Dressing the Man

Mastering the Art of Permanent Fashion

Author: Alan Flusser

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0060191449

Category: Design

Page: 320

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Dressing the Man is the definitive guide to what men need to know in order to dress well and look stylish without becoming fashion victims. Alan Flusser's name is synonymous with taste and style. With his new book, he combines his encyclopedic knowledge of men's clothes with his signature wit and elegance to address the fundamental paradox of modern men's fashion: Why, after men today have spent more money on clothes than in any other period of history, are there fewer well-dressed men than at any time ever before? According to Flusser, dressing well is not all that difficult, the real challenge lies in being able to acquire the right personalized instruction. Dressing well pivots on two pillars -- proportion and color. Flusser believes that "Permanent Fashionability," both his promise and goal for the reader, starts by being accountable to a personal set of physical trademarks and not to any kind of random, seasonally served-up collection of fashion flashes. Unlike fashion, which is obliged to change each season, the face's shape, the neck's height, the shoulder's width, the arm's length, the torso's structure, and the foot's size remain fairly constant over time. Once a man learns how to adapt the fundamentals of permanent fashion to his physique and complexion, he's halfway home. Taking the reader through each major clothing classification step-by-step, this user-friendly guide helps you apply your own specifics to a series of dressing options, from business casual and formalwear to pattern-on-pattern coordination, or how to choose the most flattering clothing silhouette for your body type and shirt collar for your face. A man's physical traits represent his individual road map, and the quickest route toward forging an enduring style of dress is through exposure to the legendary practitioners of this rare masculine art. Flusser has assembled the largest andmost diverse collection of stylishly mantled men ever found in one book. Many never-before-seen vintage photographs from the era of Cary Grant, Tyrone Power, and Fred Astaire are employed to help illustrate the range and diversity of authentic men's fashion. Dressing the Man's sheer magnitude of options will enable the reader to expand both the grammar and verbiage of his permanent-fashion vocabulary. For those men hoping to find sartorial fulfillment somewhere down the road, tethering their journey to the mind-set of permanent fashion will deliver them earlier rather than later in life.
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Dressing the Man You Love

A Woman's Guide to Purchasing, Coordinating, and Caring for His Classic Wardrobe

Author: Betsy Durkin Matthes

Publisher: Peter's Pride Publishing

ISBN: 9780977387830

Category: Design

Page: 277

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"Discover how to: immediately spot the most experienced salesperson in a men's clothing store; pick the best colors and contrasts to set off your man's unique eye, skin, and hair color; identify a fabric and evaluate its quality; choose the right selections guaranteed to enhance your man's unique figure challenges; combine checks, stripes, textures, and as many as four different patterns in the same outfit; select a tie for him in the ideal width, pattern, color, and fabric for any occasion; execute 3 different knots for a regulation tie, while mastering a bow tie; recognize the difference between a Balmoral oxford, a Monk shoe and a Weejum; solve the problem of appropriate business dress for 'Casual Fridays'; create a fool-proof plan for helping him compose his wardrobe when you can't be there; utilize important information on how to keep your man's newly acquired wardrobe looking and wearing like new"--p. [4] of cover.
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World Clothing and Fashion

An Encyclopedia of History, Culture, and Social Influence

Author: Mary Ellen Snodgrass

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317451678

Category: History

Page: 832

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Taking a global, multicultural, social, and economic perspective, this work explores the diverse and colourful history of human attire. From prehistoric times to the age of globalization, articles cover the evolution of clothing utility, style, production, and commerce, including accessories (shoes, hats, gloves, handbags, and jewellery) for men, women, and children. Dress for different climates, occupations, recreational activities, religious observances, rites of passages, and other human needs and purposes - from hunting and warfare to sports and space exploration - are examined in depth and detail. Fashion and design trends in diverse historical periods, regions and countries, and social and ethnic groups constitute a major area of coverage, as does the evolution of materials (from animal fur to textiles to synthetic fabrics) and production methods (from sewing and weaving to industrial manufacturing and computer-aided design). Dress as a reflection of social status, intellectual and artistic trends, economic conditions, cultural exchange, and modern media marketing are recurring themes. Influential figures and institutions in fashion design, industry and manufacturing, retail sales, production technologies, and related fields are also covered.
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Menswear Revolution

The Transformation of Contemporary Men’s Fashion

Author: Jay McCauley Bowstead

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1474289029

Category: Design

Page: 224

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In recent years, menswear has moved decisively center stage. Menswear Revolution investigates the transformation of men's fashion through the lens of shifting masculinities, examining how its increasing diversity has created new ways for men to explore and express their identities. Harnessing sustained market growth and creative dynamism on the runway, ground-breaking designers from Raf Simons and Hedi Slimane to Craig Green have revolutionized the discipline with their bold re-imaginings of the male wardrobe. Analysing the role of the media in shaping attitudes to men's fashion, Menswear Revolution studies how competing narratives of masculinity are reflected in popular discourse. Taking us from the mod and peacock revolutions of the 1960s to the new wave aesthetics of the 1980s, the book explores historical precedents for today's menswear scene – and looks at the evolution of the 'ideal' male body, from the muscular to the lean and boyish. Combining interviews with fashion professionals with close analyses of garments and advertising, Menswear Revolution provides an authoritative account of menswear design today. Highlighting its relationship to changing concepts of gender, the book provides a much-needed update to scholarship on masculinity, fashion and the body.
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Fashion In Focus

Concepts, Practices and Politics

Author: Tim Edwards

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136866612

Category: Design

Page: 192

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The study of fashion has exploded in recent decades, yet what this all means or quite where it might take us is not clear. This new book helps to bring fashion into focus, with a comprehensive guide to the key theories, perspectives and developments in the field. Tim Edwards includes coverage of all the major theories of fashion, including recent scholarship, alongside subcultural analysis and an in-depth look at production. Individual topics include: men’s fashion, masculinity and the suit women’s fashion and the role of sexuality children, the body and fashion the role of celebrity and designer label culture globalisation and the production of fashion. Fashion in Focus is the ideal companion for students in the arts and social sciences, especially those studying issues such as fashion, gender, sexuality and consumer culture.
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Out-of-Style

Author: Betty Kreisel Shubert

Publisher: Courier Dover Publications

ISBN: 0486819884

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 368

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"This is one of the most valued 'go to' books in my library with talking points new, even to me." -- Alyja Kalinich, Disneyland Costume Designer Winner of 5 Best Book Awards: * 2016 Hollywood Book Festival Awards: History * 2015 Beverly Hills International Book Awards: Performing Arts, Film & Theater * 2014 USA Best Book Awards: Performing Arts, Film & Theater * 2014 Family Tree Magazine UK: "Our Top Choice" * 2013 Kirkus Reviews: Best Books This volume of style clues for fashion detectives weaves fascinating elements of social history into tales of how, why, and when fashions evolved. Hundreds of sequential illustrations highlight the style flourishes that identify garments for men, women, and children as products of their individual periods. The images are accompanied by highly readable -- and often humorous -- comments and explanations by author and illustrator Betty Kreisel Shubert. A noted fashion historian, Ms. Shubert is a columnist for Ancestry Magazine and has designed clothes and costumes for stage and screen as well as hotels, restaurants, and casinos all over the world. Ranging decade by decade from the nineteenth through twentieth centuries, this book offers a simple way to date photographs and clothing. It also provides background that makes less-accessible histories of costume easier to understand. This second edition, enhanced with a selection of new photographs, offers a valuable resource for costumers, vintage fashion enthusiasts, social historians, genealogists, and collectors of nostalgia items. The easy-to-follow format makes it a great browsing book even for those who are unversed in fashion design and history. "A great reference book. I can't wait to put it to use!" -- Maureen Taylor, The Photo Detective "Fascinating! I couldn't put it down. The author shows how social development influenced how we dress. I would certainly include this book in my theater classes for its value to future costumers, directors, and actors." -- Allen M. Zeltzer, Professor of Theater, Emeritus, Cal-State University at Fullerton
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Field Visual Merchandising Strategy

Developing a National In-store Strategy Using a Merchandising Service Organization

Author: Paul J. Russell

Publisher: Kogan Page Publishers

ISBN: 0749472650

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 288

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The retail sales floor has become a battlefield: each brand is fighting for the same customer and wants to ensure their merchandise is on the sales floor, sized, folded, hung and presented properly. Field Visual Merchandising Strategy is a comprehensive guide to developing and executing a national field merchandising strategy, covering key areas such as developing a strategy, how to go about selecting the right merchandising service organization, team training, merchandising standards, planograms, and launching the strategy. Ideal for retail marketers, visual merchandisers, merchandising managers and brand managers, Field Visual Merchandising Strategy uses examples and case studies from a range of shops, from fashion emporia to small outlets, to provide real-world insight on how strategic visual merchandising works.
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The Fairchild Encyclopedia of Menswear

Author: Mary Lisa Gavenas

Publisher: Fairchild Books & Visuals

ISBN: 9781563674655

Category: Design

Page: 419

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Suit sales are on the rise. Men's makeovers are a staple of reality television, and male celebrities retain stables of stylists. Magazine publishers are busily launching male style spin-offs, while business and news titles are just as busy beefing up their coverage of men's fashion and grooming. As we enter the 21st century, there is more interest over menswear than there's been in decades, yet there has been no comprehensive resource or reference until now. Witty and exhaustively researched, The Fairchild Encyclopedia of Menswear remedies that need for students, retailers, costumers, journalists, would-be dandies, and anyone else who is interested in what men wear and why they wear it.
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