July 16, 2009
library finds – 16-07-09
Who still goes to the library? I do – and I pay $50 a year for the privilege of accessing the stacks of my university library. Its well worth it, as an applied arts sort of school there are books on practically everything (with emphasis on practically) and that includes fashion.
I have decided to start a new weekly column to encourage myself to make this a more regular habit. Beside that, to share with you some of my library finds. Each week I will go to the library, take out two books – one useful, one amusing, and share with you a photo of one spread or perhaps a random excerpt with brief comments of my own.
Oh, and you can click the photos for “big”.
Fashion Illustrator by Bethan Morris.
I found this one by scanning the spines in the fashion illustration section for books I haven’t seen before and found this – a relatively new (2006) fashion illustration textbook. This is one of the better new ones I have found, full of gorgeous colour illustrations by many artists and in many styles. It has some basic tutorials by different artists on different techniques, as well as brief interviews with many different artists. As a text it is more of a survey, giving a broad overview of history, technique, styles, and careers.
Chic Savages by John Fairchild
This book reads like its from another century on another planet. John Fairchild was born into the publishing business, inheriting Women’s Wear Daily and then launching his own “brainchild”, W, to feature the lifestyles, gossip and fashions of the rich and famous that fascinated him so much. Enough to write a book about it.
It is too hard to pick one excerpt from this book. Pretty much open any page and you’ll find something snooty, silly or splendid. Randomly:
At the Ungaro show in the Musee des Arts Decoratifs panic sents in because the security is so tight. And to make matters worse the Ungaro guards spot outside the door the best copyist in the world: Victor Costa, Texas manufacturer, who has copied from all the top Paris couturiers — particularly Lacroix and Ungaro — and almost overnight delivered their designs to the stores at very reasonable prices. This time Costa is in dark glasses, leaning against the museum wall and swinging his satchel, which I am sure is full of design goodies from other shows that have already been facsimilied back to Texas, where busy Mexican hands are sewing up all of Paris.