Hello and Welcome!
Thank you for taking a quick minute to check out my latest inspirations, interests, and finds as a growing designer. Since graduating college, I have to admit, I've been so eager to start producing more designs and more clothes, however, I have also been eager to LEARN. It sounds nerdy, but learning about clothes and fashion seems to have taken over my agenda these days as I network and navigate around the world of fashion. You would be surprised if I told you how much you didn't know about fashion, especially its history. Since taking on a project at Penn State as a costume designer for a few months, I have been researching all about fashion history (yes even the 90's, 00's, although I lived through those times). Even though my job as a Communications major consisted of heavy research, I've never had more fun researching the history of my favorite subject, fashion. I thought I would share a few of my favorite fashion book finds for those who would like to learn something new about this ever-growing industry and the trends that have and will return once again!
One of my favorites in particular is called "The Battle of Versailles" written by Robin Givhan. This novel gives insight into a time before most of us were born, when designers like Oscar De La Renta entered the fashion sphere and changed the way that American fashion was viewed. It grabbed the spotlight from Paris and propelled American fashion forward. A second book that I love, mainly for the many pictures, is called "FASHION: The definitive history of costume and style". This massive book shows images from 1300 b.c. and even illustrates accessories worn by the people at the times. Its also a great looking coffee table book and paper weight for those of you interior designers (Although i hope you read it!).
I hope some of these books are helpful for anyone looking to gain more knowledge about the industry. To quote Coco (Gabrielle) Chanel, "Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening". Remember, we are the trendsetters of the future! I would love to know any thoughts on these books, or if any of you have any questions about them or myself :)