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100 Years of Fashion Illustration [Paperback]

Cally Blackman
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April 15 2007
A visual feast of 400 dazzling images, this is a comprehensive survey of the genre over the last century. The book also offers an overview of the development of fashion, as seen through the eyes of the greatest illustrators of the day. Early in the century fashion illustration reflected new, liberating currents in art and culture, such as the exoticism of the Ballets Russes, while the postwar period saw inspiration from the great Parisian couturiers. After the dominance of the celebrityfashion photographer in the '60s, a new generation of illustrators emerged, embracing the medium of the computer, while many returned to more traditional techniques.

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Cally Blackman is a writer and lecturer with degrees in Fashion Design and History of Art, and an MA in History of Dress from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. She teaches the Fashion History and Theory course at Central Saint Martins College. Her previous publications include Costume: From 1500 to the Present Day and The '20s and '30s: Flappers and Vamps.

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In 1900, when the new century dawned, both fashion illustration and fashion design itself looked backward to the styles of the previous century rather than forward to a vision of the future. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Visual Feast - and Great History Oct. 11 2010
Recommended for artists, designers, history buffs, fashionistas

I came across this exceptional book in a funky clothing store in Vancouver B.C. - that's the first thing that made it stand out. When I picked it up and started leafing through it, I was completely drawn in.

The inside cover blurb is perfect: "A visual feast of 400 dazzling images, this book is both a comprehensive survey of the history of fashion illustration in the past 100 years, and an overview of the development of fashion, as seen through the eyes of the greatest illustrators of the day."

This book is a wonderful gift for illustrators, designers, fashion followers, and history buffs because it is not like anything you've ever seen. Cally Blackman has gone to exceptional lengths to not only source the images, but also provide detailed descriptions of the artists and their illustration style.

At the beginning of the each twenty-five year period, starting in 1900, Blackman gives you the full history of the period - the social influences, the thinking and how fashion pushed the culture to new places.

"Early twentieth-centure fashion illustration was as aesthetically moribund as fashion itself - statuesque models posed stiffly against fussy studio backgrounds, often framed by ornate arrangement of foliage, known in the trade as 'spinach'."

We are all familiar with designer Coco Chanel, one of the most influential designers of the twenties and thirties - but you may not know some of the other designers of the time. That's what I like about this 384 page history - it shows the timelines of influence, the progression of learning and the growth of what is now a huge and important industry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply amazing! Feb. 28 2010
Absolutely one of the greatest purchases I've made from the fashion section at Amazon.
It offers such a wide variety of styles, decades and medias - surely anyone could be inspired from these illustrations.

The printing quality is great, large photos on every single page and great paper quality.

This one is a keeper without a doubt.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Reference BOOK for Illustrators June 26 2007
By kime Buzzelli - Published on Amazon.com
I own pretty much all of the fashion illustration books out there- but this one makes for a great gift as well as reference book. The book is loaded with full color images and a lot of interesting rare drawings that I've never seen before from obscure artists. Spans a lot of years too!
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars really wonderful Aug. 23 2007
By Christopher S. Smallwood - Published on Amazon.com
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I have the Vogue Illustration book, which I loved. Wasn't expecting this book to be as good. VERY pleasantly surprised. Lots of good illustrations with some real quirky ones I've never seen. Also, some more contemporary illustrators---some of which are quite good. Nice surprise!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great for reference Dec 5 2007
By Erik J. Hoff - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great book for any illustrator to have, loaded thick with full color images. The illustrations are done in a wide variety of different styles, hours could be spent considering some of the images. If your interested in drawing people this is a good book to have on your shelf.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Was really excited but found the cover misleading Aug. 10 2011
By A. L. G. - Published on Amazon.com
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I was hoping for a lot of pictures of beautiful fashion illustrations. I feel like I got a textbook instead. The history of fashion illustration is interesting and relevant considering the resurgence in interest in design thanks to Project Runway, but I bought the book because good fashion illustrations are harder to find, not because I want to know why. There were a few examples of each style of drawing in the book and why illustration is/was important and when. If I'd gotten a wordless book full of beautiful images I probably would have been happier with this book.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars full of eye candy May 12 2010
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This book is on my reference table. And while it covers the span of 100 years of fashion, I was mainly interested in only two decades worth. But the book has the inclusion of some famous designers from the past, including illustrators from Vogue and other modern resources. The illustration styles are fresh and expressive and break the boundaries of stiff cartoony stereo types. I am an artist and refer to fashion and design books daily as part of my resources and this book is a great one to have in your illustration collection.
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