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A Fashion Fairytale

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Inside every girl is a Princess Pearl.

From the internationally successful creator of Felicity Wishes, comes a brand new girl character - Princess Pearl. Pearl is an ordinary girl - but she has a very extraordinary secret. She is a real sea princess! When Pearl searches in her wardrobe for something warm to wear she accidentally falls into the Underwater Kingdom and transforms into a beautiful princess. But there's an emergency going on under the sea. Princess Velvet has been swept up on a tidal wave all the way from their enemies in the Reef Kingdom. Can Pearl befriend the poorly princess and make her better Princess Pearl brings together all the essential elements of a little girl's imagination - princesses, friendship and a touch of magic!

About the Author

Emma Thomson is a fine artist with over twenty years' experience of illustrating products for all of the major high street chains. She has close links with M&S, for whom she launched two extremely successful merchandise properties in the 1990s. Emma is co-founder of White Lion Publishing which publishes her cards - in particular the Felicity Wishes range.


Secrets Of A Fashion Therapist

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Dressing for success is part of an everyday reality for all women in all walks of life. When faced with the overwhelming array of clothes offered in large stores, one is often besieged by self-doubt and in need of a strong hand to help develop that elusive quality called taste.

Enter Secrets of a Fashion Therapist from renowned Bergdorf Goodman personal shopper Betty Halbreich, who has dressed everyone from 12-year olds and their young mothers to media stars and grand dames. Sharing her impeccable, on-target fashion sense, Betty dispenses wisdom, humor, and advice on how to enhance natural beauty, build a more confident self-image, and most of all, have more fun getting dressed.

Betty first gives the reader a privileged look into the fashion world by taking her on a walk through Bergdorf Goodman, the famed specialty store. Along the way, Betty will explain how to shop like a professional in an enormous store (especially where the clothes seem too pricey, and the sales associates too haughty), deal with the limits of the ubiquitous dressing room, most effectively use a personal shopper, and utilize the general sales force of a specialty store.

With tips, magnificent pen-and-ink drawings, and tried-and-true methods that have remained infallible since the book's initial printing in 1997, Secrets of a Fashion Therapist teaches readers how to dress for all settings, from the workplace to cocktail hour to walking your dog. While broadening readers' attitudes towards fashion, Betty Halbreich will help women create a tasteful wardrobe that has "you" written all over it.

About the Author

Betty Halbreich has been director of Solutions at New York City’s famed Bergdorf Goodman for more than 30 years. She has helped make the world a better-dressed place by working with countless designers and showing generations of women how to create their own styles.


A Cultural History Of Dress And Fashion

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A Cultural History of Dress and Fashion presents an authoritative survey from ancient times to the present. This set of six volumes covers over 2,500 years of dress and fashion.

Volume 1: Antiquity (500BCE-800AD), edited by Mary Harlow
Volume 2: The Medieval Age (800-1450), edited by Sarah-Grace Heller
Volume 3: The Renaissance (1450-1650), edited by Elizabeth Currie
Volume 4: The Age of Enlightenment (1650-1800), edited by Peter McNeil
Volume 5: The Age of Empire (1800-1920), edited by Denise Amy Baxter
Volume 6: The Modern Age (1920-2000+), edited by Alexandra Palmer

Each volume discusses the same key themes in its chapters:

1. Textiles
2. Production and Distribution
3. The Body
4. Belief
5. Gender and Sexuality
6. Status
7. Ethnicity
8. Visual Representations
9. Literary Representations

This structure means readers can either have a broad overview of a period by reading a volume or follow a theme through history by reading the relevant chapter in each volume.

Superbly illustrated, the full six volume set combines to present the most authoritative and comprehensive survey available on dress and fashion through history.


A City In Search Of An Author

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Poised between the Mediterranean and the Mitteleuropa, crossroads of civilizations and seat of vibrant cultural and literary life, Trieste is now acknowledged as enjoying unrivalled cultural status amongst Italian cities. This volume, the first comprehensive study of Triestine literature in English, originally reassesses TriesteÆs literary identity, paying particular attention to the period between 1918 and 1954 when local writing became intensely aware of its local specificity and some of its central motifs came prominently to the fore. TriesteÆs singular border identity, mirrored in a variegated literary output, emerges here as laden with complexities and ambiguities, such as the controversial notion of triestinita, the ambiguous relation with nationalism, specifically in its Fascist inflection, and the anxieties generated by repeated re-definitions of the areaÆs historical borders.


Fashioning The Frame

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The body has been the focus of much recent critical attention, but the clothed body less so. In answering the need to theorize dress, this book provides an overview of recent scholarship and presents an original theory of what dress means in relation to the body.

Identity relies on boundaries to individuate the self. Dress challenges boundaries: it frames the body and serves both to distinguish and connect self and ‘Other’. The authors argue that clothing is, then, both a boundary and not a boundary, that it is ambiguous and produces a complex relation between self and ‘not self’. In examining the role of dress in social structures, the authors argue that clothing can be seen as both restricting and liberating individual and collective identity.

In proposing that dress represents ‘a deep surface,’ a manifestation of the unconscious at work through apparently superficial phenomena, the book also questions the relationship between surface and depth and counters the notion of dress as disguise or concealment. The concept of the gaze and the role of gender are approached through a discussion of masks and veils. The authors argue that masks and veils paradoxically combine concealment and revelation, ‘truth’ and ‘deception’. Here the body and dress are both seen as forms of absence, with dress concealing not the body, but the absence of the physical body.

This provocative book is certain to become a landmark text for anyone interested in the intersection of dress, the body and critical theory.



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