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Decades: A Century of Fashion Hardcover – October 16, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA (October 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159691663X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596916630
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 10.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #334,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An alluring visual record of how a legend wears her clothes." - New York Times
 
"An editorialized take on twentieth-century fashion in away that befits the legacy he's created at Decades."--Style.com
 
"A chic book, its own supermodel of sorts: tall and slim and faintly exotic. Inside, each of the 10 chapters revisits styles of a different era, all in Silver's knowledgeable, slighly sardonic voice."--C Magazine
 
"Cameron Silver know more than a thing or two about shopping vintage - he knows almost everything. And he's putting all of that expertise into his new book Decades: A Century of Fashion, which explores the history of the genre decade by decade, and the lessons vintage can teach about fashion today."--Instyle
 
"[Silver] pays tribute to the iconic styles of the past hundred years in lavish, loving detail, zooming in on fabrics, trims and silhouettes."--Entertainment Weekly
 
"Visually stunning...It's an education about the people who create fashion but also the people who bring the looks to life, which, in this decade dominated by the Hollywood red carpet, is more important than ever."--LA Times
 
"This hefty and gorgeous coffee table book has Silver's flashy personality all over it and contains inspiring photographs of iconic women of decades past, interviews with celebrities and Silver's own words of satorial wisdom. Want to become an expert on vintage fashion? Read this."--Fashionista
 
"VERDICT Beautiful color and black-and-white illustrations of clothing and fashion photography are included, and the book is longer and larger than most tomes on fashion. This is best for readers who want a well-illustrated general overview of 20th-century women's fashion but are not too concerned with a detailed or in-depth account of the subject." — Sandra Rothenberg, Framingham State College Library, MA

About the Author

Cameron Silver founded the Decades boutique in Los Angeles in 1997. He is a favorite pundit on E! Entertainment and Access Hollywood, and was named one of Time magazine's "25 Most Influential Names and Faces in Fashion" in 2002. He is a contributing editor at Departures and C Magazine, as well as a consultant to various upscale brands.
Rebecca DiLiberto has written or collaborated on more than a dozen books and contributed extensively to In Style and the Boston Globe. She lives in Los Angeles.

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PATRIK MILANI
This book is a must read for any fashionata, hipster, sophisticate, or any wise person interested in the workings and history of fashion.
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This is a beautifully written book full of wonderful images.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rodney Keenan on October 17, 2012
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What a concise look at the history of fashion. It is amazing, the number of images included in this beautiful large-scale book, which I had never before seen. The iconic pieces are included, but these images are fresh and stunning. It really is a must for any fashion library.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By NancyJane Goldston on October 21, 2012
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It's on my Holiday list as the coffee table book of the season if not the year. No one quite knows how to bring us into the world of fashion, chronicle it and have our hearts racing with smashing,insightful commentary and truly adept fashion photographic editing like Cameron Silver. As one of the pre-eminent purveyors of vintage, Cameron Silver has delivered a superb editorial take on twentieth-century fashion. Showcasing over 100 years, obviously by the decades, Cameron's first person writing style and genius photo editing, in a thoroughly modern style, make this a must have collectible for any fashion lover. Now add it to your wish list. Better yet, indulge and get it for yourself. It takes a special voice and talent to take you through a century of fashion in style. Cameron Silver is the only one who could pull it off with such wit,know-how and love. Nancy Jane (NJ) Falk, Founder & Editor-in-Chief of TheBlondeAndTheBrunette.com
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By CDG on October 21, 2012
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I thought I had seen every important fashion image by now-- wrong. This book is packed with so much beauty, intelligence, and great story-telling-- both hilarious and highly emotional, I found it addictive. Not 'another fashion book' by any means, the way the mesmerizing Mr. Silver takes you by the hand to, say, Princess Irene Galitzine's bedroom in Rome, unchanged for decades and deliriously undiscovered, to the modern day boudoir of the so-chic and boom-boom sexy Dita Von Tease, through a re-education in Style that goes nose-bleed high and Hollywood down low, as only he can do... Mr. Silver is the fashion companion anyone would rather sit next to anywhere, anytime. Read this book and you'll see why!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By PATRIK MILANI on October 20, 2012
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This book is the quintessential bible to anyone interested in the history of fashion of this last Decade
I was pleased that it covered Claire McCardell, one of my favourite modern designers
it has fantastic images to feed this bottomless esthete and intelligently written. I read it in one sitting.
The book is beautifully printed in Italy. I just ordered 10 to give as Christmas gifts!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Victoriana on November 28, 2012
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This book was a lovely surprise, the size and quality make it an outstanding addition to anyone's fashion library or coffee table! It is a great resource for me since I do fashion presentations with my personal collection of vintage clothing and accessories. I can also see fashions over the past 100 years for information to use on my Etsy shop, etsy.com/shop/ladywithapast. I am downsizing my very large personal collection of vintage and highly reccommend this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Bragin on October 20, 2012
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This is a beautifully written book full of wonderful images. I've alway been curious about the author Cameron Silver as he pops up online in various over the top ensembles. This doesn't disappoint...there are brains and solid fashion know-how behind tbe insanity. I'm giving one to my daughter, a budding fashionista, as a gift, and keeping one on our coffee table at home.
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