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21. Grace: Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue
by Grace Coddington, Michael Roberts, Anna Wintour
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Asin: 3882438185
Catlog: Book (2002-09-15)
Publisher: Steidl Publishing
Sales Rank: 114612
Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Cool fashion book
This book is cool. Vogue is definitely the place to see all the latest and greatest fashion trend and the art of photograhing and show them.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very helpful & informative
I just recently purchase this book, at a time when I was getting a bit discourage as a stylist. It helped me to realize that there are good days and bad days and to keep my head up! I believe that the book chosed me at that very moment. It is very helpful in terms of preparation for production shoots. Also informative in knowing the different ways each photographer preps and how Mrs. Coddington binds with each photographer's concepts. I have had the pleasure of working with Mrs. Coddington as a model, and I can confirm that she is a down to earth person which makes one feel comfortable when working for her. Thank you for sharing your 30 yrs!

5-0 out of 5 stars stylist supreme
Grace: Thirty years of fashion in Vogue is a delightful collection of some of the most memorable and influential fashion photographs since the nineteen seventies.....all of them touched by the imaginative and chic eye of super stylist and editor Grace Coddington. The range of fashion fantasies is impressive. From the tough erotic chic of helmut newton, whimsical femininity of sarah moon on thru the joyful, innocent sexiness of bruce weber, Miss coddington helps each image become something entertaining and memorable. The printing is terrific , layouts are elegant , plus, perfectly boxed in a delicious and very chic pumpkin. Well worth it's luxe weight.... ... Read more


22. US Secrets of Celebrity Style : A Crash Course in Dressing Like the Stars
by Editors of US Weekly, Dale Hrabi
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Asin: 1932958517
Catlog: Book (2005-04-27)
Publisher: Wenner Books
Sales Rank: 4871
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Us Weekly reveals the secrets of celebrity style.

The editors of the country's hottest celebrity magazine unlock the fashion secrets of the stars and help readers get gorgeous!

Whether they're snapped walking down a red carpet or a city street, stars like Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lopez, and Jessica Simpson never look anything but drop-dead gorgeous. In Valentino or a pair of Levi's, attending a premiere or running from the paparazzi, today's stars always manage to pull it off. Now readers can crib their fashion secrets in Us Secrets of Celebrity Style, the first book from Us Weekly, the mega-selling magazine that has become the nation's celebrity bible.

Readers will learn where to shop, what to wear, and how to wear it, including solutions for both daytime and nighttime glamour. They'll get insight from the Us experts on how to minimize flaws and maximize assets, as well as in-depth advice on dressing for any occasion, and the inside tricks that Hollywood's top stylists use to make the stars look perfect.

Splashed with the color, gloss, and celebrity photography that the magazine is known for, Us Secrets of Celebrity Style gives readers a total guide to looking good -- and shows that you don't need an army of groomers and stylists, or a large stash of cash, to look your best. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Glam up your look!
From US Weekly magazine comes "US Secrets of Celebrity Style: A Crash Course in Dressing Like the Stars". This is a nifty oversized, softcover that focuses on how the stars dress to look good and grab attention and how you can too.

US Secrets reveals the classic elements that the stars have worn for years that are timeless in appeal and make people wonder - "Who is she?" The book starts with the white shirt. You see Ingrid Bergman wearing the classic in 1951 and Mary J. Bilge updating the white shirt look today. Other basics are covered like scarfs, sunglasses, the little black dress etc.
Then the book delves into occasions like what to wear to a summer wedding or how to ultra-glam up an evening. Celebrities of today are used with looks you can copy and get ideas from.
Vintage looks are shown with modern updates.

The book also includes best bets for body styles,age style, accessories and more. What to do and what NOT to do are covered. Celebrities range from classic icons like Audrey Hepburn and Jackie O to the newly minted Paris Hilton and Tara Reid. Tons of celebs..Uma Thurman, Kirsten Dunst, Cameron Diaz, Reese Witherspoon, Kate Hudson, Selma Blair and more..(One caveat, though they have a special section on what to wear for your age, most of the celebs featured throughout the book are under 35.)

The book is a good source for inspiration. My daughter loves fashion. Looking through the book we find different ways to wear the pieces she has in her wardrobe without spending a bundle.

Jennifer Aniston is not a favorite of mine so I am not fond of the books cover. However, I read a comment in a magazine that said that though Ms. Aniston is not super attractive her total packaging ie grooming and clothes gives her a lot of star appeal. So that makes the cover understandable. Still I think a book on clothing and style could have had a better cover than a blow up of her face.

Overall the book is a good read and packed with good tips and ideas.

5-0 out of 5 stars Intoxicating read!
Once I picked up the US Secrets of Celebrity Style guide I couldn't put it down. The photos are great, the styles very well-researched and organized, and the editorial is surprisingly witty. The book is dense too. There's lots of useful tips for dressing for every occasion, style pitfalls (who knew metallics were so risky?), and dressing for your age and shape. I really loved the style influences -- Lauren Hutton, patron saint of the All American Style? Mais oui! ... Read more


23. Fruits
by Shoichi Aoki
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Asin: 0714840831
Catlog: Book (2001-01-06)
Publisher: Phaidon Press
Sales Rank: 3534
Average Customer Review: 4.58 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com's Best of 2001

If you ever wondered where the catwalk got its claws, then the portraits gathered in photographer Shoichi Aoki's book Fruits, from the streets of Harajuku in Tokyo, point the way to an extraordinarily imaginative and invariably stunning glut of mongrel fashion heists. A best-of collection from the fanzine of the same name, and published for the first time outside Japan, Fruits keeps its style clean: front-on, razor-sharp images, ranging from the deadpan to the manic, of the sharpest collages of sartorial influence that, usually, little money can buy. From off the peg to off the wall, kitsch to bitch, each person bears a combination and philosophy as distinctive as DNA. All shades of aesthetic are raided, with exquisite, scrupulous attention to detail. Punk is a favorite, as is, appropriately, Vivienne Westwood, alongside Milk and Jean-Paul Gaultier, and the occasional Comme des Garçons. Many of the outfits, though, are second-hand or self-assembly, such as a skirt drooping petals of men's silk ties, Wa-mono, when tradition Japanese clothes are topped with, say, an authentic bowler hat, EGL (elegant gothic Lolita), and a swathe of tartans, pinks, and turquoises. The most malleable feature, unsurprisingly, is hair, with dreadlocks, mohicans, back-combing, and crops dyed an irradiated spectrum. While the eye is drawn, obediently, to the mannequins, the background is often worth a look, either for the vending machines against which a number are shot, or the ubiquitous Gap store and bags, a constant reminder of the global mass market.

One enterprising man wears a genuine British paperboy's delivery bag, and, to pick but one profile, Princess, 18, is trying to be a doll and is currently preoccupied with body organs. Mmm. All the subjects are asked the source of their clothes, as well as their "point of fashion" and "current obsession." The scope for sociopsychological discussion is vast, particularly with the preponderance of infantilization, through dolls, bonnets, pop socks, and Barbie, but this is a joyous documentation of the innovative, celebrating the inspirational polytheism of street fashion, captured with provocative, political zeal. Best let the street cats prowl. --David Vincent ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Truly captures how young Japanese Teens dress
After visiting Japan last year and having spent most of my time in Harajuku (where most of these pix were taken)--all i can say is this book truly captures how young Japanese teens dress. Hypercolored clothing, crazy extreme mismatching, a gaggle of plastic accessories, technotoys and unnatural hair color is standard-- it's anime character meets candyraver meets barbie in Super Mario land.

You may think these teens are the few "extreme" dressers in their society, but you're wrong. I would estimate that 80% of teens in Japan's metro areas dress this way, if not more extreme.

In fact, the teens in Fruits are a bit *subtle* compared to what is going on in Japanese fashion today. It's not uncommon to see girls in elaborate french maid outfits with metallic makeup walking out of the train station. Walking everywhere you see these hello kitty psycho sweethearts, riddled with fake blonde hair, white lipstick, and mile-high op-art platforms. I've turned a corner and seen gangs of japanese guys and girls looking like Bob Marley and Lauryn Hill, replete with fake black tan, dreads, ghetto fabulous hip hop gear and all. Scrupulous attention is paid to every part of the body. Only about 5% of Japanese girls i observed did NOT wear some kinda of intricate rainbow patterned/bejeweled nail art. And the best part is seeing all these vividly dressed youths swarming all around you in hordes.

Fruits, although on target for year 2001, is almost out of style now, given that Japanese fashion trends change every minute. If you can't get enough of Fruits, then you really need to take a trip to Japan (Tokyo) which I stress is vital for anyone in the fashion, arts, or other trend industry. It's like living in the future--talking toilets, automatic servamatrons, futurism galore, towns called Sunshine City, bridges named Rainbow Bridge--it's pop-culture infantilism crossbred with sophisticated technology, the most fascinating hybrid found only in Japan. I guarantee you will be visually stimulated and inspired to no end at the hallucinatory flourescence that is Japanese youth culture. Now go book that ticket.

5-0 out of 5 stars Eye popping fashion passion (with a healthy does of humor)
From the highly worshipped pages of Japan's premiere street fashion bible comes FRUITS, from the magazine of the same name, created and photographed by Shoichi Aoki. From its beginning in 1994, FRUITS magazine covered the wide world of street fashions sported by young Japanese crowd of the Tokyo suburbs. This edition of FRUITS, from Phaidon publishing, is a collection of full page portraits from the magazine. It's the first time many of these images have been published in the western world.

Be prepared to enter the wild and wacky world of Japanese street style; a mixture of thrift store chic, designer handbags and accessories, anime and manga color, traditional Japanese clothing and home created "couture", sure to grab your attention, if not to make you laugh out loud. Creativity and ideas abound (notice I didn't say they were all "good" ideas.) Witness fever pitched fashion passion, eye popping cartoon creations worn with complete self confidence. Getting your picture in FRUITS magazine is your fashion street cred badge of honor, and these kids pursue it with all the style muscle they can muster.

Rasta cowboys, EGL (elegant gothic Lolita) baby dolls, anime space cadets, rockabilly punks, designer samurais; these are but a few of the style hybrids on display. Mixing vintage finds, designer labels (like W<, Jean Paul Gaultier and the prolific influence of Vivienne Westwood), and their own customized experiments, these Japanese teens create a world where the only limit to style is their own imagination.

You need this book. It's that good.

1-0 out of 5 stars Fruits is a Fraud
Fruits purports to be photos of people picked at random from the streets based on their unusual outfits. In my opinion, all the subjects are models, dressed by a designer. Maybe they thought that westerners would not notice that all or most of the women and men subjects are photographed more than once. Some show up again and again. In my opinion, the photographs are staged and the outfits are not the creations of the people who are photographed. Notice too, how all the outfits are top notch from head to toe. You would expect to see a few ugly or poor decisions if the photos were of real people. Take a look if you are interested in how to try and dupe the public.

5-0 out of 5 stars Selling Japanese Fruit to the World
I love the work by my fellow photographer Shoichi Aoki. Like me, he shoots the cool trendsetters on the streets of Tokyo. Since he started his magazine FRUITS in the mid-90s he has taken countless of photographs of the coolest street fashion that the world has seen sofar. The best of these shots are compiled in this book.

Aoki first started documenting street fashion in London in the mid 80's. He has told me that he taught himself how to take photographs from books. At the time Japanese fashion wasn't free at all. Inspired by the free street fashion of London the young Aoki decided he wanted to do something about Japanese staleness.

In the early to mid 90's things were beginning to change in Japan. The Harajuku area in Tokyo had its main thoroughfare closed off on Sundays and this was attracting more and more bands and show offs. The 'pedestrian heaven' (hokoten) as it was called became a laboratory and incubation center for new trends in music and fashion.

"In Japan," Aoki told me recently, "everybody had always dressed the same. Whatever was popular was worn by everyone. Everybody would wear Comme des Garçons or Ivy or whatever brand was 'in'. But suddenly Harajuku became free. People started to feel that it was cool to coordinate your own clothes. Harajuku fashion became really interesting and fun." He recalls: "You had this small group of trendsetters, perhaps 10 to 20 people. Whenever they came up with something new, others would soon imitate them. But these imitators weren't as cool as the original trendsetters so the trendsetters didn't want to be identified with them."

"To differentiate themselves again they came up with new things. It just escalated. They kept on trying to escape from their imitators right into "decora" (fashion style sporting lots of decorative stuff and strong bright colors). They figured nobody would follow them into wearing clothes that crazy."

FRUITS shows these 'crazy' trends in all their details. The book has virtually no text, just page after page of exquisitely printed color photographs. Aoki's photographs are unique in that he shows the full body, from head to toe, in actual street situations. This is much better than shots done in the studio. It is like photographing animals in the wild opposed to photographing them in the zoo.

Full body shots makes it possible to not only see the pants, skirts, dresses, coats and sweaters, but also the shoes, socks, stockings, hats and wild hairdos in all their glory.

Short descriptions explain what each person is wearing, their age and their 'obsession'.

If you want to put to rest the myth that Japanese people are not creative and original, you just have got to read this book. You'll find it a great inspiration.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fruits
This book rocks the crazy street styles. Great source for design for anime or comic book characters. ... Read more


24. Adobe Photoshop CS: The Art of Photographing Women
by Kevin Ames
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Asin: 0764543180
Catlog: Book (2004-03-22)
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Sales Rank: 11438
Average Customer Review: 4.59 out of 5 stars
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make your photographs of women look better than their best

As every professional photographer knows, there is work to be done after the shoot wraps. Photographer and digital magician Kevin Ames takes you behind the scenes of his fashion work to reveal his thinking behind the camera as well as in front of the computer. Using full-color examples, he shows you step by step how to use Photoshop to digitally refine beauty and fashion photos, from correcting color and smoothing skin to sculpting bodies and removing blemishes, and much more. Whether you're shooting high fashion, portraits, lingerie, or swimsuits, in the studio or on location, Photoshop CS: The Art of Photographing Women is your secret assistant. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!
This is the book that anyone wanting to become a real expert in photoshop needs to read. It is my bible for retouching, and what is great is that it is absolutely current, using Photoshop CS. Kevin leaves no holes, the steps are exact and easy to follow. I am a fashion photographer that does alot of work in New York and found that the expertise I have gained from this book has put me ahead of most digital photo retouchers. I feel so powerful! It has given me a definite edge in my business.

5-0 out of 5 stars Finally something new in Photoshop books!
I have been buying Photoshop books for years now. This one breaks the mold and gives you more than the same old beginner info. This is a great how to book on portrait retouching from a real pro in the field. Kevin has been teaching Photoshop for years, but this is the first time you can get it in book form. Want to know where Scott Kelby gets all his portrait retouching knowlege? It's from Kevin! This book and the Retouching book from Katrin Eismann are the best on the market. Don't wast your money on other books like I did. This is a winner. Don't forget to download all the sample pictures in the book from Kevin's website www.amesphoto.com/learning

5-0 out of 5 stars Bulls eye
This is an excellent book filled with beautiful imagery and relevent information. The examples are clear in purpose and delivery. I would whole heartedly recommend this textbook for those that wish to expand their basic knowledge and application of Photoshop skills. We are using Kevin's book as required reading in our Digital Photography program at The Creatvie Circus school in Atlanta. I look forward to the next installment of Kevin Ames' Photoshop working manuals, as they are very useful and user friendly. A++

5-0 out of 5 stars Virtual Interactive Classroom in a Book
This step-by-step photoshop guide delivers what it promises and is one of the easiest to follow technical books I have ever read. Kevin Ames shares his extensive knowledge and experience by successfully coordinating downloadable images from his website with the lessons in this book to create a truly interactive online classroom. I was particularly impressed with Mr. Ames' ability to clearly communicate complex concepts and with his immediate and personal responses to my email messages.

3-0 out of 5 stars visually appealing, but not the best tips
One first sight, this book is extremely appealing to me. Superb formating of diagrams and text, fully colored and filled with beautiful pictures of women. I almost buy it after browsing it.

BUT, if you read in detail and try to follow its tips, you'll find it go through many laborious steps to do simple things. There's a section on archiving that barely talks about how to archive efficently. THere is also a section detailing how you can retouch photo of a bikini clad girl to look like barbie doll. I find the final picture appauling.

There are also sections on how to trim thighs, remove facial blemishes etc. However, there is another book I owned called "Photoshop Restoration and Retouching" - by Katrin Eismann, that does a better job on retouching. I strongly recommend this book if you're a serious photographer. There is a much wider range of tips and easy steps in this book. ... Read more


25. No Lifeguard: The Accidental Life of the World's First Supermodel
by Janice Dickinson
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Asin: 0060566175
Catlog: Book (2003-10-01)
Publisher: ReganBooks
Sales Rank: 85265
Average Customer Review: 3.49 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Honest memoir by an early super model
Janice Dickinson was one of the first models who not only broke the mold of the blonde, pale and WASP-y supermodel but turned it on upside down, in the tradition of Gia Carangi, Cindy Crawford and Beverly Johnson. Born with looks that turned heads and drove men to their knees, Dickinson was not as blessed when it came to her personal life and self-image. She seemed destined to self-destruct but somehow managed to recreate herself until time, drugs and her past caught up with her.
Does this sound like just another dreary tale of a beautiful woman who let fame go to her head. drugs muddle her brain and life pass her by? Think again. Pick this one up and I doubt you'll put it down again till you've read every sentence. FOr one thing, Dickinson has the courage to spill almost all about the ups and downs of her life (although I'd LOVE to read what she doesn't reveal) and that, in itself, is compelling. She's honest about many of her flaws and revealing about the lives of celebrities who cross her path, including Sylvester Stallone, Christie Brinkley, Jack Nicholson, Warren Beatty and others. This makes for a juicy read. I'll leave it to you to decide what is true and what isn't. What I CAN say is that this book definitely isn't boring or dry. CAUTION: There are some nude photos in the photo spread so, depending on your values, you may not want to leave this one lying around the house.

5-0 out of 5 stars Not your average memoir !! Couldn't put it down!!!
This book was an experience to read! It was BRUTALLY honest in its language and its content. It was both a confessional and an insider view to the world of modeling. This book isn't boring for an instant! She writes not just with honesty, but with HEART! There is no b.s. about Janice! She also has a wickedly wry sense of humor. She can be acerbic and outrageous, yet very sweet and sentimental, especially when she's talking about her two children. I highly recommended this book, though I DON"T recommended it for the faint of heart or the easily offended. There are nude photos throughout and very graphic language. But she uses it to make her points, not gratuitously.
If you are looking for a refreshingly different memoir, this one is in a class by itself!

4-0 out of 5 stars Into the world of catwalks
Janice Dickinson is the bitchy judge on America's Top Model. After reading her autobiography, you understand why and come to respect this woman. She is up-front and in your face, tell it as she likes it. The numerous allusions she makes to the people she knows who later become famous are amazing and tremendously fascinating. This book definitely plunges you right into her world. Janice expects to sympathies just that you know the truth.

4-0 out of 5 stars Politically Incorrect...
You either love her or hate her. This book is perfect for people who are akin to risk, but want to be a voyeur.
Her bad language is nothing a bar of soap wouldn't fix.....

3-0 out of 5 stars I read this for hours straight
To be honest I wasn't even that interested in the author in the first place, I was more interested in her lifetime adventures and connections such as Mick Jagger, Sly Stallone, Francesco Scavullo, Warren Beatty, Patti Hansen, Bruce Willis and so on. However, I did get to like her more throughout the book despite of her big (and at times very small) ego. She made me laugh a few times that's for sure. And she is very straightforward and honest, she even puts herself down many a time, I felt I could relate to her sincerity. She's a great story teller. Two things that were overused were, the constant blame she puts on her abusive father for all her mistakes and insecurities. Many happy, successful, stable people out there could use her same excuses and go and screw up their lives, but they don't, they just get on with it, it usually takes a long time, but you just do it. I understand how hard and disgusting a lot of it was for her, but how many times can she repeat the same thing. Didn't she get tired of not taking responsibility for her actions after a while? There was overuse of strong profanity too, lots of us swear here and there, but come on, I have to keep this book out of reach (and not only of children!), it could've still been interesting without all the heavy duty swearing. ... Read more


26. Fairie-Ality: The Fashion Collection
by David Downton, Eugenie Bird
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Asin: 0763614130
Catlog: Book (2002-11-01)
Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
Sales Rank: 14017
Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Artistic!
This book is nice for people who have a TRUE appreciation for the arts, you can see all the time put into each design.

As you turn the pages, you can sit there and analyze every color, every pattern, everything and be completely mesmorized and at loss for words. Absolutely beautiful craftsmanship, wonderfully created, and nice for people who need inspiration for something a little edgy in their world of artistic design.

5-0 out of 5 stars Haute Couture of the Fairy Realm
If you want to know who's burning up the runways with the season's haute couture, look no further! Enjoy this detailed catalogue of The Fashion Collection known as Fairie-ality from the innovative and expressive House of Ellwand, designer to the Folk, par excellence.
I would have to say this is the most beautiful book I've seen in years and that it is one of my favorite books in my entire library, if not THE favorite. It is an elegant, beautifully crafted coffee table volume in a gold hard cover edition. It is delightfully witty and captures the fashion world's nuances and idosyncracies in good fun and high style. Whimsical water color sketches of a type from fashion's heyday in Vogue Magazine introduce the various themes and creations while full dazzling color photographs present exquisitely detailed and meticulously handcrafted high fashion of the fairy realm. The commentary is breezy and bright and oh, so, in the know! Charming inserts such as a mix and match catalogue, invitations, and advance notices are sprinkled throughout the book. The artistry is unparalleled and uses the finest of natural materials, including feathers, seeds, and myriad examples of the exotic floral and other botanical resources joined with a master's eye for flair, movement, and color. Enjoy eclectic designs filled with flash from shoes to hats and everything in between. Not only are you invited into this exclusive world of fashion but you are made privy to the parties, the cotillions, moonbeam swims, firefly hunting, midnight dancing and all of the biggest names in fairy society. Fashions for ladies and gentlemen grace these pages as do fashions for the entire wedding party from the flower girl to the bride. As the wedding fashions featured in this collection indicate, it is a very chic bride who will walk the bridal runway on the arm of her proud father this season. There is so much detail here and so much witty humor that this book can be enjoyed for hours upon hours and over and over again with each foray seeming to present new delicacies of fashion delight. The descriptions for the designs are each more breath-taking than the one before as evidenced by this commentary for the astonishing Maid of Honor dress: "Silky crow feathers and a single green parrot feather gather in layers, creating the touch-me velveteen look of the skirt - spellbinding. The bodice and straps are lily leaves; the overbodice, a whispering tracery of skeleton leaf. Sumptuous."
This book is a true work of art from begining to end and I can't think of a single person that wouldn't at least admire it's detail and perfection of execution. Fairie friends will, of course, be enraptured by it. Any creative, artistic, whimsical, young at heart, fashion conscious, costume or dress-up aficionado will treasure it. Get yourself a copy and give several away. It's the pick of the crop. Tre chic!

5-0 out of 5 stars Fashions Fit for a Fairy Queen
What a gorgeous book filled with gossamer wings and wispy things. I felt I was peeking into Queen Tatiana's closet; indeed, this is the wardrobe of royalty - a fairy fashion dreambook. Such a feast for artists, poets, fantasy lovers, and wee fashionistas of the sidh.

*Fairie-ailty* is a large, hefty book - especially, considering the feathery lightness of its contents - and made of top quality materials. All the better to display the sumptuous beauty enclosed between its covers.

The fairy finery on display are photos and etchings of gorgeous garments impeccably layered with beads and buttons and items from nature's bounty: flower petals, feathers, seeds, shells, etc.

As a collagist and art lover, I give it my highest praise. My one complaint: I would not be able to fit into any of these little lovelies.

2-0 out of 5 stars Fairie-Ality: The Fashion Collection
The book has wonderful pictures, but other than sitting on a coffee table there isn't much use for it. I was expecting methods and instructions or at least where to purchase items to design. I was very dissapointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars STUNNING
This book is just beautiful. It's an obvious must have for Fairy lovers, but flower lovers will have their breath taken away as well. It's filled with whimsy and the most amazing artwork, it's perfect for just about anyone's coffee table who likes a lighthearted "something different".

Another plus to the book is how heavy the pages are. They're nice and substantial, meaning it's OKAY TO PAGE THROUGH without feeling like the book will flake apart in your hands! Often I find when books are about delicate fairies, they feel the book itself needs to be delicate - in this case, it's definitely for browsing.

It's simply beautiful, and remarkable, and memorable. A winner. ... Read more


27. Balenciaga
by MARIE-ANDREE JOUVE
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Asin: 0847810798
Catlog: Book (1989-07-15)
Publisher: Rizzoli
Sales Rank: 776742
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Concise story of Cristobal Balenciaga
This is a great book for those interested in knowing the career of Balenciaga.Marie Andrée Jouvre had already written a larger edition on the topic, a book callled "Balenciaga", published in 1988. She shows she really understands what she is talking about.What I liked most aboutthis book is that it gives a general overview of the work of this master,including somehigh quality pictures of his most famous dresses.And forthose who really prefer pictures, this is the book for you. The writtenpart is really small, yet effective. ... Read more


28. Professional Model Portfolios: A Step-by-Step Guide for Photographers
by Billy Pegram
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Catlog: Book (2004-08-01)
Publisher: Amherst Media
Sales Rank: 76625
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This photographer's guide to creating successful model portfolios encourages a dynamic, diversified artistic approach and shares essential knowledge about the modeling industry, portfolio basics, and agency requirements. Photographers learn how to work with models for the best possible results, create and refine a standout portfolio, and sell that product to agents in the United States, England, and Asia. Three actual portfolios are included to help photographers conceptualize, sculpt, and refine their own portfolios to maximize their client's reach in the industry. Photographers learn why particular images were chosen for opening and closing shots, how to arrange the interior images, and what constitutes an appealing design. Featuring information on working with women, men, and children, this book will help new and experienced models and photographers alike in getting the results they desire. ... Read more


29. Les Girls: Photographies Daniel Frasnay
by Daniel Frasnay
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Catlog: Book (2005-06-01)
Publisher: Greybull Press
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30. Sante D'Orazio: Photographs
by Sante D'Orazio, John Yau
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Asin: 1892041308
Catlog: Book (2000-08-15)
Publisher: Arena Editions
Sales Rank: 177622
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Sante D'Orazio is one of the most important image-makers working in the area of fashion and editorial photography today. Manifested in the sexy and vibrant campaigns he has produced for clients such as Versace, Tommy Hilfiger, Victoria's Secret, Revlon, and L'Oreal, D'Orazio's signature style-a unique blend of art and commerce-has become a mainstay of the fashion industry. Since the 1980s, the photographer has also worked editorially for numerous magazines including American Vogue, Esquire, Town & Country, Detour, Max, Interview and Vanity Fair. In this follow-up to his enormously successful first book, A Private View (1998), D'Orazio again presents his most thrilling images of supermodels like Kate Moss, Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford, and Helena Christenson, while sharing his best portraits of such entertainment personalities as Catherine Zeta-Jones, Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, Cameron Diaz, Johnny Depp, Sean Penn, and Antonio Banderas. Produced in a large format design, and exquisitely printed on fine Italian paper, Sante D'Orazio, Photographs is certain to delight anyone interested in the art of fashion and portrait photography. Containing loads of previously unpublished material as well as D'Orazio's classic editorial work, Sante D'Orazio: Photographs is a sexy tribute to one of today's most impressive photographers. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars private view redux
I hate to post something unenthusiastic about such an exciting photographer, but "Photographs" was somewhat dissapointing for me -- I'd read/viewed with great interested his previous book, "a private view" -- which was fantastic. "Photographs" brings back a lot of those same images in a larger format, on worse paper, without the exciting layout and at twice the price. (Had "private view" not been published or were it out of print, I would have rated this book higher.) I think D'Orazio is one of the most exciting fashion photographers working today and I was ultimately saddened that there's not a whole new books worth of photographs here. If you have the option, buy "a private view" instead.

3-0 out of 5 stars Relaxed Female Nudes
If photography books were rated by how relaxed, natural, and open the models are, this book would be a five star book. Many of these images have not been published or shown before.

Before going further, be aware that this book contains many tasteful female nudes and one male nude. If this book were a motion picture, it would probably have an "R" rating.

The book has two serious flaws. First, many of the two-page spreads are devastated by the center crease of the binding. The images should be been skipped or reproduced differently. Second, many of the images are vapid. Whenever Mr. D'Orazio moves away from doing a female nude in motion or with a prop, there's often not much there.

The best of the book is outstanding, and if you overlook the spoiled and uninspiring images, you will be very pleased. Mr. D'Orazio at his best has good talent in composition and use of shadows that make his work much more interesting. When he models work with a prop, whether a cigarette or something more substantial like an easel or a skull, magical things usually happen. The book uses a very fine quality matte paper that reproduces the subtle shadings well.

His unadorned and propless female nudes are a tour de force in one sense. He shows you something you haven't seen before in these people (most of whom are celebrities). Few photographers can accomplish so much with so little, but the viewer (unless totally addicted to the celebrity) wants a bit more.

I found Mr. D'Orazio's portraits of men and humanless scenes much less rewarding. Julian Schnabel and Mike Tyson were the exceptions. He captured something there that was quite remarkable.

As Mr. Yau says in his brief essay, "His subjects seem to have stopped for a moment, relaxed and let down their guard." "Some have even transformed themselves into someone unexpected . . . ." For example, you will see a different side of Julia Roberts. "The men . . . project their image of masculinity . . . ." "All of this D'Orazio captures with a painter's eye . . . ." I disagree with that last comment. The images seem to me to be much more sculptural than painterly, and that is to the good.

Here are my favorites:

Kristen McMenamy, 1986, Shelter Island, New York

Eva Herzigova, 1996, Long Island, New York

Sofia Loren, 1999, Milano, Italy

Julia Roberts, 1996, Culver City, California

Frederique, 1996, St. Barth's

Suzanne Lanza, 1986, Peconic Lodge, Shelter Island, New York

Eva Amurri, 1999, New York City (this is quite remarkable and appears on the back of the book's dust jacket)

Mike Tyson (the second one), 1996, Las Vegas, Nevada

Sylvester Stallone, 1996, New York City

Claudia Schiffer, 2000, London

Eva Amurri and Susan Sarandon, 1999, New York City

Polly Mellen and Leilani, 1992, New York City

Kate Moss, 1995, Glen Cove, New York

Julian Schnabel, 1990, (paint splattered with canvas and easel), Montauk, New York

Courtney Love, 1999, Los Angeles, California

Stella Schnabel with Skull, 1999, New York City

Drew Barrymore, 1993, Hollywood, California

After you enjoy this book, I suggest that you think about what the book teaches about relaxation. When do you drop your "social mask" to be relaxed and experience yourself more fully? Those who are most relaxed here, look most alive. How can you achieve this more often and benefit from it?

Take off your cares and worries!

5-0 out of 5 stars A stellar work!
Finally, a book of celebrity photographs which transcends the formula of merely exposing famous skin! Here is a book of rare and intimate sensuality which brings to the viewer's eye a private and lush sensuality which seems coaxed out of the sitters and never forced. D'Orazio is a genius and this book is one of the most amazing gifts I have received in years. I am buying it for several friends as it is a surefire, sophisticated winner. MORE!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Class & Quality for Grown Ups
A classy arrangement of fashion and famous, in the flesh. Top quality paper and dense inks ensure faithful and luscious reproductions without MTV-in-your-face-image-overcrowding. I bought this book as a gift for my husband; I probably should have bought 2 -- one for pin-ups and one for the coffee table!

5-0 out of 5 stars Impressive.
Sensual intriguing images showcase D'Orazio's artful style. An elegant and lush volume of work that will add spice to my personal collection. D'Orazio has a style all his own that is truly inspirational. I love this book. ... Read more


31. Visionaire #32:Where?
by Not Applicable (Na )
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Asin: 1888645180
Catlog: Book (2000-06-15)
Publisher: Visionaire Publishing, LLC
Sales Rank: 675358
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Too lovely for words...
...but I'll try anyway!

Hermes has contributed to Visionaire before (issue #26 Fantasy) but this issue is far, far better than the previous attempt (and some other attempts too.) Everything about this issue says luxe, from the signature Hermes colored box to the leather case that holds the postcards themselves. There's even a nice little pencil for you to use.

The postcards are printed on a very nice thick matte paper, better than your run of the mill "off the rack" postcards. They are also not the size of ordinary postcards, the Visionaire postcards are longer, slender and sleeker, you may never want to mail them! Each photo/picture is beautiful in their own respect, from top notch talent as usual, but I actually found myself more impressed with the designs on the "backs" of the cards.

Every card has a different pattern on the back of the card where you would put a stamp and write the address along with your message. The patterns are very elegant and fine, like the lines/patterns on American money you see sometimes when you look close at the face or backgrounds. There are swirling dimond shapes, concentric circles, zig-zags, rectagular medlies... I almost wish they would make wrapping paper with these designs!

This is probably one of the best Visionaire's of the bunch to date, if you can only afford to splurge on one Visionaire, then let this be the one, you won't be sorry!

5-0 out of 5 stars WHERE?
Visioanire is finally making its strong comeback in their couture magazine publication. Where? is in the same league alongside Visionaire 18 and Visionaire 24 which have cemented themsevles as the cream of all visioanires, the must have magazines to make your coffee table totally eccentric. The whole process of getting to the natural leather travel guide by Hermes is unreal. First is a black box with Visonaire 32 on it then inside this is a Hermes Box which then holds inside it a Hermes Bag which holds the leather guide within it. Then inside the leather guide is 50 postacards depicting the magical imaginative location of Where? made from the likes of photographers Martio Testino, Peter Lindburgh, Bruce Weber, illustrator Mats Gustafson, art director Fabien Baron, artist Nan Goldin, Wolfgang Tillmans, Oliver Wasow, Jeff Burton, Lauren Greenfield, filmmaker Pedro Almodovar, fashion designer Hussein Chalayan, musician Micheal Stipe and many more. Alongside the 50 postacrds is also a Hermes Pencil. A brilliant publication at last. This will definitely sell out in being only limited to 3300 copies world wide. ... Read more


32. The Way We Live : An Ultimate Treasury for Global Design Inspiration
by STAFFORD CLIFF
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Asin: 1400051347
Catlog: Book (2003-11-04)
Publisher: Clarkson Potter
Sales Rank: 17377
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Spectacular in scope yet intimate in detail, The Way We Live transcends the archetypal style book to reveal global connections and patterns in home decoration. This unique body of detailed design inspiration encompasses the full range of options, from climate, location, and size to surfaces, arrangements, and colors. Whether you’re decorating a beach house in Chile or a loft space in Paris, you’re sure to be inspired by hundreds of images from around the world—a Moroccan house that coolly mixes the modern and traditional in elegant interiors; a dramatic arrangement of shells decorating a tabletop in Mauritius; flowers strewn across bare floorboards for a Christmas feast in Sweden. The enormous range of places here highlight connections and parallels of very different habitats in a way both striking and reassuring. The same attention to detail can clearly inform the layout of a dining room in a modest Mexican home as it does an exclusive club in Buenos Aires. This encyclopedic tome, a sublime visual record of how we construct and adorn our living spaces, celebrates our communal experience of the home.

From coastal hamlet to urban center, design expert Stafford Cliff compares architectural styles and decorating details from every corner of the world, whether it is a modest adobe dwelling whose contours complement those of the earth or a skyscraper of glass and steel that contrasts the natural terrain. The ingenuity of each culture shines through in the instinctive use of colors and materials, and in the way the spaces are inhabited.

The world tour of interior design elements and accents is lavishly presented in more than 1,000 glorious color photographs by famed lifestyle photographer Gilles de Chabaneix. Humble yet interesting structures, objects, and settings are all viewed with the same eye as the grandest homes, the rarest antiques, or the most exclusive addresses. From an unadorned Vietnamese sitting room to a bustling Neapolitan street market; a modern London flat to a baroque drawing room in Versailles; an Indian palace to a Chilean café, here is a world where old and new, organic and synthetic, happily coexist. And within these interiors, a myriad of choices and inspirations are seen in the contrasts between stark simplicity and sumptuous embellishment, minimal modernism and rococo splendor, the self-consciously urbane and the authentically rustic, the uniform and the eclectic. Fabrics, textures, and ornamental details reflect the complexity of different spaces and lifestyles, spurring countless ideas for personal self-expression. It seems that the way we live is not always defined by where we live.

Commentary on communal open space, which connects us to one another, and a meticulous guide to sources and materials round out this ultimate treasury. Both beautiful and practical, The Way We Live is much more than a decorating guide—it is a design for living.
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5-0 out of 5 stars simply the best
I have bought countless books on design, style and interiors.

If vision sees more than just design, if space creates more than just line, if living feels more than just fine;then this is your book and inspiration for creating dreams. ... Read more


33. Figure Templates for Fashion Illustration: Over 150 Templates for Fashion Design
by Patrick John Ireland
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Asin: 0713485728
Catlog: Book (2003-06-30)
Publisher: Batsford
Sales Rank: 16766
Average Customer Review: 3.75 out of 5 stars
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Full of ideas for fashion design—but not confident when it comes to drawing figures? This wide range of templates will help: they include figures in movement from a variety of angles, different body views and poses, and lots more. Photocopy them, enlarge them, or use them as a guide.
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2-0 out of 5 stars Figure Templates for Fashion Illustration
This book promises more than it delivers. The basic templates are useful, but in all other aspects this book is lacking.
The written information is scant and repeated - very superfluous. Mr Ireland's style is very outdated and uninspiring for those hoping to make a career out of fashion - in any form. I would recommend this book only as a basic early tool for novices hoping to improve their figure construction.
For inspiration I recommend Laird Borelli's FASHION ILLUSTRATION NOW.

4-0 out of 5 stars great for copying
this isn't the 'how to draw the fashion model' book you wish taught you everything you ever needed to know. However, its good to have around when you just need to pump an idea out. It has women, men, and children.

4-0 out of 5 stars Figure Templates For Fashion Illustration
This book is an excellent resource at a resonable price. It is more than a primer. I'd recommend it to anyone, experienced or novice, who designs/illustrates fashion.

5-0 out of 5 stars Figure Templates for Fashion Illustration
Mr. Ireland has produced a helpful tool. I am a fashion designer and find the templates helpful when I need to do quick working sketches. I also teach Fashion Merchandising students, the templates are wonderful for the students with limited artistic abilities. It helps them in their presentation of professional storyboards. The book is also useful in acquiring basic drawing skills. I would recommend this book to anyone interesting in learning basic fashion drawing skills and for those with more advanced drawing skills ... Read more


34. Apparel Product Development (2nd Edition)
by Maurice J. Johnson, Evelyn C. Moore
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Asin: 0130254398
Catlog: Book (2000-06-21)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Sales Rank: 202327
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book for Apparel Industry
This book is the only book I found so far that has bring me up-to-speed in the apparel industry. It has explain a lot of details of the general business practices within the apparel industry and also give me a direction on how to start my apparel business. ... Read more


35. The Triumph of Individual Style : A Guide to Dressing Your Body, Your Beauty, Your Self
by Carla Mason Mathis, Helen Villa Connor
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Asin: 1563672693
Catlog: Book (2002)
Publisher: Fairchild Books & Visuals
Sales Rank: 81674
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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This text aims to teach the reader how to assess her body type and then choose clothing that looks good on her. The process involves what the authors call an individual's "design pattern." This pattern is made up of lines, shapes, proportions, body particulars, scale, colors, and textures. How they fit together in harmony and how an individual infuses them with her innate creativity is what authors call "style."

Text Features:

1.Principles of art as they apply to understanding and enhancing the female body
2.Art reproductions from museums such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Musee du Louvre, illustrating women's body forms and surface features
3.Hundreds of line drawings suggest contemporary wardrobe strategies
4.Two color wheels and pages of charts for skin, eye, and hair color.
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Body's Design Pattern Paradigm/Genius Concept
I found the Body's Design Paradigm, the foundation of the Triumph of Individual Style, to be a concept born from the mind of a genius. This concept definitely includes all women, all people in the realm of beauty. The book's design and the writing is also superb and so easy to read and understand. The color chapter is awesome, the proportion chapter so innovative and bringing in an individual's creativity so creative.This book makes other books look mediocre.

5-0 out of 5 stars This book was and is ahead of its time.
Just wnat you to know that the publishers and co-authors, Helen Connor and Carla Mathis, still have copies available. Call Helen Connor at (650) 593-5288. She does fulfillment of all books. Helen and Carla are also available for personal consultations, seminars, keynotes, etc. Helen is currently working on a book which extends the concepts in "The Triumph of Individual Style" She is the innovator of The Body's Design Pattern.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing, Affirming, Awesome - Triumphant!
I was privileged to take a workshop with Carla Mathis in Massachusetts as part of the Assoc. of Image Consultants International (AICI) and was absolutely blown away by the depth of her knowledge and her expertise.

She gave me wonderful information, and I couldn't wait to buy this book. I waited for the second printing and was not disappointed. The chapter on 'Body Particulars' answered a lot of questions for me both as a woman (whose body is changing and maturing) and as an Image Consultant who works with women of all shapes, sizes and forms.

Basic shape, length proportion, bone structure and the important concept of apparent body size are all essential knowledge for developing your Individual Style. I devoured the book in one sitting, and am now working through it in depth to refine both my image and those of my clients. I highly recommend that anyone considering the profession of Image Consulting get this book and the Instructor's guide, and then get yourself to one of Carla or Helen's live workshops.

The specific information on page 153 on finding a Color Consultant is invaluable, as are the color charts, worksheet pages for individual study and the examples of wardrobe adjustments that can be made based on facial feature size and scale.

All in all, a wonderful book that will serve you well for years to come. Definately one to keep on a shelf, and refer to often.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing book, Amazing Daughter!
Although I have not yet personally read this wonderful book yet, I have the privilege of living with her amazing daughter, Caroline, at Notre Dame. Trust me: read this book. I've met the author and she's really nice. You should see our dorm room. It is wonderfully decorated because of her advice. Thank you Mrs. Connor!

5-0 out of 5 stars Not frivilous
Finally a book that does not contain frivilous and general information. There is concrete information for every woman.This is a must have book. FYI: Triumph is being published by Fairchild Books and will be available in Feb. 2002 with a fabulous workbook for teachers. Also, Helen Villa Connor, co-author and originator of the Body's Design Pattern, which is the foundation of Triumph will be a speaker at UCSF Women Leaders 2002 Symposium in San Francisco. Jill Popov is the contact for the Symposium. This will be your chance to get Triumph information first hand and get Helen to sign your book. ... Read more


36. In Style: Secrets of Style : The Complete Guide to Dressing Your Best Every Day
by Lisa Arbetter
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Asin: 1932994661
Catlog: Book (2005-04-13)
Publisher: InStyle
Sales Rank: 12800
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Since its launch ten years ago, In Style has built a readership more than eight million strong. In doing so, it has become the pre-eminent publication for style-conscious women. The magazine's lively mix of fashion, beauty, lifestyle, and celebrity has created a legion of loyal readers who consider In Style their most trusted fashion advisor.In Style: Secrets of Style, The Complete Guide to Dressing Your Best Every Day is the magazine's first book dedicated to its signature subject: fashion. Secrets of Style offers a full range of timeless advice, including tips on dressing the best for you and your lifestyle, developing a personal style, and shopping strategies, beginning with the basics: * How to flatter your body type. * How to find the right fit for every clothing item. * How to look great seven days (and nights) a week. * How to shop wisely for everything, from shoes to winter coats. Scores of detailed, full-color illustrations and beautiful still photographs bring the book's ideas to life, while photos of chic celebrities demonstrate how the beautiful people get that way. From defining the perfect fit to examining successful style icons of the past, Secrets of Style is a complete and timely reference designed to help you discover your best look every day. Secrets of Style explains the best cuts and fabrics for every figure type. Wardrobe staples like pants, suits, and tops are discussed in specific detail, and advice is offered on how to get the most out of accessories. Tons of tips on time and money-saving shopping strategies, selecting clothes for special events, maternity wear, travel wardrobes and packing, clothing care, and much more make this title an enduring one-stop reference.Secrets of Style is a trend-proof resource not only for the millions of In Style devotees but also the newcomer in search of a personal fashion companion. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Get from the library first
I am an attractive woman but have an awful time trying to put together a wardrobe that I'm happy with!Looking for guidance, I checked out this book as well as the Lucky Style Manual.The Lucky book I looked at firsthand at Border's and found it to be very cleanly laid out, useful, informative and inspiring - especially the part about the closet purge and four simple questions to ask about those items you're holding on to.Profiles in the book are about designers (some pretty eclectic) with some interesting tips and styles, highly individualized.I checked out In Style's book from the library, and am glad I didn't spend the money.Maybe because I'm not a celebrity freak and don't really read in style magazine, I was intimidated by their use of celebrities wearing multi thousand dollar fashions (some of which I didn't even care for) to illustrate their fashion guidelines.I found that the book tended to repeat the obvious and erred on the side of being boring.I didn't find the inspiration or practical help I was looking for.The Lucky manual is a keeper; one that I came back to purchase on Amazon, and it's a useful reference book and indeed helping me put things together.

3-0 out of 5 stars A Few Good Suggestions But Could Be Better
I read through this book in one evening and my main impression of it is that it is sometimes difficult to apply their advice because of the categories they use.Most of the book is split into sections according to the type of garment (jackets, pants, shirts, etc.), and then they have headings for each figure characteristic telling you how to choose the best type of garment for you.For example, in the"Jackets" section, they have headings for Curvy, Short, Boyish, Narrow Shoulders, Broad Shoulders, Full Bust, Small Bust, Tummy, Short-Waisted, Long-Waisted and Bottom-Heavy.The Full Bust section tells you that you should "choose fitted or semi-fitted styles with deep V-necks" and "always go for single-breasted tops."It tells you to avoid "high, round necklines, double-breasted or belted styles, patch pockets, and short rolled lapels."This seems to be good advice, but if you also have narrow shoulders, the "Narrow Shoulders" section recommends the "double-breasted styles" which you are supposed to avoid.This is a rather niggling example, but it illustrates how if you have more than one figure challenge to deal with some of the information may conflict.

Another problem I found is that there is very little information specifically tailored to women who are heavy all over.Face it, Americans are fatter than ever, and I would have liked to see a section under each garment type called "Plus-Size," in which a full bust, tummy, big butt and so on are addressed as a whole.To be fair, there are a couple of sections which have headings like "Heavy Arms" and "Heavy," but they are not in every section.

I also was quite puzzled by some of the photos and celebrities they used as fashion "do's."For example, Jennifer Lopez and Cameron Diaz looking like prostitutes in trampy dresses, Julianne Moore in a jacket whose arms are clearly too long, and Diane Keaton in a pair of oversized khakis that look like she slept in them for a week ... Is this supposed to be chic?

Now, I change sides.After reading through the book, despite the mix-and-match quality of the information, I was able to get some sense of what I should shoot for.Since I have a heavy figure, I should go for v-necks, long sleeves that taper to the wrist, and flat-front pants with no waistband.I now know how to match shoes to different-length pants and skirts, and how to tell if a garment is high-quality.They also include helpful sections on purses, jewelry, maternity, and travel.

I notice that one reviewer panned the choice of a "flesh-colored pump" that the authors included in their basic wardrobe.The choice of words is unfortunate, because the "flesh-colored pump" is actually taupe.And it makes sense because their six wardrobe basics (shirts, pants, coat, etc.) are all either taupe, off-white or white.But I do agree that if the shoe were really a flesh color, which most of us understand to be a pinky-beige, it would be pretty gross.

In summary, the book is worthwhile to read and would be a knockout with some reorganization and better celebrity photos.(The best photo in the book is the one on the front cover.)I recommend checking the book out from the library before you invest and decide for yourself if it's worth purchasing.


2-0 out of 5 stars Not really helpful
It's easy to be impressed by all the gorgeous outfits they've put together, but I found this book short on helpful advice on how to do this oneself. I was hoping for more basic suggestions for what shapes and styles look good together.

And some of their advice about "must-have" basics just isn't universally applicable. Half of their "6 figure-flattering classics no closet should be without" are not great. As a curvy woman with tendency towards pear-shape, I have yet to find straight-leg pants than don't make my legs look like tree trunks; I do much better with bootcut. A straight-cut turtleneck? Completely hides my waist and makes me look boxy. And flesh-colored pump? Yuck: double yuck. How about you show us *one single example* of an outfit in this entire book with flesh-colored pumps, and then I'll agree that this is an important basic.

So after buying and reading this book, I feel like I wasted my money. I didn't learn anything I didn't already know from reading fashion magazines

3-0 out of 5 stars Good Basic Wardrobe-Building Information for 20-Somethings
In Style is a good, current magazine brimming with ideas, and this book also has a very inviting look. It seems best suited to the Twentysomething generation of women who are bridging between studenthood and professional adulthood, interested in how clothes make up an image investment and not just a current fashion statement. The book contains useful information about building a wardrobe based upon (your) wearable neutrals; buying classic items clothes and accessories (and identifying what the classics are); judging material and tailoring quality, and adding a bit of individuality to the mix. It isn't a manual of comparisons, like "What Not to Wear," and it's not an analysis of what works and why about celebrated womens' styles. For instance, you won't find why Jackie K.O. wore sleeveless shifts and large sunglasses, or why Nicole Kidman chooses particular types of gowns, and how to apply that knowledge in your own case. All in all it's a good book if you're a bit overwhelmed by all the choices out there (and who isn't, when you walk into some stores :-), but if you've been reading a variety of women's magazines over the years or have seen fashion spin a few rotations, you may have already absorbed much of the information.

2-0 out of 5 stars Secrets of Perpetuating Self-Hatred
Like most women's magazines, this InStyle book makes the twisted assumption that all women hate the way they look and must "camouflage" their countless flaws. Its persistent notion that anxiety is our key motivating force is, in a word, depressing.

As well, in an effort to be a comprehensive primer, it tends to be patronizing and ridiculous. We KNOW what a turtleneck is, thanks.

I was amused to see the rave review here from "Tracy Lawton" who is obviously related to InStyle's editor, Charla Lawton.

Disappointing. ... Read more


37. Mondino: Two Much: New Photographs
by Jean-Baptiste Mondino
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Asin: 382960033X
Catlog: Book (2005-04-28)
Publisher: Schirmer/Mosel
Sales Rank: 178038
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After his bestselling book Déja vu, Jean-Baptiste Mondino presents his equally mesmerizing sequelTwo Much. His photographs, digitally processedpictures, and video clips radically changed thecommercial strategies of the rock, pop and fashionindustry and made him the image guru of the young generation. Presenting Mondino‘s creative outputof the past five years, Two Much bears strikingwitness to the delight he takes in playing withzeitgeist expressions and to his boundless ingenuity. Technically brilliant, with an equally rich and scin-tillating mix of black humor, glamour, and bizarre erotic visions, Two Much is an essential source of inspiration for all those who by profession or bypassion deal with photography, advertising, andlife style. ... Read more


38. Photographing People: Portraits Fashion Glamour
by David Wilson
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Asin: 2880466520
Catlog: Book (2001-12-01)
Publisher: Rotovision
Sales Rank: 17690
Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
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2-0 out of 5 stars Why is this book a combination of old books?
This book is a combination of old books with old ideas. The description should say that all the publishers have done is combine old work! What a dissapointment.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Must Have for Beginners
If you want to see how different lighting arrangements can effect a picture then this book should be part of your phtotgraphy library. I just wish there were(approximate) distance measurements given between the subject ,background and lights.

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding! My favorite portrait & fashion lighting book
I love this book! I am a self taught photographer with over 20 years of experience. Almost everything I know about photography has come from reading books or trial and error. Most of the books I have read stated that they contained "everything I needed to know" or they were "packed with information" etc. etc. blah, blah, blah! Usually thay were OK for beginners containing only basic information and lacked real substance. Well this book is the real deal! Great photography and loads of lighting techniques from very simple to complex. Most of the photographs occupy a page all by themselves with little or no distracting text. An explaination of the complete lighting set up with a detailed diagram is on the adjoining page. The quality of the printing is great, allowing you to reap the full benefits of what a book on photography should be. This book is a wealth of information for photographers who want to take their lighting skills to a higher level.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book, BUT...
As the latest from the Rotovision series, this IS an excellent book, BUT it is a compliation from the very popular Pro-Lighting series (which I already own). If you haven't purchased any of the books in this series, I would not hesitate to get this one! If you already have Portraits, Fashion, Glamour or New Glamour, you already have what this is made up of.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very instructional
This book is like a catalog of photos; real high quality fashion/glamour/style photos with illustrations of how they were made. There are not a lot of text there. Maybe you still need another book that deals with technique, basic and advanced. It will be great in conjuntion with this book. ... Read more


39. The Style Engine: Spectacle, Identity, Design, and Business : How the Fashion Industry Uses Style to Create Wealth
by Giannino Malossi
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Asin: 1885254954
Catlog: Book (1998-03-01)
Publisher: Monacelli Press
Sales Rank: 103861
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars THE PUBLISHER'S CATALOGUE PRESENTS THE BOOK AS FOLLOWS
"Why brilliant fashion designers, a notoriously non-analytic breed, sometimes succeed in anticipating the shape of things to come better than professional predictors, is one of the most obscure questions in history; and, for the historian of culture, one of the most central." Eric Hobsbawm The Style Engine is an unprecedented survey of the culture of fashion and the fashion industry -- from the products and objects themselves (clothes, accessories, etc.) to the immaterial, ephemeral, shifting meaning outside of the products (the interdependence between the fashion world and mass media, the cult of the fashion designer, symbolic story-telling as seen on the runway and in magazines). This sophisticated social and cultural study of fashion is splendidly illustrate with images by the most celebrated photographers and narrated by a multifaceted group of international experts -- cultural anthropologists, journalists, academics, designers --- examining the allure and mystery of fashion from different viewpoints. "Fashion and Entertainment, Image and Media" takes a look at mass media and shows how fashion has influenced pop music, movies, television, photography, and advertising. "Fashion, Identity, and Society" demonstrates how fashion is a social phenomenon and cultural industry comparable to the entertainment, news, and information industries. "Industry/Economics" explains the process itself, from threads to textiles to finished product. "The Methodology of Fashion Design" not only reveals the manufacturing and marketing of the designs (clothing), but also exposes the contexts in which these objects acquire value (fashion). Fashion is one of the truly international languages, speaking to individuals in every country of the world, and this fascinating book will speak to those legions of style-obsessed readers.

5-0 out of 5 stars METROPOLIS MAGAZINE REVIEWED THIS BOOK
 The Style Engine argues that fashion isn't running on empty.by Philip NobelDesign can be defined as making something new for a reason. Designers must always differentiate between the new that is new for a reason and the new that is only new; to do otherwise risks making merely art­or worse: fashion.All design disciplines court confrontations with vagary, but only one­fashion­exists so close to its seductions that it has become a synonym for aimless flux. Considering its mandate of seasonal variation and its love of annually renewed shock tactics, it¹s easy to see why so many would lump fashion in with art­bad art­before they would consider it a design discipline, the fashion world¹s unequaled lionization of its designers notwithstanding. The Style Engine, a collection of 25 essays by writers from within and beyond the fashion industry, deploys strong arguments to fight this dismissive view of fashion. It attempts to fill in fashion¹s overlooked back story so that it can be considered as the equal of its more sober design siblings.The book, and an exhibition by the same name that hung in Florence last winter, are the first projects of the Fashion Engineering Unit (FEU), a new, self-consciously intellectual institution that bills itself ³an observatory on the economics of creativity and the intelligence of style.² Funding for the group comes from Pitti Immagine, the commercial concern responsible for organizing the important menswear shows that bring over 25,000 rag traders to Florence twice each year.Historically, writing about fashion has been high and low. The FEU is looking for the middle way. It is telling that in The Style Engine critiques of fashion by Baudrillard, Benjamin, and McCluhan are discussed (with varying degrees of justification) alongside breathless promotions by Vreeland, Mirabella, and Wintour. Between the extremes of academic writing and hemline notes in the popular press, the FEU is trying to promote a culture of criticism around fashion that will bare its economic motivations and effects, its mass media aspirations, and the substructure of craft and industry on which it rests.As a vehicle for this redemptive mission, the book works very well. It¹s divided into four sections­roughly covering media, image, techniques, and money­which plot the terrain on which the FEU plans to develop its ³fashion culture.² Of these four categories, ideas concerning the economics of the fashion industry may be the best developed; lucid arguments spill out of the final chapter (³Fashion, Business, and Industry²) and pepper many of the preceding texts. In his introduction to the first section, ³Fashion, Spectacle and Media,² Giannino Malossi, the editor of the book, curator of the exhibition, and director of the FEU, establishes The Style Engine¹s delightfully frank approach to fashion¹s slow dance with commerce: ³Every fashion originates as an industrial product and, at the same time, as a form of mass communications, and every media phenomenon is the potential prelude to a fashion and that fashion points to a series of products for mass consumption.² Bridging economic discussions and the examination of fashion as a cultural medium, several authors rely on the versatile idea of added value. The concept is introduced in understated terms by Mario Boselli, president of Pitti Immagine­³[Fashion] is on the cutting edge in terms of capacity to create added value, not only through the processing of raw materials but also through the development and creation of immaterial contents²­and expanded elaborately in John Durrell¹s essay, ³The Value of Style: Dismantling and Assessing The Style Engine.² Durrell, an international management consultant specializing in pricing strategy, finds the value style adds by analyzing the relative financial returns of popular brand names; here, glamour is at last measured in real market terms.The same clear-eyed spirit also pervades the excellent essay by Nadine Frey, ³Mass Media and Runway Presentations,² which opens the book. After a thoroughly enjoyable lampoon of runway theatrics, Frey explains how the evolution of the fashion show from decorous practicality to raucous display was fueled by the increasingly insular nature of the events themselves. In the 1970s, ³fashion designers . . . began conceiving fashion shows that were more about concept than clothes, shouting their message so loud that it could be heard over the heads of the inevitably interpreting buyers and press.² Another irreverent essay­perhaps the best in the book­is Valerie Steele¹s ³Why People Hate Fashion.² Steele, chief curator of the museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology and editor of a quarterly called Fashion Theory, addresses The Style Engine¹s most critical question with an elegant formal tour de force, introducing each paragraph with a contentious statement­³Fashion is an irrational form of female fetishism² or ³Fashion is capitalism¹s favorite child²­and wrapping it all up with a subversive epiphany: ³It is precisely the artificiality and pointlessness of fashion that makes it valuable as an esthetic fantasy.²I¹ll just ape the first part of Steele¹s technique: Fashion expresses itself as a cloying heap of pretentious images. Along these lines, The Style Engine¹s relationship to the fashion world it attempts to revise is troubled. As Frey¹s essay­and the editorial decision to place it first­make clear, one adversary here is the face fashion makes for itself. To achieve the critique it aspires to, the FEU and its authors must help us to see beyond the too well-known culture of airs, ointments, and emaciation that hides the profundity they are trying to tease out. The discussion of fashion in the context of commerce is a way to distance this project from the strong images that we inevitably bring to the book. Unfortunately, any progress made toward new visions is quickly undone. Most of the book is generously illustrated with images of the most contemptible superficiality­soft light, high cheekbones, fashion as you know and hate it. The front of the book even mimics a fashion magazine¹s advertising emporium; one flips through seven full-bleed photo spreads before finding the table of contents. You half expect the book to offer up sample perfume.This might be the intention of the designer; the images might be rhetorical­intended to confront the reader with normative visions of the spectacle of fashion­or ironic. But for those at any remove from authentic fashion images, it is too easy to see in the random photography reasons to revert to the impression that fashion is just a trifling soup of desire, art without reason, not really design. ... Read more


40. The Cut of Women's Clothes, 1600-1930
by Norah Waugh
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Asin: 0878300260
Catlog: Book (1984-07-01)
Publisher: Theatre Arts Books
Sales Rank: 46818
Average Customer Review: 4.62 out of 5 stars
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Each period in the history of costume has produced its own characteristic line and silhouette, derived from a cut and construction which varies considerably from age to age. Here are patterns taken from actual dresses, many of them rare museum specimens, illustrated by sketches of the dresses. There are notes on the production of women's dress, with references to early technical books and journals, together with diagrams from some of them. Numerous illustrations show the dresses as worn complete with their hairstyles, jewelry, decorations and accessories. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Basically Important
This is the first costume text I purchased (even before knowing I was going to go to school for costume design), and even after receiving and collecting loads of other texts on costume and the history thereof, this is still the best basic book I've come across. And, yes, I actually read it instead of just looking at the pics (of which there are many, many, great examples of historical dress). Although not entirely scintillatingly written (hard to do with a sometimes dry subject such as costume history, it has to be said), it is full of information that I wouldn't have otherwise known (and I've been fascinated by clothing all my life).

Across the arc of the book, one can discern the evolution of clothing, and it provides a good background for noting the changes across the years and why they were made. There is a lot covered within, and I feel it's a great source from which to start any kind of costume research.

5-0 out of 5 stars Mouthwatering!!!
I received this book for Christmas and couldn't be happier with it! I have not as yet attempted to draft one of the patterns, so I can't give my impression of that. However, I am impressed with the detail and extent of knowledge the author is able to share through the text! There is much more text than I had thought, and the detail is such that you can picture the garment, seam lines, trim, and all, from her descriptions! It is by no means a light read, but well worth the money to anyone interested in costuming, fashion design, or just clothing. The pages are filled with old fashion plates, paintings, and tailors' notes, along with sections of patterns relating to the time period discussed.
I highly recommend this book- an amazing read! After finishing it, you'll be an expert on women's clothing!

5-0 out of 5 stars This books is for advanced sewer
Hi!

I have been sewing for 10 years and I finshed My college in costumes, and this book is not for the starter. you have to draft the patterns to todays scale. The patterns are drafted to fit the actually item that she got the pattern from. So many of the patterns draft up a size 34 men, or 36 maybe.

It is a very tricky book, that without careful work you can easily get lost. It is a VERY HELPFUL book for costumers or people who sew and make a lot of costumes. But just be careful to double check your work!

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5-0 out of 5 stars If I had to rescue one book...
...from my library if my house were on fire, it would be this one.

I didn't know what "bombazine" was until I read its Glossary; I had never heard of Lucile until I turned to Diagram 67; I had never seen the accounts of Poiret and Lucile claiming to have both abolished the corset until I read the Quotations from Contemporary sources. Reading Jane Austen's descriptions of what her modiste planned for her next gown is amusing, as well as the anecdotes involving long trains.

This book is about more than the cut of women's clothes; it is an exegesis of costume history as seen through the eyes of its wearers and makers. It exalts the humble professions of seamstresses and patternmakers, and inspires modern designers through a scholarly reverence for technique.

I have graded up several of the patterns to usable working specs, but I don't recommend this to the casual sewer; one must have a solid background in pattern drafting to attempt this. (Although the Vionnet "flapper" dress is a good project for the beginner.) If you're a hard-core pattern collector and enthusiast, you need this book. If you're looking for EZ instructions for a period costume, buy a Folkwear pattern.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference book for the professional or student.
This is the definitive period costume book for historical patterns. Perfect companion book to The Cut of Men's, and Corsets and Crinolines, all by the same author. This book is not meant for beginners, but is an extremely useful tool in a university or college with a theatre or opera program. Worth the cost if you are serious about sewing and theatre, or historic reproduction. ... Read more


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