Art / Art History

The dress : 100 ideas that changed fashion forever book cover

The dress : 100 ideas that changed fashion forever

Marnie Fogg

391.47209 /Fogg
Art / Art History

Heidi K's picture

Another pictorial work on women's fashion well worth checking out! -Heidi K

Vintage fashion and couture : from Poiret to McQueen book cover

Vintage fashion and couture : from Poiret to McQueen

Kerry Taylor

391.009 /Taylor
Art / Art History

Heidi K's picture

There is SO much in this book that makes my heart sing. -Heidi K

Dior Images : Paolo Roversi. book cover

Dior Images : Paolo Roversi.

Paolo Roversi

779.092 /Roversi
Art / Art History

"Presenting photographs from British Vogue, Vogue Paris, and W, this tome spotlights creations by Dior's artistic directors Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons, and Maria Grazia Chiuri. It also contains exclusive pictures from a photoshoot supervised by Grace Coddington featuring designs by Christian Dior himself. Equal parts fashion monograph and photographic portfolio..."--From publisher's website.

Heidi K's picture

I've always loved the House of Dior - ever since watching "Mrs. 'Arris Goes to Paris" as a kid. Dior is dreamy, and so are these photographs of Dior couture. -Heidi K

Fashion tribes : global street style book cover

Fashion tribes : global street style

Daniele Tamagni

779.2 /Tamagni
Art / Art History

In 'Fashion tribes', award-winning photographer Daniele Tamagni has tracked down and recorded some of the most surprising and colorful international fashion subcultures. Through documentary shots and staged portraiture, he's captured heavy metal rockers in Botswana, hipsters in Johannesburg, dandies in the Congo, female wrestlers in Bolivia, "bling bling" youth in Cuba, and Punks in Burma. Often marginalised on the fringes of their own societies or just down on their heels, these people fight back and express their creativity and joy through personal style. With essays by leading experts in fashion, photography, anthropology, and sociology, 'Fashion tribes' offers a broad view of world dress and shows the power that clothing can hold.

Heidi K's picture

I always enjoy a good dose of candid street style. -Heidi K

Guru book cover


1960- author RuPaul

Biographies, Art / Art History

"A timeless collection of philosophies from renaissance performer and the world's most famous shape-shifter RuPaul, whose sage outlook has created an unprecedented career for more than thirty-five years. GuRu is packed with more than 80 beautiful photographs that illustrate the concept of building the life you want from the outside in and the inside out. As someone who has deconstructed life's hilarious facade, RuPaul has broken "the fourth wall" to expand on the concept of mind, body, and spirit. This unique perspective has allowed RuPaul to break the shackles of self-imposed limitations, but reader beware, this is a daily practice that requires diligence and touchstones to keep you walking in the sunshine of the spirit. Once you're willing to look beyond the identity that was given to you, a hidden world of possibilities will open its doors. Throughout the history of humans on this planet, there've always been shaman, seers, and mediums who are able to interpret both high and low frequencies and remind humans to look beyond the surface for the truth of who we really are. And who we really are is an extension of the power that created the universe (aka: God in drag). FYI: most people are not willing to hear or accept that. That is RuPaul's secret for success, not only in show business, but in all aspects of life, especially in navigating the emotional landmines that inhibit most sweet, sensitive souls." --

Heidi K's picture

Ru always makes me smile on TV, and this book is a good antidote if you find yourself in a dismal mood. It features many nuggets of Ru wisdom, and great stories from Ru's career. -Heidi K

Little black dress book cover

Little black dress

André Leon Talley

391.00904 /Talley
Art / Art History

"A celebratory tribute to the iconic little black dress and its deeply resonant cultural and social significance in the modern era ... Features an impeccable group of more than 80 dresses from many of the most eminent fashion houses"--Book jacket.

Heidi K's picture

Black is not boring! I love how this book allows design and silhouettes to take center stage since the color of every garment shown is the same. This book is a beautiful love letter to the LBD by my favorite style icon: André Leon Talley -Heidi K

Type is beautiful : the story of fifty remarkable fonts book cover

Type is beautiful : the story of fifty remarkable fonts

Simon Loxley

686.224 /Loxley
Art / Art History, Nonfiction

This book traces the history of fifty remarkable fonts. Thoroughly researched and visually exciting, it takes readers through the story of each font's creation and distinct characteristics, as well as why it succeeded or failed. Some of the fonts were commissioned for major commercial or cultural projects. Other fonts became culturally significant unintentionally. This book gives readers an unforgettable cast of characters, including Johannes Gutenberg, William Caslon, Nicolas Jenson, Stanley Morison, William Morris, and Thomas Cobden-Sanderson, the English artist and bookbinder who famously "bequeathed" the unique metal type created for his failed Doves Press to the Thames, casting the type into the river to prevent its future use.

Heidi L's picture

I've been aware of fonts for as long as I've used word processing software, and even though Calibri is the default in what I use at work, every once in a while I see the other choices and am tempted to get fancy. It was so fun to read about some of typefaces whose names I've seen before: Garamond, Baskerville, Goudy Old Style, Times New Roman, Helvetica. And then there were the ones I hadn't heard of but had such intriguing titles that I had to read more: Antique Olive, Bloody Hell, Fat Face Italic, and Cooper Black. There's history here, and art, and quirky personalities. Great book! -Heidi L

Grant Wood's Iowa : a visitor's guide book cover

Grant Wood's Iowa : a visitor's guide

Wende Susan Elliott

917.7704 /Elliott/2013
Art / Art History, Travel, Nature, Nonfiction

Solving the problem of what to do while driving across the middle of America, this book identifies points of cultural interest along I-80 from Chicago to Omaha. In particular, Rose and Elliott provide a thoughtful, detailed exploration of the life and the historical context of Iowa artist Grant Wood, best known for his painting American Gothic, by discussing both his work and the landscape that inspired it. The book includes five itineraries, complete with self-guided museum tours, maps, color photos, and local ancillary attractions like regional art festivals and nature hikes.

Maeve's picture

When you think of Iowa and artists the first name that comes to mind is Grant Wood. Grant Wood's Iowa : a visitor's guide can help you learn much more about our celebrated author. Explore Anamosa and Stone City, where he had his academy, visit Iowa City and Cedar Rapids to see where he lived and visit museums to see his work. There are maps and guided museum tours and even some hikes. -Maeve

The secret language of churches & cathedrals : decoding the sacred symbolism of Christianity's holy buildings book cover

The secret language of churches & cathedrals : decoding the sacred symbolism of Christianity's holy buildings

Richard Stemp

726.5 /Stemp
Religion, Travel, Art / Art History

Heidi L's picture

Organized around the physical features of Christian cathedrals and churches and the religious symbolism in those features. Amply illustrated with gorgeous color photographs. Cathedrals from around the world are represented. -Heidi L

Norwegian handknits : heirloom designs from Vesterheim Museum book cover

Norwegian handknits : heirloom designs from Vesterheim Museum

Sue Flanders

746.432 /Flanders
Art / Art History, Crafts

Norwegian handknits collects thirty paterns for colorful folk mittens, socks, scarves, hats, wristers, handbags, knapsacks, and sweaters -- all inspirted by traditional knits housed in Vesterheim Museum in Decorah, Iowa.

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Decorah is one of my favorite road trips. There are many great hikes in the Decorah area and many choices for yummy food. A trip to Decorah always includes Toppling Goliath (Rover Truck, please) and a Mabe's Pizza. We often visit the Vesterheim Museum when we are in Decorah and have enjoyed sharing the museum with many family members and friends. -Kara