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Vintage Fashion: A Sourcebook

Nicky Albrechtsen


The most ambitious and comprehensive book on women’s vintage fashion ever published, featuring over 1,000 garments dating from the 1920s to the 1980s

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This is not just another history of fashion: it is a survey of how fashion past continues to inspire fashion present. It features over 1,000 stand-out pieces, together with over 300 contextual illustrations, dating from the 1920s to the 1980s, including many icons of vintage fashion, from Marilyn Monroe’s bra to the Ossie Clark dress made so famous by David Hockney’s painting. Each garment is explored from the viewpoint of the contemporary fashionista looking to build a vintage wardrobe.

The book is organized into three main sections. 'Decades' explores the shapes and fabrics that define the look of each period. 'Elements' explores the individual components of a vintage look, everything from hat to shoes. 'Hallmarks' explores fashion’s perennial themes, from florals to the ever-popular Little Black Dress. Finally, a reference section includes invaluable practical advice for fans and collectors of vintage.

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'Opens a window on how good ideas skip the years to fertilise a future designer’s imagination'

'The most comprehensive and ambitious guide to vintage fashion ever produced'
Vintage Explorer Magazine

'Indispensable as a reference book for the vintage fashion enthusiast, Vintage Fashion Complete truly is a “Fashion Bible” '
Inretrospect Magazine

'Brilliant … beautiful … a real definitive guide to style throughout the 20th century and an incredible reference for anybody interested in vintage fashion and design'

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 26.2 x 20.4 cm

Extent: 432 pp

Illustrations: 1

Publication date: 13 July 2023

ISBN: 9780500297209

About the Author

Nicky Albrechtsen was a costume designer and stylist and is the director of the vintage archive Vintage Labels Ltd, which sources inspirational clothing and printed textiles for fashion brands worldwide and costume designers in film and television. She is the author of several books, including Scarves (with Fola Solanke), also published by Thames & Hudson.

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