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One Hundred Years of Menswear Paperback – September 16, 2009
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The book is divided into two periods: 1900-1939 and 1940 onward. Each period is broken down into six themes, "chosen because they were important at a particular point in history." At first, I was thrown by this organization, because the sequence is not entirely chronological, and it views fashion by its function and subculture, not in light of the social, economic, and the technological developments of the time. Those are mentioned in the introduction to each theme, but it would not be possible to follow fashion as a whole though time using this organization. For example, trying to compare the sportswear and artistic fashions of 1930 to one another, in light of the circumstances of their time, would not be easy.
The organization by theme is fascinating in its own right, however, because it focuses on the subculture from which a particular type of clothing or mode of dress came from.Read more ›
The organization is loosely chronological (there are two halves, 1900-1939 and 1940 on), and then by theme. For example, the period from 1900-1939 is broken into the following chapters: Suit, Worker & Soldier, Artist & Reformer, Good Guy & Bad Guy, Player, and Dressing Down, Dressing Up. Each chapter follows the theme, covering clothing for different occasions, looks, and types of people (class, occupation, type of event...)
Each chapter opens with a few pages of text shedding more light on the era and theme and how that concept progresses--the writing is clear and detailed, but does not bog the reader down with too much. For the most part, the book is composed of images ranging from fashion plates and drawings to photos of influential fashion leaders or people in the streets.
As someone who owns Many books on costume and fashion, I can recommend this beautiful item for any reader. This is a GREAT book!!
The heavy stock paper used to create this volume gives it a quality, heirloom feel and look in a book that one is proud to display and share. Painstaking research must have gone into this book with its meticulous detailand rich fabric that threads together the evolution of fashion against the backdrop of history and famous people.
Not being a follower of fashion myself, I wasn't sure that a book like this would hold my interest. Sure it has loads of photographs, but the topic is not one of great interest to me, or so I assumed. The book wore well on this reader and became more comfortable the deeper I got into it, like breaking in a new pair of jeans or slippers.
The author not only details attire and trends but sprinkles in just the right amount of biographical nuggets like so much dressing on a salad.
As the reader sails through the pages of this book, he sees stars as they looked in their younger years,celebrities like Elvis, Marlon Brando, Sean Connery will a full head of hair, Mick Jagger smooth faced, Lurence Fishburned, John Travolta, and Daniel Craig.
Most of the photographs are depicted in black and white, many of necessity because of their ages. I think the use of black and white pictures actually works quite well, capturing a mood, starkness, and timeless quality.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a magnificent compendium of Western men's fashion trends over the past century, a work that will interest both men and women, and not only those attentive to clothing... Read morePublished on April 24, 2011 by rsoonsa
Nice picture book, but far from a work of scholarship. What little text there is, aside from picture captions, is shallow and general. Read morePublished on March 19, 2011 by Cynthia Moore
The book was in much better condition than I expected and by showing the promised delivery date (which was beaten by two days) I was able to save money on S&H. Read morePublished on January 1, 2011 by George F. Stoltz
Who could not purchase this book if you are a Bowie fan! Excellent resource and fun! Arrived quickly and in perfect condition.Published on December 11, 2010 by Carla L. Mcilmail
This is an outstanding collection of menswear photography and history, brilliantly put together in a way that leads the reader (and viewer) through the evolution of menswear over... Read morePublished on September 15, 2010 by Douglas Figueredo
This is an interesting book for anyone interested in mens fashion or even fashion in general. It provides a good historical reference to see what mens styles were throughout the... Read morePublished on May 27, 2010 by PHOTOTRISTAN
Amazing book! Menwear History and then some! A must for all male fashionistas and menswear designers.Published on May 24, 2010 by N. FERNANDO
I requested this book for evalutaion as a potential guide in my volunteer work with textiles at a local museum. Read morePublished on April 15, 2010 by K. Nettles