models bare-breasted down the catwalks of Paris, Westwood has an insatiable appetite for anarchic outrageousness, and she has never lost the power to shock. In this book, Vermorel looks at the origins of Westwood's Witty and erotic sensibility, placing it in the context of the sixties. Simply put, it is an extremely enjoyable story of the triumph of a mad, bad, outrageous girl.