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
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the photographer's range and includes his fashion, theatre, and society photographs, portraits, as well as previously unpublished archive material such as polaroids and private correspondence.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
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
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
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
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
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
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