This week's reads

Each week we pick top read books from our library collection to recommend to you.

For a list of previous recommended reads search #hivespotlight and #hivewhywelove hashtags.

Take a look at the visual feast of fashion with these stunning style books. Reminisce, get inspired, and discover more about the culture of clothes ahead of London Fashion Week.

All of these fantastic books are available from The Hive.

The fashion of film: how cinema has inspired fashion

Fashion historian Amber Butchart takes a journey through the last 100 years of cinema style and its influence on the catwalks. With beautiful imagery and thoroughly-researched text, she looks at how our most iconic movies have transformed the world of high fashion.

 

 

 

Fashion and lifestyle photography: secrets of perfect fashion & lifestyle photography

Only a few years ago, fashion photography used to be a stuffy world for a tiny elite. Now an explosion in social media and lifestyle advertising has created opportunities for a whole new breed of professional photographer. 'The Soul of Fashion Photography' is based on the talks Dixie Dixon, a Nikon Brand Ambassador, has given to crowds at major US trade shows and at B&H, America's largest photography store. Expanding on the subject in the book, she reveals how to succeed in this exciting marketplace.

    

 

 

High fashion: the 20th century decade by decade

From the Golden Age of Haute Couture in the 1900s to the lifestyle brands of the 1990s, this book looks, decade-by-decade, at the high fashion of the 20th century. Each chapter examines the significant stylistic changes that occurred in the decade in question, and places these in their cultural and political context. The book is illustrated throughout with photographs and drawings of the clothes and the people who wore them.       

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fashion + music: fashion creatives shaping pop culture

As twin agents of creative expression, fashion and music have long shared a powerful mutual attraction: from the Sex Pistols to Madonna, Kylie Minogue to Lady Gaga, fashion has consistently amplified our understanding of the band (and in many cases the brand) - fuelling the fantasy, giving context to the sound and adding depth to artists' wider agendas. From pop videos to editorial shoots, via the evolution of some of the industry's most significant and era-defining pairings/collaborations, this book focuses on the power of fashion as a make-or-break tool within the music industry's creative process.