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Tim Gunn's Fashion Bible The Fascinating History of Everything in Your Closet

ISBN-10: 1451643861
ISBN-13: 9781451643862
Edition: 2012
Authors: Tim Gunn, Ada Calhoun
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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: 9/3/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 7.25" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.134
Language: English

"From a bestselling fashion guru--a fascinating, meticulously researched history of Western fashion covering every topic from the history of the high heel to the origin of blue jeans.America's favorite fashion expert, New York Times bestselling author, beloved mentor on Project Runway, and a frequent guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Dr. Oz, The Biggest Loser, and others--Tim Gunn is also the chief creative officer of Liz Claiborne and a former faculty member and chair of fashion design at Parsons' New School for Design. Now he pours this undeniably impressive fashion knowledge into this category-killing tome, Tim Gunn's Fashion Bible. From togas to Crocs, beloved fashion guru Tim Gunn presents the fascinating and exhaustive history of every item of clothing and accessory ever worn. In his new, authoritative, witty Fashion Bible, he traces the origins of everything in your closet from its earliest incarnation to the present day, covering everything from the cultural history of the garment to current fads. From suits to sportswear, Gunn recounts the contributions made by revolutionary designers and surveys Western fashion, educating, enlightening, and entertaining us all! Marked by Tim's personable tone, this comprehensive volume not only informs, but reminds us that fashion is ultimately about innovation and fun!"--

Ada Calhoun was the founding editor-in-chief of the award-winning parenting site Babble.com. She is the co-author of Gunn's Golden Rules: Life's Little Lessons for Making it Work, and has written for The New York Times, New York magazine, the New York Post, Salon.com and Time magazine. She lives in New York City with her husband and young son.

Introduction
Why a History of Western Fashion?
Underwear
Security vs. Freedom
Panties, bras, lingeri… In defense of the corset
I Shires
From Underwear to Everywhere
Graphic foes, tank tops, V necks… Why a while T-shirt signals sexual availability
Jeans
The Italian, French, German, English, Indian, All-American Garment
Low-rise, boot-cut, skinny… Jeans, the great American wardrobe staple
Dresses
From the Toga to the Wrap Dress
Cocktails, shifts, sheaths… Are you a Cleopatra or a Helen?
Capri Pants and Shorts
The Plague on Our Nation
Bermudas, Daisy pukes, hot pants… From the battlefield to the beach party
Skirls
Mini, Midi; Max I, and More
Pencils, hobbler, poufs… The shorter the skirt, the younger-not necessarily the sexier-the look
Bells
Friend to Soldiers and Vixens
Cinches, aprons, tool belts… Giving shape to the shapeless for thousands of years
Dress Shires
Prudery and Puffery
Collar stays, secretary blouses, French cuffs… Are you button-down casual or bittoned-up dressy?
Ties and Scarves
Color Me Beautiful, Hermes, and Other Cults
Neckties, bandanas, pashminas… Men in the nineteenth century knew dozens of ways to tie a tie; every man today-should know at least one
Vests
Take that, France!
Tweeds, silks, waistcoats… Why vests are fashion's freedom fries
Suits
All Hail Beau Brummell!
Business wear, zoots, tuxedos… Are you a single-notch or shawl-collar man?
Pants
The Truth About Dress Reform
Khakis, trousers, cargoes… No, Leggings are not pants-jeggings either!
Hosiery
From the Mayflower to the Bebroom Floor
Socks, stockings, panty hose… Tights should look like tights
Shoes
The World at your Feet
Heels, boots, slipper… The more impractical the shoe, the richer the look
Athletic Wear
Attack of the Playclothes
Sweat suits, swimwear, hoodies… Get thee behind me, yoga pants!
Sweaters
Knights, Fishermen, and Sweater Girls
Jerseys, knits, crochets… The Cavalry has arrived-wearing cardigans.
Coats and Jackets
From Cavemen to Real Housewives
Pelisses, trenches, peacoats… Why fur belongs in the dustbin of history
Hats
Crowning Glory
Baseball caps, fedoras, berets… The lost etiquette surrounding hats indoors
Gloves
The Long-Lost Love Token
Mittens gauntlets, fingerless… Why gloves went the way of the crinoline
Handbags
Enemy of the Pocket
Purses, Clutches, messengers… Size matters!
Conclusion
How to Shop with the Past, Present, and Future in Mind
Appendix
Your Closet Work Sheet
Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgments

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