From Library Journal
An experienced costume and fashion designer, as well as a lecturer and author on fashion history, Peacock has meticulously created a visually rich sourcebook illustrating 90 years in the development of women's fashions. Each division, representing a decade, begins with his choice of the "ideal" work of leading couturiers, followed by sketches of leisure, day, evening, and bridal wear, as well as underwear and accessories. Principal changes for five-year periods are depicted through a fashionable silhouetted outline, with notes on various modifications. Brief biographical data are included for selected designers, though birth/death dates are not provided for all entries. For deeper insight into the social and economic factors influencing the evolution of style, see Lew Hall's Common Threads ( LJ 1/93). Recommended as a valuable source of inspiration and a visual history for the fashion enthusiast, historian, designer, and theater arts students and to libraries serving those patrons.- Vicki Gadberry, Mars Hill Coll. Lib., N.C.
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