Vintage Fashion & Couture, From Poiret to McQueen by Kerry Taylor

With a foreword by Hubert de Givenchy and prologue by Christopher Kane, it’s clear from the get-go that Kerry Taylor’s debut book Vintage Fashion & Couture (£25, Mitchell Beazley) is going to be a pretty serious tome. The vintage fashion expert, who wrote a guest blog about her life as an auctioneer for us this week, has poured all her expertise into this glossy chronological compendium of fashion history, starting with belle époque greats such as Paul Poiret and Mariano Fortuny and ending with Alexander McQueen and one of his great muses and collectors, Daphne Guinness. Each chapter includes a style icon that epitomises the look of the time, but also features antique pieces as well contemporary collections that owe a debt to the style of the decade. Taylor has also dotted each era with estimated values for key items should you have any precious early Versace or pristine Madame Gres gowns languishing in your attic. 

What:
Vintage Fashion & Couture by Kerry Taylor
Price:
£25
— Clare
9th October 2013