Fashioning The Future - Tomorrow's Wardrobe

Fashioning the Future — Tomorrow's Wardrobe
By Suzanne Lee | Images by Warren du preez and Nick Jones

Anticipating the future and the course fashion design and clothing will head, is the exploratory vision author Suzanne Lee has compiled for her book, Fashioning the Future.

A pioneer of research into fashion, textiles and smart technologies at Central St Martin's College of Art & Design, Lee examines the work of scientific researchers and fashion designers, such as Issey Miyake, Hussein Chalayan and Walter Van Beirendonck; to show how designers are already fashioning today's fiction into tomorrow's reality.

Perfect as a guide to the astonishing ways in which contemporary science and technology are shaping what we wear, Fashioning the Future can serve as a useful research tool and an imaginative text, for those interested in the long-term future of fashion, design, innovation and lifestyle.

208 Pages, 294 Illustrations, 254 in Colour

Price: £18.95 Paperback | ISBN 0 500 285855 | Visit: Thames & Hudson

By Hand: The Fair Trade Fashion Agenda  by Safia Minney
  By Hand: The Fair Trade Fashion Agenda
by Safia Minney

Safia Minney, the founder of People Tree (the Fair Trade fashion brand), is a formidable pioneer who has questioned the conventional business models of cheap, fast and exploitative fashion (dependent on migrant workers in sweatshops); to conclude that it is an unacceptable way of manufacturing clothing.

Her remarkable achievements (since the labels inception in 1995), has seen her prove that organically grown, hand-made, community-produced fashion, can be successfully sold. Challenging the trend-led West appetite for vast quantities of throw-away garments, Minney has worked with farming cooperatives, slum based-activists, garment workers and jewellery makers (in Asia, Africa and Latin America), to understand their way of life.

At 130 pages Minney's first book By Hand: The Fair Trade Fashion Agenda, is as beautiful in its design as its message. Extremely visual throughout, the use of stunning photography shows artisans, traditional hand-skills and Fair Trade fashion to illustrate key messages. Included within the pages are thought-provoking statistics presented in innovative ways; directional fashion spreads that show-off the clothing's design attributes; and outstanding Fair Trade collections by top fashion names like: Richard Nicoll, Thakoon and Bora Aksu.

Written and presented to be accessible by all, ‘By Hand’ is aimed at anyone interested in fashion and sustainability and lays the case for Fair Trade becoming a real alternative to conventional trade.

By Hand (Paperback) is published by People Tree Ltd.

Price: £5 | Visit: People Tree | | Topshop

The Green Beauty Bible New Book Release May 2008
  The Green Beauty Bible
By Sarah Stacey & Josephine Fairley

Beauty authors, Sarah Stacey and Josephine Fairley, couldn't have picked a more perfect time to release their latest book, The Green Beauty Bible.

With green issues impacting our everyday lives, it seems fitting to investigate how beauty products and our own personal beauty regimes, can be changed for the greater good.

Providing information on how to make more natural and informed beauty choices, the essential handbook answers all your ethical, environmental and make-up dilemmas.

As usual, this latest Beauty Bible features Jo and Sarah’s signature Tried & Tested consumer surveys (the biggest independent reviews worldwide), with reports from more than 1,050 testers recruited specifically for this book. The in-depth survey, covers 44 categories from natural ‘miracle’ creams to mascara, shampoo to deodorant, from nearly 100 different brands.

With its beautiful, inspiring pictures plus illustrations by David Downton, The Green Beauty Bible is a must for the beauty bookshelf of every woman, who cares about looking good, feeling fabulous and protecting the planet.

Price: £19.99 | Visit: Kyle Cathie Ltd | Beauty Bible
Streetwear: The Insider's Guide By Steven Vogel

Streetwear: The Insider's Guide
By Steven Vogel

Streetwear: The Insider's Guide, is a definitive street fashion bible on clothes and products inspired by urban living.

Written and produced by those immersed in the subculture, the book is organised in two parts. The first focuses on forty leading street fashion brands from Nike and Stüssy in the US, to Bounty Hunter and Hiroshi Fujiwara in Japan and Gimme5 and Pointer in the UK — and examines what motivates and inspires the designers and entrepreneurs behind the meteoric rise of street fashion, from urban underground to the commercial realm. The second part looks at streetwear media, and offers access to eight leading magazines, web publishers and creative agencies that help to drive the promotion of the streetwear phenomenon.

Illustrated with more than 500 streetwear designs, product sketches, graphics and photographs, and complete with a full and detailed reference section, this book is ideal for all street culture enthusiasts, those working in the fashion and advertising professions to the millions of you who love buying and wearing streetwear.

Price: £16.95 (Flexibound) | Visit: Thames and Hudson

GOTHIC & LOLITA  A New Book published by Phaidon PressEdited by Katsuhiko Ishikawa with photographs by Masayuki Yoshinaga
© Masayuki Yoshinaga
Edited by Katsuhiko Ishikawa with photographs by Masayuki Yoshinaga

Gothic & Lolita charts the flamboyant fashion phenomenon which is sweeping Japan. Over the last decade, the craze for dressing head to toe in Gothic, Rococo and Victoriana style has established itself as one of the more bizarre hybrids of Japanese street fashion.

This specially commissioned book features 270 full-length and group portraits of young Japanese Goths and Lolitas in all their finery, both at home and out on the town. Shot by celebrated photographer Masayuki Yoshinaga, hundreds pose for the camera in elaborate costumes — from handmade black lace dresses to frilly ‘Lolita’ outfits with a pre-pubescent rococo edge to them.

In addition to the many extraordinary ensembles that appear in the book, the subject of each photograph has been asked about their personal fashion choices. The responses are sometimes surprising, sometimes shocking, often hilarious, always compelling.

Price: £19.95 / €29.95 | Visit: Phaidon Press
Teach Yourself Beauty by Yvette Redmond
  Teach Yourself Beauty by Yvette Redmond
Before you buy the next best miracle cream or begin to preen yourself prior to an all-important date, it is worth reading Beauty, a new book from Hodder Publication's Teach Yourself series.

Written by Yvette Redmond (an expert when it comes to helping both women and men make the best of themselves), her book is a comprehensive manual designed to help today's real women — or man — follow a realistic skin-care and beauty routine.

The former model (who has qualified as a beautician) now works her magic on Channel Five's hit 'Make Me a Supermodel!' and has also, worked with a range of celebrities and photographers.

Filled with quick fix tips and insider secrets, Redmond's book takes the holistic approach to beauty by offering advice and instructions not only for make-up products and how to use them, but also on diet, relaxation and all over body-care.

Price: £9
Teach Yourself Beauty : 0 340 92719 4 | Visit: Hodder Education Publications

School of Genius: A History of the Royal Academy of Arts
James Fenton

Award-winning poet and critic, James Fenton provides a scholarly yet accessible history of The Royal Academy of Arts, from its foundation in 1768 to the present day.

An objective onlooker, he interweaves colourful Academy characters and chicanery with hard facts, shifts in policy and controversial changes in direction that anticipate or respond to events of the time.

Fenton's meticulously and lavishly illustrated book also explores the twentieth century: the storms the Academy has weathered and its successes and failures.

Price: £35 (hardback)
Visit: The Royal Academy of Arts

  Swinging Sixties edited by Christopher Breward, David Gilbert and Jenny Lister
40 years after Time Magazine's famous 1966 'Swinging London' cover, the V&A Museum is to hold an exhibition that will explore the Swinging Sixties. To complement this new exhibition (see Diary Dates for more details), a book containing lively contributions from prominent authors and stunning new shots of key pieces from the V&A's dress collection has been released.

Swinging Sixties looks at the role played by designers, retail entrepreneurs, journalists, photographers and film-makers in promoting a new way of dressing that reverberated far beyond the British capital. It also explores the interaction of the fashion scene with the worlds of art, education, journalism, music, the beauty industry and new social and political climate.

Price: £24.99 (paper back)
Visit: V&A Publications

At last! A book of wild, woolly and radical chic patterns for the modern knitter
Followers of interior fashion rejoice. Knitorama: 25 Great & Glam Things to Knit, published by London-based MQ Publications, is a zany book that features Rachael Matthew’s famous knitted hipster knickers and bra, cherry-topped Bakewell tarts, a dishcloth and even oh-so-cool ham and cheese sandwiches.

Suitable for beginners as well as the more advanced knitter, Knitorama will help people release their creative potential

Tatty Devine 236 Brick Lane London E2 7EB Tel: 0207 739 9009 or Visit: Tatty Devine
Tatty Devine 57B Brewer Street London W1F 9UL Tel: 0207 434 2257

Knitorama 25 Great & Glam Things to Knit By Rachael Matthews
Visit: MQ Publications 2005
ISBN: 1840729864

  A new body in 4 Weeks - Lynne Robinson & Gordon Thomson
From the world's top selling Pilates author and the experts at the Body Control Pilates Association: a long awaited series of new exercises specifically designed to tone, shape and literally overhaul your body in just four unbelievable weeks. Because these exercises have never been published, they are just as useful whether you're starting from scratch, or you practice pilates regularly and just need to expand your programme.

Price: £14.99
ISBN 0330435124
Visit: Pan Macmillan
Visit: Body Control
A richly illustrated catalogue, published by RA Publications, includes over 100 works by Matisse together with numerous colourful fabrics, alongside four essays.

Authors include biographer Hilary Spurling; the Matisse scholars Jack Flam and Rémi Labrusse, and Dominique Szymusiak, Director of the Musée Matisse, Le Cateau-Cambrésis.

: £19.95 (Soft Back)
ISBN 1-903973-47-3
Visit: Royal Academy of Art
Every woman has what it takes to look good and feel good. The secret is learning that it doesn’t have to cost a fortune or take months to achieve. Monica Grenfell’s amazing plan will give you gorgeous results in only two weeks! Her no-nonsense, complete diet exercise and style programme provides the ultimate 14 day countdown that will leave you feeling and looking great. It’s easy to follow, includes beauty advice, and checklists for all those annoying little things you might not have thought of in rush of your busy life. Let Fabulous in a Fortnight give you the sensational results you’ve always dreamt of, without costing you a fortune in time or money.

Price: £12.99
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Monica Grenfell
  Yoga in Practice - Katy Appleton
Former English National Ballet dancer Katy Appleton's book, Yoga in Practice, provides one of the most comprehensive examples on how to incorporate Yoga into your life to improve your wellbeing.

The well thought out book takes you on a step-by-step discovery of 50 core postures, including easier and more advanced versions where appropriate.

Fully illustrated in colour — and endorsed by Sarah, The Duchess of York who heralds Katy's talent for making yoga so enjoyable — the book shows you how to gain the most from your yoga practice, tailoring it to suit your own special needs.

Price: £12.99
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
: Appleyoga for more information about Katy Appleton, Yoga and her collaboration with former spice girl Geri Halliwell.
  The Complete Classic Pilates Method - Miranda Bass with Gordon Thomson & Lynne Robinson
Miranda Bass author of The Complete Classic Pilates Method commenced Pilates training to rehabilitate herself after a chronic back injury.

Teaching Pilates for more than twelve years in several leading studios nationally and internationally, her latest book see's her returning to Joseph Pilates classical matwork.

The 34 exercises are physically demanding but presented, as ever, in layman's language with watchpoints, warnings and detailed advice on the timing of the breath, so crucial to the core stability that Pilates is famed for building.

Pan Macmillan
Thames & Hudson

20TH CENTURY FASHION - Valerie Mendes & Amy de la Haye
A concise and comprehensive survey exploring all the significant developments in fashion in the last hundred years. 20th Century Fashion by Valerie Mendes and Amy de la Haye (£8.95, Thames & Hudson) focuses on key movements and innovations in clothing for both men and women. Available from all good book stores.

: £8.95
Publisher: Thames
& Hudson

Thames & Hudson

THE SHINING CLOTH - Dress and Adornment that Glitters
The Shining Cloth is inspirational sourcebook uniting contemporary fashion, textile history with spectacular examples of embellishment. Superbly designed with magnificent colour illustrations Victoria Z Rivers work draws on an an array of specialist and inaccessible anthropological research from all the world's continents.

Thames & Hudson

Thames & Hudson

JEWELRY BY CHANEL - Patrick Mauriès
Some people are born with a prophetic gift that others can only look at with wonderment as to why they haven't been so lucky. Coca Chanel was such a person. Like her clothing Coco's jewellery was inspirational most of which were fired on studies from historical styles. Jewelry by Chanel is a beautifully illustrated book that also features countless pictures of the lady herself.

Price: £19.95
Thames & Hudson


COSMETICS UNMASKED - Dr Stephen & Gina Antczak
These days, we watch the foods we eat, but when it comes to the chemicals in cosmetics and toiletries, we are very trusting. Did you know that one fifth of the chemicals used by the cosmetics and toiletries industry are know to cause harm? This collaboration between Dr Stephen Antczak and Gina Antczak provides the low-down on cosmetic ingredients and allows you to find safe alternatives.

Price: £8.99


NLP AND HEALTH - Joseph O'Connor and Ian McDermott
This book is for you if you want to learn practical ways to bring your mind and body into harmony, and find out more about the most fascinating enigma of all - yourself.

Joseph O'Connor is an internationally known Neuro Linguistic Programming trainer and the co-author of introducing NLP and nine other NLP titles.

Ian McDermott has trained a core of NLP health specialists in the UK. He is Director of Training for International Teaching Seminars, a leading NLP organisation.

Price: £9.99



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