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Beneath It All: 100 Years of French Elegance Hardcover – December 17, 1999

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FARID CHENOUNE is a Paris-based fashion historian and the author of A History of Men's Fashion.
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  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli (December 17, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847822044
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847822041
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 1.1 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,595,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Ingrid George on October 8, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I think some of the other reviewers missed the point of this book. It's not a "what to wear" guide; it's not an in-depth historical treatise, and it's not soft-core porn. Actually, this book is a really good overview of lingerie and how it's tied in with social trends and ideals of women's bodies over the years. If the photos are titillating, it's because lingerie itself has an erotic side to it, and it's often photographed in a way that enhances that aspect, which is appealing both to men (who see it) and women (who wear it). The photos are beautiful and sexy and add to the appeal of the book - and I'm a heterosexual female. But the text is what's really interesting. I found myself unable to put it down, and it's caused me to think about undergarments in a whole new way.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Don R. Hanson II on May 8, 2000
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I'm not sure what others consider titillating material, but this book certainly is not out for the quick, cheap thrill (and that's a good thing). The text describes the changing fashions over the years, and the improvements in materials which allowed those changes in many cases. The pictures range from gritty, authentic b/w "early pioneer style" to 1960's variety to the obligatory Victoria's Secret model shots. There is no shame in appreciating the few photographs which one might consider slightly arousing, and the text is an interesting read. My girlfriend very much enjoyed receiving this book as a surprise gift, which we then read together.
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Tammy on December 11, 2000
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Like most women, I enjoy dressing seductively and sexy for my partner. From garter belts, to satin gowns, to thongs and one piece little see throughs, they're all beautiful. The book has nice illustrations and talks about lingerie from the early days to now, but the book does not cover all the basics. The book, in my opinion is worth reading if you want to know the basics on lingerie, nothing else. As a part-time model, I have found that lingerie does not fit all women, even if they have flawless bodies. This book does nothing to suggest what would look better on tall women, skinny women or women with large/small breasts. I did like the book, but I felt like it was very basic and missing alot of useful information.
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20 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 6, 1999
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As a heterosexual female costumer, I'm always looking for a solid book on underclothing that is not primarily designed to titillate a male audience. Sadly, this isn't it.
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