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  1. Window Dressing for Tailors Outfitters etc.
    BRIDGLAND, Albert Stanford & F.W. Alcock. Window Dressing for Tailors Outfitters etc.

    London : 1932

    First and only edition, in notably bright condition, of this unusual and highly attractive period guide to commercial display for gentlemen's outfitters. This work is uncommon with just two copies on Library Hub at the British Library and the University of Southampton, and WorldCat adding two more copies at the National Library of New Zealand and the... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 140920

  2. The West End System:
    GILES, Edward Bowyer; John Mogford; Frederick T. Prewett; Henry Roberts & Mark Wiseman. The West End System:

    London : 1875

    First edition of Part I, second of Part II, the quick re-release "necessitated by the continuance of demand" (Preface). A highly successful cutting manual which ran to many editions through to the 1920s. These earliest iterations are uncommon, with WorldCat listing only BL, NLS, Oxford and Cambridge for the 1875 first edition. This is an important work... Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 139170

  3. Ladies' Garment Cutting and Making.
    MORRIS, Frederick R. Ladies' Garment Cutting and Making.

    London : 1950

    Third edition, updated and expanded from both the first of 1935 and second of 1943. This is a well-preserved copy, featuring fascinating and relevant annotations, of a book most often found badly impacted by heavy use. It is undoubtedly a tailoring "standard text, being very well illustrated by Leonora Curry with fashions, patterns, and diagrams" (Seligman).

    This... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 139175

  4. Boot and Shoe Manufacture.
    PLUCKNETT, Frank. Boot and Shoe Manufacture.

    London : 1931

    First and only edition of this richly illustrated guide to shoemaking. An excellent copy, the appearance of Pitman's books flatter to deceive, and they rarely survive in such sharp condition. Frank Plunkett was "a master of shoe manufacturing processes and theory" and wrote two books on the subject, about which "there is a considerable strength and... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 139179

  5. Théorie du Tissage [Theory of Weaving]
    (SILK WEAVING) SIMMONDS, S. Théorie du Tissage [Theory of Weaving]

    ?Lyon : c.1900

    Exceptional French course workbook in superb, fresh condition, concentrating entirely on silk production and weaving and containing a spectacular array of fabric samples from simple taffetas and serges to pekins, fantasies, and royales, in a range of superb colours and patterns. Most likely generated at the École de Tissage in Lyons, the French silk... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 139189

  6. Aux Galeries Lafayette Exposition Générale  Lundi 3 Octobre et jours suivants.
    (FASHION.) GALERIES LAFAYETTE. Aux Galeries Lafayette Exposition Générale Lundi 3 Octobre et jours suivants.

    Paris : 1927

    Handsomely produced by the rising print and graphics firm of Georges Lang for the renowned Parisian department store Galeries Lafayette, this is a superbly preserved example of an essentially ephemeral 1920s mainstream fashion catalogue.

    The catalogue is replete with stylish illustrations, mostly full-page, of the women's modes of the day, including... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 139215

  7. The History of the Art of Cutting in England;
    GILES, Edward Bowyer. The History of the Art of Cutting in England;

    London : 1887

    First and only contemporary edition, uncommon in the publisher's binding. Giles (1828-1896), first historian of the English trade, was the long-time editor of the West-End Gazette, journal of Metropolitan Foreman Tailor's Society. This is "an excellent history covering works on the art of cutting. Includes various works and systems as well as journals"... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 139216

  8. A Manual of Dyeing Receipts for General Use.
    NAPIER, James. A Manual of Dyeing Receipts for General Use.

    London & Glasgow : 1855

    First edition. Highly interesting practical work with 56 small fabric samples mounted in the text, which immediately predates the massive expansion of the German synthetic dye industry. This is an excellent copy of this attractive book, which is moderately uncommon institutionally, with just a dozen copies on WorldCat, and rarely encountered on the... Learn More
    £600.00

    Stock Code: 139284

  9. The Hat Shop.
    PEEL, Constance Dorothy Evelyn. The Hat Shop.

    London : 1914

    First edition, first and only impression, of this "vivid picture of one side of the world of fashion and of the cost to those who serve it" (Pall Mall Gazette), written by the acclaimed journalist and writer on household management. It is uncommon institutionally and commercially; we have seen one other copy in a cheap "popular edition" binding... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 130287

  10. Silver and Gold.
    HARTNELL, Norman. Silver and Gold.

    London : 1955

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to Princess Mary, "To Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal. With respect, gratitude and humble best wishes at Christmastime. Norman Hartnell, Christmas 1955." In this work, this copy of which is in an attractive presentation binding, Hartnell provides... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 130515

  11. La Dépêche.
    (FASHION; DACHÉ, Lilly.) La Dépêche.

    Paris : 1949-50

    A largely unbroken, notably scarce, run of 40 issues of La Dépêche (September 1949 until October 1950) together with three issues of La Note de Paris (August and October 1950). This run has a key fashion association, the subscriber being renowned milliner, fashion designer, and female entrepreneur Lilly Daché (?1892-1989) during her "heyday in the... Learn More
    £8,750.00

    Stock Code: 126533

  12. La Mode.
    DU ROSELLE, Bruno. La Mode.

    Paris : 1980

    First edition of this well-illustrated survey of twentieth-century fashion, here in a somewhat bizarre, if fitting, binding, featuring a lock of hair pinned by a "tortoiseshell" peigne in the style of one featured in the work.

    La Mode is a key work by the then honorary president of the Union française des Arts du Costume, Bruno du... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 127560

  13. Instructions for using the Dressmaker's Magic Scale,
    ROOD, Will. C., & Norman Hayden. Instructions for using the Dressmaker's Magic Scale,

    Quincy, IL : 1882

    A curious and uncommon proprietary pattern-cutting guide first published circa 1879 that ran to at least twenty-five editions, this being the eleventh. The unique selling proposition to the work is the "Magic Scale" - "the square and the compass combined" - using which "a lady can cut from any fashion plate, making a perfect fit without alterations".

    The... Learn More
    £950.00

    Stock Code: 121396

  14. The Workwoman's Guide,
    WILSON, Maria. The Workwoman's Guide,

    London & Birmingham : 1838

    First edition of one of the most important needlework manuals of the nineteenth century. Early editions are uncommon, with just four copies of the first on Copac, together with four of the second edition of 1840; only two copies traced at auction. An excellent copy of this elusive and highly desirable guidebook, offered here in publisher's attractive... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 108261

  15. Usu zumi.
    (JAPANESE TEXTILES.) Usu zumi.

    Kyoto : c. 1870

    A stunning and uncommon design manuscript for early Meiji-era textiles, fan papers, and packaging, including stylised landscapes, delicately rendered thistles, a collection of subtly coloured seashells, cranes emerging from riverside bamboo, and a number of more abstract designs. A very pleasing collection, viewed from a practical, or purely aesthetic... Learn More
    £950.00

    Stock Code: 109982

  16. Visionaire 58 - Spirit.
    MCQUEEN, Alexander. Visionaire 58 - Spirit.

    New York : 2010

    First edition, limited issue. Number 434 of 1,500 copies. A selection of the most iconic images of McQueen's work, from Lamsweerde and Matadin, Mert and Marcus, Mario Testino, Steven Klein, and Nick Knight. Published to commemorate McQueen's life and career, the issue can be planted to transform into a garden of wildflowers, destroying the book in the... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 103094

  17. Parfums Lucien Lelong.
    (FASHION.) Parfums Lucien Lelong.

    Paris : 1949

    First edition of this notably rare spectacular promotional brochure for Lelong's fragrances, with no other copies traced. Largely forgotten today, apart from amongst the couture cognoscenti, Lelong (18891958) was enormously influential.

    After the First World War Lelong took charge of his parents' small fashion house, which was noted for its espousal... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 95082

  18. Fans - 1932.
    (FASHION.) Fans - 1932.

    Harrisburg, PA : 1932

    Spectacular trade catalogue featuring the vivid pictorial fans produced by The Myers Manufacturing Co., a Pennsylvania novelty company founded by Dr. L.B. Myers, the first man to patent rubber tips for pencils.

    Myer's fans were essentially an advertising medium commended for their "distinctive appearance - large advertising space - compactness",... Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 79116

  19. Saleman's Fabric Sample Case.
    (FASHION.) Chicago Woolen Mills Co. Saleman's Fabric Sample Case.

    Chicago : 1929

    A remarkable fabric sample case for the Chicago Woolen Mills Company featuring over 120 swatches, each with a paper label with detailed descriptions of composition and pattern, and an accompanying catalogue entitled "What Well Dressed Men Will Wear: Autumn/Winter 1929-1930".

    In 1922 W. P. Rogovsky, a tailor, was running the company under the... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 83107

  20. 139212
    (NECKWEAR.) Antonio Apostolo & Co., Milano. - illustrated catalogue of ties, cravats and scarves &c.

    Milan : 1931

    A spectacular and notably scarce illustrated catalogue of luxury neckwear, with no other copies of the present or any subsequent issues traced. Superbly realised by Milanese art printers Pizio e Pizzi, this stylish work illustrates an extensive range of ties, cravats, pocket squares, and mufflers, all in vibrant colours on a gold ground. Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 139212

  21. 140454
    (FASHION.) History of the Textile Art.

    Milan : [?1980s]

    First and only edition of this visually beguiling and historically informative collection. The title leaf reports that "this photographic publication, composed of pictures of original fabrics from 1903 up to 1925, taken from private files, has been created to offer a proof of art and culture in the evolution of costume". We have been unable to trace... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 140454

  22. 137713
    TISSANDIÉ, Léo. Album of original concept sketches for women's couture.

    Paris : c.1925

    A fascinating "catalogue" filled with skilfully executed sketches offering an unfiltered insight into the creative imagination of a Parisian fashion designer in the 1920s. The majority of the drawings are for dresses and coats exemplifying the narrow, garçonne silhouette of the period and working within an angular, geometric Deco vocabulary, some being... Learn More
    £4,250.00

    Stock Code: 137713

  23. 139053
    (VICTORIAN TEXTILES.) An extraordinary trove of over 200 Victorian printed pattern cotton percale and muslin swatches in their original eye-catching sales sample portfolios.

    [Calcutta, India & Manchester : c.1860-70

    An extraordinarily extensive archive of around 230 Victorian patterned cotton percale and muslin sample swatches produced in Manchester, most likely for the Indian market, all preserved in their original impressive sales sample portfolios. This gathering remains a most remarkable survivor, historically revealing, visually arresting, and with an intriguing... Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 139053

  24. 139135
    THORNTON, Joseph Patrick. The International System of Garment Cutting,

    London : c.1924

    Seventh edition of this title, with relevant contemporary annotations, following and much expanding upon Thornton's earlier Sectional System (1901). This is an uncommon and attractive work offering detailed insight into this misunderstood and under-appreciated art. Under 20 copies of various editions dated between ?1885 and 1935 have been located through... Learn More
    £950.00

    Stock Code: 139135

  25. Kate Moss.
    TESTINO, Mario. Kate Moss.

    Cologne : 2010

    First edition, first impression. Limited to 1500 copies, each numbered and signed by Testino. Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 127754

  26. A Life in View.
    SNOWDON, Lord. A Life in View.

    New York : 2014

    First edition, first printing. Signed by Snowdon on the front flyleaf. The monograph showcases the photographer's range and includes his fashion, theatre, and society photographs, portraits, as well as previously unpublished archive material such as polaroids and private correspondence. Curated by Snowdon's youngest daughter Frances von Hofmannsthal,... Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 101277

  27. Notes on the Dress of The Seventy-First Regiment,
    BROWNE, Arthur Neil Edmonstone. Notes on the Dress of The Seventy-First Regiment,

    Glasgow : 1934

    First and only edition, extremely uncommon, just four copies traced - V & A, NLS, Guelph, and Brown, perhaps Library of Congress. This copy inscribed on the front free endpaper; "R.C. Greenwood from A.N.E. Browne, 27.III. 1925 ? for 1935". Noted by Sutcliffe on the NAM/AMOT on-line bibliography as limited to 50 copies. Browne served with the regiment,... Learn More
    £775.00

    Stock Code: 85462

  28. Let Me In!
    TESTINO, Mario. Let Me In!

    Cologne : 2007

    Signed limited edition, number 462 of 1,000 copies signed by the author. With an introduction by Michael Roberts (fashion director of Vanity Fair) and a foreword by Nicole Kidman, Let Me In! presents 300 photographs from Testino's personal archive, capturing spontaneous, behind-the-scenes moments. Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 137996

  29. A Life in View.
    SNOWDON, Lord. A Life in View.

    New York : 2014

    First edition, first printing. Signed by Snowdon on the front flyleaf. The monograph showcases the photographer's range and includes his fashion, theatre, and society photographs, portraits, as well as previously unpublished archive material such as polaroids and private correspondence. Curated by Snowdon's youngest daughter Frances von Hofmannsthal,... Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 101278

  30. Kate Moss.
    TESTINO, Mario. Kate Moss.

    Cologne : 2010

    First edition, first impression. Limited to 1,500 copies numbered and signed by Testino. Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 127756

  31. Inventive Paris Clothes 1909-1939.
    PENN, Irving. Inventive Paris Clothes 1909-1939.

    New York : 1977

    First edition, first impression, signed by the author to the front free endpaper dated the year after publication. This collection was inspired by the exhibit (December 1973 - May 1974) organised by Diana Vreeland for The Metropolitan Museum of Art, showcasing the fashions of the 1910s, 1920s and 1930s. Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 131549

  32. Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There.
    CARROLL, Lewis. Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There.

    London : 1872

    First edition. As with the first edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking-Glass was published for the Christmas market but bears the following year's date in its imprint. It was actually published in December 1871, in an edition of 9,000 copies. Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 126684

  33. Cotton: from Field to Fabric.
    National Cotton Council of America. Cotton: from Field to Fabric.

    Memphis, TN : 1964

    A fascinating promotional kit produced by the National Cotton Council of America, complete with its reference guide and a duplicate copy of the latter with a different cover. The box contains samples of cotton boll, picker lap, carding, bale, roving, even a miniature bale, illustrating the key stages of transformation from raw to finished product. The... Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 102557

  34. Adler Suits Standee - "Adler Collegian clothes. They keep you looking your best."
    (FASHION.) Adler Suits Standee - "Adler Collegian clothes. They keep you looking your best."

    Milwaukee, MI : c.1927

    Striking counter display advertisement for the Adler Company "Collegian" men's suits line, in a style reminiscent of the California Plein-Air School, with two sharp young men in Adler suits standing at a carved stone wall talking to a young beautiful co-ed in a jaunty orange hat. The "Collegian" line was aimed at college men, or anyone who cared about... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 95045

  35. Photographs of Jazz Era Window Displays for Meier & Frank's Department Store, Portland, OR.
    (FASHION.) STEVENS, Charles O. & Max Sommers. Photographs of Jazz Era Window Displays for Meier & Frank's Department Store, Portland, OR.

    Portland, OR : c.1925

    Four real black and white photo images on semi-gloss stock of the windows of Meier & Frank at night, showing attractive flapper era women's fashions. These four salesman's sample photos, which are notably well-preserved, offer an invaluable historical reference for the marketing of women's fashions at the height of the Jazz Age.

    Founded in 1857,... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 84121

  36. Annis Fur Post, Season 1922-1923.
    (FASHION.) Annis Fur Post, Season 1922-1923.

    Detroit : 1922

    Uncommon trade catalogue for fashion fur - coats, capes, scarves, hats, and muffs for the Jazz Age. The types of fur include chinchilla, ermine, monkey, mink, fur seal, leopard, white fox, beaver, marmot, civet and caracul. Annis Fur Post was founded in 1887 by Isaac Newton Annis (1858-1939), who had started collecting furs around his home in southern... Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 80551

  37. Utility Furniture and Fashion 1941-1951.
    (UTILITY.) Utility Furniture and Fashion 1941-1951.

    London : 1974

    First edition, in bright condition, of this well-illustrated and highly informative catalogue of an exhibition held at the Geffrye Museum of the Home from 24 September to 29 December 1974. Utility design was a conceived during and immediately following the Second World War under a Government scheme designed to cope with shortages of raw materials and... Learn More
    £50.00

    Stock Code: 45597

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