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Tim Gunn's Fashion Bible: The Fascinating History of Everything in Your Closet

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  • Posted November 2, 2012

    Fashion history by the piece

    If you'd like to know how the shapes of those skirts got to be the shapes of those skirts, this is the light reading for you. If you'd like to hear Tim Gunn's entertaining opinions on the shapes of those skirts (and trousers and jackets and blouses and dresses), this is the fun book for you. I find Mr. Gunn engaging and like that he writes like he talks, so this was the book for me!

    If you want a fashion history text book or a what to wear book, this isn't it... but it's a great thing to put on the shelf next to those.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 11, 2012

    Here's the full Library Journal review since B&N can't figur

    Here's the full Library Journal review since B&N can't figure out how to post it correctly:

    ""You are part of the history of fashion," writes Project Runway's Gunn (Tim Gunn's Guide to Style) in his latest book. Indulging his professorial side-as former chair of fashion design at Parsons The New School for Design-he examines why people wear what they do and uses film stills, ads, photos, and paintings to illustrate. Gunn breezes through entertaining histories of wardrobe staples like dress shirts, jeans, sweaters, and hosiery, while dispensing plenty of opinionated but friendly what-to-wear/how-to-shop advice (No cargo capris! Try shapewear!). One chapter relates how the T-shirt jumped the underwear/outerwear divide after World War II because returning GIs wore them as the latter, then they were adopted by counterculture icons. Lamenting the rise of casual athletic wear for every occasion, Gunn exhorts Americans to use the past as inspiration for developing a personal style. VERDICT Gunn acknowledges that there are more academic treatments of this subject available; his history is explicitly meant for general readers. A chatty, popular fashion history, this book is great fun and best for those interested in an introduction to the past lives of what we wear.-Lindsay M. King, Yale Univ. Lib., New Haven, CT "

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 21, 2012

    Project Runway Addict Declares It an Enjoyable Easy Read

    Lots of interesting information and history shared in a creative manner - easy to read and fun to share and discuss. Quoted it often after reading it and went back and bought another book by Tim Gunn.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted November 3, 2012

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