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Fashion: A History from the 18th to the 20th Century (2 Volume Set) Hardcover – August 30, 2007

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Akiko Fukai (Chief Curator of The Kyoto Costume Institute), Tamami Suoh (Curator of The Kyoto Costume Institute), Miki Iwagami (Lecturer of fashion history at Sugino Fashion College (Tokyo)), Reiko Koga (Professor of fashion history at Bunka Women’s University), and Rie Nii (Associate Curator of The Kyoto Costume Institute).
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  • Hardcover: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen (August 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3822827630
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822827635
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 3 x 13 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #231,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This is the most beautifully illustrated book available on the history of fashion. I have looked at many, but none are so thorough and definitive for the 18th to the 20th centuries. The publisher lists the book at $49.99 (unbelievable for what you get!). It has been reprinted several times since I first became aware of it. Each time I have missed my chance to get a copy -- It seems to sell out quite regularly. After almost losing hope, I was finally able to get a copy of this latest edition!

The current edition is a set which consists of two large volumes. The first covers the 18th and 19th centuries, and the second is devoted to the 20th century. These two tomes are in a sturdy outer case. The illustrations are clear and detailed, making it easy to examine the construction used for the garments, and also are displayed so that one can see the overall beauty of the craftsmanship. They are truly works of art! Text is at a minimum; the books consist first and foremost of these beautiful illustrations.
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I work in a library where volume 1 of this book had been requested numerous times, so I got to see it close-up several times before eventually deciding that I needed to own it. When I ordered it, it wasn't yet clear in the listing that it was 2 volumes, and I thought that I was getting volume 1 only--in paperback--and I still thought the price was great considering how many wonderful photographs the book contains. Imagine my surprise when I got two hefty hardback tomes!

I ordered these books to assist in writing historical novels, wanting to inject a bit of verisimilitude in regards to the clothing involved, and it's been a great resource. The brief essays at the beginning of each book are rich with detail about things like what corsets and dresses were called, how the clothes were worn, changing fashion trends, etc.

I liked this so well that I've given copies to several friends.
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These two hc volumes are a dream!!! I found my set in Paris and dragged them around all day because I have never seen so many pounds of color photos of real archival costumes- I paid 39.00 euros- about 50 bucks- and even then it was a steal! You will love these books.
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I bought what I think is a compiled version of these two books from a local bookstore. It is similar length and has the same title. I have long been searching for a good fashion history book and this one is fabulous. Nearly every page is a large photo of a real antique costume. There is a nice balance of close-up detail photos and full photos, as well as undergarments and accessories. You can really watch the progression of fashion through nearly 300 years. I also like the amount of text that is written; just enough to explain the style progression and the political environment of the time. A picture is worth a thousand words and trying to explain a garment in text is pointless when you can just look at the picture. The only thing I wish was different is that the modern section (from about the 70's on)features primarily avant garde experimental clothing, not the stuff we actually see on red carpets and runways.
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I am in the process of building my own Fashion Design Library with books that covers differents aspects of this fascinating world (drawing, patternmaking, draping, sociological, business and so forth) including Fashion History. I knew about fashion books published by Taschen during a Fashion Design Course I took last Summer in Italy. Previously I got Fashion Now (Icons) from Taschen and this one has an even better price-quality relationship: fancy presentation, high quality of the pictures and brief explanations about each century covered by the 2 volumes and most of the pieces presented. You can really spend hours!!! enjoying all the finishing details of the clothes.
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I'm always a fan of Taschen's photography books. They've outdone themselves with Fashion. This brilliant two volume edition covers the history of fashion from the 18th century to the present. Generous in detail, length, and quality, this is a fashion-lover's dream. I am less of a fashionista and more someone interested in how people dressed and lived throughout history. This book intrigued my fashion-loving sister and my history-loving self. Perfect on the coffee table or bookshelf, Fashion would make a great gift. Well worth the price.
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As many have said, this is an absolutely GORGEOUS book. I have to also echo previous comments about how this book seems like an incredible deal for what you get. The pictures are super crisp and professional, and the material is well researched. However, I wouldn't say that this is like a "textbook guide" to fashion. If that's what you were hoping for, then you are sorely mistaken. I found myself wishing that they expanded on some of the facts that were mentioned about the time periods and even the clothing itself. Then again if you're more of a visual person and don't care for all that wordy schlock this is the perfect book for you. I'm not saying that the book is only pictures (although about 98% of the pages in the book have pictures on them); the pictures themselves are explained in a terse fashion, but I wished they had went more in depth. This is a great book for those of you who don't want to be bored out of your minds by a wordy author. More than anything I think it's an excellent guide for inspiration for your own projects. It seems like the author, in fact, mainly wanted to show off the gorgeous styles from the 18-20th centurey rather than give you a fashion lesson. Just don't open the book expecting an incredibly comprehensive view or advice on fashion because you won't be getting that. You will see clothes after clothes after clothes. Pictures galore of so many beautiful garments. Honestly, this book is worth the money just for the pictures. You won't be disappointed.
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