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Book Review: The Illustrated World of Couture by Megan Hess

For the past few weeks, I’ve had a lot of time to read. Because of this, I decided to dedicate the next seven posts to reviewing some of the books I read, reread, or read and recently thought about.

For the first book I’m reviewing, I wanted to start with a fashion book by Megan Hess. Earlier this year, I purchased more books by Megan Hess, including some of her fashion illustration books. The first one I purchased is The Illustrated World of Couture. I love her illustrations of couture clothing and shows, so I though it would be a book I would really enjoy reading and owning.

The book’s front looks like this…

And the back looks like this…

 

This is what the chapters of the book are…

The introduction page…

Scattered throughout the whole entire book are illustrations and quotes that match the chapter or the designer mentioned in the book…

Each start of the chapter looks like this…

 

 

 

 

 

The book is beautiful book. It is full of illustrations by Megan Hess of couture clothing, fashion shows, and more. They are big, beautiful, and suits what is written. The written portion of the book is well done and explains couture in a way anyone unfamiliar with this section of fashion will understand. This book contains enough information for fans of couture fashion to enjoy reading the book, but it may repeat certain information that is better known by couture fans than newcomers to the fashion or novices in fashion in general.

I am well read about couture fashion so, to me, this book was a refresher course in it. Despite this, I really enjoyed Megan’s take on certain aspects of the fashion, the brands, and the business side of couture. Sometime it can be hard to explain certain parts of couture to anyone new to couture or non fans of fashion in general. Couture is a very luxurious and materialistic side of fashion that is more about the art of tailoring than the practicality and function of the garment. Because of this, many may be cynical of couture. The book is written and worded with the understanding that this will be an issue for some that read the book as well as the fact more people can afford the book than an actual piece of couture clothing. This made the book more enjoyable to read and not condescending, or looking down on, the reader for their budget for clothing.

If I needed to pick something negative about the book, I would mention the size of the book. According to Amazon, it is 9.7 inches by 11.45 inches with a depth of 1.05 inches. It is large enough to be comparable to other large size fashion coffee table books, but it is thinner than many fashion coffee table books I own. The size of it makes it harder to read, but the size of the book shouldn’t be a problem for anyone looking to use it as a display book.

Also, I would like to mention that this book does not have a common drawback to other fashion coffee table books I own: typos. I find more times than not fashion coffee table books have typos and printing errors. This book does not have any. I really loved seeing this because, to me, it means it was checked for quality control more thoroughly than other books. To me, it means the book is a higher quality book and was not published before it was perfect.

I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in couture fashion but cannot find as much information as they may want to online. I also recommend this book to anyone looking for a beautiful coffee table book by Megan Hess and Megan Hess fans in general.

Well, that’s all for now! Thank you for reading!

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