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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Laurence King Publishing; 1 edition (April 15 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856694623
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856694629
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 3.5 x 25.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #103,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

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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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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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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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9daa3a80) out of 5 stars 30 reviews
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d6d0eb8) out of 5 stars Great Reference BOOK for Illustrators June 26 2007
By kime Buzzelli - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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!
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f253a68) 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!
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f253d2c) 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.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dc8400c) 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
HASH(0x9dc8e660) out of 5 stars Great overview! June 12 2008
By Paul J. Tascarella - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As a lover of fashion illustration, with book shelves and file drawers filled to capacity, I highly recommend this book. I like the small size and the fact that it includes examples from all eras. My only complaint, and this may be a personal preference, is that there was not one example of the work of George Stavrinos, a masterful draftsman who did work for Bergdorf Goodman, The NY Times, Barney's and The NYC Opera in the 1980's. He died too young, but really deserves a book of his own.