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Calahan, April

Works: 6 works in 23 publications in 1 language and 367 library holdings
Genres: History  Pictorial works  Catalogs  Exhibition catalogs 
Roles: Author
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by April Calahan
Fashion plates : 150 years of style by April Calahan( Book )

9 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 191 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Prior to the invention of photography, European and American magazines used colorful prints to depict the latest fashion trends. These illustrations, known as "fashion plates," conveyed the cutting-edge styles embraced by the fashion-conscious elite and proved inspirational to the upwardly mobile. Fashion Plates: 150 Years of Style is a comprehensive survey containing 200 fashion plates, many reproduced at actual size, from publications dating from 1778 to the early 20th century. A number of these charming illustrations are extremely rare, and have not appeared in print since their publication in the periodicals in which they first ran. Organized chronologically and featuring both men's and women's garments, these lively and colorful vignettes not only are beautiful, but also clearly illustrate the evolution of fashion over time. Many of the plates were produced by important artists of the day, including Léon Bakst, George Barbier, and Georges Lepape. With texts by April Calahan on the social, political, and economic significance of fashion and its industries, and a foreword by award-winning fashion designer Anna Sui, this exquisite slipcased publication fills an important gap in the literature on the history of fashion and provides an entertaining historical overview for the general reader"--Publisher's description
Fashion and the art of pochoir : the golden age of illustration in Paris by April Calahan( Book )

9 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 144 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The 1910s and 1920s witnessed an outpouring of luxury fashion publications that used a hand-stenciling technique known as pochoir (French for stencil). This highly refined, painterly technique, which consists of applying layers of gouache paint or watercolor to achieve bold blocks of saturated color, produced works of visual artistry previously unrivaled in the history of fashion illustration. Fashion and the Art of Pochoir presents a carefully curated selection of 300 of the most exceptional illustrations from albums produced by the leading French couturiers, as well as from high-end fashion magazines. Artists from Paul Iribe, Georges Lepape, and George Barbier to Umberto Brunelleschi, Eduardo Garcia Benito, and André E. Marty, these artists inaugurated the alliance between fashion and art with highly stylized depictions of the work of cutting edge designers such as Paul Poiret, Jeanne Lanvin, and Madeleine Vionnet, among others"--Publisher's description
Fashion plates : 150 years of style by April Calahan( Book )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A history of fashion plates : 150 years of style by N.Y.) Fashion Institute of Technology (New York( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Fashion and the Art of Pochoir: The Golden Age of Illustrati by April Calahan( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Muriel King : artist of fashion, The Museum at FIT, March 10-April 4, 2009( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

"Muriel King was an American designer who began her business in the early 1930s and helped form a distinctive American style. King's clothes were worn by glamorous women in New York society and in Hollywood, including Ginger Rogers and Katherine Hepburn. But her work was not limited to the elite. She designed for dress pattern companies so women who couldn't afford her couture originals could own one of her designs. She also contributed to the war effort in 1943 by designing work-wear for the women of the Boeing Aircraft Company. King was trained as an artist, not as a dressmaker, and she described her process as "designing backwards." This meant she executed a watercolor sketch of the garment first and relied on workers in her salon to complete it. Her sketches are notable for their attention to detail as well as their artistry, for they clearly show the garment's construction. This exhibition will be the first to examine Muriel King's contribution to American fashion. It will include her exquisite sketches from FIT's Special Collections and rare dresses from The Museum at FIT's collection"--Press release
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