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How to Read Fashion: A Crash Course in Styles, Designers, and Couture

3.22  ·  Rating Details ·  37 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
This stylishly illustrated guide parses the visual vocabulary to understand, investigate, and interpret seminal fashions and styles. The perfect companion for fashionistas and anyone interested in a better understanding of how fashions and styles evolve, this is the first book of its kind aimed at a general audience. Both dip-in reference and stylish resource, it covers ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 2nd 2013 by Rizzoli (first published September 1st 2010)
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Malcolm
Dec 28, 2015 Malcolm rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I really like the ‘How to read…’ series from Bloomsbury (and really, really like that How To Read Buildings is compact enough for my pocket when I am meandering through historic (and not so historic) sites). This entry, subtitled A crash course in understanding styles is another good contribution. I’m impressed at the way Ffoulkes can sum up a style, a design motif, a designer in less than 100 words, and at the appropriateness of the illustrations to show both form and diversity – to be able t ...more
Johanna Haas
Nov 07, 2013 Johanna Haas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Small book - fun project. I'm perennially lost in fashion-talk and this book gave a well-illustrated and solid intro the fashion across the ages.
Amanda L
Emphasis on arts both timeless and fleeting, from 17th century traditions to modern day couture. I learned here that fashion is actually pretty technical as this offered a heavy dose of terminology, much of which I was not previously familiar. Source and design origins of present-day styles were addressed and the cyclical nature of the art was implicitly conveyed. Ffoulkes even points to styles that are purely derivative of another era's Avant-garde. Beautiful photographs. I only wish that it ...more
Mary Ronan Drew
Dec 30, 2014 Mary Ronan Drew rated it liked it
A short, heavily illustrated book about the basics of fashion, fashion history, and couturiers that I got from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York when I was placing my Christmas card order. It's one of a series of How to Read . . . books and for a beginner it's splendid. I will pass it along to a grand-niece who is interested in dress design.

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Am Y
Feb 17, 2015 Am Y rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Poor editing (mistakes aplenty), haphazard layout and presentation (images are just thrown at the reader all over the page, with messy captions - I had to look at them many times to make sure I was reading the correct caption for the correct image, and you can't even tell in some cases whether it's correct because the captions are so ambiguous and there is no context). The approach to this book was more like, "let's throw as much info/pictures at the reader as we can and hope they can somehow ...more
Cherrie
Dec 25, 2013 Cherrie rated it liked it
A bit disappointing -- not for beginners, must have some sort of previous knowledge on the world of fashion to grasp and appreciate the contents of the book. Good for runway photos and seeing how history has influenced modern trends but I don't think I retained the names of 70 designers listed.
Gaile
Mar 28, 2016 Gaile rated it did not like it
Each page shows a different garment and how it started. color Photos. Very tiny book and very brief in the description of each garment.
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