100 Unforgettable Dresses

100 Unforgettable Dresses

100 Unforgettable Dresses is filled with the stories, secrets, intrigue, and insights behind the most indelible dresses in our collective memories. Featuring looks from the runway, film, television, the red carpet, and the worlds of royalty and politics, this book celebrates the staying power of these gorgeous, sleek, sultry, and outrageous creations as well as the lasting impact they’ve had in fashion, popular culture, and our own lives. More than two hundred images, a witty, informative text, and exclusive interviews with the designers and the women who wore the dresses reveal the initial spark and captivating drama behind the making of each dress. Also featured throughout are extensive anecdotes and observations about great style makers—Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Cher, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and Cate Blanchett—highlighting the conception of their most spectacular looks and examining their lasting influence. Here is the tale of how a canny Gianni Versace helped an unknown Elizabeth Hurley become world famous overnight, thanks to the paparazzi frenzy whipped up by her red-carpet appearance in his now legendary safety-pin dress. Learn about the unique wedding gown Narciso Rodriguez designed exclusively for Caroline Bessette-Kennedy that inspired a whole new generation of brides. Go on the set of Top Hat, where Ginger Rogers’s ostrich-feather-laden dress began to molt immediately upon arrival, its flying feathers bringing the film’s production to a halt. Of course, the seminal work of exemplary designers—Yves Saint Laurent’s Mondrian dress and Christian Lacroix’s pouf, Chanel’s little black dress and Valentino’s infamous red ones, Diane von Furstenberg’s iconic wrap and Marc Jacobs’s grunge collection—is featured throughout, with plenty of inside information on what inspired the invention of each piece. With its wonderful anecdotes, fascinating facts, and just enough juicy gossip, 100 Unforgettable Dresses is a bewitching read for everyone who enjoys sensational clothes, movies, television, and music. Whether you’re a fashion maven, a red-carpet addict, a celebrity tracker, or a pop-culture aficionado, you won’t be able to put this book down!

Booktalking Nonfiction

200 Surefire Winners for Middle and High School Readers

Booktalking Nonfiction

Booktalking Nonfiction: 200 Surefire Winners for Middle and High School Readers will provide an introduction to selecting and writing booktalks for nonfiction books with a focus on unique informational texts and biographies and autobiographies. The Common Core Standards Initiative, which most states have adopted, requires that 70% of the materials students read be from the category of informational texts it is especially important to focus on nonfiction when sharing books with students. Bromann-Bender provides everything you need to do just that.

Costume Since 1945

Historical Dress from Couture to Street Style

Costume Since 1945

Since the mid-20th century fashion has undergone phenomenal change at a rapid pace in the context of unprecedented social, political and cultural upheaval. This fully updated and expanded second edition of Costume Since 1945 brings this period to life through accessible, lively text and over 100 illustrations. From the austerity of the utility years to punk and protest to 21st century fast fashion and vintage style, the volume captures changes the mood and style of each era across street fashion, sportswear, formal wear from suits to couture gowns, underwear and nightclothes. Based on a wide range of sources, the author's illustrations offer engaging insights on fashion history as well as design inspiration. Written for students and scholars of costume design and fashion history, practitioners and anyone interested in historical dress, this book provides a unique perspective on fashion from a renowned international costume designer.

World Clothing and Fashion

An Encyclopedia of History, Culture, and Social Influence

World Clothing and Fashion

Taking a global, multicultural, social, and economic perspective, this work explores the diverse and colourful history of human attire. From prehistoric times to the age of globalization, articles cover the evolution of clothing utility, style, production, and commerce, including accessories (shoes, hats, gloves, handbags, and jewellery) for men, women, and children. Dress for different climates, occupations, recreational activities, religious observances, rites of passages, and other human needs and purposes - from hunting and warfare to sports and space exploration - are examined in depth and detail. Fashion and design trends in diverse historical periods, regions and countries, and social and ethnic groups constitute a major area of coverage, as does the evolution of materials (from animal fur to textiles to synthetic fabrics) and production methods (from sewing and weaving to industrial manufacturing and computer-aided design). Dress as a reflection of social status, intellectual and artistic trends, economic conditions, cultural exchange, and modern media marketing are recurring themes. Influential figures and institutions in fashion design, industry and manufacturing, retail sales, production technologies, and related fields are also covered.

The Looks of Love

50 Moments in Fashion That Inspired Romance

The Looks of Love

Hal Rubenstein, fashion authority, consultant, and author of the bestselling 100 Unforgettable Dresses, presents fifty of the most influential romantic moments in style from the 1930s to today, in this full-color collection that reveals each item's indelible place in the pantheons of fashion and popular culture. In The Looks of Love, Hal Rubenstein showcases seminal moments and events in television and film, on the runway and red carpet, and in social media that have changed the way we look at love, fashion, passion, romance, marriage, beauty, and style. From Alexander McQueen’s stunning dance marathon collection inspired by the film They Shoot Horses Don’t They? to shoulder-pad-clad Krystle and Alexis Carrington’s jealous catfights; from all eight of Elizabeth Taylor’s wedding ensembles to Angelina Jolie’s singular Versace wedding gown with a veil embroidered with her children’s drawings, Rubenstein brings his impeccable eye, compelling voice, and impressive depth of knowledge to these iconic moments. Here, too are anecdotes and first-person commentary from more than a dozen world-class designers that offer fascinating insight into each “look.” Spanning eras and media, combining more than 225 images and essays, The Looks of Love includes such innovative trendsetters as Humphrey Bogart’s trench coat in Casablanca; Marc Jacobs’s spectacularly romantic show for Louis Vuitton that featured models disembarking from a vintage steam train; Beyoncé’s “All the Single Ladies” video; Versace’s “Miami” collection; The romantic world of Ralph Lauren; the marriage of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor—Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson; The Summer of Love—Woodstock; Gene Kelly’s sportswear in Singing in the Rain; DKNY advertising; and much more. Playful and profound, trendy and timeless, stylish and sophisticated, The Looks of Love illuminates our evolving culture and couture in fresh and startling way.

The Gentry Man

A Guide for the Civilized Male

The Gentry Man

More than fifty years after it ceased publication, Gentry magazine is still one of the most influential men's magazines ever created. Published between 1951 and 1957, this veritable style and culture bible for men is renowned for its innovation, superb design and production quality, keen eye for fashion, and excellent coverage of a broad spectrum of topics—art and culture; sports; food and drink; home, cars, and travel—not to mention diverse subjects on which every refined man should be well versed, from making a mean martini to playing craps. The Gentry Man brings together for the first time a collection of articles selected from the magazine's twenty-two issues by Hal Rubenstein, former men's style editor of the New York Times Magazine and current fashion director of InStyle. In print once again, The Gentry Man is a collectible volume that belongs in every man's library.

Walls of Change

The Story of the Wynwood Walls

Walls of Change

The story of Wynwood Walls is one of change through passion, art and community. When Tony Goldman stumbled upon the expanse of stock warehouse buildings in Miami's Wynwood neighborhood, he saw a blank canvas. In 2009, the celebrated visionary set out to transform the area into a center for cultural exploration--with the help of the world's most innovative and recognized street artists. Walls of Change: The Story of The Wynwood Walls is a rediscovery of a decade of art, inspiration and innovation, with Wynwood's most celebrated murals, featuring never-before-seen photography of The Walls' development, and special commentary from street art's most iconic figures, including Shepard Fairey, Maya Hayuk, Kenny Scharf, Ron English, and current curators Jessica Goldman Srebnick and the Goldman family, among others. In just ten years, The Wynwood Walls has grown into a phenomenon in its own right, known as a milestone in artists' careers, with an ability to catapult unknowns and veterans alike. Under the leadership of CEO Jessica Goldman Srebnick, The Wynwood Walls has become one of the highest profile street art destinations in the world, welcoming over three million visitors annually.

Paisley Goes with Nothing

A Man's Guide to Style

Paisley Goes with Nothing

Offers tips for the modern man, covering such topics as buying a suit, what not to wear to a dinner party, selecting presents, and entertaining

The Dress

100 Iconic Moments in Fashion

The Dress

Examines the history and unique style of one hundred of the most iconic dresses in fashion history, including Audrey Hepburn's little back dress from "Breakfast at Tiffany's," Princess Diana's wedding dress, and Lady Gaga's meat dress.