Jane Eastoe has been a journalist and author for over 25 years. She was chief contributor to the National Trust Book of the Countryside and is author of Home Grown Fruit, Allotments and Britain by Bike, published by National Trust Books. She is also the author of Pavilion's bestselling Vintage Roses and Peonies. Sarah Gristwood is a best-selling Tudor biographer, former film journalist, and commentator on royal affairs.
This book contains everything you need to know about modern history of dress design, from the corset-free styles of 1920s flappers to the conceptual constructions of modern artists. Since Coco Chanel invented the little black dress in 1926 it has become a staple for a woman's wardrobe. Even considering the many decades it’s been since women discovered trousers and separates, women dream of wearing glorious, glamorous gowns, whether it’s on the Hollywood red carpet, or perhaps on her wedding day... No item of clothing has endured for longer than the dress. Yet the last century alone has seen the most radical changes of style – hemlines swinging from ankle to thigh; outlines alternating between the body-hugging and the bell – and our fascination with ‘the frock’ has not gone away. From Gres’ draping to Dior’s New Look, from Mary Quant’s mini to Hussein Chalayan’s mechanical marvels and Kate Middleton’s wedding dress, this book looks at the dress in a century of fashion. Thematic chapters set out the inspirations and implications for each new change in style alongside stunning photography. A celebration of the dress in all its forms, Fabulous Frocks is sure to fire any fashionista’s imagination. ‘A glorious celebration of a hundred years of the dress’ – Daily Mail The chapters include: Changes 1908–1958 Changes 1958 onwards Must Have Classical Fantasy Seduction Feminine Art
Audrey Hepburn, Jackie O., Marilyn Monroe. . . these women wore stylish dresses that still make us swoon today. Famous Frocks provides everything needed to recreate these iconic looks by hand including Audrey's little black dress, Marilyn's poster-classic white halter, Madonna's sexy Like a Virgin number, and more. Vintage photos of the original look alongside beautiful color illustrations of the finished projects offer inspiration, while how-to illustrations break down each step so sewers of all skill levels can follow along. Packaged in an attractive lay-flat hardcover and featuring full-sized patterns for 10 classic dresses updated to be stylish for today (plus 10 variants for a full 20 new looks), this entirely original sewing book is a treat for lovers of vintage style.
Insiders' Guide to Charleston is the essential source for in-depth travel and relocation information to this charming southern city. Written by locals (and true insiders), it offers a personal and practical perspective of Charleston and its surrounding environs. Fully revised and updated, the 13th edition also features a new two-color interior design.
'Sew Iconic' is a stylish guide to sewing the show-stopping outfits you've always wanted. Whether you saw it worn by Grace Kelly or Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe or Julia Roberts, now you can recreate that fabulous gown and fit it perfectly to your body type and size.
Exploring Australia’s radical past through more than 300 images and 500 stories of social activism, this book reveals a hidden inspirational history through Indigenous resistance, convict revolts, student occupations, and more. Twelve key Australian activists and pranksters are interviewed regarding their firsthand opposition to racism, nuclear power, war, economic exploitation, and religious conservatism via humor and creativity. A scrapbook of Aussie humor and courage, this is a must have volume for activists and Australian enthusiasts alike.
"Fabulous Frocks was the title of an exhibition held at the Otago Settlers Museum in 2003. The exhibition presented 39 dresses from the Museum's costume collection ... worn by nineteenth-century Otago women"--Introd.
Over the last 180 years designers have propelled fashion from an elite craft into a cornerstone of popular culture. This brilliantly written guide to the lives and collections of 55 iconic fashion designers draws on the latest academic research and the best of fashion journalism, including the authors' own interviews with designers. Beginning with 19th century couturier Charles Frederick Worth and concluding with the star names of the 2010s, Polan and Tredre detail each designer's working methods and career highlights to capture the spirit of their times. This beautifully illustrated revised edition features five new designer profiles: Hedi Slimane, Raf Simons, Phoebe Philo, Alessandro Michele and Demna Gvasalia. It's also been updated throughout to reflect a fashion world in constant ferment, with designers swapping jobs and fashion houses at unprecedented speed. The industry has expanded into a global phenomenon - and designers have emerged as true celebrities; The Great Fashion Designers explores their passion and flair to show us fashion at its most inspirational.
Three hundred years into the apocalypse, centuries-old zombie queen Creature Comfort and the love of her afterlife Dara Licked leave their salt factory in Utah and find themselves beneath a gussied-up Lady Liberty, surrounded by a race of fabulous drag queens. Humanity (what's left of it) is in dire trouble, attacked by unseen menacing forces, and only Creature can possibly save the day! Thus starts this hilarious tale of mystery and heart-pounding adventure, of friends old and new, of what it means to be alive and, most importantly, in love.
This beautifully illustrated volume surveys the textile and fashion designs of one of Britain's most distinctive creative voices, marking the 50th anniversary of the house of Zandra Rhodes.
It looks, Frankie thought happily to herself, like a proper fabulous frock shop! Francesca Meredith has always had a penchant for vintage dresses. So when she inherits a retro dress shop in the quaint Berkshire village of Kingston Dapple, it's better than winning the lottery. Life is just perfect for Frankie, but it's about to get complicated when she sees a masculine vision setting up shop outside her door - heart-throb florist Dexter Valentine. As Frankie tries her best to make 'Francesca's Fabulous Frocks' into a success, Dexter's philandering proves the ultimate distraction. That is, until the village medium insists that Frankie's shop is haunted and Frankie starts witnessing some very strange shenanigans. Will Dexter think she's crazy? Will Frankie's terribly ordinary life return to normal ever again? Does she even want it to. . .?
How do we understand glamour? Has it empowered women or turned them into objects? Once associated with modernity and the cutting edge, is it entirely bound up with nostalgia and tradition? This unique and fascinating book tells the story of glamour. It explores the changing meanings of the word, its relationship to femininity and fashion, and its place in twentieth century social history. Using a rich variety of sources - from women's magazines and film to social surveys and life histories - Carol Dyhouse examines with wit and insight the history and meaning of costume, cosmetics, perfume and fur. Dyhouse disentangles some of the arguments surrounding femininity, appearance and power, directly addressing feminist concerns. The book explores historical contexts in which glamour served as an expression of desire in women and an assertion of entitlement to the pleasures of affluence, finally arguing that glamour can't simply be dismissed as oppressive, or as male fantasy, but can carry celebratory meanings for women.
This book is the first in-depth exploration of the revolutionary designers who defined American fashion in its emerging years and helped build an industry with global impact, yet have been largely forgotten. Focusing on female designers, the authors reclaim a place in history for the women who created not only for celebrities and socialites, but for millions of fashion-conscious customers across the United States. From one of America's first couturiers, Jessie Franklin Turner, to Zelda Wynn Valdes, the book captures the lost histories of the luminaries who paved the way in the world of American fashion design. This fully illustrated collection takes us from Hollywood to Broadway, from sportswear to sustainable fashion, and explores important crossovers between film, theater, and fashion. Uncovering fascinating histories of the design pioneers we should know about, the book enlarges the prevailing narrative of fashion history and will be an important reference for fashion students, historians, costume curators, and fashion enthusiasts alike.
The idea of creating an artificial human is an old one. One of the earliest science-fictional novels, Frankenstein, concerned itself primarily with the hubris of creation, and one’s relationship to one’s creator. Later versions of this “artificial human” story (and indeed later adaptations of Frankenstein) changed the focus to more modernist questions… What is the nature of humanity? What does it mean to be human? These stories continued through the golden age of science fiction with Isaac Asimov’s I Robot story cycle, and then through post-modern iterations from new wave writers like Philip K. Dick. Today, this compelling science fiction trope persists in mass media narratives like Westworld and Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, as well as twenty-first century science fiction novels like Charles Stross’s Saturn's Children and Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Windup Girl. The short stories in More Human than Human demonstrate the depth and breadth of artificial humanity in contemporary science fiction. Issues of passing . . . of what it is to be human . . . of autonomy and slavery and oppression, and yes, the hubris of creation; these ideas have fascinated us for at least two hundred years, and this selection of stories demonstrates why it is such an alluring and recurring conceit.
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is perhaps the world's most famous address, and it is no ordinary home as it is the address of the White House, the official residence of the President of the United States. It is both global command center and family sanctuary, steeped in rich history and the world's most public private home. From the West Wing and the Oval Office, where most of the business of governing the country happens, to the East Wing, which has become the center of power for the First Lady, the White House is a world unto itself, situated on 18 acres, with over 100 rooms, thousands of staffers, its systems and infrastructure, and some of the most complicated and intense security in the entire world.
Now, in an all-new Special Edition, TIME Inside the White House: The History, Secrets and Style of the World's Most Famous Home, readers go inside the White House in words and photos and learn of the rich history of America's House. The first presidential couple to inhabit the house in 1800 – John and Abigail Adams – moved into a home with only six inhabitable rooms. But over the years and based on presidential whims and desires, the changing times, and just as America has grown and evolved, so has the White House. Packed with diagrams, photographs and stories that chart the history of this symbolic house, TIME Inside the White House is an exclusive invitation to view this house like never before.
A photo journal account of a four month stay in Australia and New Zealand including: selecting a long term vacation rental property,travel across Australia via train, excursions to Canberra, The Outback, Brisbane, the wine country, The Blue Mountains, climbing the Sydney Bridge,Australian lifestyle, golfing in Australia and Australian arts and museums.Bungee Jumping of the bridge in New Zealand, trout fishing, Milford Sound and its fjord, the Art Deco city of Napier,plus Wellington, Nelson, Auckland and Queensland. How to vacation abroad and blend in with society.The merits of longer term vacation rentals, whereever-whenever versus owning a second home. Adopting the retirement philosophy, 'The World is our Second Home.'
Fall in love with Karen White's New York Times bestselling Charleston-set Tradd Street series, featuring a psychic real estate agent with a penchant for old houses—and the secret histories inside them—in this special e-book box collection containing the first six novels. Melanie Middleton hates to admit she can see ghosts. But she's going to have to accept it, because as the owner of a recently inherited historic Tradd Street home in Charleston, South Carolina—complete with a housekeeper and a dog—there is a family of ghosts anxious to tell her their secrets. As she unearths the hidden secrets of the house and the mysterious spirits within the walls, she also builds a life of love, family, unexpected connections, and—as much as she tries to avoid it—danger. The box set includes: House on Tradd Street The Girl on Legare Street The Strangers on Montagu Street Return to Tradd Street The Guests on South Battery Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street