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​On the Topic of Fashion with LuisPhoto of staff member Luis


Meet Luis

Luis is a library assistant in adult services.  His passion is presenting fashion programs that teach skills like: sewing techniques, croquis sketching, and fashion history.

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Browse this compilation of must reads and must-sees for fashion enthusiasts. Included are books about history, some biographies that read like dramatic novels, and a variety of books on topics in modern fashion and its influences in other sectors (e.g. ethics, art and economics).


Fashion : a history from the 18th to the 20th century. Volume I, 18th and 19th centuryFashion: a history from the 18th to the 20th century. Volume I, 18th and 18th century

Excellent overview of the most striking and forward-thinking designers.

Fashion : a history from the 18th to the 20th century : the collection of the Kyoto Costume InstituteFashion: a history from the 18th to the 20th century. Volume II, 20th century

The 20th century fashion design innovators are showcased in the incredible photos.


In the name of Gucci : a memoirIn the name of Gucci: a memoir

by Patricia Gucci

Don’t know who started the Gucci empire?  Read all the gossip about the family dispelled or confirmed by Patricia Gucci.

IM : a memoirIM: a memoir

by Isaac Mizrahi

Isaac Mizrahi shares his life in this biography that spans a few decades and demonstrates what overcoming adversity can look like.

Chanel : the vocabulary of styleChanel: the vocabulary of style

by Jérôme Gautier

Certainly a fashion innovator,  Coco (Gabrielle) has influenced countless others designers including the creative directors that followed in her footsteps at this world-famous couturier.

The glass of fashion : a personal history of fifty years of changing tastes and the people who have inspired themThe Glass of Fashion: a personal history of fifty years of changing tastes and the people who have inspired them

by Cecil Beaton

A release of the fashion classic, this is a must read for any fashion enthusiast.  It is a retrospective study of who really influences fashion.

Icons of fashion : the 20th century​Icons of Fashion: the 20th century

This compilation demonstrates the most influential designers and the name of their style.

Cover girls and supermodels, 1945-1965Cover Girls and Supermodels, 1945-1965

The supermodels of yesteryear all made a mark on what the models of today would be. Who was the original supermodel?

Creating the illusion : a fashionable history of Hollywood costume designers​Creating the Illusion: a fashionable history of Hollywood costume designers

Cinematography has helped to create classic looks that have been adopted widely in our everyday use, see which won our imaginations the most.

The Battle of Versailles : the night American fashion stumbled into the spotlight and made historyThe Battle of Versailles: the night American fashion stumbled into the spotlight and made history

by Robin Givhan

In a fundraiser to restore Versailles, five American designers upstage their French contemporaries.

AlexanderMcQueen : blood beneath the skinAlexander McQueen: blood beneath the skin

by Andrew Wilson


Mental health is important for everyone, the lack of care in this area took a toll on McQueen; as told by his family, friends, and former lovers.

Elsa Schiaparelli : a biographyElsa Schiaparelli: a biography

by Meryle Secrest

Elsa fit right in with the zeitgeist of her time. She was influenced by art and freed women from the traditional tight-corseted style.

Fashionopolis : the price of fast fashion- and the future of clothesFashionopolis: the price of fast fashion and the future of clothes

by Dana Thomas

Fashion has a cost, what are consumers willing to pay- monetarily and consciously?

House of Versace : the untold story of genius, murder, and survivalHouse of Versace: the untold story of genius, murder, and survival

by Deborah Ball

The sensational retelling of the life of the celebrity designer who was murdered for no apparent reason.

Dior by DiorDior by Dior

by Christian Dior

The autobiography of the creator of the “New Look,” takes you back to 50s Paris and gives you a sense of man behind the label.

Edith Head : the fifty-year career of Hollywood's greatest costume designerEdith Head: the fifty-year career of Hollywood's greatest costume designer

by Jay Jorgensen

How do you not celebrate the woman who won eight Academy awards for Best Costume Design and one of the biggest fashion makers in history?

Pantone on fashion: a century of color in designPantone on Fashion: a century of color in design

by Leatrice Eiseman

Pantone has long set the tone for designers and their color choices with Color of the Year. This compilation of striking archival photos demonstrates the effects on designers.


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