Coffee Table Books
I own a Kindle now, so my book purchasing has really slowed down. The one exception? Coffee Table Books! I only wish I had a bigger coffee table.
When Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped onto the lunar surface in July of 1969, they wore spacesuits made by Playtex: twenty-one layers of fabric, each with a distinct yet interrelated function, custom-sewn for them by seamstresses whose usual work was fashioning bras and girdles. This book is the story of those spacesuits. It is a story of the triumph over the military-industrial complex by the International Latex Corporation, best known by its consumer brand of "Playtex"—a victory of elegant softness over engineered hardness, of adaptation over cybernetics.
Bee. $27. Honeybees were the first creatures examined by seventeenth-century scientists whose primitive microscopes suggested a complex system of construction. Now, magnified hundreds to thousands of times with a latest generation high-resolution scanning electron microscope, honeybees appear as architectural masterpieces—an elegant fusion of form and function.
Pattern Magic 2 is the cult pattern-cutting book that gives detailed instructions on sewing stunning, sculptural clothes. After serving many years as a professor at Bunka Fashion College, Tomoko Nakamichi currently delivers lectures and holds courses on pattern making in her native Japan and internationally. This book brings together the results of the research on garment patterns she has carried out to help instruct her students.