MG BOOK CORNER ‘100 Ideas that Changed Fashion’ by Harriet Worsley
Ci, którzy śledzą mój instagram, wiedzą, że książki zabieram ze sobą dosłownie wszędzie! Żeby trochę poczytać korzystam z każdej wolnej chwili w tramwaju, autobusie czy w kawiarni – doba jest zdecydowanie za krótka! Ostatnimi czasy w moich miejskich podróżach towarzyszyła mi zdecydowanie najbardziej kolorowa (ale i najcięższa hah 😉 z dotychczasowych pozycja, czyli ‘100 idei, które zmieniły modę’ Harriet Worsley.
Takich perełek w książce jest więcej i naprawdę trudno się zdecydować, które są najciekawsze! Widać u Harriet Worsley zacięcie modowe, a jej wybory są przefiltrowane z niezwykłą starannością. Nic dziwnego, sama ukończyła prestiżowe Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design w Londynie (gdzie teraz wykłada), zna więc modę od podszewki. Jeśli jesteście estetami jak ja, zachwyci Was też świetna, bardzo graficzna okładka książki. Widocznie wychodząc z założenia, że ‘obrazków’ jest aż nadto w środku, na zewnątrz postawiono na grę typografią. Fajnie, bo pozycja naprawdę wyróżnia się na półce nie tylko treścią i formatem, ale także opakowaniem. Zdecydowanie to kolejne ‘must have’ w mojej prywatnej bibliotece.
For those of you who follow me on Instagram, it wouldn’t come as a surprise that I take books everywhere I go. I take the opportunity of every moment that I can read in – whether it’s in a bus, a tram or in a café. Twenty four hours just aren’t enough for me! The book that I have just read, namely ‘100 Ideas That Changed Fashion’ by Harriet Worsley, has definitely been the most colorful (but the heaviest as well, ha-ha 😉 commuting companion from all of the previous ones.
I have to agree that what Worsley undertook might seem like an unfeasible job. Before I started reading the book I thought it would rather resemble biting off more than we can chew than a reasonable source of knowledge- only 100 ideas in one book?! However, I was astonished by the scope of literature once again, with the review being not only reliable and accurate, but also illustrated in an interesting way and containing all of the most important dates and a variety of inventions of the modern fashion industry. The headwords are worth noticing as well, as they don’t only refer to objects or breakthrough projects. In her list, Worsley places the surnames both of the designers and vogue icons, and, finally, trends as well. That’s what she means by using the term ‘IDEAS’ in the book’s title.
A number of motives, which used to shock the society and now have become a part of it, have been placed in the book. The Coco Chanel little black dress- which, even in the 30s was thought of as too obscene to wear during the day (black was a color reserved for maids); ‘lingerie on the surface’ so much promoted in the 70s by the punk queen Vivienne Westwood, and sealed by Jean Paul Gaultier by designing pointed bras for Madonna’s tour. You will also find out that the original ‘bikini’ was designed by two men at the same time (none of which knew about the other). One of them was Jacques Heim (he called the bikini an ‘atom’) and the other Louis Reard, who is the author of the commonly used name for that shameless two-piece swimsuit. Do you know, that when in 1946 he wanted to present his scandalous invention in Paris, there was no model who would agree to perform in it, so he was forced to hire a stripper from Casino de Paris? It was a time! Reard was promoting his product with a slogan ‘smaller than the smallest swim suit’. The history confirmed that he was a visionary- who can now imagine a beach WITHOUT the bikini? 😉
There are a lot more of such novelties in the book and it’s really hard to decide which of them are the most interesting. Harriet Worsley’s fashion flair is visible in the book with her choices filtered with extreme accuracy. No wonder she knows fashion inside out, as she has graduated from the prestigious Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, when she’s now giving lectures. If you are aesthetes like I am, you will get entranced by the marvelous, very graphic cover of the book. As there are clearly a lot of ‘pictures’ inside of the book, the outside has been left out for typography. I really like this idea, as the book stands out not only due to its content and format, but also to its outside. It is definitely another ‘must have’ in my private library.