Spanning nearly 200 years of fashion history, The Fashion Book (Phaidon) is a great way of discovering vintage designers, fashion makers, style icons, editors and photographers.

Each entry is illustrated with a piece – think an image of a dress, a fashion editorial or a photo of the designer –  that demonstrates the most iconic aspect of the subject’s work or style, accompanied by a short, accessible text providing detailed background and context.

While vintage lovers probably won’t care about the modern designer featured, there are plenty of extraordinary facts to discover. Did you know that French 60s designer Courreges predicted that womenswear would become as practical as menswear? Have you ever heard of milliner Jean Barthet who designed for Sofia Loren in the 50s? Or were you aware that 60s model Penelope Tree moved to Australia in the early 70s to live a quiet life?

The Fashion Book is a brilliant way of discovering past fashion and style makers – I really enjoyed just randomly opening pages – and will be a great starting point to expand your vintage fashion knowledge.


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