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"Whether you are a fashionista or a walking fashion faux pas, you will thoroughly enjoy this chronological look at fashion and history!" – Portland Book Review
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: DK (October 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756698359
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756698355
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 1.6 x 12.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a wonderful reference book for anyone interested in the history of fashion or costume.
Suzanne Young
Was a birthday gift for my daughter who is very much into fashion....she was very pleased with the book which she had on her wish list!
Jean Marie
The focus on the book is definitely the pictures (very nice) with lots of photo references and examples of many details.
Chelsea Brown

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83 of 83 people found the following review helpful By C. Heiremans on November 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I own multiple DK books and multiple volumes about the history of fashion. This book follows DK's tradition of gorgeous, informative coffee table books, as well as offering new information to someone with an amateur interest in historical dress. (For some context, here are some of the fashion books I already own: Taschen's Fashion, John Peacock's The Chronicle of Western Costume, and John Peacock's 20th Century Fashion.)

The chapters focus on eras, and within those, the individual page spreads focus on specific topics (suits, sportswear, silhouettes, etc.) with multiple pictures of outfits on each page in a timeline format. DK uses this format to trace different trends, so sometimes there are several spreads that cover the same decade. The book differs from Taschen's and Peacock's books in that it has much more explanatory text and a greater variety of pictures: full costume photos, detail photos, period illustrations from advertisements and fashion plates, and examples from fine art.

This tome covers men's and women's fashion from King Tut to Kate Middleton, and mostly focuses on Western costume. If you're an expert on the history of fashion, this may end up being little more than a book of pretty pictures for you (and pretty pictures they are!). If you have a hobbyist's interest, then this book has a lot to offer. Either way this book definitely lays out information in a way that cannot be found anywhere else.
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Cat's Meow on December 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
When I saw the book at A local bookstore while shopping with some friends, Igrabbed it immediately, and purchased it without question, as DK books are lavishly illustrated with clear color photos as a general rule.

The illustrations are worth the purchase price alone, as they are large enough for one to extrapolate from them the methods to make the garment yourself, and as an invaluable guide to the proper colors to use, as well as fabric choices to use.
It is a very handy guide to making one's own "garb" for renfaires, renactments, etc.

However, I DO have one problem with the book. It is decidedly uneven as to what periods are covered, with the weight of it(half)being devoted to the last two hundred years or so, and weighted towards the 20th century. Lopsided is one word to describe it. For a more balanced coverage, you still can't beat 20,000 years of Fashion, or the recent History of World Fashion.

But if you are craving color photos as a vital guide to making your own clothing-
this book would make an excellent addition to one's fashion history library.

The price is right, and worth grabbing asap.

You'll drool over the large color photos!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By retrouberguy on November 30, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I purchased this book for my work, at a musical theatre arts school. It is the most comprehensive, easy to read fashion history I have ever seen.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Paul on January 9, 2013
Format: Hardcover
After viewing a preview of this glorious book in Edelweiss and through iBooks, I purchased 3 copies in November. I gave two of them as Christmas gifts to my mother and mother-in-law, who both expressed "oohs" and "ahhs" over the fabulous content, scope and coverage, and authority of the text and pictures. I purchased the third copy of my school library, where the book is garnering a lot of interest from middle and high school girls who love to study fashion as an extension of their personal interests or art classes. The chronological presentation of fashion as an integral expression of culture and thought throughout history is outstanding. I particularly like the fact that the book not only focuses on haute couture, but also menswear, work wear, and everyday clothes through the eras. The details that show, for example, a man's highly embroidered coat in 18th century France are spectacular.
I highly recommend this book for ages 10 to adult. I have read that the iBook (and possibly the Kindle version if an enhanced version is available there) is considered one of the top Art books of 2012, and from my brief preview of the enhanced features of the ibook, I can see that it is a unique and special volume that illustrates all the potential for great ebooks, with videos, close-ups, and extra content. This book in print or digital will provide endless hours of interesting browsing but is also scholarly enough to suit research needs for high school and undergraduate students.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Chicago Girl on January 18, 2013
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This book is nice which means to me I didn't need it but I'll go ahead and keep it because it is an ok book...
I originally saw this book in a bookstore and just flipped through a few of the beginning pages and I thought the book was ok then I looked at the price at $50.00 and I said no way it is not worth the full price.

Then I saw it on amazon for much much less so I went ahead and purchased it.
It is published by DK which also makes travelers guides...they should maybe stick to publishing traveling guides it is laid out much like thier travel guides they try to get as much information with as many pictures as possible.

The good:

1. It is a great mix of history and fashion
2. They utilize pictures, paintings and some real garments
3. They include men's fashion which I think a lot of books sometimes skip on
4. They also go through hairstyles as well along with accessories which I thought was nice
5. They go back further than most historical fashion books to they start in The Ancient World and go through many different periods of time like the Renaissance, The Jazz age etc... So it is a nice scope
6. They have thier fashion Icon areas that are designers or people who have made an impact on fashion through the ages that cover the usual suspects Ralph Lauren, Chanel, Twiggy, Christian Dior etc...but then there are a few little surprises like Vivienne Westwood and Comme Des Garçons
7. There is a nice little glossary in the back that define fashion terms

The not so great:

1. I feel the majority of the pictures were too small to really see anything of value
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