Books on American Fashion Designers

American Fashion Designers

Read about your favorite American fashion designers: Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and greats from the past that still influence style today.

"Little Black Dress" Book Graphic Image Inc "Hollywood Dogs" Book The Killer Detail Book
The little black dress is a wardrobe icon and an important reflection of social trends. Join renowned fashion authority, television personality, and Vogue Contributing Editor Andre Leon Talley as he traces its evolution in his elegant new book, Little Black Dress. Featuring famous designs from Yves Saint Laurent to Ralph Lauren, Talley offers sartorial expertise and coveted style advice Hollywood Dogs showcases a fine selection of photographs from the famous John Kobal Foundation. Taken between 1920 and 1960 during the "Golden Age" of Hollywood, they feature stars including Humphrey Bogart, Buster Keaton, and Audrey Hepburn posing with dogs of every stature and breed. In almost every case, these stunning photographs have never been seen before now Striking photographs of 120 influential figures of the twentieth century highlight a singular sartorial detail that the stars wore first and that, as a result, redefined fashion. In a series of iconic portraits accompanied by insightful and sometimes dishy text, The Killer Detail examines the most influential stars of the twentieth century and the "killer detail" that made them stand out and for which they would forever be remembered. If what Stendhal called "the charming little flaw" is what inflames desire, then the killer detail is the harbinger of true elegance. It is a particular feature that catches the eye, encapsulates an attitude, or refines a style, distinguishing the wearer from the crowd. The Killer Detail is a veritable fashion show featuring writers, artists, performers, and models who all left their mark on the twentieth century as bellwethers of style

 

Assouline Publishing American Fashion Hardcover Book "Preppy, Cultivating Ivy Style" Hardcover Book
Assouline Publishing American Fashion Hardcover Book Memos: The Vogue Years Book "Preppy, Cultivating Ivy Style" Hardcover Book
Richly illustrated, American Fashion takes you on a visual journey, celebrating over 100 American designers and 70 years of fashion Memos: The Vogue Years offers a look behind the scenes at Diana Vreeland's Vogue, showing the legendary editor-in-chief in her own inimitable words. Vreeland rarely held meetings and communicated with her staff and photographers through memos dictated from her office or Park Avenue apartment. This extraordinary compilation of more than 250 pieces of Vreeland's personal correspondence—most published here for the first time—includes letters to Cecil Beaton, Horst P. Horst, Norman Parkinson, Veruschka, and Cristobal Balenciaga and memos that show the direction of some of Vogue's most legendary stories The authoritative fashion history of the roots, growth, and offshoots of the quintessentially American preppy style, Preppy, Cultivating Ivy Style offers the first definitive and in-depth look at preppy fashion, exploring its evolution from first pragmatic origins and presence on elite Eastern campuses in America to its profound influence internationally

 

Bold, Beautiful and Damned John Varvatos Rock in Fashion Book I Am Dandy Hardcover Book
When Tony Viramontes' work appeared in the late 1970s, his hard and direct style of drawing was a marked contrast to the prevailing soft-pastel school of fashion illustration. He scored immediate success, rapidly acquiring the kind of prestigious editorial commissions normally given to photographers from Lei, Per Lui in Italy, Vogue in the USA, The Face in Britain, and Le Monde and Le Figaro in France. Bold, Beautiful and Damned brings together an extensive collection of his work, featuring striking images of smoldering and smoky-eyed men and women who vibrate with New Wave energy A look at rock & roll fashion through the eye of menswear designer John Varvatos and the lenses of some of the most iconic music photographers of all time, John Varvatos offers music fans and fashion aficionados a unique perspective on rock & roll and its influence on the designer's work as well as on style and popular culture In a world of uniformity and globalized styles, only some cultivated gentlemen retain their independence over the way they dress and live. In I Am Dandy, photographer Rose Callahan and writer Nathaniel "Natty" Adams document the well-kept lives of 57 protagonists of contemporary dandyism with a keen yet empathic eye. Their carefully composed portraits not only depict the clothes, accessories, and homes of their subjects but also capture the essence of their lifestyles in thoroughly entertaining and deeply insightful texts. The diversity of the men portrayed in I am Dandy is striking

American Designers to Watch:

Michael Kors

Clean lined traditional sportswear. He creates by brainstorming with his team of muses and listening carefully to his clients. He is inspired by the places he visits and what is current in the culture around him. He is popular and recognizable--even behind the sunglasses he wears every day. Studying first at The Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC, he soon left to work and design clothes at Lothar's. In 1981 he created his own label which was launched at Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue. In 1999 he received the CFDA Award for Womenswear Designer of the Year. He added a full men's line in 2002 and in 2003 he won the CFDA Award for Menswear Designer of the Year. In order to concentrate on expanding his label, he has given up his position at Celine, and has gotten financial support by selling a majority share of his line in 2003 to Sportswear Holdings Limited, which also owns part of Tommy Hilfiger and Polo Ralph Lauren Europe. He designs Michael Kors, his high end collection, as well as the newly launched Michael, a more approachable line of men's and women's sportswear with the same fashion sense, but reinterpreted in other fabrics, giving his customers a chance to experiment with more styles and color options.

Vera Wang

Vera Wang creates elegant, understated fashion and bedding in the finest fabrics. She attended Sarah Lawrence College and the Sorbonne before working as fashion editor at Vogue and design director for Ralph Lauren. She opened her bridal gown salon in 1990.

Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs offers bright colors, oversized prints and layered looks. He attended Parsons School of Design, working for Perry Ellis before launching his own label in the 1980's. He also creates for Louis Vuitton. His handbags are quality and classic.

Zac Posen

Zac Posen had a varied and impressive background before launching his own line in 2004. Timeless dresses and separates.

Yigal Azrouel

Devastatingly feminine. "First and foremost as a draper, Azrouel's collection holds a natural fluidity and contouring aspect that truly enhances the female form. Working with the highest quality fabrics, he incorporates both day and evening elements, identifying with a woman who is strong, independent, and confident in her taste and knowledge, because to know and appreciate quality is to fall in love with signature Yigal Azrouel elements.

Betsey Johnson

New York designer known for her over-the-top fashions and exuberance having entered the scene in the 1960's. Betsey was born in Connecticut. She won the CFDA Timeless Talent Award in 1999.

Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren launched his design business in 1967 with Polo ties. Known for glamorous and classic tailoring, he has expanded this into a an empire that encompasses fashion for men, women and children, plus home furnishings including Ralph Lauren bedding and bath.

Derek Lam

After working under Michael Kors for 12 years, Derek Lam launched his own collection in 2002. He has already won new designer awards for his easy to wear reinterpretations of classic American designer sportswear.

Peter Som

Peter Som redefines modern American designer sportswear for a new generation with "unstudied elegance and refined sexiness."

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