- Series: Dover Fashion and Costumes
- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Dover Publications (June 10, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0486407233
- ISBN-13: 978-0486407234
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #707,195 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ancient European Costume and Fashion (Dover Fashion and Costumes) Paperback – June 10, 1999
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Many of Norris' statements are a little questionable. The stone-age chapter is almost charming in its dated naiveté, and is by no means a reliable reference. The Greek chapter is also filled with questionable statements, and in other places one gets the impression that Norris is putting forth conjecture as truth. However, many of his observations are of great use. For instance, the account of the evolution of the pallium - its journey from the voluminous philosophers cloak in Greece, through Roman and Byzantine usage, to a finally a narrow band of fabric used as a Christian vestment even today - is clearer than in any other publication I have ever seen.
As with all his books, all the illustrations are redrawn by Norris himself and no primary source material is illustrated. This is typical of most costume texts published prior to the 1960s and is not a further reflection on Norris' scholarship.
Where Norris had actual exemplars to work from (such as in jewelry designs), his work was often little short of remarkable (artistry in and of itself).Read more ›
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