Couture: The Art of Fine Sewing
Roberta Carr says there is no one way to do anything in couture sewing. Seamstresses create beautiful clothing by analyzing problems and choosing from alternative techniques, and then selecting the best solutions to create their version of perfection. Couture: The Art of Fine Sewing is filled with hundreds of techniques, plus garment photos to provide inspiration. Chapters include couture darts, using fabric on the bias, bias bindings, piping, gathers, circular ruffles, princess line styles, sleeves and sleeve heads, topstitching, pockets and buttonholes, and, as shown above, Dior roses, this time massed on a sleeve.
8.375" x 10.875"
over 100 color photos of garments and techniques, plus 470 step-by-step illustrations
Théâtre de la Mode
The story of the dolls—lost for over 40 years—is a magical story about survival...survival of a country, of an industry, and of miniature wire mannequins dressed by the top fashion designers of the world at a time when fabrics were rationed and rare. It is the story of a little known museum, new in the 1950s, that ended up with them. It’s a story of how a road builder, Sam Hill, and a sugar baron’s wife, Alma Spreckels, saved these dolls from extinction, and about their second resurrection when Stanley Garfinkel from Kent State University discovered their whereabouts and, together with Susan Train, Paris Bureau Chief for Condé Naste, helped realize their return to Paris to be renovated and again shown to the world in 1990. This collection now lives at Maryhill Museum in the Columbia Gorge.
Théâtre de la Mode, in some magical way, becomes the passion of nearly everyone who has ever seen it or been involved with it. Its story creates empathy for those who endured the war, admiration for the artists who came together to show the world that their industry and hope couldn’t be obliterated by shortages and devastation, and emotion for even a preteen in the ‘50s who keeps reconnecting with the magic.
Revised Second Edition ISBN 0-935278-56-7
8.375” x 10.875”
257 color photos including 36 photos by noted fashion photographer David Seidner
116 historic b&w photos