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Icons of Style: Your Library Guide

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at The Ringling October 4, 2013-January 5, 2014. This exhibition celebrates the interconnected roles of fashion’s makers, the models who wear their designs, and the media that disseminate those looks to the world. Drawing on the MFA Boston’s rich collection of costumes, fashion illustration, and photography, the exhibition will explore the process of creating icons of style from design concept to runway and finished image.


Beaton, Cecil. The glass of Fashion. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1954.

Bergé. Pierre and Yves Saint Laurent.  Yves Saint Laurent.  New York: Universe/Vendome, 1997.

Blackman, Cally.  100 years of Fashion Illustration. London: Laurence King, 2007.

Bott, Daniéle. Chanel: collections and creations. London: Thames & Hudson, 2007.

Savignon, Jéromine, et al.  Yves Saint Laurent.  New York: Abrams, 2010.

Cullerton, Brenda and Geoffrey Beene.  Geoffrey Beene: the anatomy of his work. New York: Abrams, 1995.

Design Museum.  Fifty dresses that changed the world.  London: Conran Octopus Publications, 2009.

Deslandres, Yvonne and Dorthée Lalanne.  Poiret: Paul Poiret, 1899-1944.  New York: Rizzoli, 1987.

Dior, Christian. Little Dictionary of Fashion.  London: Cassell, 1954.

Gross, Michael.  Genuine authentic: the real life of Ralph Lauren.  New York: Harper Collins Publishers, 2003.

Gundle, Stephen. Glamour: a history. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008. 

Gunter, Howard.  Gowns by Adrian: the MGM years 1928-1941. New York: H. N. Abrams, 2001.

Haedrich, Marcel pseud. Coco Chanel: her life, her secrets. Boston, Little, Brown, 1972.

Jakubowicz, Florence.   Givenchy: 40 years of creation.  Paris: Paris-Musées, 1991.

Koda, Harold. Poiret. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2007.

Längle, Elizabeth. Pierre Cardin: fifty years of Fashion and Design.  New York: Vendome, 2005.

McDowell, Colin.  Ralph Lauren: the man, the vision, the style.  New York: Rizzoli, 2003.

Medes, Valerie D. and Amy La Haye.  Fashion since 1900. 2nd ed. London: Thames & Hudson, 2010.

Mitchell, Mary. Drawn to fashion: Illustrating three decades of fashion. Lincoln, NB: University of Nebraska Press.

Mulcahy, Susan.  Drawing Fashion: the art of Kenneth Paul Block. New York: Pointed Leaf, 2007.

Neimark, Ira.  The rise of fashion and lessons learned at Bergdorf Goodman.  New York: Fairchild Publications, 2011.

Pellé, Marie Paule and Patrick Maureis. Valentino’s Magic. New York: Abbeville Press, 1990.

Ponchna, Marie France. Christian Dior: the man who made the world look new.  New York: Arcade Pub., 1996.

Reed, Walt.  The Illustrator in America, 1900-1960’s. New York: Reinhold Publishing, 1967.

Saint, Laurent Yves. Yves Saint Laurent: images of design, 1958-1988.  New York: Knopf, 1988.

Sprague, Laurie.  WWD: 100 years, 100 Designers.  New York: Fairchild Books, 2011.

Stelle, Valerie.  Fashion, Italian style. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2003.

Tapert, Annette and Diana Edkins. The power of style: the women who defined the art of living well. New York: Crown, 1994.

Torre. Rosemary.  20th century Fashion illustration: the feminine ideal. Mineola, NY: Dover, 2011.

Weill, Alain. Parisian fashion = La Mode Parisienne: La Gazetter Du Bon Ton, 1912-1925. Paris: Bibliotheque de L’image, 2000.

Related Films
Christian Dior, the man behind the myth (2011).  Philippe Lanfranchi (director). French Connection Films.  DVD
Coco before Chanel (2009). Audrey Tautou, Benoit Poelyoorde, Anne Fontaine (director).  Sony Pictures Classic. DVD
Coco Chanel (2008). Shirley MacLaine, Brigitte Boucher, Christian Duguay (director).  Screen Media. DVD
In Vogue: the editor’s eye (2013).  Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato (director).  HBO  DVD
Ralph Lauren (2007).  Elizabeth Uss, Jennifer Cipperly.  Designer marathon series, v. 2, no. 4.  Videofashion Network. DV
The September Issue (2009) Anna Wintour.  Lionsgate Home Entertainment.  DVD
Valentino: the last Emperor (2009).  Valentino, Giancarlo Giammetti, Matt Tyrnauer  (director). Phase 4 Films, 2009.  DVD
Yves Saint Laurent – his life and times/5 Avenue Marceau 75116 Paris (2007).  Pierre Berge, Catherine Deneuve, David Teboul (director).  First Run Features. DVD.
Valentino: the last Emperor (2009).  Valentino, Giancarlo Giammetti, Matt Tyrnauer (director). Phase 4 Films, 2009.  DVD
Online Resources
Geoffrey Beene:
Bill Blass:
Boston Museum of Art:
Pierre Cardin:
Oleg Cassini:
House of Chanel:
House of Dior:
Karl Lagerfeld:
Isaac Mizrahi:
Oscar de la Renta:
Yves Saint Laurent:
Museum Resources
The Ringling Special exhibitions:

The Boston Museum of Fine Arts:

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