Today I talk a bit about books since I´m a big collector of books on Vintage Wear and Pin ups. My collection of Pin up books is so big you´d think I´m a bachelor in a Space Age apartment drinking Martinis. (Talking about Bachelors - check out www.javasbachelorpad.com - I hope to be someday famous enough to be featured in his "Modern Femme Fatale"-Archives)
Anyway, I here are some of my favourites:
Review: The photos are good photographed so you can see detailings and there are some close ups on the embroidery and such. Buuuuut... Don´t expect the models to be totally authentic styled though. Well, you can´t have everything I guess ;-)
Review: The whole "Every Day Fashions" Book-range by Dover Publications is a absolute treat! It features Catalogue-pictures from Sears for every decade and if you just can´t get enough you better get those, too:
I have the late 40s one, but Iam dying to get the rest of them, too especially since I didn´t find one page that was in the Every Day Fashions book, too so it´s really worth to invest in both ranges!
For Pin up Lovers:
Review: A total absolute threat!!! There was also a Book by good ol´Bernard named "Guide to pin up Photography" that I highly recommend to Photographers and models that are getting started. It´s not available on amazon but sometimes shows up on ebay. In it he shows photos and how the light was set in a sketch. Really interesting!!!
Review: I own Volume 1-2 and it is very interesting to read about the history and everything familar to pin up magazines. It is also full packed with pictures and very heavy (I guess 1-2 kg at least!)
Review: My very first Pin up book... It started my whole fascination for the subject. Unfortunetly some of the beautifull covers are twice in it. Nethertheless it´s a minority.
Review: Elvgren, Vargas, Dribben... you name a pin up artist... and you can be 99% sure he or she is in this book! It´s great to pick some favourites and to find out whose works you like the most. Highly recommended for starters.
- Retro Model Sari
- Duesseldorf, NRW, Germany
- Iam a German 40s/50s/60s Pin up Girl, Retro Addict and Weirdo. I love make up, to craft, do photoshootings and collect vintage clothes/ lingerie. In my blog you can read all about it, mashed up with my thoughts about fashion/styling.