Tonight's the long delayed start of the 6th season of Project Runway on Lifetime. I'm a late-comer to the program since I generally dislike reality television, but, a dear friend got me hooked last year.
I'm a fashion cynic because I can't believe that what passes as fashion is suitable attire for normal human beings. I watch Project Runway to confirm my belief! (Does that make me a horrible person?)
I also have a strong interest in social history, in which fashion plays a large role. I love looking through the section of the library where we have such titles as, Fashions of a Decade [391.009 FAS]. This set covers 8 decades from the 1920s through the 1990s. Other social history fashion books include Fashion in Detail: From the 17th and 18th Centuries by Avril Hart [391 HAR], and Perfect Fit: Clothes, Character, and the Promise of America by Jenna Weissman Joselit [391.0097 JOS].
The One Hundred: A Guide to the Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own by Nina Garcia (who, in the past, has been a judge on Project Runway) [687.082 GAR], takes the reader into contemporary fashion, which, ten years from now, will be fashion history!
[If you have a little time to kill today, visit The Bad Fads Museum, and browse the fashion section.]