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20th Century Fashion Paperback – November 17, 1999


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson (November 17, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500203210
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500203217
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.7 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,432,751 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This compact chronicle of fashion traces trends in women's and men's fashions from the British perspective, though continental and American fashions are treated too. Fashion changes accelerated more and more rapidly during the last century, from the conservative Belle Epoque styles to the "anything goes" vortex of the 1990s. In between, social and economic forces created dramatic or subtle changes, and these are well described here with the aid of 280 illustrations. Intriguing details like prewar Nazi fashion ideals of womanhood or the origins the Carnaby Street look of the 1960s keep one's interest--if the eyes can take it. The type face of the text is so small that some readers may have trouble reading it for any length of time. That's too bad, because there is much good information contained in the text. Still, this well-priced fashion history by two experienced curators of the Victoria and Albert Museum is recommended for all fashion and costume collections.
-Therese Duzinkiewicz Baker, Western Kentucky Univ. Libs., Bowling Green
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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An excellent condensed guide covering major fashion developments created by important designers and couturiers for men and women trendsetters. -- The Bloomsbury Review, Beverly Chico, November/December 2000

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Susan O'Neill on January 15, 2006
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I bought this book for my daughter who is studying Fashion Design as a freshman in high school. I think I may enmjoy the book more than she, especially the part about the 60s! The section on WWII is very interesting; did you know the reason men lost their turnups on trousers was due to rationing of fabric? I finally found out what utility fabric was and saw a picture of a demob suit! Not loads of pictures but those that there are are good and illustrate the text well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. K. Roznos on February 5, 2009
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This book provides an exceleent overview of 20th Century Fashion. Rather then breaking fashion down in decades (which really doesn't make sense)this book breaks down 20th Century Fashion by movements within the industry and particularly the economic conditions of the time. True, it doesn't have a lot of pictures, but fashion pictures are relatively easy to obtain. This book provides an excellent historic overview of the century.
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By Gabriella on October 2, 2013
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Eh, not the best book, but informative and filled with applicable photos and pictures none-the-less. I need to read it for a class, and it's a quick read!
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By Kayla Paige Mcghie on September 4, 2014
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Good condition, didn't use this book once for my class so I cant advise.on the content.
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