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Luxe Fashion: A Tribute to the World's Most Enduring Labels

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Celebrating the most hallowed fashion brands from Hermès of Paris and Burberry of London through to legendary US labels such as Brooks Brothers, this lush and sophisticated volume will captivate and inform even the most avid fashion devotee.

Written and exhaustively researched by international fashion authority Caroline Cox, Luxe Fashion is a comprehensive guide to iconic heritage fashion brands—categorized by country into clothing, knitwear, footwear, and accessories. Part 1 ...

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Overview

Celebrating the most hallowed fashion brands from Hermès of Paris and Burberry of London through to legendary US labels such as Brooks Brothers, this lush and sophisticated volume will captivate and inform even the most avid fashion devotee.

Written and exhaustively researched by international fashion authority Caroline Cox, Luxe Fashion is a comprehensive guide to iconic heritage fashion brands—categorized by country into clothing, knitwear, footwear, and accessories. Part 1 profiles 50 of the finest heritage fashion labels, from their earliest origins to how they maintain success and relevance today. Part 2 is a directory of more than 150 more essential brands that live up to the standard of a heritage label. Each featured brand is beautifully illustrated with historical and contemporary imagery that contributes to the story of how artisans from all over the world have created exceptional objects of desire that have endured because of their superb quality, superior craftsmanship, and timeless design appeal.

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"I like my money right where I can see it...hanging in my closet." Like Carrie Bradshaw, many of us cannot resist the appeal of elegant fashion, whatever the price. Caroline Cox's Luxe Fashion serves as a properly reverent tribute to heritage labels that communicate a sense of ensured quality even in their neighbors. Her roster of these superlative lines is in two parts; the first profiles 50 premier labels; the second offers an even fuller register of essential enduring brands. A dream book for fashion dreamers and adepts.

Publishers Weekly
10/28/2013
In this visually engaging book, British fashion historian Cox enlightens readers about heritage brands, including Louis Vuitton and Fendi. Cox (Stiletto), head of cultural studies at the London College of Fashion, deftly weaves fashion anecdotes with significant historical moments in sections divided chronologically into the pre-19th, 19th, and 20th centuries. Who knew, for example, that Lincoln wore a Brooks Brothers greatcoat when he was assassinated, or that President Obama is the 39th of 44 presidents to wear Brook Brothers. In captivating profiles of luxury labels, Cox covers well-known brands from Hermès to Dior, Cartier to Coach, lesser-known icons like Lock & Co. (the oldest hatshop in the world, based in London) and lingerie line Aubade, as well as everyman brands such as Chippewa and L.L. Bean. Filled with black-and-white and color photos of fashion artifacts and archives, this collection chronicles fashion history while paying deep homage to companies dedicated to the pursuit of perfection, whether it be in the form of a bowler hat, bespoke suit, cowboy boot, or evening gown. Illus. (Nov.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762451111
  • Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/29/2013
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 572,652
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 11.50 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Caroline Cox is an international authority on fashion history whose work explores the relationship between fashion, beauty, and culture. She is head of cultural studies at the London College of Fashion, and conducts lectures in the US, UK, and Europe. Her books on fashion history and theory include Stiletto, Vintage Shoes, Lingerie: A Lexicon of Style, and How to Be Adored. In 2004, Caroline was awarded a Visiting Professorship in cultural history at the University of the Arts, London, for her “services to the development of cultural history,” in particular for her writing on fashion.
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