When it comes to trends no segment of the design world is more powerful, more influential or more closely watched than fashion. From what's hot in type to the coolest new colour, to the style and mood of the moment, the fashion world sets the tone and the
Charles James, often considered to be America's first couturier, was renowned in the 1940s and 1950s as a master at sculpting fabric for the female form and creating fashions that defined mid-century glamour. Although James had no formal training as a dressmaker, he created strikingly original and complex designs, including intricate ball gowns worn by members of high society in New York and Europe. This lavishly illustrated book offers a comprehensive study of James' life and work, highlighting his virtuosity and inventiveness as well as his influence on subsequent fashion designers. Featuring exciting new photography of the spectacular evening dresses James produced between 1947 and 1955, this publication includes enlightening details of these intricate creations alongside vintage photographs and rarely seen archival items, such as patterns, muslins, dress forms and sketches. A detailed and illustrated chronology of James' life describes his magnetic personality, his unorthodox design processes, his colourful supporters – such as Salvador Dali, Elsa Schiaparelli, Christian Dior, and Cristobal Balenciaga – and profiles of a number of his famous clients, such as Gypsy Rose Lee. With flair and style echoing that of its subject, Charles James brings to life one of the most fascinating and creative figures in American fashion.
Women have always been the driving force behind fashion through different times and places. Consequentially, the world of hair styling has always placed its greatest expectations in women for defining fashion and styles.
The work is divided by subjects, and in each one of the floral works it analyzes styles, techniques, color, dimensions, tendencies, varieties of flower (in botanical, Latin, Castilian and English name), station... with an explanatory text of each one.
Explores Italy's one of the greatest jewellers. This title traces the development of the Bulgari style, a distinctive look that has captivated royalty and movie stars. It is suitable for those in the fields of fashion and jewellery design as well as the enthusiastic collectors of Bulgari jewels.