Necessity may be the mother of invention elsewhere in life, but in Fashionland, it's all about the re-invention. And reinvention of previous reinventions. So if you find yourself getting whiplash from so much sartorial deja-vu or can quite keep straight where you saw something previously, or even where it originated, then there's a new lil' primer just out with your name on it.
"HOW TO READ FASHION: A Crash Course in Styles, Designers & Couture" references styles of the past and present - from Neo-Classical to miltary, Lauren to Chanel, beehive to braid - pinpointing the major fashion trends, techniques and brands that explain & help interpret influential styles. It also delves into the accessories that complete the ensemble, including makeup, hair, jewelry, handbags, scarves and shoes. Find out...
...which fashion house made the pantsuit acceptable evening wear
...how Brigitte Bardot popularized the once–shocking bikini in Cannes
...the secrets of of the LBD, Birkin, trench & your other style staplesIt's a fun read by Fiona Ffoulkes, who lectures on fashion and textiles at Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design in London & at the American University in Paris. Plus, it's petite enough to tuck into your bag next time you're getting your shopping on.
HOW TO READ FASHION by Fiona Ffoulkes (Rizzoli New York; 2013) is now available at Amazon.com.
- Lesley Scott