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Here's the skinny on stripes: a zigzag tour of the form through seventy years of fabric design. Nearly 600 pictures of historic fabric swatches from all over the world provide a virtual treasure chest of design ideas, from the prim floral fashions of the 1940s to the outrageous color combinations and painterly couture fabrics released by the top design houses in Paris during the 1960s. Brilliant photographs provide a visual survey of stripes' many forms, from woven-in to imitation weaves, from wavy lines to prim and proper pin stripes. This is the largest full-color photographic album of textile stripes ever produced, and an invaluable reference guide for artists of every medium.
An art form often ignored gets its due in this collection of historic prints. The abstract genre, as it has been applied to the textiles of everyday life--from upholstery fabrics and curtains to the wearable art we don daily--is explored through photographs of 300 fabric swatches from couture houses in Italy, France, and the United States. This colorful volume is a must-have for up-and-coming textile and fashion designers ready to take a lesson from their anonymous predecessors in the everyday gallery of art.
They're hot, they're shiny, and they're oh-so-glamorous. The mettle of movie star wardrobes, the spark that lights brides' eyes, and the flash that marks music videos-metallic fabrics have defined glamour for half a century. This book revisits metallics past, with historic fabric swatches from Europe and Japan dating back to the 1950s, and takes us to today's top European couture houses in a visual exploration of metallics' allure. In all, 237 pictures will provide inspiration for designers and insight for fashion historians.
More than 300 historic fabric samples from the mid-1920s and 1930s provide a visual textbook of design ideas prevalent during the Art Deco era. These were the everyday fabrics used for housedresses and curtains, adorned with the era's predominate geometric creations and spiced with the exotic inspirations that spurred one of the most popular artistic movements of all times. This book is an invaluable reference guide for costume historians and a treasure trove of inspiration for designers.
Paisley textile designs are organized into a sweeping visual survey including orderly foulard patterns, elaborate borders, experimental media, and ornate florals of printed and woven fabrics alike. More than 550 full-color photographs provide an invaluable optical reference of variations that span more than five decades, including French and Italian couture fabrics.
Dots of great variety, in all their minuscule glory, are depicted in 540 color photographs of historic fabric. A must-have reference for the professional textile historian, textile designer, fashion designer, and costume designer, this book is an invaluable encyclopedia of dotty design ideas.
Take a close-up look at far-out fabric designs from the 1960s in full, cool colors. All the orange, hot pink, and sky blue the era's most fertile imaginations could conjure. Featured are more than 300 striking swatches from top couture houses in Paris and Milan, bold flower prints on silk, cotton, and the acetates and polyesters that helped shape fashion's most eye-popping era.
More than 350 photographs of historic fabric swatches explore design variations in foulards, the small motifs printed on fabrics intended for mens ties and dressing gowns. Take an inspiring visual tour of designs, from traditional to pop art. An invaluable guide for the historian and student, a treasure of ideas and inspiration for designers.
This pictorial survey of African fabric prints includes contemporary bold two- and three-color designs, stripes, grids, and geometrics arranged with a focus on design, color, and pattern. Shown are commercially-made adaptations of traditional African designs in cotton, rayon, wool, synthetics, metallics and surface embellishment. The photographs are lively references and inspiration to artists and designers of fashion and fabrics.

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