by Caroline Rennolds Milbank (Author)
New York Fashion has been a seminal book on the story of American fashion since its hardcover debut in 1989. Caroline Rennolds Milbank chronicles the enormous changes in the fashion world from the early nineteenth century to the late twentieth century and the rise of prominent American designers such as Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, and others.
Caroline Milbank, whose previous book, “Couture: The Great Designers,” was a classic, focuses her comprehensive fashion knowledge on American design and designers in this publication. Milbank deftly discusses the political and sociological motivations behind several twentieth-century design trends. She explores twentieth-century fashion decade by decade. Even if you aren’t interested in fashion, the book is fascinating.
Although the title focuses on New York, Ms Milbank does not overlook other American designers, including several California-based companies, such as James Galanos and Esprit, as well as designers from across the United States, such as Sandy Garratt of Dallas, who invented one-size knits and founded both the units and multiple lines.
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