Cally Blackman's 100 Years of Fashion Illustration ($26) is well worth its weight. After all, it takes a lot of pages — 378 to be exact — to show off 100 years of fantastic fashion illustrations as far back as the 1900s. Artists featured in this amazing exposé include Andy Warhol, Antonio Lopez, Tod Draz, and Erté. So much to ogle, but we especially love the groovy 1970s section . . .
Are there any illustration-lovers in the house? You should pick up a copy of Fashion Wonderland: Uncover the Power of Illustration in Fashion ($27), published by Victionary. Basically, it concludes that the impact of illustration is felt most directly in fashion. It is what influences shoppers' choices by allowing products to stand out. Learn the crucial role of illustration in fashion and see its impact through concept sketches, t-shirt graphics, eye-catching magazine ads, and patterns on textiles. Fashion students who want an edge, or those who just want some eye candy, will benefit from this read.