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20th-Century Fashion : The Complete Sourcebook Hardcover – September, 1993


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson; First Printing edition (September 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500015643
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500015643
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #484,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth A. Root on August 18, 2006
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I am very disappointed with this item. I bought it on the strength of Peacock's Shoes: The Complete Sourcebook, and the fact that Thames & Hudson was the publisher (another reputation bites the dust). One problem that both books share is that the title doesn't really convey the scope. I realize that it is hard to define vague areas, but this is more or less Western European and American fashion, it is only about women's clothing, not even the 2003 reprint covers the entire 20th century (it's 1900-1990), and "complete sourcebook" is a bit of an exaggeration. Christian Lacroix claims in the Preface that the fashions of the 1990s are too diverse to be covered. How "fashion" is defined is one of the chief problems with the book.

The basic plan is a good one: fashions for various occasions along with their associated underwear and accessories. The book is broken up into sections covering 5 years (e.g.,1900-1904) Each section has a page each of haute couture, accessories (usually shoes, purses, hats, wraps, and oddly enough, tops such as blouses and sweaters), leisure wear, underwear, evening wear, bridal fashions and two pages of day wear. Coats, jewelry, wigs, gloves, etc., are covered only sporadically. All are illustrated in color by 1100 drawings of a number of garments with dates; only the haute couture are attributed to specific designers. Apparently in order to save pages, the keys to the illustrations, with detailed information about the items, are grouped together in 10 year increments. I find this a bit annoying, but I understand the motive.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Anne on March 22, 2000
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Comprehensive, but brief enough so that one does not get lost in a tangle of illustrations and texts. Excellent discriptions for the clothing, and accurate, well drawn pictures. A must have for every costumer or clothing lover.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Taylor on March 18, 2003
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I'm a vintage clothing dealer and use this book constantly. Not as a reference for myself (there are many better books on this subject) but as a guide to show customers a general guide to the "look" of a certain period. The picture outline format is great for just illustrating trends in outfits from the time. I show them how you can capture a look with certain styles or accessories that may or even may not be period. It is a wonderful tool that I have used many, many times. I may not recommend it as a comprehensive guide to vintage, but as a visual tool for a quick education at a glance, you can't beat it.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kristen Weiser on October 4, 2000
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The book is filled with illustrations which are very nice, but I wasn't too impressed. Had I not bought it through Amazon, and was able to flip through it beforehand, I probably would not have bought it. Still, it looks pretty good on a coffee table.
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Considering the rapid changes of fashion in the 20th century, this is an ambitious work that largely succeeds. Shame on Amazon for listing Christian Lacroix as photographer. Lacroix only wrote the preface! The book is NOT a photograph collection; it is all Peacock's artwork. His choices are probably better in the earlier years. In the later decades he tends to feature extremes rather than standard wear. I remember the 50s on and never saw in real life some of the things he depicts. Still it's a beautiful book! His renderings are charming. He draws the clothing very well (not so good with hands and feet and his heads vary wildly in size but I niggle).
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This is a great book! It groups similar years and shows their fashion together. There is a also a description of clothes. It shows Couture , Underware, Leisure, Day, Evening, & Bridal Wear. It also shows accesories like hats, shoes, &purses. There are plenty of pictures for each year! **Each one includes accesories! 1900: 9 pictures 1901: 8 1902: 9 1903: 12 1904: 15 You get the idea
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