A history of fashion from the 19th century giving the social and economic implications of each style, and beginning with the 1940s there is a discussion of each designers philosophy, style, and output.
Classic high fashion isn't all Dior and Balenciaga - it comes in red, white and blue too!
Published by Thriftbooks.com User , 16 years ago
It may seem funny to speak of high fashion as being a subject for patriotic pride, but in fact, Americans don't need to look across the Atlantic for great couturiers; there are plenty of 'em in the Big Apple! Caroline Rennolds Millbank, who's also written the excellent _Couture_ and _The Couture Accessory_, turns her attention to the great designers, past and present, of the New York fashion scene. She reminds us all that Paris and Milan are not the only places that can produce superb couture, with hundreds of splendid B & W and color photographs (many in full-page format) and in-depth commentary on American designers from Mainbocher to Norell to McCardell. Kudos to Milbank for looking at great designers who aren't covered as often as they should be in books.
Published by Thriftbooks.com User , 20 years ago
As a vintage clothing collector and seller, this is an invaluable resource for me. Ideal for a beginner, as well as a seasoned collector. An interesting read and a wonderful and useful book for just "looking up" a designer when necessary. It's a must have for the field.
Can't Live Without It
Published by Thriftbooks.com User , 23 years ago
What a way to meet the talented American designers. .Before Calvin, Ralph and Donna, there was Norell, McCardell and Mainbocher. Caroline Milbank introduces them and shows you their signature designs. A "must have" for fashion fans!
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