COVID-19 Update

March 30, 2020: Biblio is open and shipping orders.

Sign In | Register


RECENT ARRIVALS


Selvedge: The Fabric of Your Life, No. 58, May/June 2014, The Blue and White Issue
seller photo

Selvedge: The Fabric of Your Life, No. 58, May/June 2014, The Blue and White Issue

By Leonard, Polly, ed.

Very good with light wear at the corners. From the publisher: "A few years ago I was lucky enough to be invited to view the flax fields of Northern France. It was enchanting to look back towards the beaches at the panorama created by the ultramarine of the sky, the Antwerp blue of the North Sea and the soft cerulean of the flax flowers. Surprisingly the majority of the world's supply of linen is grown in an area that stretches from Cean in the South to Amsterdam in the North; but it is less surprising to learn that the same area has a rich textile heritage as well as a thriving fashion industry today. The affluence of the area is due in no small part to the textile trade that has its roots in the middle ages. Our travel feature on the Low Countries, presents a snapshot of this rich history as well as a glimpse of the work of contemporary designers. The legacy of linen is strong in the region and I love this fabric for its relaxed contemporary feel and also for its strength. The fact that it can hold its shape within an open structure is a quality that makes linen ideal for the production of lace. The significance of the lace in the 17th century can not be underestimated, as Annabel Talbot explains in her article The Personal is Political. Many modern artists and designers reference the vocabulary of lace in their work such as Iris Van Herpen. The European Union is conscious of this importance of the lace industry and initiated the Crysalis project to provide opportunities to combine knowledge and tradition with technology. Nicola Donovan reviews the exhibition Lace Effects 1, part of the project at the International Centre for Lace and Fashion in Calais. In my opinion, the only thing that can improve on the quiet beauty of linen is indigo dye – considered by many to be the most popular colour in the world. Unlike linen, which has a specific geographic origin, indigo exists in some form on every continent. The image of Gandhi, in his undyed khadi cloth is familiar to us, but it is fascinating to learn of his connection to indigo. In this issue we also see indigo in The Kojima Family factory in Japan, in the African indigo fabrics from Benin used in the Heartwear collection, and as delicate garments designed by Chinar Farooqui from India. Both Heartwear and Farooqui are exhibiting at our Fashion Fair in Bath. If you are not able to make the fair I do hope you enjoy reading about their beautiful work."

$15.00

Selvedge: The Fabric of Your Life, No. 81, March/April 2018, Japan Blue Issue
seller photo

Selvedge: The Fabric of Your Life, No. 81, March/April 2018, Japan Blue Issue

By Leonard, Polly, ed.

No. 81, March/April 2018. Very good with light wear at the corners. From the publisher: "Typhoon Lan obliterated the Naruto whirlpools during my visit to Tokushima last October. While so much of Japan suffered devastating loss as a result of the storm, in fact, it is due to the frequent typhoons and subsequent flooding of the Shinmachi River that prevent rice paddies from being sustainable in the region, allowing indigo, harvested before the typhoon season, to take hold. This led to Tokushima becoming the centre of the indigo trade in the 19th century and home to wealthy indigo merchants. Today it is the undisputed indigo capital of the world. 'Japan Blue' was coined by an English scholar who, visiting Japan in the 18th century, was struck by blue's overwhelming presence. The Japanese archipelago is surrounded by it; it is observed in every doorway and in everyone's clothes. This blue, it seemed, belonged to the country, and still does. Japan has a complex and obscure culture, and it was due to the diligence of my gracious hosts Mr. Koji Ida and Mr. Shohei Sagawa of the Japanese Export Trade Organsation and Tokushima City Council that I was able to even scratch the surface. My itinerary introduced me to the cult of the craftsman at the Awa Yuzen atelier. With great patience I was shown stencils in constant use for 200 years, and tried my hand at paste resist as a young assistant darted between the vats, only to reveal he had in fact fallen in twice during his apprenticeship. We then moved to Nagao Orifu, where the sounds and smells were familiar and I was struck by its similarity to the woollen mills of Yorkshire. Then to Okamoto Orifu Factory, where master craftsmen are working to satisfy the world's hunger for Japanese selvedge denim, weaving on old Toyota looms, rope-dying his cotton and contrasting their indigo with persimmon. Finally, to conclude my visit, to Mr Sato; who together with the half dozen or so Water Masters maintains the sukumo tradition that makes Japanese indigo darker and more intense than anywhere in the world. In this issue, we celebrate Japan Blue and the country's rich textile culture."

$15.00

Esoteric Textiles
seller photo

Esoteric Textiles

By Shirley Day Ltd.

Not dated (circa mid- to late-1990s). Card wraps with plastic snap binding, 21 by 29.7 cm, [32] pp., illus. Very good with light edge and corner wear, and a tiny tear on the bottom edge of the front cover. A catalog from the gallery of Shirley Day featuring 15 full-page color illustrations of textiles from Peru, Uzbekistan, Bolivia, Cameroon, Zaire, Rwanda, East Sumba, Borneo, Indonesia, Indonesia, Bali, and South Sumatra. The only texts are captions on the facing pages that list the location, material, date, and size of the shoulder cloth, tunic, skirt, ceremonial screen, etc.

$20.00

Jewelry through the Ages
seller photo

Jewelry through the Ages

By Gregorietti, Guido; Erich Steingräber, foreword; Helen Lawrence, trans.

Hardcover with dust jacket, orange cloth with gilt spine titles and cover decorations, 21 by 29.8 cm, illus. in color. Near fine hardcover in a very good jacket. An in-depth and heavily illustrated history of jewelry including sections on gold, colored stones in jewelry, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Baroque period, the 18th century, the 19th century, and 1870 to the present day.

$20.00

Scottish Wool Cloth Sample Book
seller photo

Scottish Wool Cloth Sample Book

By Scottish Woolen Publicity Council

Not dated (circa late-1970s to 1980s). Blue buckram hardcover over plastic comb binding, black and white spine and cover titles and graphics, 19.2 by 26.5 cm, 60 pp. including twenty-two 14 by 11 cm wool samples. Very good with only faint rubbing at the corners. After a ten-page introduction on the history of the Scottish woolen industry, this volume includes 22 wool samples, including a description, history, and weave plan for each sample. The swatches include Thornproof Suiting, Bannockburn Suiting, Lightweight Shetland Cloth, Sports Jacketing, Skirt Cloth, Tartan, Ladies' Dress Cloth, Cheviot Overcoating, Ladies' Novelty Tweed, Tie Cloth, etc.

$80.00

Clothing Liberation or Out of the Closets and Into the Streets
seller photo

Clothing Liberation or Out of the Closets and Into the Streets

By Torbet, Laura

Glossy illustrated wraps, 21.5 by 27.7 cm, vi 73 pp., illus. Very good with minor wear to the wraps and a light lower corner crease on the front cover. "Hundreds of simple ideas for re-cycling clothes. Turn old into new, plain into fancy. No special skills required." Illustrated with black and white photos and dozens of line drawings by the author, Clothing Liberation is a guide to hipster paradise via blouses, sweaters, hats, boots, pants, shorts, belts, scarves, ties, skirts, bags, jackets, and much more. Groovy!

$18.00

Jean Paul Gaultier
seller photo

Jean Paul Gaultier

By Chenoune, Farid

Hardcover with dust jacket, black cloth with gilt spine and cover titles, 16 by 22.2 cm, 79 [1] pp., heavily illus. in full color, French text. Hardcover is very good with light bumping at the extremities; jacket is very good with light rubbing and soiling. A twelve-page bio of Gaultier (text is in French) following by striking full-page photographs of Gaultier and his designs.

$18.00

Coats! Max Mara, 55 Years of Italian Fashion
seller photo

Coats! Max Mara, 55 Years of Italian Fashion

By Rasche, Adelheid, ed.

Hardcover with dust jacket, 24.5 by 28.7 cm, 242 pp., heavily illus. Very good with only minor lower edge bumping; jacket is near fine but for a 1 cm closed tear on the top edge of the front panel. A beautiful copy – read gently, if at all. From the publisher: "COATS! Max Mara will delight thousands of women who secretly slip on 'my Max Mara' just for pleasure—and millions more who still wish they had gone ahead and bought that unforgettable coat. The publication of this book coincides with a traveling exhibition that includes more than 50 classic coats from the company archives, accompanied by numerous images and sketches showing their design development. The illustrations are highlighted by special interpretations of the iconic model #101801 Max Mara camel-hair coat by photographers such as William Wegman and Miwa Yanagi—plus sketches by Karl Lagerfeld, Jean Charles de Castelbajac, Luciano Soprani, Guy Paulin, and Anne-Marie Beretta, and classic fashion photography by Sarah Moon, Manfredi Bellati, Peter Lindbergh, Richard Avedon, Steven Meisel, Craig McDean, and many others. Essays and critical texts on the history of the company and its influence on fashion design give a broad view of Italian fashion, past and future."

$50.00

Shocking! The Art and Fashion of Elsa Schiaparelli
seller photo

Shocking! The Art and Fashion of Elsa Schiaparelli

By Blum, Dilys E.

Hardcover with dust jacket, pink cloth with white spine titles, 27.5 by 34 cm, 320 pp., heavily illus. The hardcover is very good with only minor signs of shelf wear; the jacket is good with small edge tears and creases, as well as faint scratches and dings on the rear panel. Based on the exhibition that was held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Musée de la Mode et du Textile in 2004, this well-illustrated volume explores the work of the Italian fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli. From the publisher: "Elsa Schiaparelli (1890-1973) was the premier style arbiter of the 1930s - a favourite designer for women who made the best-dressed list, of female sports heroes, and of film and theatre actresses. This book takes a comprehensive look at the work of this startling and innovative Paris fashion designer. 'Shocking!' explores the Italian-born designer's career from its modernist beginnings in the 1920s to the closing of her salon in 1954. Author Dilys Blum discusses in detail Schiaparelli's impact on and relationship with the American fashion industry, the foundation of her great success. She also addresses how Schiaparelli's early designs were acclaimed for the architectural quality of her silhouettes and her use of unconventional materials. After 1935 the designer's collections took on a new identity, partly from her close relationship with the Parisian artistic community, which included Man Ray, Salvador Dali, Jean Cocteau, and Alberto Giacometti. Illustrated with over 300 captivating reproductions of Schiaparelli clothing and accessories, this book also includes contemporary photos of her designs by such key fashion photographers as Horst and Cecil Beaton and sketches and stills from the films and plays with which she was associated. Together the text and illustrations celebrate a masterful designer who defined dressmaking as an art rather than a profession."

$90.00

Dress in Detail: From Around the World
seller photo

Dress in Detail: From Around the World

By Crill, Rosemary; Jennifer Wearden; Verity Wilson

Hardcover with dust jacket, black cloth with gilt spine titles, 23.5 by 30.8 cm, 224 pp., heavily illus. Fine hardcover in near fine jacket. From the publisher: "Dress in all its global diversity is the theme of this beautifully illustrated book. It brings together some 150 garments from East and West, from the tropics to the Arctic circle, from the plains of India to the mountain ranges of Montenegro. Many of the garments illustrated here were made for festivals, weddings and other ceremonies, and they display a breathtaking richness of detail - rows of ornamental buttons, embroidered borders, intricate pleating and stitching, flamboyant fringes and tassels - that makes them a source of inspiration for many of today's top designers."

$30.00

Frank Book Chapter 21: Italian Vs. Italian-American [Frank151 Magazine]
seller photo

Frank Book Chapter 21: Italian Vs. Italian-American [Frank151 Magazine]

By Johnsen, Greg, guest ed.

Very good with light shelf wear to the wraps and corners. Guest curated by Greg Johnsen for SNAFU and Supernova.

$10.00

Frank 151 Magazine, Chapter 52 [2013]
seller photo

Frank 151 Magazine, Chapter 52 [2013]

By CLOT, guest eds.

Issue no. 52. Wraps, 14.2 by 19 cm, 155 [5] pp., illus. in color. Very good with only minor shelf wear to the wraps. No spine creases. From the publisher: "WITH A GLOBAL SPOTLIGHT ON CHINA'S BOOMING ECONOMY, THE COUNTRY'S MORE NUANCED AREAS OF GROWTH HAVE BEEN OVERSHADOWED IN RECENT YEARS. BUT IT SHOULDN'T COME AS A SURPRISE THAT THE "WAKING DRAGON" BOASTS A FASCINATING UNDERBELLY, COMPLETE WITH YOUNG CULTURE TO RIVAL ANYTHING COMING OUT OF THE WEST. FOUNDED IN 2003 BY EDISON CHEN AND KEVIN POON, CLOT IS AT THE FOREFRONT OF THAT MOVEMENT. THE COMPANY IS AS MULTIFACETED AS THEY ARE CREATIVE, SPECIALIZING IN CLOT-BRANDED PRODUCTS AND FASHION, MUSIC AND EVENT PRODUCTION, DESIGN SERVICES, AND PR CONSULTING. ALL OF THOSE ENDEAVORS HAVE CULMINATED IN CHEN AND POON OPENING RENOWNED JUICE BOUTIQUES IN CITIES SUCH AS HONG KONG, SHANGHAI, TAIPEI, AND KUALA LUMPUR. AS GUEST CURATOR OF CHAPTER 52, CLOT WILL SHOW US A SIDE OF CHINA WE DON'T OFTEN SEE. STARTING WITH AN INTERVIEW BETWEEN CO-OWNER EDISON CHEN AND THE RZA, WE WILL ALSO EXPLORE THE LEGEND OF THE KING OF KOWLOON, PROFILE INTERNATIONAL FASHION PHOTOGRAPHER WING SHYA, EXPLORE BASQUIAT'S IMPACT ON CHINESE STREETWEAR DESIGN, AND GET A TOUR OF NIGO'S HARAJUKU. OTHER CHAPTER 52 CONTRIBUTORS INCLUDE MURAKAMI, KAWS, BOBBY HUNDREDS, MICHAEL DUPOUY, AND MANY MORE."

$10.00