Bit of a Bookworm

9 February 2011

I do love a good read.  I think after seeing so many images of impressive libraries online, I've become a bit obsessed with collecting books.  A walk in wardrobe is all well and good, but in my imaginary future mansion, I'd like to have a library filled with all kinds of fashion related tomes.  I'm slowly working my way through my Amazon wishlist and as the research deadline approaches, I've been looking through what I already have to sift out anything relevant.  Of course these books can only truly be digested after several reads but I thought I'd share a few pages that have caught my eye.

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fashion designers sketchbooks

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Pages by Bora Aksu, Blaak and Eley Kishimoto

I've realised that blogs are a bit like online sketchbooks, what with all the inspiration and musings that are posted on a regular basis, but unfortunately I can't really present URLs in my tutorials.  I had a quick look through Fashion Designers' Sketchbooks during my last trip to the Design Museum and knw instantly that I had to invest in my own copy.  It's really interesting and useful to see how the major fashion houses turn a quick scribble into a full collection and to see the many different styles of putting ideas on paper.  Is anyone else in the middle of creating a sketchbook at the moment?  I'm not usually the best at noting down my entire thought process but after reading this book, I can see that anything goes.

future beauty front cover

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future beauty

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Pages by Issey Miyake (Apoc), Junya Watanabe and Comme des Garcons

You might have guessed that I was a major fan of the Future Beauty exhibtion after writing about it last year and even though I didn't manage to visit again, I now have the book to relive the experience.  I don't always get around to buying exhibition catalogues (after all, I am a cheapskate covert photographer) but I had to make an exception for this one,  which is an in depth compendium of modern Japanese fashion design.  This book picks up from where the Barbican left off and shows another dimension to the works involved with a lot more information and far clearer pictures that what I managed to take.  A prime example of this is the Comme des Garcons twisted jumper (shown in the last picture), where I can finally see the construction a little better.  I haven't included any photos of the Yohji Yamamoto section as I'm sure to be writing a massive post when I see his upcoming exhibition at the V&A, need to get saving for that book too!

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the selby books
The home of The Smileys, Andre Walker's sofa, Lou Doillon's world and Karl Lagerfeld's book collection

I guess The Selby is my first book purchase linked to blogging and although I'm sure most of the photos can be found on the website, there's something about having the book in your hands rather than staring at a laptop screen.  There's even a page of stickers near the front (which I could never bear to use) relating to some of the items featured within the book, allowing a different sort of interactivity that you don't get on t'internet.  Being a bit of a nosy person, it's great to see the random knick knacks people seem to collect (one man has a shelf full of Heinz ketchup bottles) and to learn that a bit of clutter can be a good, creative thing.  Now to convince my Nan of this fact, as she's always telling me I have too much stuff...

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An interview with Margherita Missoni, Giambattista Valli sketches,  Mary-Kate Olsen's sunglasses

I'm probably the last person in the world to come across Influence devised by the seemingly triple threat Olsen empire (am I the only one that still gets them mixed up), but I'm really glad I eventually did.  They've interviewed quite a collection of designers, photographers and models in a candid sort of way, not going into major depth but allowing you to unearth a few previously unknown details.  Even though it was brief, I really loved the Magherita Missoni section and her love for the brand created by her grandparents.  I'm wondering whether you've bought any fashion related books recently for inspiration?  Let me know whether you gain most of your inspiration online or whether you've bought any of the titles I've featured for some offline browsing.  These books are now taking pride of place on my studenty-coffee table! 

Remember the giveaway is still open; I've been working on the answers and it looks like the post will be one of my trademark essays!

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22 comments:

  1. I do love that Olsen book. I forgot I had it! I need the Fashion Designers Sketchbook! x

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  2. I want these books!!!

    I love love love getting new books :)

    Lovely Post!

    Char x

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  3. I went to the Future Beauty exhibition last week just before it closed and it was really good. I dithered over buying the catalogue but don't think I can afford it at the moment, it sounds just lovely from your description though! You've given me so much food for thought and extra books to add on my covet-list in this post! (:

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  4. I love books like these. The Urban Outfitters book table is my favourite place! I have a Kindle so novels are always digital, but these 'coffee table' books are so wonderful to flick through, and the photography is always so inspiring. Cath Kidston's books are fab. xx

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  5. So many beautiful books to read, to look out for, to get ispiration from, exc...
    A entire life (plus all my savings, LOL) wouldn't be enough to read everything I'd like to read!
    And yes I think all blogs are kind of books, I have a parallel project indeed: I'm collecting ispirations I found in magazines or all around me and composing a concrete book, so that in the future we could see exactly how fashion has changed, and so also culture and lifestyle ('cos I think these are form of history too!)!
    I hope not to give it up!

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  6. i've been trying to read influence since the beginning of december but given it's large size, i can't carry it around and sneak quick reads every now and then so i have to read it at bedtime only which is rather limiting. i'm nearly done now though and hope to post a review shortly. karl largerfelds book collection is an absolute dream! for christmas i got nina garcia's newest book along with caroline coxs 'grown up glamour' and the sartorialist :)
    x

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  7. I was planning to but The Selby is in your place next month : D But the first one looks also very nice

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  8. I managed to get to the barbican exhibition last week - I wish I'd bought the catalogue! It's kickstarted a couple of blog posts though. What a lovely collection of books :D

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  9. These books look totally gorgeous!! wantwantwant


    Bow Dream Nation xx

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  10. Ah I love my Future beauty book too. I only ever buy exhibition catalogues from exhibitions I absolutely adore and this was definitely one of them.

    Love these pictures, they're so sharp and clear!

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  11. I love reading too, I dont have an impressive collection of fashion-y type books but I am a hoarder! One day I'd love a house with its own library!

    (and by chance, my word verification is read) x

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  12. I love Influence, it's one of my favourite coffee table books I own.

    The sunglasses page is one of my faves, I felt the layout of this book was so wonderful, parts of it almost felt like a fashion collage x

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  13. Very interesting post ! you make me feel like reading all these beautiful books !
    http://selenite.weebly.com/

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  14. I lvoe a good browse through beautifully designed and curated books. I have The Selby and Influence on my birthday list!

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  15. For my birthday I just asked everyone to get me desgin/fashion/inspiration books and it paid off! :) I have so many beautiful books now that it makes me wonder why didnt I do this earlier!? haha! :) I love books like this so much more than *real* books! :P

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  17. Fashion is always eye candy, whether in person or in a book! :o)

    Thanks for the blog comment, I'd love if you followed!

    -Samantha

    http://thisfashionista.blogspot.com

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  18. I'm not much of a book person myself, but books like these I neeed.. I seriously don't own one yet. and I keep finding myself, when not having my computer on, doing nothing and craving for some awesome sketchbooks or fashion inspiration to look at. p.s. a plum colour I might want to try aswell:)

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  19. I just had a little nerd-out re: Karl's bookshelf! So. Many. Books!

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  20. Love the look of the 30 years of Japanese Fashion book, and The Selby book is on my wishlist! You can never have enough inspirational books!

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  21. I need to start reading more =x

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