The fashionable library: Being well dressed is important to me, – clothes are so much more than just the image we choose to project to the world. More than our own personal luxury. What you and I, choose to buy, has an environmental and cultural impact, way beyond the extend of our wardrobe. Fashion purchases shape both our society and the environment, we will have to live with the world we shape, as we get older and it is the legacy we leave to our children, and future generations. I like both fashion and well made clothes, – not always the same thing. It is no secret that I am becoming more of a selective Buyer. The sort of buyer Who likes to research the provenance of any potential items, scrutinise quality and generally get as much information as possible before the credit card gets its work out.
Anyone interested in buying new clothes, take a look at these books. Perhaps the little bibliotheque could do with one or two good reads! Your relationship with your wardrobe, may never be the same…two pre loved sets of freebie copies looking for space in your fashion library.
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Reviews and essential reads.
Overdressed: the shockingly high cost of cheap fashion. This is an easy & palatable read. No gruesome details and is not just about the well known exploitation of factory workers and their appalling day to day life. There are unexpected twists and little known facts, about the effect of fashion overconsumption on our western culture. Why is the market flooded with cheap acrylic? Why is it becoming so much harder to find beautifully made silk shirts? And where in heavens name, did the good cashmere jumpers go? My only complain is that the cover makes it look like a cheap, somewhat trashy novel. Enjoyable & informative read. (Here)
To Die For: Is Fashion Wearing Out the World? Slower pace and a little more demanding than Overdressed. Did you know for example that pythons for making your handbag may come from the wild? Who cares you may say- it’s just a big scary snake and I certainly don’t give a hoot. Yes, but turning the last python into someones chic pair of shoes, allows the rat population go unchecked, in parts of the world where infectious disease is rife. Did you know that cat fur & dog fur, is farmed and sold, without being labelled as such? Being a tenacious reader, I battled through, Lucy’s maize of info- though at times it felt like someone was clobbering me on the head with a copy of vogue. The message manages to stay positive – and I always judge the book by its cover – this one is Tres chic. Here
Vogue My mother and grandmother bought copies of British VOGUE which were treated with reverence – as actual books, rather than disposable ephemera. No copy of vogue, was ever thrown away by my grand mother, my mother kept the ‘good ones’ and I am afraid I keep none at all. Still, it means we have access to vogue magazines from the 60s – and they do make a fascinating read. Some of the older copies have the best editorial, still relevant today. Personal favourite is the era of the super model. Even if you never buy fashion magazines, it’s worth checking out VOGUE 2-4 times year, (once per season) to stay fashion relevant, or simply to have a laugh.
The abc of Hermes crafts Pretty little book containing rather poetic, explanations of Hermes techniques and specialist phraseology. From basics like retourne vs sellier to more advanced such as donner sa main and more obscure, feuilleter. Great bedtime reading, lady Beatrice loves it when I read extracts aloud in a deep but soothing tone…(out of print)
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