Reading Related to Sewing

I was going about my Twitter feed and what should I see but this:

So that got me thinking I’d like to read some bios of fashiony peeps. I read a bio about Daniel Vasovic which was interesting. I’d now like to get into some more history like reading about Coco Chanel or Dior or…I don’t know.

I’m taking recommendations. Leave me a favorite book about a designer, a fashiony person, a tailor, or anything that you think I might enjoy. I’ll start with books I can get at the library.

10 thoughts on “Reading Related to Sewing

  1. ladykatza says:

    I have to bow to Sown Brooklyn’s probable greater knowledge, however, I would recommend everyone read “At Home” by Bill Bryson. It was from there I learned we learned to weave stripes in fabric before we learned to put doors in buildings.

  2. Brooke says:

    Most of my fashion books are more about fashion history, and thus about multiple designers. I do have “Vera Wang on Weddings” though. It’s a really interesting read and the book in which I found my sewing room art. I also have “Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years” – she wore a lot of Oleg Cassini.

    Still on my wish list, I have “What Shall I Wear?” by Claire McCardell. I bet the library has this one because it is a just released reprint of the original from 1956.

    I did just receive (for Christmas) two out-of-print books that had been on my wish list for years that would be worth looking for at the library: “Gowns by Adrian: The MGM Years 1928-1941” by Howard Gutner and “Screencraft Costume Design” by Deborah Nadoolman Landis, which is a collection of 14 interviews with famous costume designers (there’s a “look inside” feature on Amazon that lets you read quite a bit). Not exactly “fashion” history, but I think that movies are more about clothes that influence what people really wear (unlike some of the “art” on the runways), especially today.

    Too bad you don’t live near me – I could loan you piles of books that would keep you busy for years!

    • Leila says:

      I have wished I lived near you for a while now. This book borrowing makes it sound like a lot of fun. I’m gonna look for this MGM book. It totally appeals to me on many levels. thanks for the recs.

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