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Review: Forgotten Fashion by Kate Hahn


Forgotten Fashion: An Illustrated (Faux) History of Outrageous Trends and Their Untimely Demise
by Kate Hahn
 
            This blog isn’t called “Fashionista Piranha” for nothing. The Spring 2009 collections are debuting at Fashion Week in New York City, and to celebrate we’re having our own Fashion Week, too! All the books reviewed through Sunday will match the theme, and we’re kicking the event off with Forgotten Fashion by Kate Hahn.
            Forgotten Fashion celebrates the trends of yesteryear that, mysteriously, didn’t make it into any of the textbooks for my fashion history class. Found in the fashion archives of Miss Beatrice P. Fruit, these amazing creations astound and amaze for their beauty, ingenuity, and the bold new directions they took fashion pioneers. How did we forget the Ticker Tape Trim popular at the turn of the century? These beautiful paper ribbons were woven into dainty damsels’ dresses and nightgowns, and were printed with secret communications from desperate paramours. And who could fail to recall Fuschette, the 1980s teen band created to sell trendy junior clothing? These carefully calculated performers took famous songs such as “We’ve Got the Beat” and adapted them to promote their line with songs such as “We’ve Got the Pleats.” Surely you remember Fuschette’s mall tours, and the heart-shaped hangtags that hung on every item of Fuschette brand clothing? 
            Perhaps not. Hahn’s tongue-in-cheek faux fashions mock the true trends of the 20th century while creating their own unique mythology. To assist Hahn in her reports are a phalanx of illustrators, one of whom Project Runway fans will recognize as Andrae Gonzalo of Red Lobster fame. The fashion figures, supposedly pulled from old magazines, press releases and trade publications, capture the art styles used in previous decades and are instrumental in adding authenticity to these outrageous designs.
            I hate to even think about Christmas so early in the year, but take note, ya’ll. This is the perfect gift for the fashion lover in your life. It’s witty and funny and beautifully illustrated. Don’t miss it!
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senuneheti
Sep. 10th, 2008 03:34 am (UTC)
Ooooo... that's so going on my list.
Thanks for the review!
ext_117086
Sep. 10th, 2008 04:12 am (UTC)
oh good!
I've been eyeing this for my mom's Christmas gift! (she's really into historical costumes, and I think she'd get a kick out of this.)
the_kestral
Sep. 10th, 2008 05:03 am (UTC)
somehow this sounds like it could be a fun book
kelglitter
Sep. 10th, 2008 02:26 pm (UTC)
I looked at all the pix available on the NYT site yesterday and I've been drooling over all the boning and corset-like blouses. I also noticed that for a spring collection there was a lot of black and shiny leather... it seems my ridiculous taste has come back full-circle to high-society, even without the haute couture wire masks.
(Anonymous)
Sep. 10th, 2008 04:25 pm (UTC)
forgotten fashion
here's something i had no idea about. wait, sometime, i have to send you some of the stuff from these parts. v good on the eye, some of them :)
fashion_piranha
Sep. 12th, 2008 06:01 pm (UTC)
Re: forgotten fashion
I'm not too familiar with the Indian fashion scene, so I would love to see some photos. :)
jeannietran
Sep. 11th, 2008 12:07 am (UTC)
I remember Andrae, but what's this about Red Lobster? Also, have you been watching this season? None of the designers are very exciting.
fashion_piranha
Sep. 12th, 2008 02:01 am (UTC)
Remember how Santino would do impressions of Tim Gunn? One of them revolved around the idea of Andrae and Tim going to Red Lobster.
inbedwithbooks.blogspot.com
Sep. 12th, 2008 05:01 am (UTC)
I've seen this! It looks like a greatly fun book.
ext_119954
Sep. 15th, 2008 03:10 pm (UTC)
This sounds like a great book to read between Project Runway episode to get my fashion fix. I will definitely add it to my ever growing to-read list. *sigh*
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