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The Fairchild encyclopedia of menswear

The Fairchild encyclopedia of menswear

Author: Mary Lisa Gavenas
Publisher: New York : Fairchild Publications, Inc., ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"Suit sales are on the rise. Men's makeovers are a staple of reality television, and male celebrities retain stables of stylists. Magazine publishers are busily launching male style spin-offs, while business and news titles are just as busy beefing up their coverage of men's fashion and grooming. As we enter the 21st century, there is more interest over menswear than there's been in decades, yet there has been no  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Encyclopedia
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Gavenas, Mary Lisa.
Fairchild encyclopedia of menswear.
New York : Fairchild Publications, Inc., ©2008
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mary Lisa Gavenas
ISBN: 9781563674655 1563674653
OCLC Number: 148851371
Description: x, 419 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
Contents: A: abaca to awning stripes --
B: babouches to bycocket --
C: cabana stripes to Cutty Sark Awards --
D: Dacron to dye lot --
E: ear flaps to eyewear --
F: fabrications to fustian --
G: gabardine to gym bag --
H: H & M to hymo --
I: ice cream suit to Izod --
J: J. Press to justaucorps --
K: kafiyeh to Kuski suit --
L: lace-ups to Lytton, Lord --
M: M magazine to mutze --
N: nailhead to nylon --
O: Ocean Pacific to ozone wash --
P: pachuco to PVC --
Q: qiviut to quizzing glass --
R: rabbit hair to runway --
S: S-twist to synthetic --
T: T-400 to tyrian purple --
U: ulster to urban --
V: V-neck to vrille --
W: waist to wrap coat --
XYZ: XIA to Zuleika Dabson.
Responsibility: Mary Lisa Gavenas.
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A guide for fashion students and professionals, this book features: over 2,800 entries covering definitions and terms, industry slang, pattern descriptions, tailor's talk, and technical jargon;  Read more...


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by DHouy (WorldCat user published 2018-02-06) Excellent Permalink

I discovered this book by accident because I saw it being cited in so many Wikipedia and other articles. My favorite part is the insert in the center where you can identify the fabrics without having to already know what they're called. 

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excellent textile resource

by CosmetMktr (WorldCat user published 2008-11-26) Excellent Permalink

Good basic fashion resource--most of the book applies to anything--not just menswear. Has color plates insertedne to identify fabric by pattern and visual appearance.

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best --and the only--standard reference on this subject

by Panoptikon (WorldCat user published 2009-06-02) Excellent Permalink

Most fashion writing is awful, but--thank God--this is not a fashion book. I found it to be extremely reliable, succinct, and witty. I recommend it to my students as a reference.

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excellent reference on fashion arcana

by maryshelburne (WorldCat user published 2009-07-09) Excellent Permalink

I came to this after getting her other book out of the library. Although it's totally different--it's an encyclopedia--it was a great reference. I double-checked it on the Internet and a lot of this stuff is NOT AVAILABLE on the Internet, which makes it worth having.

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An unexpected exception

by CeCeS (WorldCat user published 2010-02-05) Excellent Permalink

This is an exception to those awful "how to dress" guides and "manuals of style" that purport to give the last word in menswear and are really just some boring garmento's opinion on which tie goes with which shirt collar. (Does anybody care about that anyway?) It covers absolutely everything....
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