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Vogue on: Coco Chanel - Vogue on Designers (Hardback)
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Vogue on: Coco Chanel - Vogue on Designers (Hardback)
Hailed as 'the most influential female designer of the twentieth century', Coco Chanel pioneered classic easy-to-wear fashion for the modern woman. She arrived on the fashion scene when feathers, lace and ostentatious beads were favourites, and proceeded to re-invent couture using new materials, like jersey, for outfits that were suitable for everyday wear yet still elegant. With original illustrations and images from celebrated photographers, such as Cecil Beaton, Bronwyn Cosgrave traces the story of Coco Chanel's iconic designs and glamorous, racy life. In 1921 Coco opened her Chanel boutique in Paris - still a destination store today - and launched her first perfume, Chanel No.5. Perhaps her most important contribution to the fashion world was the simple, much-imitated 'little black dress' which made its debut in 1926. Other landmark creations include the Chanel suit and the quilted handbag. A testament to her lasting influence, these legendary designs remain as popular today as when they first appeared. Vogue, the international fashion bible, has charted the careers of designers through the decades. Its unique archive of photographs, taken by the leading photographers of the day from Cecil Beaton to Mario Testino, and original illustrations, together with its stable of highly respected fashion writers, make Vogue the most authoritative and prestigious source of reference on fashion. With a circulation of over 160,000 and a readership of over 1,400,000, no brand is better positioned to present a library on the great fashion designers of the modern age.
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Vogue on Vivienne Westwood - Vogue on Designers (Hardback)
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Vogue on Vivienne Westwood - Vogue on Designers (Hardback)
A provocateur, radical thinker and instigator of the most important sartorial statements of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, Vivienne Westwood is a fearless nonconformist with a relentless passion for tradition. From the mini crini, the liberty corset and the rocking-horse shoe to the stunning, sumptuous wedding dress worn by Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex and the City and Dita Von Teese's infamous purple wedding dress, Westwood has unleashed her imagination on the world for almost 40 years. Her Pirate and Edwardian looks were worldwide fashion trends, and her revolutionary designs include the co-creation of the punk style, the introduction of street style into high fashion, the reworking of the crinoline, the restyling of Harris tweed and the reintroduction of platforms and the hourglass figure. She has been described by Anna Wintour as 'an unbelievable influence' and by Alexander McQueen as 'the Coco Chanel of our day'. Vogue, the international fashion bible, has charted the careers of designers through the decades. Its unique archive of photographs, taken by the leading photographers of the day from Cecil Beaton to Mario Testino, and original illustrations, together with its stable of highly respected fashion writers, make Vogue the most authoritative and prestigious source of reference on fashion. With a circulation of over 160,000 and a readership of over 1,400,000, no brand is better positioned to present a library on the great fashion designers of the modern age.
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Vogue on: Alexander McQueen - Vogue on Designers (Hardback)
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Vogue on: Alexander McQueen - Vogue on Designers (Hardback)
Alexander (Lee) McQueen was - for the 15 years that he stood at its helm - British fashion's most significant figure. His extraordinary career, which took him from humble beginnings as an apprentice on Savile Row to the creative directorship of his own global brand, is a story of hard work, ambition and visionary brilliance. Leading photographers such as Mario Testino and Corinne Day photographed his stunning designs for Vogue, and through them Alexander McQueen's career is presented - from the controversy of his early shows to the elegiac perfection of his last - with a particular emphasis on the evolution of his signature style: immaculate tailoring, slashed fabric, historical references and beauty in the macabre. The book shows that McQueen's own ambition was fully realised: 'I want to be the purveyor of a certain silhouette or a way of cutting so that, when I'm dead and gone, people will know that the Twenty-first Century was started by Alexander McQueen'. Vogue, the international fashion bible, has charted the careers of designers through the decades. Its unique archive of photographs, taken by the leading photographers of the day from Cecil Beaton to Mario Testino, and original illustrations, together with its stable of highly respected fashion writers, make Vogue the most authoritative and prestigious source of reference on fashion. With a circulation of over 160,000 and a readership of over 1,400,000, no brand is better positioned to present a library on the great fashion designers of the modern age.
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Vogue on: Christian Dior - Vogue on Designers (Hardback)
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Vogue on: Christian Dior - Vogue on Designers (Hardback)
In 1947, Christian Dior stunned the fashion world with his first collection; his 'New Look' featured designs that transformed the way women dressed. Dior continued to send shockwaves with his later shows, significantly altering the fashion landscape during the ten years of his career as a couturier. This book recounts Dior's search for the perfect line and how his unique vision of women's ideal silhouette developed. More than any designer before him, Dior embraced the dual aspects of creativity and commerce, becoming the first couturier to license his products in 1949. He became one of the most famous designers of the twentieth century, and his name still fronts one of the most successful haute couture fashion houses. As portrayed in the pages of Vogue by photographers such as Horst and Irving Penn and artists like Christian Berard, the book offers a unique insight into Dior's contribution to design, his dramatic impact on the landscape of 40s and 50s fashion and his personal legacy. Vogue, the international fashion bible, has charted the careers of designers through the decades. Its unique archive of photographs, taken by the leading photographers of the day from Cecil Beaton to Mario Testino, and original illustrations, together with its stable of highly respected fashion writers, make Vogue the most authoritative and prestigious source of reference on fashion. With a circulation of over 160,000 and a readership of over 1,400,000, no brand is better positioned to present a library on the great fashion designers of the modern age.
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Vogue: The Gown (Hardback)
Vogue: The Gown (Hardback)
Illustrated with fabulous images from VOGUE's archive of more than a million pictures, VOGUE: The Gown is destined to become the ultimate must-have visual sourcebook for all those who love fashion. Something about a gown's intricate construction, unashamed opulence and sheer feminine romance ignites in us the promise of fairy-tale adventure and unparalleled glamour. The magical gowns featured here give full reign to those fantasies, be they the sublime yet simple classical creations of Madame Gres, the heavenly bodies sculpted by Azzedine Alaia, the lean seductive lines of a Deco-inspired silhouette or huge tulle pouffs fit for a princess. In Vogue: The Gown Jo Ellison has curated a collection of more than 300 fabulous images and grouped them into five thematic chapters: Classical, Fantasy, Drama, Decorative and Modernist. The book provides both an evocative celebration of almost a century of fashion history while also showcasing the work of the very best photographers including Tim Walker, Mario Testino, Nick Knight, David Bailey, Herb Ritts, Norman Parkinson, Corinne Day, Cecil Beaton and Horst.
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Wall and Piece (Paperback)
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Wall and Piece (Paperback)
Artistic genius, political activist, painter and decorator, mythic legend or notorious graffiti artist? The work of Banksy is unmistakable, except maybe when it's squatting in the Tate or New York's Metropolitan Museum. Banksy is responsible for decorating the streets, walls, bridges and zoos of towns and cites throughout the world. Witty and subversive, his stencils show monkeys with weapons of mass destruction, policeman with smiley faces, rats with drills and umbrellas. If you look hard enough, you'll find your own. His statements, incitements, ironies and epigrams are by turns intelligent and cheeky comments on everything from the monarchy and capitalism to the war in Iraq and farm animals. His identity remains unknown, but his work is prolific. Here's the best of his work in a fully illustrated colour volume - including brand material.
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Manga Now!: How to Draw Action Figures (Paperback)
Manga Now!: How to Draw Action Figures (Paperback)
Written and illustrated by manga artist Keith Sparrow, this comprehensive and inspiring guide starts with an introduction to manga basics, showing you how to create the ideal workspace, how to overcome fear of a blank page, and how to draw all the elements you'll need, from hands and eyes to perspective and light and shade. The book then guides you step by step through 20 exciting, action-packed pin-ups - allowing you to explore a range of poses, characters and perspectives. Follow the step by steps and the basic techniques to build up your confidence and before you know it you'll be creating your own action drawings and characters!
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Knit Your Own Zoo (Hardback)
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Knit Your Own Zoo (Hardback)
The Best in Show series is an outstanding global success. Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne are back - this time with designs for 25 wild animals. There is something here for everyone, with instructions for knitting spots, stripes, fur, scales, trunks, wings and beaks! The animals are surprisingly easy to make. It will only take a few evenings to create yourself an exotic pet or reproduce your favourite species. These knitted animals in miniature are much easier to look after than the real things - they don't need feeding, they won't make a mess and they take up hardly any room. This book is a real zoological tour of the globe with animals from all over the world. Patterns include tiger, crocodile, penguin, cheetah, anteater, ring-tailed lemur, camel, giraffe, panda and kangaroo. Idiosyncratic descriptions of the various species accompany beautiful photography, making this book irresistible for both keen knitters and wildlife enthusiasts. Word count: 40,000
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The Rough Guide to Digital Photography - Rough Guide to... (Paperback)
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The Rough Guide to Digital Photography - Rough Guide to... (Paperback)
"The Rough Guide to Digital Photography" tells you everything you need to know to maximise the quality and impact of your pictures offline, online and from a mobile phone. With tips on composition and technique, editing quick fixes, and cool things to do with photos, this essential handbook is the ultimate digital photography book for a truly digital era. Helping make sense of the mass of online options in an ever-changing digital age the book covers everything, from photo sharing and street photography to hosting and creating blogs, to mash-ups and slideshows. Taking a practical look at the many image tools available, it will show you how to learn the rules of composition, and then how to break them, plus how to harness the power of the digital darkroom, and how to create images that will impress your friends. Whether you're new to photography, want to get the best out of your cameraphone, or are a dedicated amateur with an SLR, "The Rough Guide to Digital Photography" will help you make the most of your pictures offline, online and on the move. Make the most of your camera with "The Rough Guide to Digital Photography".
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DIY Nail Art: Easy, Step-by-Step Instructions for 75 Creative Nail Art Designs (Paperback)
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DIY Nail Art: Easy, Step-by-Step Instructions for 75 Creative Nail Art Designs (Paperback)
The cure for the common mani! Black Lace. Summer Citrus. Hot Pink Zebra. Get ready for nails that will get you noticed! Catherine Rodgers, creator of the popular nail art YouTube Channel Totally Cool Nails, shares her secrets in DIY Nail Art. Packed with easy-to-follow instructions and helpful tips for recreating Catherine's stunning looks, you can create one-of-a-kind nail art designs without ever stepping inside a nail salon. Inside this colorful guide to all things nails, you'll find seventy-five eye-catching designs including never-before-seen styles like Argyle, Light Burst, and Spiderweb Nails. Complete with step-by-step photographs so you can nail your look every time, DIY Nail Art will have you saying goodbye to the nail salon--and hello to fashion-forward nails at home!
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Graphic Design School: A Foundation Course for Graphic Designers Working in Print, Moving Image and Digital Media (Paperback)
Graphic Design School: A Foundation Course for Graphic Designers Working in Print, Moving Image and Digital Media (Paperback)
This fully revised edition of "Graphic Design School" improves upon previous editions by providing a more fully developed introduction to the study of graphic design, firmly locating it within the professional activities it embraces. The book is organized into two main sections, principles and practice. The first section deals with the fundamentals of design, such as composition, hierarchy, layout, typography, grid structure, colour and so on. The second section puts these basics into practice, and gives information about studio techniques and production issues relevant to a number of different graphic design disciplines. The last part of the second section provides an overview of some of the different career choices open to students entering the graphic design field.
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Dali - Taschen Basic Art Series (Hardback)
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A genius with a right to indulge in whatever lunacy popped into his head Picasso called Dali "an outboard motor that's always running." Dali thought himself a genius with a right to indulge in whatever lunacy popped into his head. Painter, sculptor, writer and film maker, Salvador Dali (1904 - 1989) was one of the century's greatest exhibitionists and eccentrics - and was rewarded with fierce controversy wherever he went. He was one of the first to apply the insights of Sigmund Freud and psychoanalysis to the art of painting. Dali brought extraordinary sensitivity, imagination and concern for precision to bear upon submerged levels of consciousness. This lively biography presents the infamous Surrealist Dali in full colour and in his own words. His provocative ideas are all here, from the soft watches to the notorious burning giraffe. And the fantastic phenomenon that was Salvador Dali is grasped entire and placed in his various contexts. About the Series: Each book in TASCHEN's Basic Art series features: a detailed chronological summary of the life and oeuvre of the artist, covering his or her cultural and historical importance a concise biography approximately 100 illustrations with explanatory captions
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My Crochet Doll: A Fabulous Crochet Doll Pattern with Over 50 Cute Crochet Doll Clothes and Accessories (Paperback)
My Crochet Doll: A Fabulous Crochet Doll Pattern with Over 50 Cute Crochet Doll Clothes and Accessories (Paperback)
Adorable doll and wardrobe Create an adorable doll and her stylish wardrobe. Isabelle Kessedjian's 50 crochet patterns include a doll pattern that you can personalize and a wide range of super cute outfits, from school days and cosy bedtime to funky fancy dress costumes and adventures to the North Pole! Using Isabelle's easy crochet patterns you can make a very special doll for yourself or as a gift that is sure to be cherished. Lots of ideas for how to personalize your crochet doll with different hair, clothing and accessories, such as bags, hats and shoes. Each project is presented as a mini story to bring your crochet doll to life, with a wide range of extras to complete the scene: * At the beach with a bucket, paddling pool and air bed * In the rain with boots, a rain hat and scarf * At the North Pole with a camera, penguin and fish * In the country with a basket to gather fruit * At school with socks, shoes and a schoolbag * Baking days with an apron, cupcakes and a layered celebration cake * Fancy dress outfits - superhero, Little Red Riding Hood and bear cub * Good Night! with bed linen, a pillow and cuddly teddy for sweet dreams Plus a cute suitcase to store all of her belongings, which doubles as a bed! Isabelle loves her crochet dolls to have their own personality and explains how you can give your dolls their own character. Don't forget to visit Isabelle's popular Instagram.
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"National Geographic": The Photographs (Hardback)
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"National Geographic": The Photographs (Hardback)
"National Geographic: The Photographs" presents an amazing collection of award-winning "National Geographic" magazine photographs, the facts behind them, and the inside stories of the men and women who took them. The images capture rare moments in nature and the lives of animals, along with defining events in the lives of people everywhere. Many earlier pictures place the new ones in perspective, illustrating how the "Geographic" has created a unique photographic approach and maintained its tradition over decades, while evolving in response the changing realities that the photography documents. Five chapters cover the Society's major themes: wildlife on land and underwater, cultures in the United States and around the world, and science - from astronomy to archaeology to the human senses. On page after page, stunning images reveal the skill and imagination of Geographic's photographers. Accompanying the images are the photographer's accounts of adventures in the field - sometimes humorous, sometimes terrifying, always vividly compelling. Author Leah Bendavid-Val writes about the photographers' achievements from technical, journalistic, and artistic points of view. An introductory chapter chronicles the evolution of photographic principles at the "Geographic" and the visionaries who believed in the revolutionary idea that photography had the power to tell important truths about the world.
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Jane Packer's Flower Course (Hardback)
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Jane Packer's Flower Course (Hardback)
This book imparts the secrets of successful flower arranging to every reader, novice and expert alike. In "Jane Packer's Flower Course", celebrated florist Jane Packer covers the same ground as the highly regarded four-week career course taught in her flower school, putting her wealth of experience and her celebrated designs within the reach of every reader. This beautiful new book is divided into three sections. covering irresistible floral gifts, gorgeous arrangements of all shapes and sizes, and fabulous party and wedding flowers.
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Knitted Cats & Kittens (Hardback)
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Knitted Cats & Kittens (Hardback)
This book contains a wide variety of cats and kittens to knit - from fun and quirky, to cute and cuddly - and you don't have to clean up after these ones! Each cat has its own look and personality, and they come in a range of characters, styles, shapes and sizes to suit knitters of all tastes and abilities. There are also a number of feline projects to make - including a hot water bottle cover and a doorstop, so (unlike real cats!) they can make themselves useful around the house. And of course, all cats need a few accessories, so the author has included a knitted scratching post (complete with dangly bird to play with), a cat basket and some colourful knitted balls - not forgetting an entire family of tiny knitted mice! Each pattern comes with a comprehensive list of the yarns, needles and embellishments you need, and there are general notes too on basic techniques, materials and equipment. Filled with fun from cover to cover, you will love these adorable knitted cats and kittens - and so will anyone you choose to knit them for!
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Canon EOS Rebel T5i/700D For Dummies (Paperback)
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Canon EOS Rebel T5i/700D For Dummies (Paperback)
A comprehensive guide to the Canon EOS Rebel T5i/700D camera written by bestselling For Dummies author Julie Adair King Expert author and photography instructor Julie Adair King is exactly who you want to explain Canon's hot new Rebel T5i/700D camera for you. Her friendly, step-by-step style - honed to a fine point from helping over 300,000 readers use their cameras - will have you snapping great shots on the new Rebel in no time. Find all the info you need, backed by clear images of camera controls and menus, so you know exactly what she's explaining, when she's explaining it. More than 300 fabulous full-color photos help you see what you and your DSLR Rebel T5i/700D can achieve. Canon's EOS Rebel T5i/700D is an entry-level DSLR camera from Canon and features an 18 megapixel sensor, full 1080 video capability, 5fps shooting, and a 3-inch viewscreen Covers how to shoot in Auto mode, manage playback, organize your images, and get better results from exposure, lighting, focus and color Gives you professional editing tricks and offers plenty of beautiful full-color images so you can see what you can achieve Popular bestselling author Julie Adair King author has written more than 15 For Dummies books on Nikon and Canon cameras, and she helps you really get a feel for the camera Canon EOS Rebel T5i/700D For Dummies ...there's so much here to get you on your way to taking great photos!
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The Little Book of Chanel (Hardback)
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The Little Book of Chanel (Hardback)
This monograph on Coco Chanel chronicles the life and legacy of one of history's most influential couturiers. From her early forays into millinery, through her revolutionary inventions in sportswear and jersey fashions for women, through the classics that have made her name, such as the Chanel cardigan jacket and the little black dress, to the global empire the brand is today under the helm of Karl Lagerfeld, this beautifully illustrated monograph offers a fascinating account of Chanel's evolution and innovation. Detailed photographs and sketches of her designs, along with fashion photography and catwalk shots, pay tribute to one of the world's most highly regarded fashion houses and the woman behind it.
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The Photography Book (Paperback)
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The Photography Book (Paperback)
When The Photography Book was first published in 1997 it was universally acclaimed as the most fundamental reference book ever on its subject. This new mini edition has all the visual energy and compelling insights of the original, but in a light and easily portable format, making it ideal both for dipping into and for using as a serious sourcebook. 500 superb images represent the world's best photographers and encompass every sort of photography, from pictures of famous events such as the Royal Wedding and the first landing on the moon, to familiar shots by masters of photography like Bill Brandt and Henri Cartier-Bresson. Fashion, sport, natural history, reportage and society portraiture are all represented, as are social documentary and art. Exploring the work of a plethora of prime photographers, ranging from William Henry Fox Talbot to David Bailey and Diane Arbus, The Photography Book spans the whole history of photography. Arranged alphabetically according to each photographer's name, each full-page image is accompanied by an illuminating text that elucidates their work, and by extensive cross-references to others working in the same field or style. Glossaries of technical terms and movements, as well as a directory of museums and galleries, are included in the back of the book to provide a fully comprehensive and self-contained volume.
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David Hockney: A Bigger Picture (Hardback)
David Hockney: A Bigger Picture (Hardback)
David Hockney (b. 1937) has always been closely associated with Pop Art and California, where he has lived for much of his life. This major study of his work, published to accompany the exhibition showing at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, redefines him as an important painter of the English countryside, presenting his recent landscapes for the first time. In an attempt to renew contemporary art, Hockney has returned to painting in the open air, observing with honesty and intensity the scenery of his childhood in East Yorkshire. Marco Livingstone explores this bold departure in the context of Hockney's sixty-year career, while other contributors address the artists place in the landscape tradition, his recent video works and their relationship to English landscape film-making, and his ongoing use of new technologies. Illustrated with paintings, iPad drawings and video stills, many of which have never been seen before, this landmark publication confirms David Hockney as one of the greatest artists of his generation.
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The Book of Skulls (Paperback)
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The skull is one of the most recognizable symbols of today's contemporary visual culture. Adorning T-Shirts, badges and rock memorabilia as the ultimate symbol of anarchy and rebellion, the image of the skull has found its way into the vocabulary of urban life. In response to this cultural phenomenon, The Book of Skulls presents a cool visual guide to the skull, charting its rebirth through music and street fashion to become today's ultimate anti-establishment icon. From the Grateful Dead to skater punk graffiti, from high-couture to Damien Hirst, this book is the ultimate collection of cool and unusual skull motifs. Packaged in an amazing 'skeleton' binding and drawing together artwork from music, fashion, street art and graphic design, The Book of Skulls is a celebration of one of today's most iconic cultural symbols.
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Scissors, Paper, Craft: 30 Pretty Projects All Cut, Folded and Crafted From Paper - Simple Makes (Paperback)
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Paper - both affordable and universally available - is possibly the most versatile material in the crafter's kit box. In this new book in the Simple Makes series, Christine Leech demonstrates 30 original and creative ideas for lovely things to make from paper. Some of the projects are simply drawn and cut, such as the glistening, rippling fish mobile, whilst others are constructed and glued, for example a cute yet practical stationery birdhouse that holds paperclips inside and has post-it note tiles on its roof. A few slightly more advanced projects involve special techniques, such as the beginner's bookbinding method used to create the hand-bound Japanese-style notebooks, but everything is easily achievable by following the clear, step-by-step instructions and guides.
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The Wedding Dress: 300 Years of Bridal Fashions (Paperback)
The Wedding Dress: 300 Years of Bridal Fashions (Paperback)
Published in paperback to accompany a major V&A exhibition, this sumptuous book draws on wedding garments in the V&A's collection, photographs, letters, memoirs, newspaper accounts and genealogical research to explore the history of the wedding dress and the traditions that have developed around it since 1700. It focuses on the white wedding dress, which became fashionable in the early nineteenth century and is now chosen by women across the world. The book considers the way couturiers and designers have challenged and refreshed the traditional white dress and the influence of the wedding industry, whose antecedents lie in the commercialization of the wedding in Victorian Britain. The Wedding Dress is not only about costume, but also about the cultivation of the image of the bride. This book is a glorious tribute to an exquisite, stylish, glamorous gown, the romance of its evolution and the splendour of its design. Accompanies the V&A exhibition, The Wedding Dress: 1775-2014 from 3 May 2014 to 25 January 2015
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The Simple Art of Japanese Papercrafts
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Learn how to create 24 beautiful Japanese paper designs, step by step. The Simple Art of Japanese Papercrafts reveals the best of true Japanese design, focusing on understanding and using paper in a modern and authentic style to make beautiful gifts, decorations and more. Tokyo-born graphic designer Mari Ono reveals the top Japanese techniques - origami and embellishment - in a range of 24 projects, each with clear step-by-step images and easy-to-follow instructions. Also included are over 50 pieces of gorgeous origami paper to make all the projects. The projects range from contemporary ideas for greetings cards embellished with Oriental symbols of luck and love to traditional projects, such as folding paper to create a rabbit or a crane, as well as practical items including a handmade bento box. With tips and variations throughout, this is the book that will show you how to create truly authentic Japanese papercrafts using the best of papers and materials from the modern East.
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The Bag Making Bible: The Complete Guide to Sewing and Customizing Your Own Unique Bags (Paperback)
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The Bag Making Bible: The Complete Guide to Sewing and Customizing Your Own Unique Bags (Paperback)
The ultimate practical guide to sewing fabulous bags from expert Lisa Lam, whose technical knowledge, creative flair and enthusiasm have helped and inspired thousands while promoting the craft of bag-making worldwide. Whether you are getting started, improving your technique or want to design your own creations, this is the book you will grab for every bag you make! Detailed photographs illustrate every technique in this unique book, from choosing fabric to inserting fastenings. Expert tips, trade secrets and inspirational advice result in professional and beautiful results every time, allowing you to create a capsule wardrobe of eight exclusive bag designs which will amaze your friends - they will never believe you made it yourself! Lisa's helpful and friendly tone comes through in her instructions, and it really feels like you have an expert by your side holding you hand every step of the way. She starts with the basics of how to read and interpret patterns, how to prepare and cut fabrics, and how to select the right interfacings and interlinings for your bags, then moves on to more specific techniques in each chapter. The Structure and Reinforcement chapter covers how to sew darts, pleats, gussets, flat bottoms and gathers - showing you in detail how to sew these features. The Linings chapter reveals how to insert zip pockets into your linings, as well as different methods of inserting a bag lining. The Closures chapter explains how to insert a zip in three different scenarios, plus how to insert magnetic snap fastenings, twist lock fastenings, and how to use eyelets and rivets. The Handles and Straps chapter teaches you six different types of straps, from making simple straps to adjustable straps and even designer looking piped handles. The Pockets chapter contains a wealth of different pocket types, showing you how to sew a slip pocket to sewing roomy bellows pockets, elasticized pockets and darted corner pockets. Finally, the Edgings and Trimmings chapter reveals how to bind raw edges for a professional finish, including how to make bias binding, and also shows you how to sew piping and how to use ribbon, jewellery and embellishments on your bags. At the end of each chapter there is a bag project to make so you can put the techniques into practice straight away. These exciting and desirable designs are explained in full detail, with helpful photographs to guide you every step of the way. Starting with how to make a tote bag, the projects build in complexity. You will learn how to make a clutch bag, how to sew a messenger bag, how to make a hobo bag, how to make a travel holdall bag and more. Crucially, the pull-out pattern sheet gives full-size patterns, meaning there is no resizing or photocopying to do - you can get straight into cutting and sewing bags. This one-of-a-kind book is the ultimate guide to bag-making and an invaluable resource that you will reach for time and time again. "An amazing sewing education coupled with beautiful bags that of course, you can customize!" Amy Butler.
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The Encyclopedia of Wire Jewellery Techniques (Paperback)
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Whether you are an experienced jewellery-maker looking to move up to the next level, or a complete beginner, "The Encyclopedia of Wire Jewellery Making Techniques" is an invaluable resource. Using this book you can: learn how to manipulate wire to create elegant structural designs for earrings, rings, pendants, necklaces, tiaras and brooches with clear, illustrated instructions; combine wire with beads and stones through threading and wrapping for an intricately embellished look; have fun experimenting with different types of wire, from precious metal to electrical and recycled wires; and, progress from basic wire-working skills to more advanced techniques, such as making linked jump-ring chains, simple soldering, and using chemicals to alter the wire finish.
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Kandinsky - Taschen Basic Art Series (Hardback)
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Kandinsky - Taschen Basic Art Series (Hardback)
Painting outside the box. The founder of abstract art. The Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944), who later lived in Germany and France, is one of the pioneers of twentieth-century art. Nowadays he is regarded as the founder of abstract art and is, moreover, the chief theoretician of this type of painting. Together with Franz Marc and others he founded the group of artists known as the "Blauer Reiter" in Munich. His art then freed itself more and more from the object, eventually culminating in the "First Abstract Watercolour" of 1910. In his theoretical writings Kandinsky repeatedly sought the proximity of music; and just as in music, where the individual notes constitute the medium whose effect stems from harmony and euphony, Kandinsky was aiming for a pure concord of colour through the interplay of various shades. Gauguin had demanded that everything "must be sacrificed to pure colors." Kandinsky was the first to realise this and thus to influence a whole range of artists. Every book in TASCHEN's "Basic Art Series" features: a detailed chronological summary of the artist's life and work, covering the cultural and historical importance of the artist; approximately 100 color illustrations with explanatory captions; and, a concise biography.
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Street Photography Now (Paperback)
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Street Photography Now (Paperback)
This title is now available in paperback. Get up close and personal with the world's best street photographers as they capture the drama of everyday life at 1 125 of a second. Prowl pavements and back alleys, encountering comic absurdities, small acts of kindness and scenes of unexpected beauty; let your eye be caught by a witty billboard, a woman dressed as an angel, a businessman sprinting through the crowd: the human carnival is in town and the streets are alive. "Street Photography Now" presents 46 contemporary image-makers noted for their candid depictions of everyday life. Included are Magnum masters such as Bruce Gilden, Martin Parr and Alex Webb, along with an international cast of emerging photographers whose individual biographies illuminate the stories behind their pictures of New York, Tokyo, Delhi or Dakar. Four thought-provoking essays and a global conversation between leading street photographers explore the compelling and often controversial issues in the genre. A select bibliography and a resource section for aspiring street photographers complete the book.
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The Book of Bags: 30 Stylish Projects Fo Beautiful Sewn Bags (Paperback)
The Book of Bags: 30 Stylish Projects Fo Beautiful Sewn Bags (Paperback)
Here is a delightful collection of 30 easy-to-make bags to suit every outfit and occasion. The collection includes sewing projects suitable for experienced crafters and newcomers alike. The bags range from bright and cheery beach bags and functional yet styling shoppers to classic evening clutches and stylish wrist bags. Every project is explained using easy-to-follow instructions so that even a notice could create a stunning, bespoke bag in no time at all. Hand-made bags are not only a fabulous way to accessorise and express your own style, they also make personal and unique gifts for friends and loved ones. With such a variety of techniques and styles, there really is something here for everyone.
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Turner - Taschen Basic Art Series (Hardback)
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Turner - Taschen Basic Art Series (Hardback)
This title is a Taschen 25 - Special edition! It deals with the topic of the innocence of the eye. As a blind person might see the world if the gift of sight were suddenly returned - this is how we might describe the effect of William Turner's paintings on the observer. John Ruskin, Turner's uncompromising 19th-century defender, alluded to this idea when he spoke of an 'innocence of the eye' which perceived the world's colours and forms before it could recognize their significance. But to develop such a style, William Turner (1775-1851) first had to overcome the legacy of late rococo academic teachings. He was simultaneously a romantic and a realist - and yet he transcended both styles. His landscapes, far in advance of their time, have been called forerunners of Impressionism, yet they also possess traits that influenced Expressionism, and many of his late compositions are undeniably surrealistic. Turner's art cannot be bound by such classifications, and remains an oddity to art history even today. His work arises from a unique relation to the nature that it depicts: through his brilliant sketches, he found a rigorously open kind of painting in which nature sets free the use of colour. And through the workings of the natural elements - especially atmospheric light - Turner confronted nature at the point where nature itself is an image. This book opens up Turner's paintings for the eye, demonstrating that he was not simply illustrating nature, but that his pictures speak directly to the eye as nature does itself - through a world of light and colour. Every book in Taschen's "Basic Art Series" features: a detailed chronological summary of the artist's life and work, covering the cultural and historical importance of the artist; approximately 100 color illustrations with explanatory captions; and, a concise biography.
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Knitted Wild Animals: A Collection of Adorable Animals to Create from Scratch (Paperback)
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Knitted Wild Animals: A Collection of Adorable Animals to Create from Scratch (Paperback)
This title offers clearly presented, easy-to-follow knitting patterns for 15 fun and colorful wild animals. A comprehensive, illustrated techniques section will guide less experienced knitters. Projects have an adorable and humorous quality, which will amuse both adults and children alike. Delight children and adults alike with a fabulous range of cuddly knitted wild animals. Inside this fun, colorful book there are 15 wild creatures to choose from, each with a very distinct personality, including: Elephant, Giraffe, Zebra, Lion, Giant Panda, Monkey, Koala, Penguin and many more. A colorful gallery showcases the animals, featuring both front and back views. The clearly presented knitting patterns are easy-to-follow and an illustrated techniques section makes these accessible to all level of ability.
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Fashion Designers Sketchbooks (Hardback)
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Fashion Designers Sketchbooks (Hardback)
A revealing, comprehensive and colourful insight into the design process, "Fashion Designers Sketchbooks" explores many major names working in the fashion industry today. Photographs, sketches, mood boards, line-ups, toiles, fabric swatches and more all contribute to the creation of ideas for fashion designs, and here they are brought together for the first time to show how the final work is conceived and developed. Garments on the catwalk are juxtaposed with lookbooks, the original research material, and with finished illustrations giving a new perspective on the working methods of leading international designers. This approach makes the book a fascinating resource for both students and designers. Numerous leading designers, including John Galliano for Dior, Luella and Christian Lacroix, are interviewed alongside their sketchbooks, discussing the roles they play in evolution of their work, and how they inform and encourage their creative processes. The result is in an inspirational overview of cutting-edge design today.
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The Sewing Book (Hardback)
The Sewing Book (Hardback)
This is the ultimate sewing bible for beginners, students and seasoned stitchers wanting to perfect their skills. Whether you want to make soft furnishings, clothing or just do alterations this is the book that everyone interested in sewing needs. Follow step-by-steps and master every technique you'll ever need; from machine-stitching a buttonhole and attaching a collar, to altering patterns and building a basic sewing kit. Every hand and machine stitch and technique is clearly shown and easy to follow, guiding you through every move. Follow 25 stylish projects, for the home and to wear, which will enable you to take your sewing skills to perfection. Plus, get properly kitted out; close up photographs of hand and machine tools show you the best equipment for the job and guarantee you know exactly how to use it. Tucks, pleats, hems, darts, edges, pockets, buttonholes, zips - whatever you want to sew find out how.
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