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Carried Away
Carried Away
The bag, and the handbag in particular, has achieved high fashion status, but what's the cultural and historical significance behind the bag? Why do we use them and not just have pockets? Why don't men routinely use them? Does every culture have a tradition of using bags?

The Auckland Museum exhibition Carried Away: Bags Unpacked is a collection of 150 bags from their Applied Arts and Design Collection, a nationally significant research archive of key makers and designers from New Zealand and abroad, and this book serves as both a photographic record and an exploration of the symbolism and power behind bags.

Grace Lai, curator of the collection, unpacks issues carried by the bag: of colonialism, the economy, consumption, gender politics, and whakapapa. Issues that remain relevant to not only museums and their collections but also to society today.

Title: Carried Away
Author: MUSEUM AUCKLAND
Format: Limp
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 03/06/2019
Price: $40.00
RRP: $40.00
Imprint: Miscellaneous
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
ISBN: 9781988547183
Temporarily out of stock
Price: $40.00
Celia Birtwell
Celia Birtwell
Celia Birtwell is one of Britain's best-known, best-loved designers. She is an iconic figure on the global arts scene. This lavish, multi-layered book - the first to be published on Celia - delves into her work and eventful life. The book conjures up all the personal warmth and visual intricacy of a family scrapbook: it features intimate photographs of Celia, her family and friends from her own albums and archive, her drawings, her charmingly idiosyncratic, fashion sketches and a multitude of examples of her fashion and home fabrics. Her bohemian lifestyle in the 60s and 70s, which saw her hanging out with such colourful personalities as Manolo Blahnik, the Beatles, Mick and Bianca Jagger and Paloma Picasso, is brought to life through stylish photographs from the time. Her ongoing relationship with Hockney both as friend and muse, is illustrated by his personal photographs, drawings and paintings of her, including the sketches that led to Mr & Mrs Clark and Percy, recently voted one of the nation's favourite paintings. Celia's renaissance in the Noughties has seen two sell-out collections of frocks for TopShop as well as a plethora of her prints on a wide variety of items.

Title: Celia Birtwell
Author: BIRTWELL CELIA
Format: Hardback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 03/10/2011
Price: $70.00
RRP: $70.00
Imprint: Quadrille
Publisher: Quadrille Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 9781844008445
Temporarily out of stock
Price: $70.00
Chronicle of Western Costume
Chronicle of Western Costume
Here, in more than one thousand full-colour illustrations, is the history of Western costume, from ancient Egypt to Paris fashion. John Peacock's meticulous drawings are organized in chronological sections and accompanied by detailed descriptions of each figure, including the individual items of costume shown and the many types of fabric, cut, pattern and colour that have been used over the centuries. An illustrated glossary gives additional information on technical terms.

The Chronicle of Western Costume is the unrivalled reference work on its subject. No student or designer in the performing arts, costume and fashion enthusiast, collector or social historian will want to be without it.

Title: Chronicle of Western Costume
Author: PEACOCK JOHN
Format: Limp
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 22/08/2019
Price: $22.00
RRP: $22.00
Imprint: Thames & Hudson
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
ISBN: 9780500284476
Available stock: 1
Price: $22.00
Coco Great Lives in Graphic Form
Coco Great Lives in Graphic Form
The Biographic series presents an entirely new way of looking at the lives of the world's greatest thinkers and creatives. It takes the 50 defining facts, dates, thoughts, habits and achievements of each subject and uses infographics to convey all of them in vivid snapshots. Many people know that Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel (1883-1971) was a prolific French fashion designer and founder of the House of Chanel, who ruled over Parisian haute couture for almost six decades. What, perhaps, they don't know is that: she was taught to sew by nuns and started Chanel by making hats; that she lived in a suite at the Ritz Hotel, Paris, for 37 years; that, in 1935, she was recognized as the world's wealthiest woman; and that, prior to her fashion career, she worked as a singer, famously gaining the nickname 'Coco' from one of her songs. Biographic: Coco presents a visual catwalk through her life and work, with an array of irresistible facts and figures converted into infographics to reveal the genius behind the garments.

Title: Coco Great Lives in Graphic Form
Author: COLLINS SOPHIE
Series: Biographic
Format: Hardback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 30/11/2017
Price: $23.00
RRP: $23.00
Imprint: Ammonite Press
Publisher: Guild of Master Craftsman Publ
ISBN: 9781781453124
Available stock: 1
Price: $23.00
Complete Book of Shoes
Complete Book of Shoes
There's something about shoes. Fashionable women will tell you that the shoes make the outfit and they could never have too many in their wardrobe. For them this book will be a very fashionable treat. The Complete Book of Shoes is an indulgent feast of footwear. It brings the fantasy and possibility of almost 300 extraordinary shoes to the shoe addict's wish list. The inventive designs and meticulous adornment are testament to the astonishing creativity and craftsmanship found at the highest levels of fashion. Each shoe is shown in a two-page spread. On one side is a page-filling colour photograph of the shoe up close to show the colour, texture and embellishment. Opposite is descriptive behind-the-scenes text about the shoe and the designer. The colourful presentation displays the footwear creations in all their glory; details vividly revealed to satisfy even the most enthusiastic admirer of shoes. The Complete Book of Shoes gives readers a guided tour through the world's fashion capitals, from Paris and London to Tokyo, New York and Rome, with stops at the ateliers of the world's most avant-garde shoe designers.
These are the creations of Pons Quitana, Paco Gil, Victoria Spruce, Iris Morata, Cuple, Barbara Bui, BF Coleccion Europa, Caramelo, Chie Miraha, Ellen Ver Beek and many more. This exciting book is a practical and inspirational resource for both working and aspiring shoe designers as well as stylists and wardrobe professionals. For fashionistas and shoe lovers everywhere, no matter their shoe allowance, it is pure eye candy.

Title: Complete Book of Shoes
Author: MORALES MARTA
Format: Hardback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 12/09/2013
Price: $25.00
RRP: $25.00
Imprint: Firefly Pub Canada
Publisher: Firefly Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781770851245
Temporarily out of stock
Price: $25.00
Courtyard Living Contemporary Houses of the Asia Pacific
Courtyard Living Contemporary Houses of the Asia Pacific
Courtyards have long played an important function in residential design, regulating light, shade and the use of space. With centuries of tradition as inspiration, contemporary architects are now realizing courtyard living afresh. This lavish survey of 25 residences across the Asia-Pacific region features homes from Australia, Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Singapore, India, Vietnam and Sri Lanka.

Structured by courtyard function, the book consists of five chapters - on privacy; social spaces; sightlines; air, light and shade; and blurring boundaries - that are richly illustrated with photography as well as architectural illustrations showing the position of the courtyard within the floor plan.

Showcasing the unique lifestyle opportunities afforded by contemporary courtyard design, this is an inspirational resource for anyone interested in indoor-outdoor living.

Title: Courtyard Living Contemporary Houses of the Asia Pacific
Author: CHAN CHARMAINE
Format: Hardback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 19/09/2019
Price: $80.00
RRP: $80.00
Imprint: Thames & Hudson
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
ISBN: 9780500519202
Available stock: 2
Price: $80.00
Creative Walls
Creative Walls
Title: Creative Walls
Author: GERALDINE JAMES
Format: Hardback
Publishing status: Active
Price: $45.00
RRP: $45.00
Imprint: Ryland Peters & Small
ISBN: 9781782497486
Available stock: 1
Price: $45.00
Decorating a Room of Ones Own
Decorating a Room of Ones Own
What would Little Women be without the charms of the March family's cozy New England home? Or Wuthering Heights without the ghost-infested Wuthering Heights? Getting lost in the setting of a good book can be half the pleasure of reading, and Decorating a Room of One's Own brings literary backdrops to the foreground in this wryly affectionate satire of interior design reporting. English professor and humorist Susan Harlan spoofs decorating culture by reimagining its subject as famous fictional homes and "interviews" the residents who reveal their true tastes: Lady Macbeth's favorite room in the castle, or the design inspiration behind Jay Gatsby's McMansion of unfulfilled dreams. Featuring 30 entries of notable dwellings, sidebars such as "Setting Up an Ideal Governess's Room," and four-color spot illustrations throughout, Decorating a Room of One's Own is the ideal book for readers who appreciate fine literature and a good end table.

Title: Decorating a Room of Ones Own
Author: SUSAN HARLAN
Format: Hardback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 09/10/2018
Price: $30.00
RRP: $30.00
Imprint: Abrams
Publisher: Abrams
ISBN: 9781419732379
Available stock: 1
Price: $30.00
Design Museum Fashion Evolution
Design Museum Fashion Evolution
From the Chanel suit to the Wonderbra, via Jackie Kennedy, Ziggy Stardust and Alexander McQueen, respected fashion journalist and editor Paula Reed explores each of the styles and visionaries that have defined the way we dress.



Spanning fifty years - from the 1950s to the 1990s - and accompanied by striking photographs throughout, FASHION EVOLUTION is the definitive story of the style moments that changed the world.

Title: Design Museum Fashion Evolution
Author: REED PAULA
Format: Trade Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 05/09/2019
Price: $55.00
RRP: $55.00
Imprint: Octopus
Publisher: Octopus Publishing Group
ISBN: 9781840917901
Available stock: 1
Price: $55.00
Design Thread
Design Thread
For over 20 years, Kit Kemp has been at the forefront of the international design community, with her signature style that mixes contemporary elements with antiques and junk-shop finds, luxurious fabrics with bespoke wallpapers and hand-finished detailing with collections of simple objects that create impact. In Design Thread Kit shares the inspiration behind her creative decisions: whether it's a house in town, a Piede a Terre, hotel suite or beach bar, her unique design shines through. Kit considers every element of her interiors in detail and, as always, creates personal, handcrafted rooms by bending the rules and combining colour and wit.

Alongside the stunning images of room sets and detailed close-ups will be the inspiration behind Kit's work, her design collaborations, hotels as well as her private residences. Interiors are meant for living in, and the key is to create a space that is comfortable, beautiful and reflects who you really are.

Title: Design Thread
Author: KEMP KIT
Format: Hardback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 21/02/2019
Price: $60.00
RRP: $60.00
Imprint: Hardie Grant Books
Publisher: Hardie Grant Books (UK)
ISBN: 9781784881948
Temporarily out of stock
Price: $60.00
Dior Great Lives in Graphic Form
Dior Great Lives in Graphic Form
The Biographic series presents an entirely new way of looking at the lives of the world's greatest thinkers and creatives. It takes the 50 defining facts, dates, thoughts, habits and achievements of each subject, and uses infographics to convey all of them in vivid snapshots. Many people know that Christian Dior (1905-1957) was a French fashion designer, the founder of the world famous fashion house that carries his name. What, perhaps, they don't know is that he once owned a small art gallery selling work by artists including Pablo Picasso; that he employed a young Yves Saint Laurent as his assistant; that he included a garment in each of his shows named after his home town of Granville; and that he had a superstitious belief in the number 8, with the house of Dior being housed over 8 workshops in an 8-storey building in the 8th district of Paris. Biographic: Dior presents a visual catwalk through his life and work, with an array of irresistible facts and figures converted into infographics to reveal the genius behind the garments.

Title: Dior Great Lives in Graphic Form
Author: FLAVELL LIZ
Format: Hardback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 30/11/2017
Price: $23.00
RRP: $23.00
Imprint: Ammonite Press
Publisher: Guild of Master Craftsman Publ
ISBN: 9781781453131
Available stock: 1
Price: $23.00
Door JAdore A Celebration of the Worlds Most Beautiful Doors
Door JAdore A Celebration of the Worlds Most Beautiful Doors
Doors are a barrier between reality and imagination, and the portal between private and public. And therein lies their sense of mystery: without opening them we will never know what or who lies behind them. Our curious nature leads us to wonder what is beyond, and we only have what we see in front of us to go by, but take a closer look and you will discover that every door tells its own story. Whether it's the particular shade of paint, the texture of the finish, an extravagant knocker, the plant that scrambles around the frame or an elegantly turned handle, every door reveals the secret of its past, its present, its culture and the person who lives behind it.

This book showcases a variety of beautiful doors chosen for their wide-ranging appeal and celebrates the everyday beauty of something we take for granted - doors.

Title: Door JAdore A Celebration of the Worlds Most Beautiful Doors
Author: ROWELL NICK
Format: Hardback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 12/06/2018
Price: $25.00
RRP: $25.00
Imprint: Ryland Peters & Small
Publisher: Ryland, Peters & Small Ltd
ISBN: 9781849759632
Available stock: 1
Price: $25.00