It's a bold claim. But while Charlotte Fiell and Emmanuelle Dirix's 1930s Fashion book may not be 'the definitive sourcebook' as its sub-title claims, there's no denying the wealth of imagery contained within its covers.
The series aims to examine the fashions of the twentieth century decade by decade. This book (as the name suggests) takes a look at the twenties. There's an introduction that puts the fashion into context before it heads onto the main reason for buying this book – the images. There's over 600 of them for inspiration, spread over the 576 pages of the book, including photographs, illustrations and advertising.
If this has fired your enthusiasm, you'll be pleased to hear the next in the series – looking at the fashions of the 1930s – is due out at the end of the June.
The book is currently available for £21.21 on Amazon.
We've shown you some practical guides to vintage hairdressing but for a different approach you may want to pick up a copy of Hairstyles: Ancient to Present.
Written by Charlotte Fiell and published by her Fiell Publishing company, it's a huge doorstopper of a book: with over one thousand images and 576 pages of hair inspiration. It charts some of the most elaborate styles throughout history, going right back to ancient Greece, but with plenty of twentieth-century fancy folicles to explore too. There's the flapper bob, Twiggy's crop and the mohawk just for starters.
It's not a cheap buy – the book is priced £49.95 and is currently available on Amazon for £47.75 – but potentially a sound investment if you are considering a new hairstyle.
If you are interested in the history of plastic design, you'll want to pick up a copy of the newly-published Plastic Dreams: Synthetic Visions in Design by Charlotte and Peter Fiell.
From the creators of the excellent Scandinavian Design, Plastic Dreams celebrates plastic as a material, showing some of its finest works – from Bakelite in the 1920s to the icons of the modern era.