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High fashion makes a statement

Strutting your stuff, walking elegantly down the runway,original fashions inspired by designers like  Oscar de la Renta, Carmen Marc Valvo, or the latest looks from Milan, and Paris are just a few thoughts that come to mind when thinking about high fashion.

Fashion, 150 years : couturiers, designers, labels
Charlotte Seeling ; [co-author, Claudia Teibler].
Kln : h.f. ullmann ; Basingstoke : GeoCenter [distributor], 2010.
Informative chapters that introduce each era coupled with extensive portraits of the groundbreaking fashion icons and countless expressive photographs work together to form a comprehensive portrayal of the rapid development that took fashion from the liberation of women from the corset all the way to the creations of modern designers.
     
The Prada life : a biography
Gian Luigi Paracchini, translated by Antony Shugaar.
[S.l.] : Baldini Castoldi Dalai Editore, c2010.
A unique look at the life Miuccia Prada-one of the world's most revered, and reserved, fashion designers-this biography details the meteoric rise of the brand that forever changed the face of the fashion industry. This biography shows a sophisticated Milanese woman with a history as an active feminist and details her involvement in the Prada brand-a company no longer considered simply a fashion industry leader, but the symbol of a conceptual style that has brought aesthetic standards under scrutiny, and created new trends that have become a lifestyle. From her early activist days and young romances to a new era of fashion, this life story of Miuccia Prada encapsulates a complex chapter of Italian history and paints a portrait of an integral character in the world of fashion history.
     
The world's most influential fashion designers : hidden connections and lasting legacies of fashion's iconic creators
Nol Palomo-Lovinski.
New York, N.Y. : Barron's, 2010.
This handsomely illustrated volume examines fifty of the most influential fashion designers of the past 100 years. Each designer's most significant creations are illustrated and discussed in light of how they survived the test of time, and then went on to influence fashion to the present day. The author categorizes leading fashion designers as follows--

  • Designers as Celebrities:Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Isaac Mizrahi, and others
  • Defining Women for a New Generation:Gabrielle Chanel (20s and 50s), Claire McCardell (40s) Halston (70s), and others
  • Designers as Artisans:Mariano Fortuny, Cristobal Balenciaga, Hohji Yamamoto, Olivier Theyskins, and others
  • Designers as Futurists:Pierre Cardin, Andre Courreges, Thierry Mugler, and others
  • Designers as Modernists:Francisco Costa, Jill Sander, Raf Simmons, and others
  • Designers as Historians:John Galliano and Vivienne Westwood
  • Designers as Conceptualists:Elsa Schiaparelli, Hussein Chalayan, Alexander McQueen, and others

    This comprehensive analysis of fashion design and how it has evolved is complemented with more than 350 color illustrations.
     

High fashion, often known in French as, "haute couture ," can create a difference when you enter a room. Individualized fitting, with exact body measurements, will definitely show-off your best figure.  Colours that enrich your complexion also can be selected individually.  Even how the material flows can be streamlined to your liking. Do you want a zipper on the side, pleats on the front, or frogs in the middle? Haute couture will make it just for you!

The right fashion accessories such as shoes, jewelry, a belt or bag, can pull your look together.

Fashion Accessories

People have been concerned with fashion since the late Middle Ages (A.D. 1300-1500). We all know that if a particular fashion style is worn by for only a short time, then it is known as a fad. Remember bellbottom pants and mini-skirts?

Fashion is a form of nonverbal communication. It allows people to express themselves; let others know your identity and values by seeing what you wear. Spending the extra dollars for haute couture will help you express your individuality with fashion!

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Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff