June fashion books

June fashion books focus on fashion and the everyday. Terry Newman’s Legendary Authors and the Clothes They Wore examines fifty revered writers whose work and  dress bears an idiosyncratic stamp influencing culture today whilst Giulia Pivetta’s book maps the history of women’s hairstyles. Social Psychology of Dress offers ways to make sense of the relationships between dress and human behaviour; and Amy Twigger Holroyd tells the story of creating and wearing homemade clothes.


 

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Folk Fashion: Understanding Homemade Clothes by Amy Twigger Holroyd

A dynamic resurgence in sewing and knitting is under way, with many people enjoying making and mending their own garments at home. However, stories abound of homemade clothes languishing at the back of the wardrobe. Amy Twigger Holroyd draws on ideas of fashion, culture and craft to explore makers’ lived experiences of creating and wearing homemade clothes in a society dominated by shop-bought garments. Using the innovative metaphor of fashion as common land, Folk Fashion investigates the complex relationship between making, well-being and sustainability. Twigger Holroyd combines her own experience as a designer and knitter with first-hand accounts from folk fashion makers to explore this fascinating, yet under-examined, area of contemporary fashion culture. Looking to the future, she also considers how sewers and knitters might maximise the radical potential of their activities.

Published by I B Taurus


 

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Social Psychology of Dress by Sharron J. Lennon, Kim K. P. Johnson and Nancy A. Rudd 

Social Psychology of Dress presents and explains the major theories and concepts that are important to understanding relationships between dress and human behavior. These concepts and theories are derived from such disciplines as sociology, psychology, anthropology, communication, and textiles and clothing. Information presented will provide summaries of empirical research, as well as examples from current events or popular culture.

Published by Bloomsbury


 

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Legendary Authors and the Clothes They Wore by Terry Newman 

Discover the signature sartorial and literary style of fifty men and women of letters, including Maya Angelou; Truman Capote; Colette; Bret Easton Ellis; Allen Ginsberg; Patti Smith; Karl Ove Knausgaard; and David Foster Wallace; in this unique compendium of profiles—packed with eighty black-and-white photographs, excerpts, quotes, and fast facts—that illuminates their impact on modern fashion.

Whether it’s Zadie Smith’s exotic turban, James Joyce’s wire-framed glasses, or Samuel Beckett’s Wallabees, a writer’s attire often reflects the creative and spiritual essence of his or her work. As a non-linear sensibility has come to dominate modern style, curious trendsetters have increasingly found a stimulating muse in writers—many, like Joan Didion, whose personal aesthetic is distinctly “out of fashion.” For decades, Didion has used her work, both her journalism and experimental fiction, as a mirror to reflect her innermost emotions and ideas—an originality that has inspired Millennials, resonated with a new generation of fashion designers and cultural tastemakers, and made Didion, in her eighties, the face of Celine in 2015.

Legendary Authors and the Clothes They Wore examines fifty revered writers—among them Samuel Beckett; Quentin Crisp; Simone de Beauvoir; T.S. Eliot; F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald; Malcolm Gladwell; Donna Tartt; John Updike; Oscar Wilde; and Tom Wolfe—whose work and way of dress bears an idiosyncratic stamp influencing culture today. Terry Newman combines illuminating anecdotes about authors and their work, archival photography, first-person quotations from each writer and current designers, little-known facts, and clothing-oriented excerpts that exemplify their original writing style.

Each entry spotlights an author and a signature wardrobe moment that expresses his or her persona, and reveals how it influences the fashion world today. Newman explores how the particular item of clothing or style has contributed to fashion’s lingua franca—delving deeper to appraise its historical trajectory and distinctive effect. Legendary Authors and the Clothes They Wore is an invaluable and engaging look at the writers we love—and why we love what they wear—that is sure to captivate lovers of great literature and sophisticated fashion.

Published by Harper Collins


 

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Ladies’ Haircults: Women’s hairstyles and culture from 1920 to 1980 by Giulia Pivetta

Women’s hairstyles have changed dramatically over the past century. Charting the progression from styles dictated by fashion and tradition towards more unique and individualised looks, this book explores how the history of women’s hair in the west corresponds with their liberation over the course of the 1900s. Up until the ’40s, the figure of the hairdresser reigned supreme; they were the undisputed authority on style. They created new hairstyles that the divas of Hollywood were to make successful on the silver screen, which paved the way for greater experimentation in the future. New feminine figures came from diverse worlds: art, goth and punk subcultures, and the street. Their daring cuts defined style after style. Josephine Baker and the world of jazz contrasted with Annemarie Schwarzenbach of the bohemian Weimar years. Her signature androgynous style can be compared to the Petite tete of Dior’s New Look, while in America the beehive of rock n’ roll fame played on through the Jacqueline Kennedy label. At last, in the ’80s, individual women crossed the threshold of the salons and became the sole leading players there. Refined illustrations, era-specific photographs, and contemporary images tell the story of the hairstyles and fashion trends that flourished between 1940 and 1980, as well as those in vogue today. The volume closes with a section dedicated to the most famous hairstylists and salons de coiffeur, past and present.

Published by 24 ORE Cultura s.r.l


 

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