Thursday, August 20, 2009

The Fashion Makers: An Inside Look at America's Leading Designers

This is a fantastic book! Originally published in 1978 it is long out of print, but available used (and pretty cheap!) on Amazon and Alibris. I was fortunate enough to find my copy at a used book store in 2001 - it was a library discard! I think this was the very first book exclusively dedicated to the subject of American fashion designers. What's really great about this book are the numerous intimate black-&-white photos, most of which capture the designers out of their studios and at home with family and friends. There are the usual suspects - Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Geoffrey Beene, Diane Von Furstenberg, Halston, Bill Blass, Oscar de le Renta - as well as designers who I had personally never heard of before reading this book.

Stephen Burrows having lots of fun at a sewing machine.

Creepy photo of Rudi Gernreich with a mannequin leg.

Holly Harp draping a new design.

Kasper striking a pose with a dress form.

Halston and 1970s model.

Edith Head hard at work sketching.

Calvin Klein, looking very cool here.

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