The blurb about the book says:
'Love Vintage covers both the glamorous and everyday garments of the past and, despite the apparent complexity of some, shows how each was perfectly designed to suit the occasion for which it was worn. They were ultimately so much more functional, wearable and sustainable than the clothing of today.
The book also contains a wealth of information about fashion design, of high value to both the experienced and novice collector, together with an inspirational collection of photography that helps describe each piece to its full. Also included are valuable notes on dress construction, vintage designers, and fabrics.'
I love the cover and am so excited I'm putting my pre-order in now.
In a highly imperfect segue, my post on books about fashion is turning into one about fashion in books. A fellow blogger - the lovely Franca over at Oranges and Apples - alerted me to this fabulous Guardian photo-shoot with actress Emily Mortimer. In a stroke of divine inspiration, Emily is dressed as a number of famous literary heroines.
‘I should put on my red dress and it would be thin as a veil ... It would make a flower shape as I sank down, in the middle of the room, on a gilt chair’ - The Waves, Virginia Woolf
‘They hadn’t tampered with her natural beauty, yet somehow they had succeeded in heightening it ... She wore eye make-up and her hair was fuller, like a lion’s mane. She still looked every inch the lady, but she was exciting now’ - Valley of the Dolls, Jacqueline Susann
At the moment I'm reading, for the first time, the classic I Capture The Castle by Dodie Smith. It's the kind of book you want to crawl up and read in an old chair in a cold room, smothered by a big rug and with a dog at your feet. Come to think of it, not unlike the narrator Cassandra. As I mused on clothes within literature today, these lines in the book particularly caught my attention:
'Then my brain began to pick out the bits it wanted to think about and I realised the day made a pattern of clothes - first our white dresses in the early morning, then the consciousness of what people were wearing in London, then Aunt Millicent's poor dead clothes, then all the exquisite things in the shop, then our furs. And I thought how important clothes were to women and always had been.'
Well said Cassandra, and now it is time for bed and the next exciting chapter!