The Fashion File: Advice, Tips, and Inspiration from the Costume Designer of Mad Men by Janie Bryant – A must have for Mad Men fans of course, but also a practical book for anyone interested in vintage. January Jones provides the forward to this comprehensive guidebook to help you channel your inner Betty or Joan.
Emilio Pucci by Vanessa Friedman- By no means cheap, this is an investment book, but well worth it to the true vintage collector. The covers (there are multiple variations) are so beautiful on their own, it is worth the steep price to have a piece of art on your coffee table. The book is also massive, so if there were any question as to whether this book is worth the $100+ price tag, the answer is, yes.
Sew Retro: 25 Vintage-Inspired Projects for the Modern Girl & A Stylish History of the Sewing Revolution by Judi Ketteler – There’s more to this book than imitations of vintage patterns, altough you get a good amount of those. More than that, you get a glimps of women’s history and a better understand of why vintage looks, feels, and is constructed the way it is.
Dreaming of Dior by Charlotte Smith – A story so amazing it should be fiction, but it’s not! This book tells the stories of some of the 3,000 piece collection of vintage that the author inherited from her socialite grandmother. Includes stunning illustrations of of the vintage piece that goes with each tale.
A Vintage Affair: A Novel by Isabel Wolff – Although this book was a best seller in the UK last year, it was realeased in the US in 2010. Although a work of fiction, vintage has such a huge part in the story that it is almost a character in and of itself.
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