100 Unforgettable Dresses

100 Unforgettable Dresses

Book - 2011
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"100 Unforgettable Dresses is filled with the stories, secrets, intrigue, and insights behind the most indelible dresses in our collective memories. Featuring looks from the runway, film, television, the red carpet, and the worlds of royalty and politics, this book celebrates the staying power of these gorgeous, sleek, sultry, and outrageous creations as well as the lasting impact they've had in fashion, popular culture, and our own lives"--Jacket.
Publisher: New York : Harper Design, [2011]
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9780061151668
0061151661
Branch Call Number: 391.2 RUB
Characteristics: 207 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm

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VRMurphy
Dec 31, 2012

The pictures - as one would expect in a book of this type - are wonderful. What was unexpected was the quality of the commentary - well-written, just gossipy enough to be interesting but not smarmy or ingratiating, and demonstrating a sound knowledge of dressmaking and how the garments were "built". There is a sound explanation for why the author has included each dress.

LocketLibrarian Aug 23, 2012

This is a beautiful and well researched book. The pictures are phenomenal, and the conversational tone brings the reader into the world of fashion.

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anisoz
Aug 08, 2012

Not quite what I expected, but still worthwhile. There were some fun, "Oh, I remember THAT" moments (Princess Di Revenge Dress, anyone?) and a few iconic archival pieces. Lots of red carpet wear. Part of the problem with this book (and the only one, really), is defining the parameters for the "100". 100 unforgettable dresses of the 20th century? Late 20th century? Ever? Major designers? Style icons? Innovations? (yes, the Diane Von Furstenburg wrap dress revolutionized a certain level of style), According to Anna Wintour? Hal Rubenstein's creds are reputable, but my mind really wanted specifics.
That being said, still fun to think about the first time you saw some of those dresses.

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manders150
Jun 25, 2012

Loved all the pictures of the dresses and the history surrounding them! I had no idea what the reasons were behind some of the designs. I'm not a huge fashion person, but I love seeing pretty/interesting outfits.

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Morde
Mar 05, 2012

Beautiful and varied selection of recent dresses. Not as many photos as I'd hoped, however.

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libraryeee
Feb 29, 2012

Disappointing. The cover photo is very misleading. No detailed shots inside like this one. Also, all the dresses are from the mid-20th century onward. I was hoping for more history

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heckjo
Feb 02, 2012

Awesome book. It looks like it might be sorta fluff but it's packed with great fashion history and scandalous stories. I liked this so much I'm going to buy it.

ehbooklover Jan 23, 2012

A great coffee table book for fashionistas! Pictures of beautiful dresses are accompanied by informative descriptions and fun anecdotes.

debwalker Dec 13, 2011

Beautiful fashion book.

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elag24
Jun 22, 2012

The loveliest dresses of the 20th and 21st century on some of the most iconoclastic women. Even though this is high fashion and the women are rail thin, I challenge designers to come up with dresses that are this wonderful for real women's bodies.

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