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Barbra Streisand: A Collector of Vintage Clothing

Barbra Streisand’s Vintage Clothing Collection

Barbra Streisand, the American superstar of screen, stage and song, continues to grow and develop as an artist through her curation and collection of Art Nouveau furniture and vintage clothing.  In her first book, My Passion for Design, she offers a lavishly illustrated personal tour of her home and collections.

Although the book focuses mainly on the design of her homes, it shows a glimpse into the development of her sense of style, and what collecting vintage clothing has come to mean to this American legend.

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Preppy Style: Take Ivy & True Prep

Preppy  is a classic American fashion that never goes out of style.  Based on the traditional look of preparatory and Ivy League students in the U.S., preppy style is being revisited once again in books released this month.

Take Ivy by Teruyoshi Hayashida is the definitive photo essay of preppy style, featuring shots of students on Ivy League university campuses in the 1960s.  First published in Japan in 1965, the book has been a sought-after reference for the traditional American style and is hailed by many to be the bible of the preppy look.

Satrical author Lisa Birnbach, the author of The Official Preppy Handbook published 30 years ago, has written True Prep as a contemporary commentary on American preppy style.  The sequel aims to examine preppies in the modern context and show how the style and attitude have developed over the last three decades.

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Further Reading:

The Ivy Look: Classic American Clothing – An Illustrated Pocket Guide
Style and the Man


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