‘I don’t understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself up a little if only out of politeness. And then, you never know, maybe that’s the day she has a date with destiny.‘ Coco Chanel, A to Z of Style
A stirring thought, and then another: What is style? Amy de la Haye, dress historian, curator and author of Chanel: Couture and Industry, Fashion Since 1900, and the fashion fiction novel Clara Button and the Magical Hat Day, seeks the answer to this seemingly rhetorical question, in an equitably fashionable read. A to Z of Style, [V&A Publications] is the compilation of expert opinions from some of the biggest names in the industry – Chanel, Dior, Schiaparelli – on the subject of style in their respective fields. They weigh in with years of experience and hundreds of clients and collaborators. From perfume and hats, to elegance and regret, the advice found on 128 clothbound pages is irrefutable and timeless. The books’ dictionary format makes it quick and easy to navigate the meanings, from Scarves and Shoes to Ribbons and Ruffles.