Nautical Chic

Nautical Chic

  1. Amber Jane Butchart
  • ISBN 9780500517802
  • 28.00 x 22.50 cm
  • Hardback
  • 224pp
  • 210 Illustrations, 141 in colour
  • First published 2015

A glorious celebration of the perennial nautical style, tracing the history of its trends and impact on the clothes we love

Nautical Chic

‘This book is a fascinating blend of politics, leisure and marine adventure and, although a scholarly work, it is written in a friendly, accessible tone’– Fashion Bookworm
‘Evocatively illustrated with stand out archive imagery as well as inspirational contemporary fashion photography, 'Nautical Chic' is the definitive history of coastal couture’ – Time Out


From Chanel’s coastal couture and Jean Paul Gaultier’s beefcake camp to Tommy Hilfiger’s preppy classics, this is the first and only book to celebrate nautical fashion and the ways in which it has cut a sartorial swathe for over two centuries.

Amber Jane Butchart charts the rise and rise of the nautical influence on fashion over five chapters, each one devoted to an iconic maritime figure. While ‘The Sailor’ explores the undeniable sex appeal of the sailor and ‘The Sportsman’ covers the classic All-American Look, ‘The Officer’ shows how epaulettes, brass buttons and braiding came to be catwalk staples. ‘The Fisherman’ charts how blue-and-white stripes became the choice of style arbiters as diverse as Coco Chanel, Pablo Picasso, Audrey Hepburn, Brigitte Bardot and Andy Warhol. ‘The Pirate’ concludes the book by tying together Captain Hook, Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood, and Alexander McQueen.

With evocative imagery of life on the ocean waves, Nautical Chic is the definitive history of high style on the high seas.

Amber Jane Butchart is a fashion historian working across heritage, broadcasting and academia. She is an Associate Lecturer at London College of Fashion, former visiting Research Fellow at University of the Arts London and the author of Amber Jane Butchart’s Fashion Miscellany.