March 2005

Glamour: Fashion + Industrial Design+ Architecture

Yale University Press in association with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

  • 151 Third Street
  • San Francisco , CA


"Today.glamour embraces elegance as well as aspiration, upward mobility, the flexibility of class boundaries, and the state of being self-made, both monetarily and culturally.”

-- Glamour: Fashion+Industrial Design+Architecture

Glamour attracts consumers to everything from fashion trends to feature films. A new book, published to coincide with an exhibit of the same name at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, takes a look at the concept of glamour and how it relates to fashion, industrial design and architecture. The photos are amazing, and the accompanying essays, written by a variety of authors each with different perspectives, give good examples describing the history of glamour in design.

The fashion section was edited by Valerie Steele, who also wrote familiar fashion books such as Fifty Years of Fashion: New Look to Now, Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion, Fan and Shoes. The book contains:

  • Exquisite color photos of fashions from designers ranging from Adrian to Madame Grès to Emilio Pucci to Gianni Versace, some showing garment details;
  • Descriptions of major design innovations with images provided;
  • Photos of innovative furniture, light fixtures and interior design elements;
  • Complete photography credits and extensive suggestions for further reading.

Glamour: Fashion+Industrial Design+Architecture is a work of art in itself. The book is a fine example of design aesthetic and could be used as an example of typeface, layout and presentation, in addition to general research on the designers included in the text. Check it out in the Los Angeles R& RC.

Reviewer: Jennifer Ruden, FIDM Library Staff Member