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Our fashion books and hand-picked selection of style guides have everything you need to keep on top of the latest trends. They run through the ages and focus on the most iconic and inspiring looks of all time.

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Fashion Books & Style Guides

Our fashion books and hand-picked selection of style guides have everything you need to keep on top of the latest trends. They run through the ages and focus on the most iconic and inspiring looks of all time.

  • The Art of the Scarf

    Product Code: AOFS
    Hardback
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    Have you ever stopped to think about just how special scarves are? From neckties to turbans and drapes, The Art of the Scarf is a celebration of this oh-so-fashionable accessory.

    Nearly everyone has a scarf tucked away in their wardrobe, but nowhere near as many are completely sure of how to wear them with style. This book shows you how to adapt your scarf in so many different ways. From bold bows to more subtle knots, there is a way to make the most of every scarf.

    With art deco-style black-and-white illustrations to show you how to achieve the right look, this quirky little book explains the best ways to wear scarves with tailored jackets, on nights out or even with a swimming costume.
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  • Naturally Tan

    Tan France

    Product Code: BXHSJ
    Hardback
    In this heartfelt, funny, touching memoir, Tan France, star of Netflix's Emmy award-winning Queer Eye, tells his origin story for the first time. With his trademark wit, humor, and radical compassion, Tan reveals what it was like to grow up gay in a traditional South Asian family, as one of the few people of colour in South Yorkshire. He illuminates his winding journey of coming of age, finding his voice (and style!), and happily marrying the love of his life - a Mormon cowboy from Salt Lake City. Humorous and poignant personal essays are peppered with style advice, funny lists, and the truisms that Tan has accumulated in his journey from South Yorkshire to Netflix. In Tan's own words, 'The book is meant to spread joy, personal acceptance, and most of all understanding. Each of us is living our own private journey, and the more we know about each other, the healthier and happier the world will be.'
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  • Tilly and the Buttons: Stretch!

    Tilly Walnes

    Product Code: BMJSM
    Paperback
    Great British Sewing Bee contestant Tilly Walnes' Tilly and the Buttons: Stretch!: Make Yourself Comfortable Sewing with Knit Fabrics is a craft book packed with patterns and step-by-step instructions for over 10 stylish garments. It also contains tips on how to customise each garment to make it completely unique!
    • £17.99
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  • Elegance: The Beauty of French Fashion

    Megan Hess

    Product Code: CAXXL
    Hardback
    Join internationally renowned fashion illustrator Megan Hess as she explores the timeless beauty and glamour of ten of France's best-loved designers in a stylish celebration of one of the world's favorite fashion destinations. From the courts of Versailles to the cobbled streets of Paris, French fashion has always been the epitome of elegance. Whether it's Dior's New Look, Yves Saint Laurent's Le Smoking jacket or Chanel's little black dress, the masters of French fashion understand that clothing is more than a craft: it's an art form. Megan Hess's love for French style sparked her career in fashion illustration. In these pages, she unspools the threads of ten legendary designers - Chanel, Dior, Saint Laurent, Lanvin, Givenchy, Chlo , Balmain, Louis Vuitton, Herm s and Celine - to discover the origins of haute couture, pr t- -porter and everything chic. Accompanied by Megan's exquisite illustrations of current and archival collections, Elegance: The Beauty of French Fashion tells the story of how France's iconic fashion houses have influenced the very fabric of design.
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  • Drag

    Frank DeCaro

    Product Code: BTYUY
    Hardback
    Since man first walked the Earth in heels, no other art form has wielded as unique an influence on pop culture as Drag. Drag artists have now sashayed their way to snatch the crowns as the Queens of mainstream entertainment. Through informative and witty essays chronicling over 100 years of drag, readers will embark on a Priscilla-like journey through pop culture, from television shows like The Milton Berle Show, Bosom Buddies, and RuPaul s Drag Race, films like Some Like It Hot, To Wong Foo , and Tootsie, and Broadway shows like Hedwig and the Angry Inch, La Cage aux Folles, and Kinky Boots. With stops in cities around the globe, and packed with interviews and commentaries on the dramas, joys, and love that make-up a life in wigs and heels, Drag features contributions from today s most ground-breaking and popular artists, including Bianca del Rio, Miss Coco Peru, Hedda Lettuce, Lypsinka, and Varla Jean Merman, as well as notable performers as Harvey Fierstein and Charles Busch. It includes more than 100 photos many from performers personal collections, and a comprehensive timeline of drag herstory.
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  • Chanel

    Daniele Bott

    Product Code: BCBGM
    Hardback
    Chanel's combination of tradition, originality and style has always made it the most seductive of brands. Here the House of Chanel opens its private archives, revealing a galaxy of brilliant designs created by Coco Chanel from 1920 onwards. Dazzling clothes, intricate accessories, beautiful models and timeless design leave no doubt as to the lasting fame of the brand and embody everything that has come to symbolize the magic of Chanel.
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  • Fashion on the Ration

    Julie Summers

    Product Code: ARCHD
    Paperback
    In September 1939, just three weeks after the outbreak of war, Gladys Mason wrote briefly in her diary about events in Europe: 'Hitler watched German siege of Warsaw. City in flames.' And, she continued, 'Had my wedding dress fitted. Lovely.' For Gladys Mason, and for thousands of women throughout the long years of the war, fashion was not simply a distraction, but a necessity - and one they weren't going to give up easily. In the face of bombings, conscription, rationing and ludicrous bureaucracy, they maintained a sense of elegance and style with determination and often astonishing ingenuity. From the young woman who avoided the dreaded 'forces bloomers' by making knickers from military-issue silk maps, to Vogue's indomitable editor Audrey Withers, who balanced lobbying government on behalf of her readers with driving lorries for the war effort, Julie Summers weaves together stories from ordinary lives and high society to provide a unique picture of life during the Second World War. As a nation went into uniform and women took on traditional male roles, clothing and beauty began to reflect changing social attitudes. For the first time, fashion was influenced not only by Hollywood and high society but by the demands of industrial production and the pressing need to 'make-do-and-mend'. Beautifully illustrated and full of gorgeous detail, Fashion on the Ration lifts the veil on a fascinating era in British fashion.
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  • 50 Ways to Wear a Scarf

    Lauren Friedman

    Product Code: AJBEP
    Hardback
    This charming little book shows 50 different ways to wear a scarf. From the Capri to the Paris, the Top Down, the Necklace and the Clutch, there are creative scarf styles here for any occasion and mood. Jaunty illustrations from fashion illustrator Lauren Friedman break down the steps for each style and give this darling book a must-have gift quality.
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  • Liberty: The History

    Marie-Therese Rieber

    Product Code: CAXNQ
    Hardback
    Liberty is a heritage brand with one foot firmly planted in the future. Known for its unique, avant-garde design and unmistakeable Art Fabrics, Liberty is celebrated for its blend of bohemian luxury and expert craftsmanship. Rieber discusses not only the historic beginnings of the brand, from Arthur Liberty's 'Eastern Bazaar' to its Art Nouveau furniture, jewellery and clothing designs, whimsical window displays and the Art Fabrics, but also to the innovations in design and printmaking today that have kept Liberty at the forefront of the fashion and textile industries. Since 1875, Liberty has been synonymous with luxury and great design. Arthur Liberty's intuitive vision and pioneering spirit led him to travel the world looking for individual pieces to inspire and excite his discerning clientele. Liberty is Arthur's legacy, and stands for integrity, value, quality and, above all, beautifully designed products. It is this vision and spirit that prevails today within the trademark Tudor building and this same vision and spirit is celebrated in this treasure trove of designs and objects from the store's archives and vaults.
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  • Fashion Climbing

    Bill Cunningham

    Product Code: CAWHC
    Paperback
    *A Financial Times Book of the Year 2018* *The New York Times Bestseller* `I took to New York life like a star shooting through the heavens...' Bill Cunningham's first love was fashion but the big city came a close second. He left for New York aged nineteen, losing his family's support but enjoying the infinite luxury of freedom. Living on a scoop of Ovaltine a day, he would run down to Fifth Avenue to feed on the spectacular sights of the window displays - then run back to his tiny studio to work all night. Working as `William J' (to spare his parents' blushes), Bill became one of the most celebrated hat designers of the 1950s, creating elegant town hats for movie stars and playful beach hats for the summer set. Bill's mission was to bring happiness by making beautiful things - even if it meant pawning his bike to fund fancy-dress outfits for all his friends. When women stopped wearing hats and his business was forced to close, Bill worked as a fashion journalist, touring the couture houses of Europe. But New York remained his home, and it was as a street photographer of the fashions of the city that he became well known, in a job that would last almost forty years. Fashion Climbing is the enchanting memoir he left behind, capturing the madcap times of his early career and the fashion scene of the mid-century. Written with the spark and wit of Holly Golightly, and brimming over with Bill's infectious joy for life, it is a gift to all who seek beauty, whatever our style or status.
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  • Bags

    Anna Alicia

    Product Code: BYXOU
    Paperback
    Whether you're a beginner crafter or experienced maker, this book will help you build on your sewing skills as you learn how to make a range of bags from a simple drawstring tote to a stylish colour-block rucksack. As you work your way through the 18 projects, you'll learn how to create interesting shapes (such as a cubed bag or round bucket bag), work with different fabrics (cotton, canvas, linen and more) and discover how to work in zips, poppers, pockets, straps and other add-ons. Step-by-step guidance, plus a wealth of tips and tricks, mean you'll always feel confident in developing your technique, while modern designs and design-focussed details will inspire you to get creative with your makes. Bags is the ideal book for those looking to expand on their sewing skills, create beautiful, lasting additions to their wardrobe or make impressive and covetable gifts for friends and family. The projects include: a simple tote, shopper bag, iPad case, basic big duffel, curved purse, pompom bucket bag, retro backpack, overnight bag, boxy hand-luggage, contract clutch, fold-over backpack, drawstring toiletries bag and many more.
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  • Cosplay Crash Course

    Mina Petrovic

    Product Code: BXXEZ
    Paperback
    Cosplay lets you step out of your own skin and into someone else's shoes (or boots, or paws...). This beginner's guide helps you walk that walk with confidence in an awesome costume of your own creation. True to the cosplay spirit of collaboration, Cosplay Crash Course shares favorite tricks and techniques from some of the community's most imaginative artists. Step by step, you'll learn how to turn ordinary fabrics, inexpensive toys, easy-to-manipulate thermoplastics, wigs and other humble materials into original costumes you'll wear with pride. Whether you're making fabulous feathers, metallic armor, wicked horns, lifelike claws or form-fitting boots, this book puts it all within your reach. You'll even learn awesome hair and makeup effects to complete the look. Use this inside advice to fast-forward through years of trial and error; learn to select the best fabrics and adhesives and to make practical choices for comfort and wearability. Armed with the know-how in these pages and a spirit of adventure, who will you become? Everything you need to dress your part! 25+ step-by-step projects for creating authentic-looking props, costumes and accessories Easy techniques and clever shortcuts from nine international cosplay artists How to manipulate wigs, extensions and your own hair to create unique and expressive looks Awesome makeup effects, from tattoos and zombie bites to tricks for making faces appear more feminine or masculine Bonus tips for striking a pose and snapping dynamic, in-character photos
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  • The Book of Rolex

    Jens Hoy

    Product Code: BUYZC
    Hardback
    An exhaustive appraisal of the Rolex watch, including studies of vintage models, current designs and special editions. Learn how to spot fakes using the same clues as the experts. Invaluable to any watch-lover, especially aspiring Rolex collectors. Horological trends flit by faster than ever in today's fast-paced society. But Rolex does not rely on gimmicks; theirs is a more perennial allure, with a reputation built on traditions and hard-earned skill. A company that innovates while paying homage to their roots, every Rolex is the culmination of centuries of watchmaking expertise. Within this book you will find explanations of the making process, descriptions of the materials involved and expert commentary on what makes each Rolex wristwatch unique. The Book of Rolex demonstrates how each model fits its social milieu, present and past. It also addresses the multitude of fakes on the market, including the so-called 'Frankensteins' - watches made from a mixture of real parts and forgeries, which are notoriously hard to spot - imparting all the skills needed to pick counterfeits out of a line-up. A holistic view of Rolex watches, this book promises to be as timeless as the brand itself. Should you be considering a Rolex, this book will convince you of its worth as an investment.
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  • Vogue Essentials: Heels

    Gail Rolfe

    Product Code: BUOOT
    Hardback
    'You can never take too much care over the choice of your shoes. Too many women think that they are unimportant, but the but the real proof of an elegant woman is what is on her feet.' - Christian Dior There is an indefinable magic, mystique and fascination about high-heeled shoes that passes all understanding or logic. How can you explain that the simple act of pointing your toes and gently slipping them into a pair of towering heels can be such a powerful experience physically, psychologically and emotionally? As British Vogue has charted over the last hundred years, by stepping into a pair of heels, a woman's personality is instantly transformed. Divided into the categories of Fancy Footwork, Enduring Classics, Step Up and Rainbow Heels, British Vogue's archive of fashion photos has been plundered to showcase the most beautiful, memorable, rule-breaking and trend-setting heels to be photographed in its 100-year history. Published simultaneously with Vogue Essentials: Lingerie. This irresistible new series from Conran Octopus and British Vogue explores the key pieces in a stylish woman's wardrobe and features photographs from Vogue's peerless archive of more than a million pictures.
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  • 100 Ideas that Changed Fashion

    Harriet Worsley

    Product Code: BTWTZ
    Paperback
    Charting the movements, developments and ideas that transformed the way women dress, this book gives a unique perspective on the history of twentieth-century fashion. From the invention of the bias cut and the stiletto heel to the designers who changed the way we think about clothes, the book is entertaining, intelligent and a visual feast.
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  • Breaking the Pattern

    Saara Huhta

    Product Code: BSJDK
    Paperback
    Scandinavian fashion has long been admired for its stylish, clean-lined cuts and aesthetic. Breaking the Pattern is the first authentic dressmaking book that showcases the beauty of Scandinavian style. Complete with stunning photography, clear illustrations and instructions, this book shows you how to create a coherent capsule wardrobe - complete with a collection of 20 garments that are easy to make, wear and combine with each other. The Finnish sewing duo behind the dressmaking fashion label Named, Laura and Saara offer up an enticing selection of tops, dresses, skirts, and trousers for the modern seamstress. You will build your skills as you work through the book and with plenty of variations suggested for each garment, there's lots of room for you to add your own personal touches and quirks to each design. Taking you beyond the patterns featured in this book, Breaking the Pattern will inspire you not only to build your sewing repertoire but also to grow in confidence with your own sewing. Six full-size pattern sheets are included in this neat package. The patterns are in a range of sizes from UK sizes 8 to 22 (34 to 50 EUR sizes), with concise information on measuring yourself and finding the perfect fit.
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  • The Parisian Gentleman

    Hugo Jacomet

    Product Code: BROSS
    Hardback
    Perfectly attuned to the rising interest and market for men's style, The Parisian Gentleman presents the leading men's style-makers, from hidden ateliers and little-known studios to internationally renowned names such as shirtmakers Charvet, shoe-makers Berluti and recently revived trunkmakers Moynat. The stories of each house, and the creatives and craftsmen behind them, bring alive the clothes, capture fading traditions, and celebrate an unceasing dedication to quality. Hugo Jacomet personally knows many of the leaders of these sought-after marques, many of which are difficult to access, so the portrait he paints of each maker derives from first-hand knowledge. Impeccable photography, much of which was shot exclusively for this publication, provides an exquisite complement to the words. An essential addition to the well-dressed man's private wardrobe and collection.
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  • Sewing Your Perfect Capsule Wardrobe

    Product Code: BKGSM
    Hardback
    In this practical but inspiring book, seamstress Arianna Cadwallader and designer Cathy McKinnon present sewing patterns and instructions for the five key pieces that will form the basis of your own capsule wardrobe: * a great shift dress * well-fitting trousers * a simple yet stylish skirt * a light blouse * a jersey vest. Their focus is on quality and fit - all the patterns can be adapted to fit and suit you perfectly, whether you prefer long, short or cap sleeves, high or low waistbands, and slim, straight or wide legged trousers. Once you've created your items you can then mix and match them to create a variety of looks and styles. Aimed at advanced beginners, the book guides you through how to measure yourself and all the techniques you will need. With a foreword by TV star Dawn O'Porter, this is the essential guide to creating your perfect wardrobe.
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  • Patterns of Fashion 4

    Janet Arnold

    Product Code: BJCIU
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    No one interested in the history of dress, from art historians to stage designers, from museum curators to teachers of fashion and costume, can function effectively without Janet Arnold's "Patterns of Fashion" series, published by Macmillan since 1964. Since her untimely death in 1998, admirers of her work have been waiting, with increasing impatience, for the promised volume devoted to the linen clothes of the Elizabethan and early Stuart periods, a companion to her previous volume on tailored clothes of the same era.Planned and partly prepared by Janet herself, and completed by Jenny Tiramani, Janet's last pupil, no other book exists that is dedicated to the linen clothes that covered the body from the skin outwards. It contains full colour portraits and photographs of details of garments in the explanatory section, as well as patterns for 86 items of linen clothing, which range from men's shirts and women's smocks, from superb ruffs and collars to boot hose and children's stomachers. Beautifully produced, it is an invaluable guide to both the history and the recreation of these wonderful garments.
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  • Dior: Catwalk

    Alexander Fury

    Product Code: AZBPF
    Hardback
    This book gathers together, for the first time, every Dior haute couture collection, including also ready-to-wear collections after the arrival of John Galliano (when ready-to-wear presentations took on a new importance), and the first two collections designed by creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri, appointed in 2016. It offers a unique opportunity to chart the development of one of the world's most famous fashion brands and discover rarely seen collections. This definitive publication opens with a concise history of the house of Dior before exploring the collections themselves, which are organized chronologically. Each new 'era' in Dior's history is inaugurated by a brief overview and biography of the new designer, while individual collections are introduced by a short text unveiling their influences and highlights and illustrated with carefully curated catwalk images. A rich reference section, including an extensive index, concludes the book. After Chanel, Dior is the second volume in a series of high-end, cloth-bound books that offer a complete and unrivalled overview of the collections of the world's top fashion houses through original catwalk photography.
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  • Fashion Forward

    Pierre Berge

    Product Code: AYHVD
    Hardback
    This handsome volume is published to accompany a major exhibition that chronicles fashion from the seventeenth century to the present. Featuring three hundred iconic pieces, it highlights key moments in fashion history and provides new insight into the designers, patrons, and ground-breaking techniques and materials. It also explores how fashion has always been intertwined with both fine art and the decorative arts. Many of the great couturiers were known for this artistic cross-pollination, including such towering figures as Jeanne Lanvin, Madeleine Vionnet, Gabrielle Chanel, Christian Dior, and Yves Saint Laurent. Re-created here are a number of fashion inflection points illustrating fashion s elective affinities with other disciplines. Eighteenth-century wood panelling, scenic wallpapers by Zuber, and Paul Iribe s drawings for Paul Poiret, among other examples, provide perfect settings for fashion s stylistic metamorphoses culminating in the effervescence and eclecticism of today s global fashion scene.
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  • The Little Book of Chanel

    Emma Baxter-Wright

    Product Code: AWOFE
    Hardback
    This monograph on Coco Chanel chronicles the life and legacy of one of history's most influential couturiers. From her early days of millinery, through her revolutionary inventions in sportswear and jersey fashions for women, the classics that have made her name, such as the Chanel cardigan jacket and the little black dress, to the global empire of the brand under the helm of Karl Lagerfeld, this beautifully illustrated book 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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  • Vogue Goes Pop Colouring Book

    Iain R. Webb

    Product Code: ATLLS
    Paperback
    Following the phenomenal success of the Vogue Colouring Book, award-winning writer and fashion editor Iain R. Webb has created beautiful hand-drawn artworks inspired by iconic images from British VOGUE in the Swinging Sixties. Original captions taken from vintage VOGUEs from the 1960s add an entertaining period flavour. From Twiggy and Mary Quant to The Beatles and Peter Blake, the '60s were the years fashion, music and art collided in a colourful, effervescent youthquake. As one VOGUE cover line from 1960 read: 'Young Ideas, Young looks, YOUNG!' The defining mood of the decade was an effortless cool attitude - breezy, carefree and always looking for the next party. Now is your chance to join the party. This is the decade of the mini-skirt, Op Art prints, the discotheque dress and wild colour combinations. Go crazy with your crayons. Become your own fashion designer and make your designs POP!
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  • Woven & Worn

    Canopy Press

    Product Code: CAXXS
    Hardback
    Woven & Worn offers a fascinating insight into the workings of innovative global craftspeople who create environmentally-conscious clothing in a bid to protect the planet from the ruinous effects of a toxic industry. Within this book, talented artisan makers such as weavers, dressmakers, dyers, and jewellers give consumers the power to alter the tired fabric of the fashion industry and embrace the energetic campaign for a sustainable circular economy. Marking a potential revival of the make-do-and-mend era, Woven & Worn showcases the variety of materials and processes used to craft wearables with both longevity and soul. Demonstrating the diversity within sustainable garment making, this title highlights ground-breaking renewable materials created from by-products of the food industry, such as banana and fish skins, as well as ingenious techniques, and "zero waste" production methods, including utilising offcut materials and upcycling vintage fabrics. Discover tactile vegan leather rucksacks, painterly plant-dyed textiles, and intricate reclaimed plastic adornment alongside traditional repair techniques such as darning and sashiko. Delve into the unseen creative workspaces of skilled crafters; admire their unique tools and processes, and absorb their intriguing stories. Sustainability is tightly woven into their creative practices as they tackle the wasteful industry, one beautifully-crafted garment at a time.
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We have a fabulous selection of fashion books and style guides to keep you looking permanently on-trend or to help you find your own style.

Guides for every look

Whether you like vintage pieces or modern looks, we have a fashion guide for you. With inspiration and guidance on how to look good every day, we have something for you whatever your style.

Histories and how-tos

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