Wednesday, 29 May 2013

My Current Reads

This is the first time I have ever put what I am reading on my blog but I thought it might be a nice change from the norm.

I found these 2 books in my local library, this might not seem a big thing but it's not often that I find books like this in my library and I was quite surprised to see them.

This post has quite a few pictures in it so click the jump to see a bit more of the books.

Vogue Fashion

"Vogue Fashion" takes a fresh look at fashion history from 1900 to today, celebrating the most significant designers, developments and movements of each decade, which all contribute to fashion as we know it. Starting from the time when Parisian haute couture houses led the way, former Vogue writer Linda Watson chronicles influences from the arrival of the flapper to modern trends to plunder the past as well as cross-blend disciplines.The A-Z section highlights over 250 of the greatest designers of the last century and the new one - men and women who have inspired, created and altered the course of fashion. Illustrated with inspirational images from the Vogue archives, "Vogue Fashion" features the work of iconic photographers, including Cecil Beaton, Norman Parkinson, Nick Knight, David Bailey and Mario Testino, all of whom have helped to immortalize "Vogue's" seminal fashion 'moments'.

This book is a really interesting read and has beautiful illustrations and photos. I also really like that it includes some of the Vogue covers from different era's. Here are a few of my favourite pages from the book. (click images to enlarge.

This book is available to buy on Amazon from £10.24 which isn't bad really considering the printed RRP of the book is £20. Definitely worth a read though.

The Ultimate Book of Costume and Style

'3,000 years of fashion history in one stylish visual guide

Fashion is the definitive guide to the evolution of costume and style. Tracing 3,000 years from the early draped fabrics of ancient times to today's catwalk sensations and with a foreword by fashion guru Caryn Franklin, this is your own personal fashion show through history.

Breathtaking in its scope, Fashion is packed with over 1,500 costumes from around the globe and lavishly illustrated with a mix of original fashion plates, archive images and commissioned photography. Plus features on famous trend-setters, fashion icons and designers from Jackie Onassis to Alexander McQueen bring the world of fashion to life.

Fashion is guaranteed to add style to your bookshelf; with its luxurious textured fabric jacket and spine, it's the season's must-have for anyone with a passion for fashion.'

This book is gorgeous and I'm in love with it, that dress on the front is raised velvet (ooooooo aaaaaaaaa). It's such a shame that it's a library book. You know those moments in the movies where their eyes meet from across the room? Yeah, that. I was walking around the library and spotted this huge, pink, spine sticking out from the lifestyle section. I say huge because this book is massive and really, really heavy but definitely worth the pain of walking home with this and several other books.

Of course I had to show you some of my favourite pages from this book as well.  (click images to enlarge) 

I know, Shocker, the shoes page is among my favourites.

This book is available on Amazon starting from £15.79 incl. postage, which is fab considering 1) that the printed retail price of this book is £30 (wowzers) and 2) That this book is super duper heavy so would expect it to be quite high postage. This book is a must have for fans of fashion history. I'm so sad that I have to give it back in a few weeks. Anyone know if you have to pay full printed price of the book if it, for instance, gets lost? Not worth it is it? I might just have to keep renewing it until I get bored with it, if that could ever be possible.

Hope you liked this slightly different post.


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