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The Fashion Designer Survival Guide: An Insider's Look at Starting and Running Your Own Fashion Business
Mary Gehlhar
0793198992
September 2005
Paperback
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From Women’s Wear Daily
"Lest fashion's neophytes get too dreamy, Gehlhar is there to ground them…"

—Margaret Hayes, President, The Fashion Group International
"Mary presents many expectations he or she will confront in the marketplace and provides excellent professional advice throughout the book."

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Chanel
Harold Koda
0300107137
Apr 2005
Hardcover
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From Booklist
Try as it might, this recollection of the Chanel exhibit at Manhattan's Metropolitan Museum of Art doesn't exactly capture the essence of Coco, a young, free-spirited couturier who epitomized the New Woman of her day. And still does. The details and icons associated with Coco Chanel, from the quilted bag and #5 perfume to stars and the ubiquitous double-C logo, are well represented; even the contributors (designer Karl Lagerfeld, for one) and the stark layout and typography suggest le style de Chanel, that "elegantly conceptual modernism." In one sense, the catalog is far superior to the go-live viewing; every piece of her work, whether in the 1920s or today via Lagerfeld's interpretation, reveals the attention to the many hidden points of dress. Yet, despite seven-plus essays and a wondrous parade of photographs...


Portfolio Presentation for Fashion Designers
Linda Tain
1563672529
December 2003
Textbook Paperback
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I Want to Be a Fashion Designer
Stephanie Maze
0152019383
February 2000
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
Grade 4-8-This once-over-lightly introduction to the world of fashion design conveys tremendous excitement and motion in the bright and bold full-color photography that splashes across every page. Profiles of famous designers are interspersed with information on the types of jobs available in the field and the education needed to be successful. The history of fashion design, the impact of technology, and the importance of trade shows gain mention. Maze includes spreads on terminology, international attire, fashion trivia, a "who's who" list of designers, and even the process of making silk. She closes with a profile of a girl's success at designing and marketing fingerless fleece hand protectors. A fun update to Miriam Moss's Fashion Designer (Crestwood House, 1991).Joyce Adams Burner, Hillcrest Library,...


Chanel and Her World
Edmonde Charles-Roux
0865651590
March 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
If style never goes out of fashion, then a biography of Coco Chanel shouldn't either. First published 25 years ago and out of print for the last decade, Charles-Roux's book was originally all black and white, but large color photos and illustrations have been added for this reissue, and the layout has been redesigned as well. (The text remains the same.) As a former editor-in-chief of French Vogue for 12 years and a longtime friend of Chanel, Charles-Roux collected a lot of photos of the fashion icon and of those allowed into her inner circle. She shares many of them in this massive biography, which follows Chanel's journey from her birth on August 20, 1883, to her days as a shop girl in Moulins to her triumph in, and transformation of, the fashion world. The book also provides insight into how Chanel's style...


Confessions of a Window Dresser: Tales from a Life in Fashion
Simon Doonan
0641568037

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High Fashion Sewing Secrets from the World's Best Designers : A Step-By-Step Guide to Sewing Stylish Seams, Buttonholes, Pockets, Collars, Hems, And More (Rodale Sewing Book)
Claire B. Shaeffer
1579544150
February 24, 2001
Paperback
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Book Review
If you want your notched collars to lie smoothly like Ellen Tracy's, your pants zippers to be as invisibly fused with the inseam pocket as Giorgio Armani's, and your topstitched facings to have the impeccable look of Chanel, this is the book to have. Home sewers need and want exactly the kind of painstaking construction tips that Claire B. Shaeffer provides. She not only tells you how to add designer details such as those mentioned above, but also how to copy any garment, alter a sleeve, change seams to darts or folds (or vice versa), and make a basic pattern. This is one of the best intermediate sewing guides on the market. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"A surefire bible for any sewer who yearns to copy the high-priced couture...


20th Century Fashion
Linda Watson
1552979881
Oct 2004
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-This visually compelling resource on fashion for women as championed by Vogue magazine over the last 100 years will have limited relevance to most secondary school curricula. Profusely illustrated with full-color and black-and-white design sketch-es, artwork, and photography reproduced from the pages of that magazine, the set teems with florid prose: "Ever since Eve wore a fig leaf, fashion has been associated with two things: defining sexuality and committing outrageous behaviour." The first two volumes provide an overview of the last century of fashion in six-to-eight page chapters that establish the historical context for each decade's changing mores and styles. The last three volumes provide brief, alphabetically arranged articles on fashion designers from around the world, from Adolfo to Zoran,...


Designer Knockoff: A Crime of Fashion Mystery
Ellen Byerrum
0451212681
August 2004
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Description
When fashion columnist Lacey Smithsonian learns that a new fashion museum will soon grace decidedly unfashionable D.C., it's more than a good story-it's a chance to show off her vintage Hugh Bentley suit. And it's not long before the dapper designer himself spots Lacey in the crowd. A reporter at heart, she manages to get all the juicy details about his past-including a long-unsolved mystery about a missing employee. Could it be linked to the disappearance of a Washington intern or the recent Bentley boutique robbery? Lacey sets out to unravel the murderous details in a fabric of lies, greed-and (gasp!) very bad taste...


Diamond Spur
Diana Palmer
1551669501
November 2002
Mass Market Paperback
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New York Times bestselling author Linda Howard
"Diana Palmer is a unique talent . . . Her writing combines wit, humor and sensuality . . ."

Book Description
Texas rancher Jason Donovan was known for his temper, his brooding nature and his deep distrust of women. No one at the Diamond Spur ranch could stand his moods -- except Kate Whitman. Kate was young and inexperienced, but she knew that Jason was the only man for her. She wanted him more than anything, but he offered her only brotherly protection -- until the day she discovered that Jason's desire was as strong as her own. But Jason was not interested in commitment, or marriage, and especially not love. So Kate pursued another fantasy -- becoming a successfl New York fashion designer. But just when it seemed that her fairy tale was...


Fashionably Late
Beth Kendrick
074349959X
Jan 2006
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Becca Davis, 25 and living with her parents in Phoenix, is struggling with controlling ex-fiancé Kevin Bradley, who is determined to win her back. Liberating herself, Becca heads to L.A., where her rich married sister, Claire, lives, to start a career in fashion, with only one wedding dress and corset in her portfolio. Becca secures a job as a hostess in an upscale eatery run by a handsome, single and adventurous restaurateur. Conner is everything Kevin wasn't, and sparks fly. Meanwhile, Becca may have her first break when she meets Fiona, an aloof and diabolical celebrity stylist who needs someone to put her clients together. Claire, who is a very material girl, is put to the test when husband Andrew loses his studio exec job (Claire ponders putting her unborn twins up for adoption in response to the job...


Them : A Memoir of Parents
Francine du Plessix Gray
1594200491
May 5, 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. "My mother enjoyed claiming direct descent from Genghis Khan," Gray explains as she opens this complex and rewarding family memoir. That claim gave her mother "both the aristocratic pedigree and the freedom to be a barbarian." Tatiana Yakovleva du Plessix Liberman was 19 and hungry in 1925 when she left the Soviet Union for France. Tatiana and Russian poet Vladimir Mayakovsky soon fell passionately in love, but the ever-practical woman married aristocratic Frenchman Bertrand du Plessix instead. They had one child, Francine, before du Plessix was killed in early WWII combat. Tatiana then became involved with Alexander Liberman, a British- and French-educated artistic Jewish-Russian émigré. Alex, Tatiana and Francine fled to New York in 1941 and started a new life—Tatiana...


American Fashion Designers Paper Dolls
Tom Tierney
0486433471
May 2004
Paperback
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Sample: 100 Fashion Designers - 010 Curators
Phaidon Press (Editor)
0714844403
May 2005
Hardcover
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Book Review
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From Publishers Weekly
Even the cover of this book on innovative fashion design is unique; its white pleated paper is just a taste of the originality to be found within. Ten of the fashion world's most respected figures, such as four-time winner of the British Designer of the Year award Alexander McQueen, and freelance Paris-based journalist Stephen Todd, have chosen 100 international young designers of clothing and accessories to show off their work. Their creations are bold and often unusual. The book's smart layout has a collage feel to it, with descriptions of each designer written in typewriter-like font placed in a white box, and...



Madeleine Vionnet
Betty Kirke, Issey Miyake
0811819973
January 1998
Hardcover
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Book Review
Madeleine Vionnet's greatest distinction as a designer was her discovery of the bias cut. Cutting patterns along the bias forces the fabric to cling to the body and move with it, which created her trademark look of draped, form-conscious clothing. When designer Issey Miyake first saw a Vionnet dress, it was like the first time he saw Winged Victory at the Louvre: "I thought then that the statue of Nike had been reincarnated in the dresses by Vionnet. She had captured the most beautiful aspect of classical Greek aesthetics: the body and movement." Vionnet's long career as a dressmaker and designer began with the 20th century. Always conscious of women's bodies and inspired in part by modern dancer Isadora Duncan, she soon dispensed with corsets and other constricting garments, and used barefoot models to present her first...


Feet First
Leanne Banks
0373770189
September 2005
Mass Market Paperback
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From Booklist
Jenny Prillaman loves her job as assistant to a designer at Bellagio Shoes so much that when her boss, who is probably on a bender, doesn't show up for work one day, she covers for him by taking some of her own drawings to a meeting with hunky VP Marc Waterson. A reality show has been planned around the showy wedding of a Paris Hilton-like member of the Bellagio family. At a televised dinner, Jenny ends up having wild sex in the pantry with Marc. Marc is looking for a wife but can't keep his hands off Jenny. Jenny knows that he has plans to marry some vacuous beauty queen but decides that every woman needs to have a blazingly hot affair that she can remember forever. Jenny and Marc are kind, decent, and endearing characters. Banks is a master at writing exquisitely paced and sexy fun-to-read novels, and in this one she is...


Threads
Joseph Abboud
0060535350
Sept 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
"All clothes make a statement. The right clothes make a statement that will open doors." With his user-friendly advice, Abboud, chairman emeritus and creative director of the men's clothier Joseph Abboud Company, revisits his past and, concurrently, shares fashion tips. Clients like Tom Brokaw and Wynton Marsalis are testaments to Abboud's elegance-with-an-edge style. His love affair with clothes started when he was growing up in Boston's South End in the 1950s and '60s, and he parlayed a passion for design into a job designing menswear at Polo/Ralph Lauren. When Abboud presented his own collection in 1987, he encountered the cutthroat practices of multimillion-dollar fashion empires. Abboud openly admits his career disappointments, including his foray into the lion's den of women's clothing and his trials...


Fashion Designers
Pamela Golbin
0823016390
February 2001
Hardcover
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From Booklist
Golbin, curator of textiles at the Louvre, gives full rein in her book to the illustrations; each of 35 (mainly French) designers is given approximately one page of biographical and philosophical background. All the usual "suspects" are included, from the elegant Gabrielle Chanel to funk-and-punk Rei Kawakubo and Vivienne Westwood. The introduction paves the way for some thoughtful considerations of trends in fashion, according to era: the golden age of couture (1940-63), the time when youth ruled (1964-79), and fashionable fashion (1979 to the present). An authoritative, sophisticated overview of the rags-to-riches business. Barbara Jacobs
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Fashion Illustration for Designers
Kathryn Hagen
0130983837
Aug 2004
Paperback
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Beauty in Exile: The Artists, Models, and Nobility Who Fled the Russian Revolution and Influenced the World of Fashion [BARGAIN PRICE]
Alexandre Vassiliev
B0002IA1OK
November 1, 2000
Hardcover
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From Library Journal
This unique, first-of-its-kind treatment of the influence of Russian migr s upon women's fashions during the early 20th century is breathtaking in depth and scope. Enhanced by over 840 black-and-white photographs and illustrations, the text describes successful accomplishments of dozens of Russian houses of couture prolific during the 1920s and 1930s in Paris, Constantinople, Berlin, and Harbin in far-off China. Forced to support themselves, noble Russian refugees employed what they knew best: elegance, style, and good taste. One, Valentina, found success in the United States, dressing Garbo and other film actresses. Characteristic Russian decorations and embroideries derived from Slavic and Eastern sources excited wealthy clientele who had been primed for things " la Russe" even before the Revolution by the...


Designer Style Handbags: Techniques And Projects For Unique, Fun, And Elegant Designs From Classic To Retro
Sherri Haab
0823012883
July 2005
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
Adult-High School–With this title, teens can create a funky felt purse or make one from an old book, or decorate an old handbag. Haab reviews the types of fabrics, glues, linings, materials, and sewing techniques to consider for these projects. This same type of information, in simpler language and on a smaller scale, is provided in Haab's The Hip Handbag Book: 25 Easy-to-Make Totes, Purses, and Bags (Watson-Guptill, 2004). Designer Style focuses on more complex creations that require more steps and several specific tools and craft items. The many colorful photographs are of excellent quality.–Shannon Seglin, Chantilly Regional Library, Fairfax County, VA Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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