John Bates: Fashion Designer

Hardcover (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $3.35
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 93%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (20) from $3.35   
  • New (9) from $19.00   
  • Used (11) from $3.35   

Overview

Throughout the 1960s and 70s John Bates dominated the British fashion scene with a unique brand of style and innovation. No other designer had such a comprehensive influence on what the UK wore.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781851495702
  • Publisher: Antique Collector's Club
  • Publication date: 12/15/2008
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Lester trained with Sotheby's in the early 1990s having worked for Osborne & Little and Liberty and combines writing with running an online vintage fashion business based in Sussex. In 2004 he donated a large collection of designs by John Bates to the Fashion Museum in Bath and assisted in organizing the designer's retrospective exhibition at the museum in 2006.
Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Foreword: Marit Allen 6

1 A foothold in the business 10

2 New materials, new shapes 24

3 A defining moment - 1965 and The Avengers 36

4 The great hem debate - a new geometry in fashion 54

5 Retail revolution 66

6 Producing and marketing a collection 86

7 Prints and Puritans 96

8 1974: John Bates - 'Almost couture ready-to-wear' 114

9 Rule Britannia - the international market 128

10 Choosing a full stop 150

11 The designer in person 160

Index 174

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews
  • Posted December 18, 2008

    more from this reviewer

    A MEMBER OF BRITAIN'S FASHION ROYALTY

    Few women who watched the 1960s hit television program The Avengers did not want to look and more specifically dress like Diana Rigg who played Emma Peel. Her clothes were like none seen before - daring, eye catching, high style, and ultra flattering, that is, of course, if you had a figure like Diana Rigg. Nonetheless, remarkable marketeer that he was John Bates, the designer of these incredible fashions, made a collection of Avenger inspired clothes available to the public and they were soon seen everywhere.<BR/> Bates had a golden touch - not only that but he was very handsome, and at the top of British fashion for some 20 years, designing for such names as Twiggy and Jean Shrimpton before his retirement to paint in 1980. This generously illustrated volume (110 color, 159 black and white) not only traces Bates's rise from a gofer for courtier Herbert Sidon to the apex of the fashion world but also reveals the man who won over 300 appearances in the pages of Vogue.<BR/> While Bates attributes his success to "A part of it is luck; being in the right place at the right time," he is far too humble in his assessment. It took determination and a great deal of hard work on his part. His beginnings could not have been more modest, "I started by taking messages, cleaning, being taught to sketch. If the tea needed making I'd make it, if a client came in I could watch how they were dealt with...." <BR/> Fortunately, part of his training was to study old fashion magazines, and eventually two of his designs were included in a show "to a middle market wholesale firm," and both were bought by the firm. Bates was offered a job by the wholesalers, and he was on his way.<BR/> What a pleasure to revisit his designs as we remember the "swinging sixties," and an even greater pleasure to know that this man with such an accomplished eye for beauty continues to demonstrate his art through his paintings.<BR/> Recommended.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)