Tim Gunn's Fashion Bible
Tim Gunn, Ada Calhoun
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From a bestselling fashion guru—a fascinating, meticulously researched history of Western fashion covering every topic from the history of the high heel to the origin of blue jeans.
In the beginning there was the fig leaf...
and the toga. Crinolines and ruffs. Chain mailand corsets. What do these antiquated items have to do with the oh-so-twenty-first-century skinny jeans, graphic tee, and sexy pumps you slipped into this morning? Everything! Fashion begets fashion, and life—from economics to politics, weather to warfare, practicality to the utterly impractical—is reflected in the styles of any given era, evolving into the threads you buy and wear today.
With the candidness, intelligence, and charm that made him a household name on Project Runway, Tim Gunn reveals the fascinating story behind each article of clothing dating back to ancient times, in a book that reads like a walking tour from museum to closet with Tim at your side. From Cleopatra’s crown to Helen of Troy’s sandals, from Queen Victoria’s corset to Madonna’s cone bra, Dynasty’s power suits to Hillary Clinton’s pantsuits, Tim Gunn’s Fashion Bible takes you on a runway-ready journey through the highs and lows of fashion history.
Drawing from his exhaustive knowledge and intensive research to offer cutting-edge insights into modern style, Tim explains how the 1960s ruined American underwear, how Beau Brummell created the look men have worn for more than a century, why cargo capri pants are a plague on our nation, and much more. He will make you see your wardrobe in a whole new way. Prepare to be inspired as you change your thinking about the past, present, and future of fashion!
from the Permanent Collection. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1991. Nordin, Kendra. “Smiley Face: How an In-house Campaign Became a Global Icon.” The Christian Science Monitor (October 4, 2006), www.csmonitor.com/2006/1004/p15s01-algn.html. O’Hara, Georgina. The Encyclopedia of Fashion. Introduction by Carrie Donovan. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1986. Peacock, John. The Chronicle of Western Fashion: From Ancient Times to the Present Day. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1991. ———. Fashion
If so, hear me screaming at you to find a longer shirt. For men who want to wear tight shirts but don’t have the perfect body for them, there’s no reason why you can’t wear a tight white undershirt, or even shapewear, under a T-shirt. You can! Men don’t want to own up to that level of self-analysis. They equate that with vanity and vanity with femininity. It threatens their masculinity. That’s ridiculous. There is nothing mutually exclusive about being manly and putting some thought into
hippie in flowing dresses, of course you don’t need a girdle, or even a bra. But what if you want to wear a silk shirt and a power suit into a boardroom? It’s my experience that, after the 1960s, women retained the idea that they needed to be free of corseting. When they started wearing non-hippie clothing, they felt uncomfortable without supportive underwear and yet they rejected underpinnings as oppressive. To me, it’s ironic that so many people avoid shapewear now, because wearing tight
the fact that what is deemed appropriate for men or women changes so much over time. Take, for example, the color pink. Pink is considered the ultimate girly-girl color, as though by religious decree. But the blue-for-boys, pink-for-girls color code wasn’t standard until after World War II. In 1916, Infants’ and Children’s Wear Review insisted upon pink for boys and blue for girls. In 1939, Parents magazine claimed that pink was a good color for boys because it was a pale version of red, which
wore morning gowns, or banyans, before dressing for the day. These were usually made from some kind of printed silk or cotton with an exotic look. One high-collared, puff-sleeved morning gown formerly of the Brooklyn Museum collection dates from the 1820s. It looks like a patchwork quilt spawned with a trench coat,25 and it puts our terry-cloth rags to shame. The 1920s, ’30s, and ’40s also saw a flurry of “pajamas,” although “dinner pajamas” and “beach pajamas” were far too elegant to wear to