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    1. The Windsor Style
    $18.15
    2. Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette
    $82.80
    3. Patternmaking for Fashion Design
    $47.25
    4. In Vogue: The Illustrated History
    $15.61
    5. The Fashion Designer Survival
    $16.50
    6. Glamour's Big Book of Dos and
    $16.49
    7. The Beautiful Fall: Lagerfeld,
    $19.77
    8. In Style: Instant Style
    $12.89
    9. Dress Your Best: The Complete
    $32.97
    10. Dressing the Man: Mastering the
    $13.60
    11. The Pocket Stylist: Behind-the-Scenes
    $23.07
    12. The Grown-Up Girl's Guide to Style:
    $74.00
    13. Draping for Fashion Design (4th
    $82.00
    14. The Art of Fashion Draping
    $33.05
    15. 9 Heads: A Guide to Drawing Fashion
    $14.96
    16. What You Wear Can Change Your
    $16.29
    17. Fashion Design Drawing Course
    $122.50
    18. Visionaire 35: Man
    $140.25
    19. Queen Elizabeth's Wardrobe Unlock'd:
    $13.59
    20. Figure Drawing for Fashion Design

    1. The Windsor Style
    by Salem House Pub
    Hardcover (April, 1988)
    list price: $627.00
    Isbn: 0881623210
    Sales Rank: 291636
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars A View Inside A Shrine to Self
    The Windsors, while they were living, epitomized style, glamour, and wit. Ultimately theirs was a wasted life, empty of meaning in the end. From the heady days of their scandalous romance, life was all downhill, a private struggle to conserve their dignity in the aftermath of the abdication. To fill this emptiness and lack of purpose in life, the Duchess obsessed on perfection; of herself, of the things she collected and of the table she set. The Windsor's sous chef spent hours sorting salad leaves into leaves of exactly the same size to be set before their guests. Their relationship was a hollow recreation of the childhood the Duke never could leave behind. Moulin de la Tuilerie, their country home outside of Paris, was the York Cottage of Edward's youth reborn. Wallis herself was Queen Mary, obsessively arranging the display of small objets and cosseting the little boy who was King. A long time servant said, "They had nothing and no-one. They were just two lonely old people." Suzy Menkes takes the reader on an interesting tour through not only of the tangible objects of this relationship, but of the relationship itself. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. 1896-    2. 20th century    3. Biography    4. Biography/Autobiography    5. Duchess of,    6. Duke of,    7. Fashion    8. General    9. Great Britain    10. Great Britain - History - 20th Century    11. History    12. Kings and rulers    13. Nobility    14. Photography    15. Windsor, Edward,    16. Windsor, Wallis Warfield,    17. Marriage    18. Windsor, Edward    19. Windsor, Wallis Warfield   


    2. Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution
    by Henry Holt and Co.
    Hardcover (19 September, 2006)
    list price: $27.50 -- our price: $18.15
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    Isbn: 0805079491
    Sales Rank: 218
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars terrific look at Marie Antoinette through her fashion
    This is a terrific look at Marie Antoinette through the fashion she wore that defied French society over the objections of the aristocracy yet set trends with these same nay-sayers imitating or parodying the monarch while the hookers and madams copied her.The premise of Caroline Weber's fashionable biography is that the doomed queen was her own person from the time at fourteen she first sat on the throne to her last dance with Madam Guillotine.This book is well written and fascinating and fans of the French Revolution era will be enthralled by the detailed accounts especially the haunting all in white final ride to the execution as the author uses the clothing to symbolize the extravagance and ruin of a regime.With a salute to Arnold's Clothing Theory, Caroline Weber provides a fresh look at this violent period through the wardrobe of its most representative figure.
    4-0 out of 5 stars a tour-de-force!
    I am glad that Carrie Weber's fascinating book "Queen of Fashion" is making a headway into American and Canadian popular culture to counteract some of the false information that will undoubtedly be generated by the Coppola film. No, Marie-Antoinette was not an empty-headedteenage spendthrift just trying to have fun. There was a method to her "madness." In spite of her joie-de-vivre, she was a Habsburg, and the Habsburgs always knew how to wield power. Weber, through anecdotes and vivid descriptions shows how the ill-fated queen used costume throughout her life to make a statement, which ultimately shaped her destiny. She dressed stylishly as only former courtesans had dressed to show that she and no other was her husband's mistress.An excellent book!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Sartorial savoir-faire
    "Queen of Fashion" is a stylish and engaging tour de force that offers a truly original perspective on the life of France's ill-fated queen. In her absorbing and rigorously researched account of Marie Antoinette's life, Weber convincingly shows that the history of the queen's wardrobe and the court politics at Versailles are inextricably interwoven threads of French history. The stylish essence of this book is its ability to communicate the complexity of the period's politics with an accessibility and elegance that will appeal to a broad range of readers. A must-read for anyone interested in the history of fashion or France. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. 1755-1793    2. 18th century    3. Biography / Autobiography    4. Clothing    5. Courts and courtiers    6. Europe - France    7. Fashion    8. France    9. Historical - General    10. History    11. History: World    12. Marie Antoinette,    13. Queen, consort of Louis XVI, King of France,    14. Royalty    15. History / France   


    3. Patternmaking for Fashion Design (4th Edition)
    by Prentice Hall
    Ring-bound (10 February, 2005)
    list price: $92.00 -- our price: $82.80
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    Isbn: 0131112112
    Sales Rank: 10610
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Some Instructions Inadequate
    I purchased this book as my figure has changed and I needed to re-do my basic slopers.The pattern design books I currently have did not cover trousers so I was delighted to finda new book that was apparently so comprehensive.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Finally !Best value for my dollar
    I received this book yesterday and read the first 100 pages.I've sewn all my life and consider myself an advanced seamstress.I've sewn and made my own patterns for childrens' heirloom, business suits, and now enjoy making (jazz) dance costumes.I'm the one in line at the fabric store buying ten patterns, just to combine different details and features in different sizes, especially if sewing for a group.I probably own hundreds of patterns and almost that many books.For me, this book will pay for itself many times over.It isn't a sewing "how to" book and it wouldn't be the first book for a beginner.The reader should be familiar or use other reference books for actual garment construction techniques.I've bought other, less expensive sewing books to learn pattern manipulation and fitting techniques.I put off the purchase of this book, being put off by its price.But, finally!This book is so inspiring and liberating. In just the first 100 pages, I've gotten through the basic patternmaking and dart manipulation.I think I may never have to buy another pattern again !This is definitely a must have for the serious sewing enthusiast.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Designs by Sharon
    This book was used during a 12 week class I attended for Patternmaking.It is very thorough and is an excellent reference for just about any type of pattern one could desire to make.I learned a great deal using the book as a reference guide while I studied the various fundamental components to patternmaking.However, it can be a little intimidating if used as a self-study text.This issue could have been solved if there had been an answer section for the various exercises that accompanied each chapter.Many of the students in our class felt it was a text designed for those enrolled in a formal college level class, i.e., it oftened assumed reader knowledge beyond that expected of a lay person. (Everyone in our class was required to be at the advanced level of sewing experience.)Some of the exercises were made more difficult because the technique to design a sample pattern was in a later chapter, not having been covered in the one just studied.Overall,though,it is a good reference and certainly belongs in the personal library of any serious home sewer. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Art    2. Decorating - General    3. Design - General    4. Dressmaking    5. Family / Parenting / Childbirth    6. Fashion    7. General    8. Pattern design    9. Art / Design / General    10. History Of Art / Art & Design Styles    11. Industrial / Commercial Art & Design   


    4. In Vogue: The Illustrated History of the World's Most Famous Fashion Magazine
    by Rizzoli
    Hardcover (22 September, 2006)
    list price: $75.00 -- our price: $47.25
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    Isbn: 0847828646
    Sales Rank: 1515
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    Subjects:  1. Collections, Catalogs, Exhibitions    2. Photo Techniques    3. Photography    4. Subjects & Themes - Fashion    5. Photographs: collections    6. Photography / Fashion   


    5. The Fashion Designer Survival Guide: An Insider's Look at Starting and Running Your Own Fashion Business
    by Kaplan Business
    Paperback (01 August, 2005)
    list price: $22.95 -- our price: $15.61
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    Isbn: 0793198992
    Sales Rank: 1885
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing
    This book provides answers to unanswered questions and goes into subjects not covered in Fashion School. ;) I would sugest this book to any on in the fashion industry or still in school.It will help you grasp a better understanding of the when, why, and how things are done.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This is a great book for someone starting out
    This book is ideal for someone coming into the industry with little to no knowledge. It provides a lot of tips to help one avoid re-inventing the wheel.

    4-0 out of 5 stars The Fashion Designer Survival Guide
    my friend, for whose birthday i purchased this book, is delighted and learning so much needed info. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Business & Economics    2. Business / Economics / Finance    3. Career/Job    4. Careers - General    5. Careers - Other Specific Fields    6. Entrepreneurship    7. Fashion    8. Fashion designers    9. Fashion merchandising    10. Management    11. New Business Enterprises    12. Business & Economics / General    13. Fashion & beauty industries    14. Fashion design    15. Small businesses & self-employed   


    6. Glamour's Big Book of Dos and Don'ts: Fashion Help for Every Woman
    by Gotham
    Paperback (07 September, 2006)
    list price: $25.00 -- our price: $16.50
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    Isbn: 159240233X
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars A Compilation of Glamour Do's and Don'ts
    This book is filled with current information about dressing and style.It's useful because it shows the reader, using many photos, the do's and don'ts of dressing well--and not so well.It's hard to believe some of those don'ts!
    4-0 out of 5 stars Will be helpful for many
    Check it out.It is packed with a good advice

    3-0 out of 5 stars I am keeping it for myself!!!!
    My girlfriend loves fashion magazines and clothing.For her birthday I decided to get her this book.I got it in the mail today and cannot put the book down.The book is basically the title.Every girl should have this as their fashion bible.. It shows you what is in style, and how to wear clothing to flatter your specific body type..I am ordering one for myself.It is a wonderful gift for any girl that loves clothes!! ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Beauty & Grooming - General    2. Fashion    3. Fashion & Grooming    4. Health & Fitness    5. Health/Fitness    6. Personal & Practical Guides    7. Fashion design    8. Health & Fitness / Beauty & Grooming    9. Personal appearance & beauty care   


    7. The Beautiful Fall: Lagerfeld, Saint Laurent, and Glorious Excess in 1970s Paris
    by Little, Brown and Company
    Hardcover (05 September, 2006)
    list price: $24.99 -- our price: $16.49
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    Isbn: 0316768014
    Sales Rank: 1360
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Fun book!
    Who ever knew fashion could be so scandalous? As one who is not so fashion savvy, Alicia Drake's book told of a world quite its own, while entertaining me with the drama of the two powers colliding.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Dishy AND intelligent
    Read an advance copy of this book - it is a delight...sex, drugs and fashion are always a thrill to read about but thedetails(some quite dishy) evoke a Paris, well, a Paris I wish I had been able to belong to - (and to hell with the consequences!)Really well written and researched, which makes the gossip tasty but the information fascinating. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Art    2. Art & Art Instruction    3. European    4. Fashion    5. Folklore & Mythology    6. History - Contemporary (1945- )    7. Social Science / Folklore & Mythology   


    8. In Style: Instant Style
    by InStyle
    Paperback (24 October, 2006)
    list price: $29.95 -- our price: $19.77
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    Isbn: 1933405201
    Sales Rank: 957
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Good for the 20-35 year old fashionista on a budget
    This book shows you how to take one piece and use it four ways, whether skirt, jacket or pants, and then how to accessorize. There is a section on undergarments, too. In front of the book, you'll find a bookmark with a list of essentials to buy, so take this with you when you shop. In the back of the book is a workbook for lists of things your friends like, how to choose what to keep in your closet and other helpful hints.
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    Subjects:  1. Art    2. Art & Art Instruction    3. Beauty & Grooming - General    4. Fashion    5. Art / Fashion    6. Personal appearance & beauty care   


    9. Dress Your Best: The Complete Guide to Finding the Style That's Right for Your Body
    by Three Rivers Press
    Paperback (13 September, 2005)
    list price: $18.95 -- our price: $12.89
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    Isbn: 0307236714
    Sales Rank: 1501
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars for the style gurus...
    Let me start by saying that this is based on a show that I love but I put off buying this book because I wasn't really sure what to expect from it, especially when quite a few of the reviews said that only a few pages were devoted to each body type and so forth. Well yes, only a few pages were devoted to each type, but there were A LOT of types portrayed (more so than in any other book of this kind I'd ever seen before), and multiply that by three since they all came in petite, average height, and tall. In reality, since none of us fits into ONE type of body, I got much more information than one could've thought. For example, I'm curvy and petite but there were some suggestions from the larger on bottom section that I can definitely use to my advantage... and this is just the beginning, I went on picking up useful pointers from all over. Sure, you're definitely more of one certain body type than all the others and that's where you'll find the majority of your advice, but do browse through all the book because the useful tips are everywhere and you're bound to pick them up from all over, not just YOUR four or five pages.
    4-0 out of 5 stars In details...
    This book offers great details how to dress YOUR body now, not after you lose a few pounds or gain some!
    4-0 out of 5 stars Great, but could use improvemet
    Like many of the other reviewers, I love Stacy and Clinton's TV show, and it has helped me greatly in weeding out pieces in my wardrobe and buying new clothes to replace them.When I discovered that they had published a book, I rented it from the local library immediately.In a way, I am glad I rented it rather than purchasing it.
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    Subjects:  1. Beauty & Grooming - Fashion    2. Clothing and dress    3. Consumer Health    4. Crafts & Hobbies    5. Fashion    6. Hobbies/Crafts    7. Psychological aspects    8. Costume    9. Self-Help & Practical Interests    10. Self-Help / General   


    10. Dressing the Man: Mastering the Art of Permanent Fashion
    by HarperCollins
    Hardcover (01 October, 2002)
    list price: $49.95 -- our price: $32.97
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    Isbn: 0060191449
    Sales Rank: 4057
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Dress Sence 101
    The book is good, and takes a couple of evenings to go through. It has what many "men's" magazines lack in the "how to fit" the right clothes with the right person, and insight into patterns, texture and color. If you haven't read a couple of issues of "men's" magazines and have never dressed formally and intend to do so you better read this or you will stick out of the crowd like a sore thumb. The book is comprehensive but could have included more, such as "adventurous" without looking old-fashioned (the old scarf to hide a sagging throat), for me it lacked clarity in the shoe department especially in the color section (unless black, dark tan and suede are the only choices...). The smart/casual section was good, but a clear miss in the sporty casual department where many of the <40 tend to dress much of their time and forced the need to live in a cold weather climate - lots of layers. Although I did not like the cartoon like drawings, the pictures where interesting to see how different nationalities have used clothes with different "shape's" in the past, although many are old Hollywood stars their shirts did seem to be somewhat oversized.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Don't Leave Home Without It!
    This is simply the best book on this subject to date. Mr. Flusser has given men (and the women who are tired of being ashamed of them) an exhaustive and reliable reference to lean on.From the purchase of quality clothing, to its proper wear and maintenance, he gives a thorough yet light-hearted overview of how to present oneself in civilized society.
    5-0 out of 5 stars eh
    a good book on men's fashion and explains choosing a suit in great detail as it relates to height, complexion, hair and eye color as well as build. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Art    2. Beauty & Grooming - General    3. Fashion    4. Fashion & Grooming    5. Men's clothing    6. Personal & Practical Guides    7. Art / Fashion    8. Fashion design    9. History Of Art / Art & Design Styles    10. Personal appearance & beauty care   


    11. The Pocket Stylist: Behind-the-Scenes Expertise from a Fashion Pro on Creating Your Own Look
    by Gotham
    Hardcover (22 January, 2004)
    list price: $20.00 -- our price: $13.60
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    Isbn: 1592400418
    Sales Rank: 2317
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    3-0 out of 5 stars What about us boyish rectangular shaped women?
    I was so looking forward to this book, but I ended up disappointed. There was good information to be had in spite of my body type not being defined or even mentioned once.I ended up taking tips from body type A and C as those seemed to most address my porpotions. I am tall, thin, with a narrow frame and small-breasted.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good resource
    This is a very good book about developing your own style.A lot of women would benefit from reading it.It's contemporary and relevant, well-written and practical.

    4-0 out of 5 stars From Funky to Fashionista
    This truly is a great guide for woman who want pointers on how to improve their look.It takes you back to the basics: consider your shape first, then your measurements and lastly the latest trend.Since I am not into the latest trend (I'm more classic), I desperately needed to know what shape category I fell.I'm an obscure "C."This tidbit of information is crucial for me when I step into the store.It leads me in the right path.
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    Subjects:  1. Art    2. Beauty & Grooming - Fashion    3. Beauty, Personal    4. Clothing and dress    5. Consumer Health    6. Diet / Health / Fitness    7. Fashion    8. Image consultants    9. Personal & Practical Guides    10. Personal appearance    11. Fashion design    12. Reference / Personal & Practical Guides    13. Self-Help & Practical Interests   


    12. The Grown-Up Girl's Guide to Style: A Maintenance Bible for Fashion, Beauty, and More . . .
    by Regan Books
    Hardcover (26 September, 2006)
    list price: $34.95 -- our price: $23.07
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    Isbn: 006078458X
    Sales Rank: 2523
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Wow! Maybe I'm scary!
    I really looked forward to ordering this book after reading the blurb about it & couldn't wait to read it when it arrived. The author is absolutely gorgeous & looks fabulous in the pictures, but after reading it I felt as though it was intended fora much older person than myself (I'm in my 40"s). She essentially says not to wear a bathing suit unless you're actually going to swim, hide all skin as it's aged & crepey, cover up - you're not your daughter! In checking to see what part of the country she's from I discovered she lives in California like me,where a lot of the women are in very good shape without horrible skin & hopefully look very attractive showing a little skin somewhere. While
    5-0 out of 5 stars At last!
    Tired of being called a Baby Boomer or worse? Christine Schwab has given us a new name that is everything we aspire to be: fun, sassy, fashion savvy. We are Grown-up Girls! In her latest book, Christine gives advice to the fashion-wary and applauds the fashion-aware with her message that it is possible to become ageless rather than older.This inspiring book is so much more than a list of 'dos and don'ts'. Another wonderful surprise-besides the practical advice, colorful layout, and fun photos- are the philosophical gems Christine shares. A must read for any woman, whether she is 'grown-up' or not!

    5-0 out of 5 stars FABULOUS!!
    This is the greatest fashion/beauty book to come along in years.Christine Schwab is full of fresh and amazing ideas and she makes you feel like she's telling you about them over a cappuccino in her living room!It's a great read, full of new and interesting fashion/beauty ideas for the Grown Up Girl and also some tried and true advice that Christine has given us over the years on her many TV appearances (we can't hear these things enough girls!).But more than that, the book is full of honest and inspiring thoughts about life - life as a Grown Up Girl and life in general - all from someone who has seen so many sides of life and from such a unique perspective.After reading this book, I was so inspired to make positive changes - in my appearance and in my life!I highly recommend this for Grown Up Girls (and not-so-Grown Up Girls too!).A wonderful, wonderful book. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Beauty & Grooming - General    2. Beauty, Personal    3. Clothing    4. Diet / Health / Fitness    5. Fashion    6. Fashion & Grooming    7. Health & Fitness    8. Health/Fitness    9. Middle-aged women    10. Women's clothing    11. Health & Fitness / Beauty & Grooming    12. Personal appearance & beauty care   


    13. Draping for Fashion Design (4th Edition)
    by Prentice Hall
    Paperback (12 January, 2004)
    list price: $74.00 -- our price: $74.00
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    Isbn: 0131109375
    Sales Rank: 38482
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars very informartive!
    This book contains allot of basic information on draping. The instructions are thorough and are acompanied by visuals, for extra comprehension. It also has a section dedicated to draping knits, a real plus! My understanding of the draping method, and therefore my skill, has improved on account of this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Exactly what you need to know
    I studied at FIT in NY, and this was required reading for my first draping course.It seems that a careful read of this book alone could have taught me what I needed to know.It takes practice, but boy, if you want perfect results, follow this book to the letter and it will get you there!

    5-0 out of 5 stars It was excellent
    beautifu ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Art    2. Art & Art Instruction    3. Decorating - General    4. Design - General    5. Dressmaking    6. Fashion    7. Fashion design    8. General    9. Pattern design    10. Textile Fabrics    11. Art / Design / General   


    14. The Art of Fashion Draping
    by Fairchild Books & Visuals
    Paperback (06 December, 2004)
    list price: $82.00 -- our price: $82.00
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    Isbn: 1563672774
    Sales Rank: 198183
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    2-0 out of 5 stars The Art of Fashion Draping
    Good information in general, but there a lot of instructions that are unclear and/or EXTREMELY poorly edited (spelling/grammar mistakes etc). The book itself is not good quality and pages are already starting to fall out of my barely-month-old copy.
    4-0 out of 5 stars good intro to draping
    Excellent intro for novice sewers as a text, or experienced sewers wanting to learn draping skills. Covers tools/equipment, terms/elements of draping, the basic bodice/skirt/shift/sleeve, princess bodice/dress, skirtvariations, pants, sleeve and armhole variations, collars, cowl necks, yokevariations, knits, and a few intermediate fashion features like sculpturedpleats, bias, boned bustier, ruffles/flounces/gathering, and peplums. Tofollow the exercises, you must have a dress form (preferrably professional)to work with. But with numbered steps giving a very simplified process, andthe very clear and numerous b/w diagrams, you should be able to teachyourself the rudiments of draping unless you are also a beginner at sewing.As a veteran sewer and novice draper, I received this as a textbook for myfirst draping class and appreciated it as a reference. But it's nosubstitute for a beginning sewing class. I would strongly recommend thisfor home sewers ready to move beyond commercial patterns or for first yearfashion students. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Art & Art Instruction    2. Fashion    3. General    4. Reference    5. Fashion design   


    15. 9 Heads: A Guide to Drawing Fashion (3rd Edition)
    by Prentice Hall
    Paperback (14 July, 2006)
    list price: $52.46 -- our price: $33.05
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    Isbn: 0132238446
    Sales Rank: 8902
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great For Technical Specifications/Flats
    I can say that Chapters Four and Five alone is worth their weight in gold. This book is used on a daily basis by our CAD department as a reference when making flat sketches for specs.To take a designer's drawing or a sample of the garment and turn it into detailed, flat sketches takes skills.That particular section is great when it comes to drawing details for sewing such as types of stitching, where pleats/folds/darts should go, placements of notions/trimmings, etc.Flat sketching for specs is very important when a garment is produced in huge quantities by numerous operators. There's also a section in the front on proportion drawing using the croquis which is also very helpful. Since the company I work for produces a wide range of theatrical costumes that has tons and tons of details (think odd shapes and sizes), this book has come to the rescue many times.
    1-0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this book
    I've had this book for awhile and I've noticed that some of the drawings, especially the fashion illustrations look rather unprofessional.There are drawings, renderings, that you would never see in fashion world. Some of the drawings look like they are fine art life drawings; others look very much like student work, some look just badly drawn and should not be shown as explemary work for those who wish to learn.I think that they are better books out there and this is not one of them.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Are U Kidding Me!!!
    Anyone who says this book is a waist of your dollar is obviously not looking at this book closely.The art work is incredible and the attention to deatil is unrivaled.9 HEADS is one of the most incredible books in regards to fashion sketching I have ever seen.If you are looking to improve your know how and skill of fashion sketching I highly recommend this book.It's worth every penny.By the way, the drawings are not cartoonish nor are they amateurish.I doubt anyone at Parsons would look down on this book. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Art    2. Art & Art Instruction    3. Design - General    4. Drawing    5. Fashion    6. Techniques - Drawing    7. Art / Design / General    8. Drawing & drawings    9. Fashion design   


    16. What You Wear Can Change Your Life
    by Riverhead Trade
    Paperback (01 February, 2005)
    list price: $22.00 -- our price: $14.96
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    Isbn: 1594481482
    Sales Rank: 4651
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars What you wear can change your life
    This book is really fantastic.These two ladies have a way of speak writing which is my way of saying that they write exactly as they speak. It comes across very clearly and naturally.I have picked up heaps of useful tips and it makes you realise that is not about dressing the perfect body but about making the most of your assets and minimizing your less flattering physical attributes.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Laughing your way to looking good
    Trinny and Susannah are fantastic at telling you exactly what will work on your body type. they show the funky and elegant. In addition to the great advice they couch it in wonderful irreverent humor. enjoy.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good, But Not All-Purpose
    I love the way Trinny and Susannah look at color. Their advice for matching colors and finding colors that work for you is second to none. They have a chapter where there is a page for each color. They show several shades of that color and for each shade, they show two complimentary colors and one contrasting color. They also offer good underwear, travel and accessory advice, which can be quite useful.
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    Subjects:  1. Beauty & Grooming - Fashion    2. Consumer Health    3. Crafts & Hobbies    4. Fashion    5. Hobbies/Crafts    6. Psychological aspects    7. Women's clothing    8. Art / Fashion   


    17. Fashion Design Drawing Course
    by Barron's Educational Series
    Paperback (October, 2003)
    list price: $23.95 -- our price: $16.29
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    Isbn: 0764124730
    Sales Rank: 2942
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars not beautiful, but certainly effective and fun
    This book is set up much like a textbook and would work well for an independent study in design. It has clearly organized chapters with projects at the end of each; the projects work on a theoretical and practical basis, and allow the student to employ a hands-on approach. It is fun, engaging, easy to follow, and manages to be technical without feeling pompous. It takes the designer from inspiration and mood boards to the final designs and a cohesive line. It breaks down the process into smaller tasks in the most fun way I have yet seen.
    2-0 out of 5 stars Too basic
    I was looking for a more detail book and I found this one too basic.

    5-0 out of 5 stars made the right decision
    i have been going to community college for a while now and i have always wanted to be creative so i decided to go to Institute of Design and Technology for fashion design i start 06/10/2006 and bought this book to inspire me. Well in reading this book i know that i have made the right decision for myself. And actually cant wait to start even though i was a little intimated at first due to no experience reading this book has opened up many possiblties. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Art    2. Art & Art Instruction    3. Commercial - Fashion Design    4. Design - Textile & Costume    5. Fashion    6. Fashion drawing    7. Study & Teaching    8. Techniques - Drawing - Specific Subjects    9. Art / Fashion   


    18. Visionaire 35: Man
    by Visionaire Publishing
    Paperback (June, 2001)
    list price: $175.00 -- our price: $122.50
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    Isbn: 1888645229
    Sales Rank: 368181
    Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Another "make-a-buck" issue...
    I too was disappointed in this issue of Visionaire like many others. It seems Visionaire has had an "up and down" quality issue as of late. Some issues are as elaborate as can be, others are like this issue, a cheaply bound paperback magazine in a cheap plastic sleeve. 3-0 out of 5 stars Classy-But Not What I Expected!
    I was really excited about getting this new book by Mario Testino, one of my favorite photographers, but was truly disappointed when it arrived.Yes, it's a very classy publication, and comes in a unique & different pink slipcover,but not being familiar with Visionaire's previous publications, I expected a paperback book of high quality, however, what I got was a magazine.Yes, it is numbered in a limited edition of 6000 but it's not even signed by the photographer.1-0 out of 5 stars Visionaire has lost its magic
    I have been a fan of Visionaire since issue 23 directed by Karl Lagerfeld and at that time the issues were fabulous and worth the price. Well that time has gone and now it is really not worth it anymore. This issue comes in a plastic sleeve and is a simple paper book. There's really nothing special about this item. When i heard that Mario Testino was the force behind this issue i thought it would be like his first issue, no. 22 chic. Well it is quite the opposite! Don't buy this item at bookstores but try to get it for less at auction sites. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Collections, Catalogs, Exhibitions - General    2. Photo Techniques    3. Photoessays & Documentaries    4. Photography    5. Subjects & Themes - Fashion    6. Fashion design    7. Photographs: collections   


    19. Queen Elizabeth's Wardrobe Unlock'd: The inventories of the Wardrobe of Robes prepared in July 1600, edited from Stowe MS 557 in the British Library, MS LR 2/121 in the Public Record Office, London, and MS V.b.72 in the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington DC
    by Costume & Fashion Press
    Hardcover (October, 2001)
    list price: $165.00 -- our price: $140.25
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    Isbn: 0901286206
    Sales Rank: 290078
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars The recipient loved it
    I bought this as a gift for a friend who helped a great deal with my wedding, advising me of dress styles, hair styles, fashion from this era, dances, music, food, and everything in between, as well as arranging all the flowers for the wedding!She was a godsend!When I gave her the book, her jaw dropped and she was so excited to get it... she said she had been wanting it forever.As I consider her quite knowledgeable about the subject matter of this book, and as it came highly recommended by her, I would say that it's a great book to have if this is something you are interested in as a serious hobby or more.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best place to start for Elizabethan Costuming
    This is one of the best books ever written on the subject of Elizabethan Costuming.It mainly contains all of the details of Queen Elizabeth I wardrobe but it has unique points in the society that surrounded the dresses.This book helps to explain the Gloriana image that became so popular and it helps us to understand all the little details that went into the dress of the period.Detailing costumes using portraits and explaining how the fashion progressed makes this book a must for anyone interested in Renaissance Faires and the nobility.The only drawback is that very very few of the portraits and pictures are in color.I think a total of about 7 are in color the rest is in black and white. The only way to make this book more appealing and usable would be to put all of the portraits and pictures in color, but that would make the book even more expensive.After this must have book the 2nd on the shelf should be a J. Hunniset book (the lady who did all the costuming for Elizabeth R and The Six Wives of Henry the VIII produced by BBC).Next, any Janet Arnold book.Last, would be the Norris book:Tudor Costuming and Fashion (although most of this book is very outdated it is nice to look at).All of these are must haves and will make a well rounded library.Dispite the high price of the book it is worth posessing.Enjoy.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Such An Amazing Resource!
    For the historical costumer focused on 16th century clothing, this is the "bible" hands down.Big, expensive, and filled with the usual detail that is the hallmark of Janet Arnold, this is one very worthwhile investment for the serious costumer. This book has one tiny drawback, in that it focuses entirely on women's fashion in the 16th century as viewed through the wardrobe accounts of Queen Elizabeth I and some of her contemporaries.Therefore, it has nothing to say on the topic of men's clothing, which is an unfortunately neglected aspect of 16th century research.Read more

    Subjects:  1. 1533-1603    2. 16th century    3. Clothing    4. Costume    5. Crafts & Hobbies    6. Design - Textile & Costume    7. Elizabeth    8. Europe - Great Britain - General    9. Great Britain    10. History    11. Hobbies/Crafts    12. Performing Arts    13. Queen of England,    14. Reference    15. Sewing    16. Sources    17. Theater - Stagecraft    18. British & Irish history: c 1500 to c 1700    19. Fashion design    20. Social history    21. United Kingdom, Great Britain    22. c 1600 to c 1700   


    20. Figure Drawing for Fashion Design
    by Pepin Press
    Paperback (31 January, 2002)
    list price: $19.99 -- our price: $13.59
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    Isbn: 9054960809
    Sales Rank: 2606
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Thorough Guide to Fashion Drawing
    This book is a thorough guide for learning the art of fashion design illustration. The book features a plethora of examples to teach how to draw faces and poses in correct proportion, as seen in professional fashion illustrations. The examples in the book are large, facilitating the use of tracings prior to free-hand drawing. Anyone who wants to learn fashion design, especially teenagers interested in the field, will find this book an invaluable asset.

    5-0 out of 5 stars cool
    i thought this book was great and easy to read you learn alot from just copying and praticing your drawing technigues, its amazing and loved the art.its a must buy for a fashion student or for some interstead in fashion illustration.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Better than expected!
    I ordered this book as a hobby figuring that the 200+ pages must have some decent methods to improve my drawing skills. I have been looking for a fashion design instruction book for a long time now.This is certainly an elusive topic to find information on -- even on the web I couldn't find any website that offered any helpful instructions.I have never been able to find anything suitable, especially since I didn't want to invest a lot.This book was a good price that I didn't think would be too much of a loss if I didn't find it useful.
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    Subjects:  1. Art    2. Art & Art Instruction    3. Art Forms, Treatments & Subjects    4. Design - Textile & Costume    5. Fashion    6. Industrial / Commercial Art & Design    7. Techniques - Drawing - Specific Subjects    8. Techniques - General   


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