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Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by cuffthis, Jan 9, 2005.

  1. cuffthis

    cuffthis Senior member

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    This is my current collection. What other volumes should I be looking for?

    Adam, Michael - How to Tie Ties (1996)

    Angeloni, Umberto - The Boutonniere, Style in One's Lapel (2000)

    Boyer, G. Bruce - Elegance, A Guide to Quality Menswear (1985)
    Boyer, G. Bruce - Eminently Suitable, The Elements of Style in Business Attire (1990)

    Bridges, John & Curtis, Bryan - A Gentleman Entertains, A Guide to Making Memorable Occasions Happen (2000)

    Canadeo, Anne - Ralph Lauren, Master of Fashion (1992)

    Chaille, Francois - The Book of Ties (1994)
    Chaille, Francois - The Little Book of Ties (1999)

    Chenoune, Farid - A History of Men's Fashion (1993)

    Chic Simple - Shirt and Tie (1993)
    Chic Simple - Men's Wardrobe (1998)
    Chic Simple - Clothes (1993)

    Cooke, John William - Brooks Brothers, Generations of Style (2003)

    Flusser, Alan - Making The Man, The Insider's Guide to Buying and Wearing Men's Clothes (1981)
    Flusser, Alan - Clothes and the Man, The Principles of Fine Men's Dress (1985)
    Flusser, Alan - Style and the Man, How and Where to Buy Fine Men's Clothes (1996)
    Flusser, Alan - Dressing the Man, Mastering the Art of Permanent Fashion (2002)

    Friedman, Steve - The Gentleman's Guide to Life, What Every Guy Should Know About Living Large, Loving Well, Feeling Strong and Looking Good (1997)

    Foulkes, Nicholas - Turnbull & Asser Shirtmakers Est. 1885, The Pedigree and Style of a Very English Institution (1997)

    Gross, Michael - Genuine Authentic, The Real Life of Ralph Lauren (2003)

    Hochswender, Woody - Men in Style, The Golden Age of Fashion from Esquire (1993)

    Karlen, Josh & Sulavik, Christopher - The Indispensible Guide to Classic Men's Clothing (1999)

    Konop, Carol - The Shirt Book (1995)

    Liaut, Jean-Noel & Pizzin, Bertrand - Cuff Links (2002)

    Martin, Richard - Jocks and Nerds, Men's Style in the Twentieth Century (1989)

    McDowell, Colin - Ralph Lauren, The Man, the Vision, the Style (2002)

    Meehan, Tim - Suit Yourself, A Practical Guide to Men's Attire (1999)

    Omelianuk, Scott - Esquire's Things A Man Should Know About Style (1999)

    Pooser, Doris - Successful Style, A Man's Guide to a Complete Professional Image (1988)

    Roettzel, Bernhard - Gentleman, A Timeless Fashion (1999)

    Rubenstein, Hal - Paisley Goes with Nothing, A Man's Guide to Style (1995)

    Trachtenberg, Jeffrey A. - Ralph Lauren, The Man Behind the Mystique (1988)

    Vass, Laszlo & Molnar, Magda - Handmade Shoes for Men (1999)

    Villarosa, Riccardo & Angeli, Giuliano - The Elegant Man, How to Construct the Ideal Wardrobe (1990)

    Walker, Richard - Savile Row, An Illustrated History (1989)


    And my Cary Grant collection:

    Buehrer, Beverley Bare - Cary Grant, A Bio-Biography (1990)
    Curtis, Jenny - Cary Grant, A Life in Pictures (1998)
    Deschner, Donald - The Complete Films of Cary Grant (1973)
    Donaldson, Maureen - An Affair to Remember, My Life With Cary Grant (1989)
    Eliot, Marc - Cary Grant, A Biography (2004)
    Godfrey, Lionel - Cary Grant, The Light Touch (1981)
    Guthrie, Lee - The Life aand Loves of Cary Grant (1977)
    Harris, Warren G. - Cary Grant, A Touch of Elegance (1987)
    Higham, Charles & Moseley, Roy - Cary Grant, The Lonely Heart (1989)
    McCann, Graham - Cary Grant, A Class Apart (1996)
    McIntosh, William Currie and Weaver, William - The Private Cary Grant (1983)
    Nelson, Nancy - Evenings With Cary Grant (1991)
    Schickel, Richard - Cary Grant, A Celebration (1983)
    Trescott, Pamela - Cary Grant, His Movies and His Life (1987)
    Vermilye, Jerry - Cary Grant, Pyramid Illustrated History of the Movies (1973)
    Vermilye, Jerry - Cary Grant, The Pictorial Treasury of Film Stars (1974)
    Wansell, Geoffrey - Cary Grant, Dark Angel (1996)
    Wansell, Geoffrey - Haunted Idol, The Story of the Real Cary Grant (1983)
     


  2. FIHTies

    FIHTies Senior member

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  3. Alexander Kabbaz

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    "Getting Knotted" by Ratti - out of print
    "The Blue Book of Men's Tailoring"
    "Tailoring Suits the Professional Way"
    "Etiquette" Emily Post
    more later
     


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    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    I'm missing all three of these. The "Blue Book" appears to be about Edwardian costume design, but the others look interesting.
     


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    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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  6. FIHTies

    FIHTies Senior member

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    Manton: Your Amazon list is already on the HOF thread I posted. JJF
     


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    I would agree but I would also state that one should get an older edition. I just reviewed the newest edition, the 17th, and while I wasn't disappointed I was a bit saddened that Peggy Post is comfortable with people using e-mail in some circumstances I think that notes and letters should still apply.

    That said, the new edition isn't a travesty but I am old-fashioned.
     


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    I read the several blue book editions from the 1880s through the 1910s at a university lib. one afternoon.  Interesting education as to the British proportion-form of measuring and cutting, how it's rather standardized, and not as individualized as we think.

    For Victorian manners there's a book along the lines of "Deportment and Manners of the Most Refined Society," or some pretentious title -- not a pretentious book.  Reprinted from the 1880s.  John Young.  A lot of it's quaint, but you get an idea as to how many of the better-mannered people from the 20th century came to their behavior (harking to the Victorian).  

    And ... regarding the Cary Grant style books, for the true lowdown from the man himself, check at your local microfilm library for the Sunday insert section (This Week magazine) from 3/30/62.  Who knows if he really wrote it, but it's a good, if elementary, article covering of the very basics of dressing.  I can transcribe it and post it in a new topic if there are any requests-t-s-s-t-s, as Cary would say.
     


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    TCN Senior member

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    I would add the Duke of Windsor's "A Family Album".
     


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    One that comes to mind is: Bridges, John & Curtis, Bryan- A gentleman gets dressed up. It's very interesting, but doesn't dwell in areas covered so well by flusser, roetsel, molloy, etc.
     


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    Cuffthis: what about Keers, A Gentleman's Wardrobe? Of the books you have in your list, which are the most indispensable and which two or three would you give to your sartorially-challenged best friend?

    Paul44: I'd like to read the Cary Grant article if you've got the time to do the transcription. Thanks.
     


  12. cuffthis

    cuffthis Senior member

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    At the request of Manton and several others, I have ordered this book and several others through Amazon.com. Will let you know my thoughts on those when those books arrive.

    My favorite book is Clothes and the Man by Alan Flusser. It really captures the spirit of dressing well, imho. Elegance by G. Bruce Boyer is second, as it also is well written and extremely informative without being lecturing or condescending. My third favorite one is The complete films of Cary Grant. Pictures do say a thousand words. Absolutely beautiful clothes from a bygone era.
     


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    Mr. Kabbaz, could I ask you to elaborate on these three books?

    Also, what, in your opinion, is the best book about shirts and shirtmaking?

    Andrey
     


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    Parker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    For a light read: Glenn O'Brien "The Style Guy" For a light watch: Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn in "Charade" [​IMG]
     


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    I would add the Duke of Windsor's "A Family Album".

    I've been trying to find that one. It's out of print and pretty expensive used, unless you know a good source.--RT
     


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