I’m so much looking forward to this. Mid-Century Modern Graphic Design by Theo Inglis is now available to pre-order. Read more
Not quite the risque book you might be expecting, Vintage Lingerie: Historical Patterns and Techniques by Jill Salen is an altogether more practical book.
Part reference, part guide to creating period pieces, Vintage Lingerie looks at the progression of lingerie over the last 120 years, from 1920s French knickers to 1950s pin-up brassieres, not to mention vintage corsets, garter belts and basques, along with 1950s New Look girdles, brassieres and knickers.
The book includes 25 'fully annotated working patterns' alongside drawings, photographs and practical advice on any feature or alteration necessary for making up the garments. So if you are looking for authenticity, this is the place to go. 128 pages long and published by Batsford, you can order a copy from Amazon for £17.
They are the folk behind People Will Always Need Plates, a company we have featured regularly in the past. But soon, Robin Farquhar and Hannah Dipper will offer those distinctive designs in book form, courtesy of London Buildings: An Architectural Tour.
Published by Batsford, the book will offer 45 illustrations of London’s best buildings, from Sir Christopher Wren’s 1675 Greenwich Royal Observatory to Richard Rogers’ 2000 Montevetro development, taking in the 19th-century Victoria and Albert Museum, 20s modernist masterpieces such as the Isokon Building and concrete Brutalist icons like the National Theatre and Trellick Tower.
Throw in some all-new images produced just for the book and some words describing just why the authors love the buildings they depict and it should be a winner. Published in August, but available for pre-order now, the book is priced at £8.99.
The cloth bound notebooks are decorated with the distinctive book cover artwork of Brian Cook, produced for the Batsford guides to Britain from the 1930s through to the 1950s. There are four different designs to pick from: The Face of Scotland is shown above, or you could go for The Landscapes of England, The Spirit of London or The Inns of England. Perfect for taking on your own travels around the UK.
The notebooks are all selling for £6.29 each, with the exception of The Landscapes of England which you can buy for £5.29, all from Amazon.