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  1. Issey Miyake by Irving Penn 1990.
    PENN, Irving. Issey Miyake by Irving Penn 1990.

    Tokyo : 1990

    First edition, first printing. One of 3,000 copies printed, this hardback publication promotes Issey Miyake clothing. From the library of Sam Haskins. Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 142693

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

    London : 1932

    Superb 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

  3. Bespoke souvenir album containing Hartnell sketches for the Queen's wardrobe for her State Visit to Paris, 1957.
    (QUEEN ELIZABETH II.) HARTNELL, Norman. Bespoke souvenir album containing Hartnell sketches for the Queen's wardrobe for her State Visit to Paris, 1957.

    London : 1957

    A 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

  4. Hearn's Rudiments - a pair of contemporary Sammelbands, containing 12 rare Regency pattern-cutting manuals, including Hearn's system complete with variants.
    TAILORING - HEARN, W. Hearn's Rudiments - a pair of contemporary Sammelbands, containing 12 rare Regency pattern-cutting manuals, including Hearn's system complete with variants.

    London : 1818-23

    "Wise is the cutter who prepares for the future by studying both the past and present" (The Practical Cutter and Tailor, December 1900, p. 54).

    Between them this unmatched pair of volumes - coming from entirely different sources, each with an appealing if enigmatic provenance - offer access to a remarkable, and previously unavailable, record... Learn More
    £7,500.00

    Stock Code: 128991

  5. Gazette du bon ton.
    (BARBIER, George.) VOGEL, Lucien. Gazette du bon ton.

    London : 1920

    An 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

  6. Clan Tartans [spine title] - Coats of Arms, Crests, Clan Tartans &c. Designed for Embroidery …
    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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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 Library Hub, and rarely encountered on the... Learn More
    £600.00

    Stock Code: 139284

  11. 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

  12. La Dépêche.
    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

  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 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

  15. Usu zumi.
    JAPAN; 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.
    FANS. 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.
    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. Antonio Apostolo & Co., Milano. - illustrated catalogue of ties, cravats and scarves &c.
    (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.

    The... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 139212

  21. History of the Textile Art.
    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. Album of original concept sketches for women's couture.
    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. An extraordinary trove of over 200 Victorian printed pattern cotton percale and muslin swatches in their original eye-catching sales sample portfolios.
    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. The International System of Garment Cutting,
    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. 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

  26. 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

  27. 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

  28. 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

  29. 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

  30. 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

  31. 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

  32. 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

  33. Photographs of Jazz Era Window Displays for Meier & Frank's Department Store, Portland, OR.
    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

  34. Annis Fur Post, Season 1922-1923.
    FUR. 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

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