Must-read: 100 Years of Fashion by Cally Blackman

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Squeals of delight echoed around Rokit HQ when 100 Years of Fashion landed on our desks! Written by dress historian Cally Blackman, the style tome explores the fashions which have unfolded over the last century. Who better to tell the tale of the exciting and diverse evolution of fashion in the past 100 years than Blackman, who is a lecturer at one of the world's most prestigious fashion schools, Central Saint Martin's College of Art and Design.

The book is visually explorative and dissects the century into different themes and looks, split into two halves (1900-1959 and 1960's onwards). The first half focuses on turn-of-the-century society ladies (crinolines, corsets et al) and the original bohemians of 1910-20's (style inspiration for summer 2015 we think!), all the way through to post-WWII austerity and The New Look, filled with Dior of course.

From the swinging sixties and youth movement of the seventies, there is an in-depth focus of designers and the styles they have influenced over the years; colour, heritage etc - ideal for fashion-savvy readers looking to brush up on their dates, facts, trends and designers. Although the book doesn't cover subcultures in-depth it does skim the surface of important movements over the past fifty years.

100 Years of Fashion acts as a catalogue for every important transformation in the past century of women's fashion, and the designers and muses which influenced them. Wallis Simpson, Kate Moss, and Lady Gaga take their place along with Tom Ford, Madeleine Vionnet and Yves Saint Laurent in this documentation of sartorial history.

Blackman's book succeeds in giving a comprehensive overview to any fashion enthusiast, casual or those who are ready to plunge further into the depths of their specialist subject. Crammed full of dazzling images and illustrations, many of which have been published for the first time, the book is divided into neat sections which makes it an ideal reference book for any budding fashion historians! Our verdict: put this at the top of your reading list. Pronto!