Thursday, June 2, 2016

Vintage Details: A Fashion Sourcebook, by Jeffrey Mayer and Basia Szkutnicka. Lawrence King Publishing, 2016

 This is a brilliant sourcebook for anyone doing fashion design, costume design, or is just into vintage styling. There is NO TEXT in this book. It is all photographs of vintage clothing from all angles. It starts with a visual index, with items ranging from 1913 to 1995. Each item has thumbnail pictures of it front and back; then it states what sections of the book detailed photos can be found in. The sections include necklines, collars, sleeves, pockets and many more, including construction details- pictures of the insides of the clothing. It’s great fun to browse through the book and get ideas. The construction of many of the pieces is so much better than what you see in clothing today- today’s clothing seems to be styled for fast production. I see more details in my clothing in the future! 

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  1. Do I sense some sewing in your future? Seems you have a trend going on here. I'll bet the pictures would be interesting to even a non-seamstress such as myself.

    1. Oh, yes, I miss sewing so badly and really want to get back to it! And some of the details are very easy to do if you have basic sewing skills- they just take a little longer.

      I asked the library to get this book in; the Hollywood one just happened to be on the new book shelf; I felt like I was coming home with a treasure chest! (the Audrey & Givenchey book was part of that same trip, too)