I have been a little out of action this week, due to a very odd virus indeed – ( me not my blog )…. so, have been busy working my way through some of my favourite design and fashion books.
As much as I love the internet, there is something especially warming about losing yourself in lots of inspiring pages. To know also that they can be passed on to generations to come is really satisfying. I’d happily hang out in a book store all day if I could, perusing and and reading.
There are so many design titles out there, it’s hard to know without reading first which are going to fulfill you. If you have any particular ones that you could recommend to me, please do !….
Here are my current top few…..
The Dressmakers Technique Bible by Lorna Knight is a brilliant little book to keep at your side for reference. This was actually my bedtime read for a while ( I know, I need to get out more.. ).
The V & A Golden Age of Couture by Claire Wilcox has some breathtaking images inside as well “celebrating a decade in fashion history”. It’s perfect if you’re interested in the illustrations and workmanship behind a selection of all time famous couture styles.
I get a huge amount of inspiration from Japan. This Japanese Street Style book by Pat Lyttle is full of colour and kitsch fashion style photo’s of cutting edge looks. It’s fascinating if you love anything Harajuku or love the magazine FRUITS. It also looks at their history and how their fashion culture now takes much inspiration from british designers such as Alexander McQueen.
Forties Fashion by Jonathan Walford is a book stacked with 250 images from the 40s era, focusing on the ‘make do and mend’ approach to clothing due to rationing as well as how the second world war shaped this decades fashion. Lots of pics from styles across the globe. A really good read.
I can’t live without Winifred Aldrich’s ‘metric pattern cutting for women’s wear’ – if you are thinking of doing any designing – get this book !
Vivienne Westwood is my favourite designer. She’s smart, talented beyond belief and has the most incredible understanding of fashion when it comes to flattering the human form. So, this V & A book, again by Claire Wilcox is right up my street. It’s about her time in fashion and lots of photo shoots and catwalk pics.
Do you have any books you’d like to recommend ? Please leave a comment or tweet – @lucylovesyablog if you do as I would love to hear from you….
Oh, and don’t forget my giveaway ( below ) – it ends on Wednesday at 7pm !
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