Description : If you want to get downright buggy, pick up this wonderful collection of insect tales from the "Bug Bowl" guru, Tom Turpin. After you're through, you'll know more about the six-legged kingdom and its occupants than any bookworm that you run across. How does insect suturing work? Which insect did the ancient Egyptians worship as a god? What did Ogden Nash have to say about termites? Which insect produces "Turkey Red" dye? What bug has survived for 300 million years? How does a horse fly manage to fly without its head? Each tale is easily accessible, provides fun and scientific facts, and is self-contained. Juveniles and adults alike will be fascinated with the world of Turpin's bugs. The nicely illustrated collection won't give you ants in your pants, but just might put a flea in your ear.
Description : This text explores the symbiotic relationship between contemporary portrait photography and fashion. It presents the intensely unconventional, often unnervingly intimate portraiture being made by five of the most creative and original fashion photographers in the world today.
Description : Celebrated for her style and substance, Michelle Obama has transformed the role of first lady and become a 21st century icon, attracting attention from all over the world. The qualities so admired in her - intelligence, strength and charisma - radiate through her personal style, which has united accessibility with high-wattage glamour. The clothes, like the woman, feel both familiar and inspirational. Readily mixing high-end labels with more affordable brands, with a focus on craftsmanship and artistry, Mrs. O has elevated the notion of real value and ushered in a new era of "fashion democracy". Building on the success of Mrs-O.org - the Web site that chronicles Michelle Obama's style - MRS. O: THE FACE OF FASHION DEMOCRACY takes a closer look at America's modern style icon, featuring more than 120 photographs of the first lady and delving into the back story of her clothes and accessories. It also goes behind the scenes with interviews from her favorite designers, including Isabel Toledo, Jason Wu, Michael Kors, Maria Pinto and Isaac Mizrahi. Opening with a brief overview of Michelle Obama's early years, the book goes on to provide rarely seen photos from behind-the-scenes on the presidential primary trail through the 2008 Democratic National Convention, the monumental events of election night, the inauguration and early chapters of life in the White House. The final chapter hears the opinions of Mrs. O's adoring fans - giving the last word to the people. Original photographs of Michelle Obama's most iconic looks, along with commentary from fashion experts, top off this tactile visual feast. Woven together with sketches and illustration inspired by the first lady, the book reveals the story of a new era of American fashion.
Description : The first of its kind, FACE FASHION, 1/e shows how to draw the sleek, youthful, glamorous look of the fashion face. Unlike fine arts books, this text goes beyond traditional drawing techniques and emphasizes the differences between the natural face and the fashion face. Throughout it explains why the fashion face is an integral part of fashion drawing and how to use it to draw attention to the fashion garments. With unique chapters on hair, makeup, and accessories, this book details how to draw the fashion face so it enhances the style, tone, and aesthetics of the garments themselves.
Description : Proposing a comprehensive account of the global fashion industry this book aims to present fashion as a social and cultural fact. Drawing on six principles from the industry, Godart guides the reader through the economic, social and political arena of the world's most glamorous industry.
Description : When, how and why do clothes become fashion? Fashion is more than mere clothing. It is a moment of invention, a distillation of desire, a reflection of a zeitgeist. It is also a business relying on an intricate network of manufacture, marketing and retail. Fashion is both medium and message but it does not explain itself. It requires language and images for its global mediation. It develops from the prescience of the designer and is dependent on acceptance by observers and wearers alike. When Clothes Become Fashion explores the structures and strategies which underlie fashion innovation, how fashion is perceived and the point at which clothing is accepted or rejected as fashion. The book provides a clear theoretical framework for understanding the world of fashion - its aesthetic premises, plurality of styles, performative impulses, social qualities and economic conditions.
Description : The making of cloth as a central element within industrialization has been the subject of intense scrutiny, yet the industry that created garments from that cloth has been largely neglected. This book remedies this neglect through a study of the Leeds tailoring trade. Leeds occupies a special place in the history of the UK clothing industry: by the outbreak of the First World War it had become the nation's foremost producer of menswear, and the city remained the production and distribution centre for men's tailoring until the 1980s. This book documents the growth of the tailoring industry in Leeds from remarkably small beginnings in the mid-nineteenth century. Developments in manufacturing, and innovations in retailing practices, brought spectacular success, but, from the 1960s, the industry suffered an equally dramatic decline, caused by managerial failure to invest in human resources and by competition from cheap imports. Katrina Honeyman presents an engrossing storyof an industry's rise and fall, charting the history of such familiar household names as Burton, Hepworth, Price, and Collier.
Description : The fashion media is in the midst of deep social and technological change. Including a broad range of case studies, from fashion plates to fashion films, and from fashion magazines to fashion blogs, this ground-breaking book provides an up-to-date examination of the role and significance of this field. Winner of the PCA/ACA Ray and Pat Browne Award for Best Edited Collection, Fashion Media includes chapters written by international scholars covering topics from historic magazine cultures and contemporary digital innovations to art and film, exploring themes such as gender, ethnicity, design, taste and authorship. Highlighting the complexity of processes that bind design, design, technology, society and identity together, Fashion Media will be of be essential reading for students of fashion studies, cultural studies, visual culture studies, design history, communications and art and design practice and theory.