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If you've ever wanted to know anything about the history of fashion in this country, you're likely to find it in the pages of this engrossing read --Gotham Magazine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Series: american fashion
  • Hardcover: 319 pages
  • Publisher: Assouline Publishing (September 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2759401618
  • ISBN-13: 978-2759401611
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 9.5 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Alison Comey on November 8, 2007
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This is a beautiful book, with stunning pictures and the text no doubt forms an authoritative picture of the evolution of American fashion from the 30's to the present. I was disappointed, however, that there weren't more "nostalgia" pictures, for lack of a better term. Everything was so artistic that there weren't the pictures of, say, Cybill Shepard in classic 60's mod taken from Glamour, that I would have liked to see and that would have made things more accessible. This is more a book for fashion professionals or students than the casual reader which still makes it an excellent buy and great book, but just not for me.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By E. A. Badía on December 26, 2007
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If fashion is your addiction, meet your quick fix. This book is beautiful, accessible and comprehensive. For all students, followers, trend-setters of fashion design and style, it would make a wonderful addition to your library.
It must be stated that the book is more a look into American fashion designers, from the end of the 1920's to 2007, than American fashion itself. After all, the book is published by the Council of Fashion Designers of America. The best way to analogize how this fact affects the book is to compare it to a history of American Cinema, published by the American Academy Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the Oscar-awarding organization.) This absolutely colors, biases and focuses the approach the book follows into what is by definition a vast subject. Throughout, it places the designer as the determining and dictating factor of style within the culture. Whether it makes a good argument for this is up to you to decide... Nevertheless, I am of the opinion that this helps keep the book focused, yet detailed.
The photography included in the book is exquisite and sharp. Especially true of the mid-century photography, it far exceeds the quality of that available in vintage fashion magazines.
Whether you are a novice/hobbyist or an established member of the industry, this is a delightful, insightful and thorough look at the subject. Even if its true title should be "American Fashion Designers: An Illustrated History."
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robin L. Smith on January 20, 2008
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American Fashion....finally a fashion book based on American fashion trends and beauty. This book really illustrates the ever changing trends of the past beautifully. I encourage anyone who is in love with reading about fashion to get this book. It is a great add to your fashion library collection.
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By Courtney Minor on March 9, 2009
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I haven't read much yet, but I have looked through it at all the pictures. There are some really great photos in here. I love fashion, so this is a great book to add to my collection. It's great to flip through when I'm bored. If you love fashion, buy this. I'll read it eventually, and I'm sure it's filled with interesting info about American Fashion.
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