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The Black Dress Hardcover – October 23, 2007
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About the Author
Dr. Valerie Steele is Director and Chief Curator of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. The author of numerous books, she is also editor-in-chief of Fashion Theory: The journal of Dress, Body, and Culture.
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Top Customer Reviews
This book about the impact of the LBD (Little Black Dress) is more like a fashion history snack.
There is an essay (about 15 typed pages altogether), and then 80 color and black and white photographs and/or illustrations - each on one page. On the facing page is a quote about wearing a black dress or just about wearing black.
I have all the other books on the LBD, and what I like about this one is the pictures are different. (Only the Coco Chanel, Audrey Hepburn and Rita Heyworth photos are repeats in other books.)
I also like the quotes, most of which I have never heard before. There is also a great index with ten square pictures on a page of the dresses and a little history of the dress and designer next to it. That to me is the best part of the book.
There are other books available on Amazon.com that I highly recommend in addition to this one:
Dressed in Black by Valerie Mendes
The Little Black Dress by Amy Holman Edelman
The Little Black Dress: Vintage Treasure by Didier Ludot