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Ancient Egyptian, Mesopotamian & Persian Costume (Dover Fashion and Costumes) Paperback – October 5, 2011


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Product Details

  • Series: Dover Fashion and Costumes
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; 2nd edition (October 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486425622
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486425627
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #676,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L.J. O'Neal on July 23, 2013
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I was really disappointed with this book. I have worked with costume design for many years. I was looking to recreate Medo-Persian costumes that were historically accurate and aesthetically pleasing. I found the drawings in this book amateurish and disappointing. I contacted Amazon to return the book. I found better examples with other research, elsewhere. As a result, my costumes were a 'hit' with the theatrical production's director, actors and audience. Sadly, it was not due to anything I found in THIS book.

Perhaps the book would appeal to someone who doesn't actually designs costumes, but just wants to learn the history behind the clothing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By H. Starrenburg on February 7, 2013
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This book is the best on the subject of ancient fashions I have managed to peel from the kindle store.
The author spent much time figuring out how and why garments were made and draped around the body. I was amazed to see how primitive clothing was in ancient times (right up till the Roman Empire). In most cultures the main garment basically was no more than a sheet.
The book also talks about the use of jewelry, and about the way cultures of the Ancient Middle East interacted (as far as fashion is concerned). It also looks at the reason why certain dressing habits developed (such as pants in Persia).
I think this book is a must for any author and/or film director indulging in historical fiction beyond the Roman Empire.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bookandcdfreek on August 3, 2013
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We never went into the fashions or costumes of the ancient civilizations we had to study. If we had understood just how much work went into making this stuff, we'd appreciate the clothing we have more.
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Format: Kindle Edition
There are so many "copies" of this old book that may mislead the interested reader. Written in 1920 with lot of illustrations, it is available online for FREE. All you have to do is to search "Ancient Egyptian, Assyrian and Persian Costumes" PDF on Google and download it if you need it for a research. It is however interesting how different publishers try to fool readers to think it is a new book and to sell it for a relatively high price without even allowing the readers to look inside the book (aside from few selected pages at most). The stars is for the value of the book and not the market scavengers.
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