Do you ever wonder how t-shirts went from being a simple undergarment to a stand-alone icon of American fashion? Did you ever say to yourself, “Khaki, what a strange word. I would love to know where that came from?” Though clothes constitute a large part of our day-to-day life, and are even called “defining” by some, it is surprising how little we actually know about them. The latest book in Gunn’s literary treasure chest, Tim Gunn’s Fashion Bible, is entirely interesting and offers the most fascinating insights into the history and evolution of our wardrobe staples. From t-shirts to jeans to ties and scarves, Gunn provides information on the history of the fashion pieces we have come to love in an easy-to-read and enjoyable format.
Gunn effortlessly incorporates popular culture into his writing that readers of all ages are able to identify with and understand. For example, Gunn discusses the near death of the t-shirt in the 30’s when he writes, “And then one man threatened to take down the entire t-shirt business: Clark Gable. In the 1934 film, It Happened One Night, Gable’s character takes his shirt off and he’s not wearing an undershirt… By appearing naked under his shirt, he signaled that he was too cool, too manly, too liberated for an undershirt. At that moment, American men took his lead…” This single illustration of the near collapse of our most beloved fashion garment is nothing short of fascinating. What would we be wearing today if the t-shirt, in all its glory, had died over seventy years ago?
While historically captivating, Gunn’s book also offers tips and opinions on today’s fashion choices for both men and women. Finding a good tie that will last can be a bit trying. Gunn suggests the following: “When you’re shopping for a tie, you want to look for a lining that gives it some weight. Without that infrastructure, ties can be limp.” This and other general guidelines will help every man and woman find quality pieces that fit correctly. Tim Gunn’s book is great for both fashion lovers and those simply interested in learning more about what they wear. A pleasant and entertaining read, this book should appeal to all types.
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