Over the years I've built up an extensive collection of books on vintage fashion and I often tweet about books we recommend at Juno Says Hello. A friend introduced me to LibraryThing.com recently - an online service to help people catalogue their books. The site almost operates like a Facebook for books, where you can check out other people's libraries, swap reading suggestions, write reviews and so forth.
I decided it was time to upload our books to a virtual library so my customers and other vintage aficionados would have access to the all the titles I recommend online. If you click on this link, you will see Juno Says Hello's profile page on LibraryThing.com. If you want to see a list of all the fashion and style books that we recommend, click here.
Here is a small selection of the books in our online catalogue:
Fashionista: A Century of Style Icons
Bals: Legendary Costume Balls of the 20th Century
The Golden Age of Couture
The Secret Lives of Dresses
The Fashion File by Mad Men costume designer Janie Bryant
A new addition to the catalogue is Naomi Thompson's Style Me Vintage: A Guide to Sourcing and Creating Retro Looks. Naomi is a friend of Juno Says Hello and she really is a vintage fashion guru - this book is a great introduction to those who are new to the world of vintage as well as long-term aficionados.
Another great book is Costume Design in the Movies by Elizabeth Leese, a lavishly illustrated tome covering costume designers from 1910 to 1970 including Theoni V. Aldredge (The Great Gatsby) and Edith Head (All About Eve, To Catch a Thief).
There are many more to be uploaded to our catalogue. Our studio is full of books at the moment and they're beginning to compete for space with the rails of clothes! I really love this photo of a cluttered floor... somehow piles of books are so much nicer to look at than boring old carpet.
Customers are welcome to browse and borrow books from our collection at any time. To make an appointment in our Bloomsbury studio, please contact us via this link. If you have any suggestions then feel free to add them in the comments.