Past time heroes

31st July 2012

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Tennis fashion on page 106.  Left: 1906 Tennis match, French Rivera.  Right: 1925 Suzanne Lenglen.

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Minimal fashion on page 306, and Concept fashion on page 336.

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The infamous Wallace Simpson, known as the world’s best dressed women in the 30s.

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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.

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  • Reply Leng Lui 31st July 2012 at 20:35

    I have this book too!

  • Reply Gabby D 31st July 2012 at 20:47

    Great review Kit. Looks like a great coffee table book.

  • Reply Shini 31st July 2012 at 21:51

    This looks really interesting, I personally really don’t like ‘fashion/trend’ books (you know those, ‘what to wear for your interview’ type useless books) but I love it when it’s mixed with a lot of history and what affected certain developments and tendencies…

  • Reply Mel Green 31st July 2012 at 22:16

    I agree with Shini on that one, past fashion are relevance to today’s fashion, used in trend forecast, textiles and murals and inspirations. Take Mary Quant as a example, the woman pioneered mini skirts, without her we wouldn’t be wearing mini skirts to this day.

  • Reply Alesha Brown 31st July 2012 at 23:30

    You have such pretty hands, love the photography…as always.

  • Reply Yuna 1st August 2012 at 00:36

    Nice post.

  • Reply Cecil Margate 1st August 2012 at 05:01


  • Reply Olga 1st August 2012 at 08:22

    Beautiful foto! This book very intresting!!!

  • Reply Rika 1st August 2012 at 11:48

    Stunning visual review.

  • Reply Sue 1st August 2012 at 11:49

    Yep I have this book as a birthday pressie, good book, excellent pictures and most difinitely less text.

  • Reply Théa Unknown 1st August 2012 at 12:06

    Nice outfit!

    Théa Unknown

  • Reply Ting 1st August 2012 at 15:14

    @Thea Unknown, you are funny you don’t know what Kit’s wearing in the picture.

  • Reply Sarah Lise 4th August 2012 at 11:50

    Lovely review and photography.

  • Reply Michelle Lee 5th August 2012 at 17:17

    would love to get more books like those 🙂

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