BEATON, Cecil. The Glass of Fashion.
London : 1954First edition, first impression. Best known for his ultra-glamorous photographs of "bright young things", Beaton also "made a considerable contribution to the world of fashion. Perhaps his best book is his personal survey of fifty years of changing fashion, The Glass of Fashion" (ODNB). Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 147926
DIANA, Princess of Wales. Dresses from the Collection of Diana, Princess of Wales.
New York : 1997Signed limited edition, number 181 of 250 copies signed by Princess Diana, a few months before her death. This luxury signed auction catalogue was produced by Christie's to illustrate the 80 dresses which were sold on June 25th, 1997, and which raised over 3.6 million dollars for the AIDS Crisis Trust and The Royal Marsden Hospital Cancer Fund. Learn More£9,750.00
Stock Code: 147119
BRODOVITCH, Alexey. Portfolio.
ParisFirst edition, first printing. Published to coincide with an exhibition entitled, "Alexey Brodovitch, La photographie mise en pages." held at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris, 18 February to 17 May 1998. From the library of Sam Haskins. Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 147332
VREELAND, Diana - ESTEN, John. Diana Vreeland Bazaar Years. Including 100 Audacious Why Don't Yous...?
New York : 2001First edition, first printing. One hundred samples from Vreeland's "Why Don't You...?" column from Harper's Bazaar which first appeared in March 1936. From the library of Sam Haskins. Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 147337
BEATON, Cecil. Scrapbook.
New York : 1937First edition, deluxe US issue, a superb presentation copy with an unusually fulsome inscription, inscribed by the photographer to Vogue editor-in-chief Edna Woolman Chase, who gave him some of his most important commissions and helped establish his career, on the front free endpaper: "To Edna Arch Instigator of so much of this Book or to Edna Editor... Learn More£4,950.00
Stock Code: 146208
PIPER, W. W. & W. D. F. Vincent. The Art of the Fitting Room:
London : c.1910First edition. Detailed study of the "intricate and difficult subject" of trying on and fitting, the adjusting of the final fit across the full range ladies' garments. Includes numerous cutting diagrams, together with images of the fitting rooms at Swears & Wells, and accoutrement, a fitting table for skirts, folding mirrors, a range of dummies and... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 145544
SNOWDON, Lord. A Life in View.
New York : 2014First 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: 101282
(BACON, Francis.) COOPER, Michael. Blinds & Shutters.
Guildford : 2020Signed limited edition, number 1881 out of 5,000 copies. This copy signed by Francis Bacon, Peter Blake, Adam Cooper, Terry Doran, Allen Jones, Stash Klossowski, Sandy Leiberson, Bridget Riley, Colin Self, Derek Taylor and Bill Wyman. In total there were 93 contributors to the book; each copy was signed by the project originator Bill Wyman and a random... Learn More£3,250.00
Stock Code: 145310
BEATON, Cecil. The Face of the World. An International Scrapbook of People and Places.
London : 1957First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the artist "To Michael Brown, with all good wishes, & kindest regards, from Cecil Beaton, 62". In Beaton's own words, this is a "potpourri" of pictures and texts, recording his impressions of some of the decade's most talented people and significant places. Learn More£625.00
Stock Code: 145340
BOBRINSKOI, Aleksiei Aleksieevich, count. Ornament gornykh tadzhikov Darvaza (Nagornaia Bukhara)
Moscow : 1900First and only edition of this excellent visual record of the traditional designs of the Darvaz Pamiris, an ethnic Tajik group settled in that region on the Panj river, a tributary of the Amu Darya or Oxus in the south eastern part of Bukhara, now part of the border between Afghanistan and Tajikistan. Superb quality "phototype" plates of textiles, the... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 144207
BAKST, Leon - LEVINSON, André. Bakst. The Story of the Artist's Life.
London : 1923First UK edition, number 157 of 300 copies, of this handsome and important record of Bakst's work, including images of not only his most celebrated costumes, but also sketches and theatre settings. From the library of a celebrated Texas balletomane: with the crested bookplate of Thomas Lawton Osborn (1927-2010), trustee of Houston Ballet, former professional... Learn More£3,250.00
Stock Code: 144128
PENN, Irving. Moments Preserved.
New York : 1960First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper "For Francine and Cleve, With Love, Irving Penn". The recipients were the French-American Pulitzer Prize-nominated writer and literary critic, Francine du Plessix (1930-2019), and her husband, the American abstract expressionist painter, Cleve Gray (1918-2004).
Francine... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 143083
COOK, Millicent Whiteside. How to Dress on £15 a year, as a Lady. By a Lady;
London : 1873 & 1874First editions, both uncommon, the second particularly so with just seven copies traced institutionally (two at the BL, NLS, TCD, Cambridge, Oxford, and Duke). Little is known of the author beyond her publication of practical household manuals, however her style exhibits all the confidence and bearing of a real life Lady Bracknell. Besides the present... Learn More£625.00
Stock Code: 115579
BRIDGLAND, Albert Stanford, & F. W. Alcock. Window Dressing for Tailors Outfitters etc.
London : 1932Superb period guide to commercial display for gentlemen's outfitters, the first section giving hints on the folding, draping and display of fabrics and their use in overall display work, with guidelines on the blocking out of a window and the use of show-cards and fashion plates. The section of examples includes photographs of actual displays in situ... Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 140954
ELIZABETH II - HARTNELL, Norman. Bespoke souvenir album containing Hartnell sketches for the Queen's wardrobe for her State Visit to Paris, 1957.
London : 1957A likely unique souvenir of Queen Elizabeth's state visit to Paris in 1957, still spectacular, although sadly now in somewhat tired condition. This album collects original design sketches, fabric swatches, photographs, and calligraphic captions for several of the outfits Hartnell produced for the visit.
Undertaken in the aftermath of the Suez... Learn More£4,000.00
Stock Code: 131143
BARBIER, George (illus.); VOGEL, Lucien. Gazette du bon ton.
London : 1920An attractive run of the hugely influential French fashion magazine Gazette du Bon Ton. Founded by Lucien Vogel the first issue was released in November 1912. Publication was suspended in 1915, due to the First World War, resuming in 1920 with the present volume, and continuing until 1925. Extensive runs such as this, especially in such bright condition,... Learn More£6,000.00
Stock Code: 118958
TARTAN - WHYTE, John. Clan Tartans [spine title] - Coats of Arms, Crests, Clan Tartans &c. Designed for Embroidery …
Edinburgh : [c.1845]No other copy recorded institutionally of this fascinating, and enterprising exercise in "pattern drawing", making available the 75 designs published in John Sobieski Stuart's Vesitiarium Scoticum of 1842 in a format enabling their manufacture. This is an important early record of the adoption of the Sobieski Stuart patterns, and an extremely appealing... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 135594
BRIDGLAND, Albert Stanford, & F. W. Alcock. Window Dressing for Tailors Outfitters etc.
London : 1932First 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
MORRIS, Frederick R. Ladies' Garment Cutting and Making.
London : 1950Third 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
SILK WEAVING - SIMMONDS, S. Théorie du Tissage [Theory of Weaving]
?Lyon : c.1900Exceptional 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
NAPIER, James. A Manual of Dyeing Receipts for General Use.
London & Glasgow : 1855First 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 Library Hub, and rarely encountered on the... Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 139284
PEEL, Constance Dorothy Evelyn. The Hat Shop.
London : 1914First 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 of flexible... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 130287
DACHÉ, Lilly. La Dépêche.
Paris : 1949-50A 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
ROOD, Will. C., & Norman Hayden. Instructions for using the Dressmaker's Magic Scale,
Quincy, IL : 1882A 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
WILSON, Maria. The Workwoman's Guide,
London & Birmingham : 1838First 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 Library Hub, 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
MCQUEEN, Alexander. Visionaire 58 - Spirit.
New York : 2010First 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£1,500.00
Stock Code: 103094
FASHION. Parfums Lucien Lelong.
Paris : 1949First 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
FANS. Fans - 1932.
Harrisburg, PA : 1932Spectacular 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
CHICAGO WOOLEN MILLS CO. Saleman's Fabric Sample Case.
Chicago : 1929A 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
NECKWEAR. Antonio Apostolo & Co., Milano. - illustrated catalogue of ties, cravats and scarves &c.
Milan : 1931A 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.
The... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 139212
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
TISSANDIÉ, Léo. Album of original concept sketches for women's couture.
Paris : c.1925A 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
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.1860-70An 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
THORNTON, Joseph Patrick. The International System of Garment Cutting,
London : c.1924Seventh 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
BROWNE, Arthur Neil Edmonstone. Notes on the Dress of The Seventy-First Regiment,
Glasgow : 1934First 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
TESTINO, Mario. Let Me In!
Cologne : 2007Signed 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
PENN, Irving. Inventive Paris Clothes 1909-1939.
New York : 1977First 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
National Cotton Council of America. Cotton: from Field to Fabric.
Memphis, TN : 1964A 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
FASHION. Adler Suits Standee - "Adler Collegian clothes. They keep you looking your best."
Milwaukee, MI : c.1927Striking 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
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
FUR. Annis Fur Post, Season 1922-1923.
Detroit : 1922Uncommon 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