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100 Years of Fashion Illustration Paperback – Apr 15 2007
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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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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.Read more ›
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.