London’s Design Museum, the world’s leading museum devoted to contemporary design released two books: Fifty Dresses That Changed the World and Fifty Shoes That Changed the World. The books take you on a virtual historical tour through the ages highlighting the most significant designs in each category.
Fifty Dresses That Changed the World include notable greats from Coco Chanel, Madeleine Vionnet to Hervé Léger and Gianni Versace. Famous faces from Jacqueline Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn grace the pages in dresses that are all too familiar to us. Who doesn’t think of that famous photo of Marilyn Monroe and her white halter dress and she stands over a subway vent? Each dress selected has made it’s own mark on fashion history and has a brief description as to how it came to be, and what is impact on fashion was.
Fifty Shoes That Changed the World explores the most important footwear designs of the last 150 years. From Jimmy Choo to Manolo Blahnik and Nike Jordan I’s to Dr. Martens boots, all manner of footwear are included in this time line. It’s interesting to see how the materials changed throughout the years from the canvas Plimsoll to Melissa’s plastic dreams. Don’t expect to only see pretty shoes in this book – since it covers footwear that made an impact on footwear design and history – unfortunate models like Crocs and Uggs are included. We won’t hold it against them though, they did leave their mark, albeit a not-so-pretty one.
Fifty Dresses That Changed the World and Fifty Shoes That Changed the World are great stocking stuffers or gift ideas for the fashion lover/design guru/history buff in your life. The books retail for $20 and are for sale at Barnes & Noble, Borders, Amazon and Urban Outfitters, along with some smaller retailers.
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