When I was in college, my roommate and I were very broke.
This meant that anything we wanted to do in our free time needed to be either very very cheap or (preferably) free.
One of our favorite pastimes was visiting our local library. In the summer, it was a wonderful place to get out of the sweltering SC heat that our one ancient window A/C unit didn’t stand a chance against.
My favorite sections to pore over were Art and Fashion.
Art and Fashion books are generally very pricey, due to their size and that they contain mostly photographs, which are much more expensive to print than just text.
I learned a great deal about fashion and art history while buried in the stacks, and I think that’s made a huge difference in how I clothe myself now vs. before.
By learning more about fashion history, I was better able to create my own unique style, rather than just buy what was trendy right there and then.
About Time: Fashion and Duration traces the evolution of fashion, from 1870 to the present, through a linear timeline of iconic garments, each paired with an alternate design that jumps forward or backward in time.
Published 50 years after Christian Dior's "New Look" of 1947, and accompanying an exhibition at The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, this book presents a chronology of Dior's creations.
During the reigns of Louis XV (1723–74) and Louis XVI (1774–92) fashion and furniture merged ideals of beauty and pleasure. With their fragile surfaces and delicate proportions, tables, chairs, and other pieces of furniture enhanced the elite's indulgence in leisurely pursuits.
This is a survey of the history of haute couture, from the formation of the House of Worth in mid-19th-century Paris to the major designers of the present day. The book focuses on the highly skilled crafts that are essential to the production of haute couture.
Which titles do you plan on drawing your own fashion inspiration from?