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Best Fashion Books: Fifty Dresses That Changed the World

“Can a dress really change the world? Well, perhaps not in an ‘ending famine and promoting world peace‘ kind of way, but there are plenty of  iconic dresses which represent turning points in culture and society over the past century.” London’s Design Museum is the world’s leading museum devoted to contemporary design in every form from furniture to graphics, and architecture to industrial design. Since its opening in 1989 it has worked to place design at the center of contemporary culture. The Design Museum’s mission is to celebrate, entertain and inform and is working to place design at the centre of contemporary culture. Everything around us is designed and the word ‘design’ has become part of our everyday experience. But how much do we know about it? Fifty Dresses that changed the World imparts that knowledge listing the top 50 dresses that have made a substantial impact in the world of British design today. From the 1915 Delphos Pleated dress to Hussein Chalayan’s 2007 LED dress, each entry offers a short appraisal to explore what has made their iconic status and the designers that give them a special place in design history. Published by Conran Fifty Dresses that changed the World…

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Valentino: Themes and Variations

Valentino: Themes and Variations – Valentino has always been one of my favorite designers. His exquisite designs are coveted and worn by young Hollywood and high society, as you can see on previous posts. On the occasion of his last couture collection, presented in Paris in the spring of 2008, this landmark book celebrates forty-five years of Valentino’s remarkable career. Published in association with a prestigious exhibition at the Museé des Arts Decoratifs’s famed costume department in Paris, this volume focuses on Valentino’s haute couture creations, through new photography, sketches, fabric samples, and commentary on the dresses by Valentino himself. I always felt that Valentino brings the values of a lady, he seemed to intuitively understand how to make women look beautiful. His color palette was sure to make a woman look vibrant and alive: that sizzling Valentino red; pinks and corals; ice blue; black. There were dressmaker details – rosettes, pleats, and embroidery – that took a dress from being merely a dress to an exquisite piece of art. And never was the female figure obscured by extraneous bits and pieces. I was excited to get a sneak peek at this Rizzoli publication “Valentino: Themes and Variations” by Pamela…

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