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Vintage Details: A Fashion Sourcebook

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AED 352.81

Vintage Details is a stunning collection of over 550 beautifully photographed details from previously unseen 20th-century vintage clothing.

The images are arranged by detail: necklines, collars, sleeves, cuffs, pockets, hems, darts and fitting devices, stitching, fastenings and buttonholes, pleats, frills and flounces, embellishment, texture, and print. Inner construction shots will also be included, along with images of the full garments providing context for the details shown.

Easy to navigate and packed full of inspirational images, this book will become an indispensable reference to vintage detailing for fashion design students and professionals.

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Basia Szkutnicka works as a creativity consultant, fashion lecturer and educator. She has lectured at universities worldwide and is an avid vintage collector.

Jeffrey Mayer is a Professor of Fashion Design at Syracuse University, NY, and the curator of the Sue Ann Genet Costume Collection.


Customer Review


I truly dislike giving this review!

With all the glowing reviews I was seriously second guessing myself as to why this book was not in my top 10... or 20 for that matter. I have probably 75 or more books on design, fashion, details and the like. I found the garments quite ordinary. The examples were of simple pleats on a basic skirt a bow inserted by the neckline, some vintage buttons, simple inserted ruching, a silk ribbon flower and the like. I could go on.Im happy many found this enlightening as the cost is a bit high, I personally was disappointed. I very much dislike giving a negative review, however these are details I have seen over and over and over again. There was no text or instruction. On the positive side the book itself is nicely done with quality paper and an attractive cover

by madame, April 23, 2019


Beautiful Book with Useful Information

I have an extensive library of fashion and sewing books, and this book is one of my favorites. Vintage Details is a picture book that illustrates in a very informative way the quality, ingenuity, and style that can be incorporated into a garmet when those things matter to the dressmaker. Another reviewer mentioned the fast-fashion trend that we live by today, fueled by very affordable clothing from Asia, that is easily disposable after a few wears. The clothing in this book was meant to last for years and years, with classic styliing and details that never go out of fashion.I own a lot of books that showcase various, well-known designers such as Chanel, Dior, Vionnet, etc. I did not recognize any of the designers whose work is published in this book, yet the clothing and its details are second to none. Very enjoyable book, and I will be incorporating some of these "Vintage Details" into my own home reations.

by dlynne, April 13, 2017


Excellent for inspiration and eye candy

Gorgeous, lots of crisp detail of what you really want to see in a classic garment. All the interesting detail magnified for you so you really get an idea of the construction of things. Inspirational, i bought it to use as an idea book to give me a good look at styles from previous decades and it is serving well.

by Kat G, March 20, 2017


Pages and pages of photos!

The book I received was brand new with plastic and felt like i was the first person to flip through the pages.Pages and pages of photos, some with multiple pieces of clothing in one page and others have a closeup of the detail like stitching, pockets and collars. Looks like I'm going to be increasing my clothing terminologies soon! Worth every dollar! Vendor packaged book with much care! Would buy books there again.

by Gunderswife, January 22, 2019


Invaluable aid to designers

As a home sewer with an interest in design, this book is an invaluable aid. Pictures are clear and the choices of garments are excellent. My only complaint is that there weren't more items included! I can't wait to start incorporating some of these details into my own clothing!

by Ellie's Mom, March 23, 2017


A beautiful book!

This is a beautiful book to look through, with full length photos and detail closeups. Great for the fashion and design enthusiast. I sew my own clothes and was looking for inspiration on how to tweak my tnt patterns. Very happy with this book.

by Sarah B., March 8, 2019


Beautiful book of up-close photographs in interesting vintage garments

Beautiful book of up-close photographs in interesting vintage garments. As a sewist, this book is really an inspiration to get vintage details into my sewing projects.

by Cassie Miller, December 26, 2016


Terrific book; great eye candy and inspiration

Wow - gorgeous book! Lovely details to inspire your sewing. I can see myself using this as a reference for years to come.

by CL, March 14, 2017


Lovely sourcebook full of ideas

This book is mainly details of American made couture from lesser known fashion houses. The first section shows the complete garments, and further sections deal with details of the garments. i.e. necklines; pockets; fastenings; etc. The book is beautifully illustrated in colour throughout and the date range is roughly 1920s to 1990s. A wonderful sourcebook for anyone wishing to understand garment structure and design. In a nut-shell, its a well produced ideas book

by Skogsneglen, June 27, 2017


Five Stars

glad i saw this, it'll be very useful!

by Ann Brown, January 26, 2017


A great source of inspiration!

BRILLIANT! Great source of inspiration. Wonderful archive of details.Shame modern clothing isn't produced as it was back in the day.If you love clothing you will love this book.

by A. Gracie, May 31, 2016



Fantastic book

by David Burkinshaw, February 1, 2019


Five Stars

Brilliant for those who sew and design. lots of inspiration with excellent photos.

by Helen Martin, February 9, 2018

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