Vintage Fashion A Complete Sourcebook

Nicky Albrechtsen

An ambitious and comprehensive book on women’s vintage fashion, featuring over one thousand garments dating from the 1920s to the 1980s.

This is not just another history of fashion: it is a survey of how fashionpast continues to inspire fashion present. It features over one thousand standout pieces dating from the 1920s to the 1980s, including many icons of vintage fashion, from Marilyn Monroe’s bra to the Ossie Clark dress made famous by David Hockney’s painting. Each garment is explored from the viewpoint of the contemporary fashionista looking to build a vintage wardrobe.

Vintage Fashion is organized into three main sections. “Decades” traces the shapes and fabrics that define the look of each period. “Elements” explores the individual components of a vintage look, everything from hat to shoes. “Hallmarks” outlines fashion’s perennial themes, from florals to the ever-popular little black dress. Finally, a reference section includes invaluable practical advice for fans and collectors of vintage.


Takes the reader on a stroll through fashions of the 20th century, as well as deep dives into the style trends, fabrics, colors, and social history… You're sure to find inspiration among the hundreds of garments shown, even if your personal style is contemporary.

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Nicky Albrechtsen


Nicky Albrechtsen is the proprietor of the Vintage Resource Studio in Brick Lane, London, which provides costumes and props to the theater and media. She is the author of The Printed Square; Scarves, with Fola Solanke; and Fashion Spectacles, Spectacular Fashion, with Simon Murray.