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Edwardian Fashion

Books : Edwardian Fashion

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Reviewed by Liza D. – Better Dresses Vintage Edwardian Fashion, by Daniel Milford-Cottam (© 2014 by Shire Publications, ISBN: 978-74781-404-7) This compact little book is a quick and helpful read for anyone interested in learning more about dress in the first part of the 20th century. It is written from a British viewpoint, but the bountiful content applies across the Western world. Milford-Cottam begins by “Setting the Scene.” This first chapter delineates the differences between

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Fashion In The Time Of Jane Austen

Books : Fashion in the Time of Jane Austen

Monday, February 17, 2014

Reviewed by Gayle MacGregor – Sewing Machine Girl Fashion in the Time of Jane Austen by Sarah Jane Downing (Shire Library, ISBN-10: 0747807671) This compact book examines British fashion history from 16th December 1775, when Jane Austen was born, to 1819, as seen through the eyes and words of Austen herself. The book is a comprehensive overview of clothing worn by women, men and children of the upper and aspirational classes, as well as the

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beauty and cosmetics 1550 to 1950 book

Books : Beauty and Cosmetics 1550-1950

Monday, January 27, 2014

Reviewed by Gayle MacGregor – Sewing Machine Girl Beauty and Cosmetics 1550-1950 By Sarah Jane Downing (Shire Library, ISBN: 978-0-74780-839-8) Beauty and Cosmetics 1550-1950 is a comprehensive history of Beauty and Cosmetics from Pagan cultures to Christian cultures through to the 1950s. The small size of this book belies the extent of information contained within, including a rich social history. Beginning with early Christian reactions against the Pagan cultures use of adornment, how concepts of

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FashionGreatGatsby

Books : Fashion in the Time of the Great Gatsby

Monday, December 02, 2013

Reviewed by Gayle MacGregor – Sewing Machine Girl Fashion in the Time of the Great Gatsby By LaLonnie Lehman (Shire Library, ISBN: 978-0-74781-299-9) Fashion in The Time of The Great Gatsby, aims to explore 1920s fashion in America as seen through the world of Gatsby’s author- F. Scott Fitzgerald. The book touches on the changes to society and the consumerism that influenced 20s fashion, from emancipation to both men and women embracing leisure pursuits, sports,

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Wigs Hairdressing and Shaving book

Books : Wig, Hairdressing and Shaving Bygones

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Reviewed by Gayle MacGregor – Sewing Machine Girl Wig, Hairdressing and Shaving Bygones by Gail Durbin (Shire Library, ISBN: 978-0-85263-663-3) This small but informative book covers a topic not often explored: The history of wigs, hairdressing and men’s shaving accoutrements. Starting from 1624 the author explores the reasons why wigs became fashionable from their practical beginnings to becoming the fashion of the court, the clergy and of upwardly mobile society. Early construction techniques of wigs

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Fashion in the 1920s book

Books : Fashion in the 1920s

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Reviewed by Gayle MacGregor – Sewing Machine Girl Fashion in the 1920s by Jayne Shrimpton (Shire Library, ISBN: 978-0-74781-308-8) Fashion in the 1920s explores the fashion worn in the 20s from a British perspective, along with the social history that influenced the fashion of the time. The effects of the Great War along with the rapid industrialisation of major cities in Britain are examined, along with the rise of consumerism, and the changes to the

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Gear Guide 1967

Books : Gear Guide 1967: Hip-pocket Guide to Britain's Swinging Carnaby Street Fashion Scene

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Reviewed by Gayle MacGregor – Sewing Machine Girl Gear Guide 1967: Hip-pocket Guide to Britain’s Swinging Carnaby Street Fashion Scene by David Johnson and Roger Dunkley (Old House Books & Maps, ISBN-10: 1908402563) This quirky, fascinating little book was originally published in 1967 by Atlas Publishing, London. A facsimile of the original pocket guide to the boutiques of Swinging London, this book is a must- have stocking filler for Christmas, or just a neat affordable

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Jean Muir: Beyond Fashion

Books : Jean Muir: Beyond Fashion

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Reviewed by Lizzie Bramlett – fuzzylizzie.com Jean Muir: Beyond Fashion by Sinty Stempe (Antique Collector’s Club, ISBN-10 1851495215) I’m always hesitant about one-topic fashion books, especially when written by someone who was involved professionally with the subject. Seems like you either get an emotional homage or an insider-tell-all. In this case, the insider is Sinty Stempe, who was Jean Muir’s personal assistant, and who is still employeed at Jean Muir, Ltd. She has managed to

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Books : Couture and Commerce: The Transatlantic Fashion Trade in the 1950s

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Reviewed by Jonathan Walford – kickshawproductions Couture and Commerce: The Transatlantic Fashion Trade in the 1950s by Alexandra Palmer (360 pages, published October 2001 ISBN: 0-7748-0826-8) Let’s face it, the world of couture clothing has not been a rare subject for publication lately as probably more has been written on the subject this past decade than all combined from previous generations. Palmer’s book however, focuses on the real mechanics of couture from design to sale,

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Radical Rags: Fashions of the Sixties

Books : Radical Rags: Fashions of the Sixties

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Reviewed by Lizzie Bramlett – fuzzylizzie.com Radical Rags: Fashions of the Sixties by Joel Lobenthal (Abbeville Press ISBN 0-89659-930-2) Very limited availability, prices will vary for used copies. The book is look at the fashions and fashion influences of the 1960s. The book focuses on the fashion scenes in London, New York, Paris, Rome and the US West Coast and it also profiles the major designers of the time. Every fashion history fan knows about

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The Costume Collector's Companion 1890-1990

Books : The Costume Collector's Companion 1890-1990

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Reviewed by Lizzie Bramlett – fuzzylizzie.com The Costume Collector’s Companion 1890-1990 by Rosemary Hawthorne (Aurum Press ISBN 1-85410-552-3) Out of print, limited availability, used copies may be available This is a decade by decade guide to collecting clothes and accessories from the 20th century. The focus is on fashions from the UK, where the author is located. Included are descriptions of clothing items that were typical of each decade. Rosemary Hawthorne has written the most

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Secondhand Chic

Books : Secondhand Chic:

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Reviewed by Lizzie Bramlett – fuzzylizzie.com Secondhand Chic: Finding Fabulous Fashion at Consignment, Vintage, and Thrift Stores by Christa Weil (Pocket Books: ISBN: 0-671-02713-1) This book is a guide to shopping the secondhand market for wearable clothing. It tells how to identify the elements of a top-quality garment, discusses labels and designer diffusion lines, and discusss when not to buy a flawed item. It also compares and contrasts the various types of secondhand stors in

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Dressing up Vintage

Books : Dressing Up Vintage

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Reviewed by Lizzie Bramlett – fuzzylizzie.com Dressing Up Vintage by Tracy Tolkien Pavilion Books Ltd ISBN 1-86205-305-7 Mainly a guide for what to collect from the second half of the 20th century, the emphasis is on designer fashion. The book employs a mixture of vintage photographs and modern pictures of vintage clothes. There is a small section on how to go about starting a vintage fashion collection. This is the kind of book that I

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Collector's Guide to Vintage Fashions Identification and Values

Books : Collector's Guide to Vintage Fashions Identification and Values

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Reviewed by Lizzie Bramlett – fuzzylizzie.com Collector’s Guide to Vintage Fashions Identification and Values by Kristina Harris (Collector Books ISBN 1-57432-096-3) This book is a basic how to collect vintage clothing primer. The author discusses the various areas of collectible clothing and she addresses the steps involved in building a collection of antique and vintage clothing. The book has many illustrations with prices given for the items illustrated. The most important thing to remember about

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Floral Frocks

Books : Floral Frocks:

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Reviewed by Lizzie Bramlett – fuzzylizzie.com Floral Frocks: A Celebration of the Floral Printed Dress from 1900 to Today by Jo Turney and Rosemary Harden (Antique Collectors’ Club, Ltd. ISBN-10: 185149538X ) From the 1920s through the end of the 20th century, the floral frock was an important player in the fashion scene. This book, Floral Frocks, explains the garment in the context of its times, from the 1920s when florals became a “fashion fabric,”

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