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Hardy Amies

By (author) Michael Pick


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  • Hardy Amies is associated worldwide with glamorous, elegant clothes and is perhaps most famously known as dressmaker to HM The Queen; the book is being published in 2012, the year of The Queen's Diamond Jubilee
  • Hardy Amies designed the wardrobe for the 1968, iconic film 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • In November 2012, the Fashion & Textile Museum, London, will be hosting an exhibition showcasing Amies's work - including examples of his gowns, sketches and printed ephemera - alongside that of Norman Hartnell and Freddie Fox
  • This stunning publication is quarter bound in luxurious Hardy Amies cloth
  • Second man in Britain to be knighted for his services to the British Fashion Industry
  • This publication is a chronological evolution of first the man, and then his business, it is his life story
  • Features hundreds of original drawings and sketches
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“This beautiful and sumptuous hardback book published by the Antique Collectors’ Club (ACC Publishing Group) features hundreds of original sketches, drawings and photographs from a career spanning eight decades, many never been seen before now.” Candy Says
Hardy Amies epitomised understated British couture, emphasising the cut of fine materials by tailored construction. Untrained in dress-making, he achieved headlines in Vogue in 1937 with his ‘Panic’ suit, a reconstructed design of a staple in every woman’s wardrobe, wittily named to reflect current events. Evoking the glamour of pre-war London while meeting the demands of contemporary society’s activities – town to country, morning to night – Amies designs drew a star-studded clientele. His war-time ‘utility’ designs revealed his design philosophy (and partly concealed his role as head of the Belgian Section of SOE), unveiling a needle-sharp intelligence and intuition for the changing world of fashion, his elegant execution of which was rewarded through the influential seal of approval by HM Queen Elizabeth II, as Princess Elizabeth, in 1950. The first post-war international designer to visit the USA, Amies’ luxurious style produced lucrative global business opportunities, including ready-to-wear, menswear shown as couture, and wide-ranging merchandising options.

About the Author
Michael Pick, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and formerly an exhibitioner in history at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, is the author of seven books on design and the decorative arts. A founding committee member of the Twentieth Century Society, a British preservation group, he has contributed to numerous publications, including The Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, Apollo, The Connoisseur, Tatler, Harpers & Queen, and Vogue. Michael has worked with fashion PR Percy Savage and was responsible for the renovation of the famous Mayfair art moderne Norman Hartnell salon. He also wrote BE DAZZLED! The Life of Norman Hartnell, about whom he has lectured at the Victoria & Albert Museum, aboard the Queen Mary, and at the Chichester and Oxford literary festivals. Hardy Amies draws on conversations with Sir Hardy Amies, who asked Michael to write about his life.
ACC Art Books
24th Oct 2012
300 mm x 237 mm
304 Pages
266 color, 252 b&w
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