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Fashion: A History from the 18th to the 20th Century Hardcover – September 1, 2002


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen; Hardcover edition (September 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3822812064
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822812068
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 7.9 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #614,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A must for your fashion library.
"perqs"
It shows many pieces that I have not seen in other books and collections, and includes detail photographs of the outfit as well as a full length view.
Patrick J Bevilacqua
The span of time the book covers is from the 18th century to the 20th century.
Mme Peacock

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66 of 67 people found the following review helpful By C. Berte on December 30, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Being familiar with two earlier Kyoto Costume Institute (KCI) publications--The Evolution of Fashion (19th & 20th Century) and The Revolution of Fashion (18th Century)--I was excited to discover that Taschen had produced a new book covering fashions from the 18th to the 20th Century found in the KCI collection. Although I was concerned that this new book might just be a revision and compilation of photos from the two earlier exhibits (with, perhaps, some additional costumes to cover the second-half of the 20th Century), at 700+ pages, I figured there must be at least a few new entries.
The book arrived today and I have been unable to put it down. As soon as I opened the book, I knew that my fears had been unfounded. The new book not only includes costumes found in the earlier books, but includes detailed close-ups of those costumes and many new costumes. The depth of color and detail in the photos is extraordinary. (Taschen is well known for the quality of its publications.) Although the text accompanying the photos is generally quite minimal--limited in many cases to date, description and the inventory number of each piece--it will often include some historical information in an introduction to a period or style. Moreover, many of the 20th Century entries are preceded by a short biographical sketch of the designer whose fashions follow.
The KCI is well-known for its extensive collection of Western costume. One of the Institute's rather unique features lies in its presentation of those costumes. Rather than laying the clothes out flat, they are displayed on manikins in the manner in which they would have been worn--including shoes, hats, gloves, purses, fans, etc. Through this book, Taschen has succeeded in making the KCI collection accessible to the rest of the world.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By EP Trauma on June 23, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book is spectacular. I have nothing bad to say about it at all. It chronicles fashion from the 18th century to today, and it shows as well as tells you clear examples of every changing detail. I'm interested in both historical and modern fashion, and this book is a fantastic resource for both victorian fashion and current fashion and everything in between. the picture quality is top notch and every item is displayed and photographed flawlessly. the text is interesting and informative. i'd say this is a must have for any fashion student, especially ones interested in alternative or historical fashion. I like that this book chronicles western fashion, but since it was published in japan from a japanese school, it examines the effects that the east had on western fashion. they also include lots of women designers even from historical times when women were not commonly coture designers. there is detailed information about why fashions changed and the influences impacting the changes without getting off the subject and turning into a history lesson. this book gets an A+ and is worth every penny i paied for it. (at a museum, so i didn't get the amazon discount either.)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By chintz22 on January 11, 2005
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This tome has rocketed to the top of my costume book collection. Fine quality color photographs with plenty of detail shots of one of the most impressive collections of costume in the world for around $30? An unbelievable value! Each era is covered well, but I found the clothing from 1750-1800 to be especially gorgeous. If you have an interest in historic clothing get this book NOW!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 3, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I was surprised by this book as a Christmas present, and I haven't put it down since. The Kyoto Costume Institute has a marvelous collection of clothing from several centuries, and the numerous pieces shown in this book are of unimaginable beauty. Both the presentation and the photography in this book are the highest quality imaginable. I left my copy on the kitchen table one day, only to return to find my two roomates pouring over it. One of them, in awe, said "I didn't know clothes like this actually existed." I would give this book the recommendation of quite possibly the most enchantingly beautiful book on dress in existence.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "perqs" on April 14, 2003
Format: Hardcover
700+ pages, covering three centuries of fashion in close-up detail. The photography provides close-ups of detailing such as seams, embroidery, buttons/closures, and the like, which is very important to costumers and designers.
A must for your fashion library.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mme Peacock on February 22, 2005
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This is an exquisite book filled with highly detailed images of beautiful garments. It is a refreshing look at western fashion through the ages since the clothing featured hasn't been photographed in every other book out there. Of particular interest to me were some 18th & 19th century paintings showing a garment paired with a photograph of the actual piece (or of a similar piece) now in the collection of the museum.

The span of time the book covers is from the 18th century to the 20th century. This not-too-tight focus enables the reader to see a good selection of garments from different time periods without running the risk of becoming boring. It also makes it easy to see the progress of fashion during those years.

As other reviewers have mentioned, this book is a great value. Nearly every page contains large, brilliant photos. A must-have for any fashion student or costumer.
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