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In the beginning there was the fig leaf...

and the toga. Crinolines and ruffs. Chain mailand corsets. What do these antiquated items have to do with the oh-so-twenty-first-century skinny jeans, graphic tee, and sexy pumps you slipped into this morning? Everything! Fashion begets fashion, and life—from economics to politics, weather to warfare, practicality to the utterly impractical—is reflected in the styles of any given era, evolving into the threads you buy and wear today.

With the candidness, intelligence, and charm that made him a household name on Project Runway, Tim Gunn reveals the fascinating story behind each article of clothing dating back to ancient times, in a book that reads like a walking tour from museum to closet with Tim at your side. From Cleopatra’s crown to Helen of Troy’s sandals, from Queen Victoria’s corset to Madonna’s cone bra, Dynasty’s power suits to Hillary Clinton’s pantsuits, Tim Gunn’s Fashion Bible takes you on a runway-ready journey through the highs and lows of fashion history.

Drawing from his exhaustive knowledge and intensive research to offer cutting-edge insights into modern style, Tim explains how the 1960s ruined American underwear, how Beau Brummell created the look men have worn for more than a century, why cargo capri pants are a plague on our nation, and much more. He will make you see your wardrobe in a whole new way. Prepare to be inspired as you change your thinking about the past, present, and future of fashion!

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Tim Gunn's Fashion Bible
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January 24th, 2014
I absolutely loved this book! It is extremely informative! Tim Gunn writes like the scholar he is sharing as much knowledge as possible without making the book sound flat or boring like a text book! Not only will you learn about the different articles of clothing in your closet, but you'll get a great laugh from it as well! Tim Gunn is hilarious, sometimes sassy, and very fun to read. The book shares information about the history of certain articles and style but is also full of tips about how your clothes should fit you! Tim Gunn's Fashion Bible is great for any read with even the slightest interest in clothing. You don't have to be a costume designer like me to love it!
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