Do you find it hard to remember who is at the helm of Rue de Mail (Martine Sitbon, well done) or Pollini (yes, it’s Jonathan Saunders, you are so clever!)? Or do you know what a jute* is, or a puggaree**, or a reticella?***
See, I used to think I knew a bit about fashion. I’ve been reading Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar like forever****, regularly buy other magazines and heavily use style.com. I try to keep up with which fashion house is led by whom and what’s happening in the fashion world. But when I started blogging I quickly became aware how very ignorant I really am. Having no professional training or education in fashion, design or tailoring there are heaps of things I don’t know. But my mum has taught me that you can learn everything from books and when my friend handed me the fashion books Christmas recommendations of the Times ("you might be interested in this.") I had something to start with…
'100 Contemporary Fashion Designers' are two glorious coffee table books (I couldn't believe the price when these 2 heavy weights arrived, but I guess the 3-language edition of Taschen makes it possible), 'Fashion Makers, Fashion Shapers' gives an insight into the makings and breakings in the fashion industry, the dictionary 'Fashion A-Z' helps me to understand dress-making and fashion terminology and 'My Wonderful World of Fashion, a Book for Drawing, Creating and Dreaming' I bought just for fun.
Now I just have to find the time to read them. But what about you? Do you have a fashion book you swear on or a favourite fashion biography?
*a lustrous bast fibre obtained from the bark of tropical plants Corchorus capsularis and C. olitorius.
** a turban, may also refer to the length of material used to make a turban. But may also describe a thin cotton or silk scarf that is wrapped around a hat.
*** a decorative openwork fabric hat was first produced in Italy during the late 15th century, and is generally regarded as the forerunner to needle lace.
****My favourite fashion biography was 'A Dash of Daring', describing the life of the infamous Harper's Bazaar editor Carmel Snow.