Tennis fashion on page 106. Left: 1906 Tennis match, French Rivera. Right: 1925 Suzanne Lenglen.
Minimal fashion on page 306, and Concept fashion on page 336.
The infamous Wallace Simpson, known as the world’s best dressed women in the 30s.
I have stacks of fashion and textiles books piled high reaching off the top my Ikea wardrobe, most of them were gifted and second hand purchases, unread and preloved…soon to be my latest victims at the up and coming Yard Sale event. I’ve managed to get my hands on this gem ‘100 Years of Fashion‘ by Cally Blackman (courtesy of Laurence King), featuring fashion photographs and illustrations from the 1900 to present times, a story of a fashion revolution – high society gowns, sportswear, drapery, uniforms, street wear, haute couture and the like.
I prefer full on illustrative photographs with small text captions than a pageful of paragraphs, like collectable pictorial postcards as keepsakes all in one book. I went all gaga over images of pieces by Couturier Charles Fredick Worth (House of Worth), Space Age aesthetics André Courrèges and Paco Rabbane and today’s conceptual designer-hero Hussein Chalayan. This book deserves a golden coffee table book award.
100 Years of Fashion by Cally Blackman (Laurence King), is priced at £24.95, available from all major bookstores.