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In Fine Style: The Art of Tudor and Stuart Fashion Hardcover – June 15, 2013

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“A sumptuously illustrated, large-format catalogue by Anna Reynolds provides an excellent accompaniment to the exhibition. The photographs include many enlarged details, making it possible for the reader to focus on very specific features of the fashions described. . . . The high-quality close-up reproductions of the portraits also make it possible to examine the technique of the various painters, including how they conveyed information about texture, sheen, or construction,. The quality of the catalogue’s text is equal to that of its illustrations: Reynolds has provided a fuller and more nuanced analysis of the same range of topics presented in the exhibition.”
(Renaissance Studies 2014-02-04)

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Anna Reynolds is curator of paintings at the Royal Collection, where she is responsible for the care and display of more than twelve thousand paintings and miniatures.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Royal Collection Trust; 3.2.2013 edition (June 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905686447
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905686445
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 1.1 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Jane in Milwaukee TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 13, 2013
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I was so excited when I first saw this book, I pre-ordered it and waited impatiently. It finally arrived today and I just thoroughly perused it. It's even better than I'd hoped. It's massive enough to be a coffee table book. The glorious pictures fill whole pages and get this...most pages have no margins: the picture ends where the page does. So the detail is marvelous. Often, a whole portrait is shown, then a close-up of it, then a close-up of the close-up. On a miniature painted of Elizabeth I, you can see the little drops of enamel and the tiny jewels glued into her crown.

"A picture is worth a thousand words" so I am stunned that such a brand-new and highly-illustrated book has no Look Inside feature[*] because by far, the most important word in the title of the book is ART. In Fine Style is all about the paintings because so very few clothes have survived from the 16th and 17th centuries: we have not one piece of clothing from Henry VIII. But from his court portraitist, Hans Holbein the Younger, to Van Dyck, to van Doort, to Rembrandt, to miniaturist Nicholas Hilliard, we see probably more detail than extant clothing would reveal. This book has over 320 "colour" illustrations and I just get lost in them. Books like this are often breath-taking on illustration but the writing is lacking...or the text is great but the pictures are too few, too small or in b&w. However, this book is the perfect marriage of both. Anna Reynolds's handling of the 262 numbered illustrations allows you to seamlessly (excuse the pun) pass back and forth from the text to the image, and to page back and forth through the book to find connected information: the figures are easy to find from the text describing them and the captioning is particularly clear.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Elysant de La Vallette on July 10, 2013
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I was not disapointed when I received this book. I do costuming in the SCA in the late Elizabethan style. I am constantly on the look out for more information and this book has plenty. It is a large format with plenty of close ups on details which I always find exordinary in paintings of this period. Then, it covers the whole range of Tudor through the Stewart periods sometime juxtaposing the information and paintings. I feel this examination is very helpful in gaining fresh perspectives. Please keep in mind that this is not a how-to book but an examination of the styles, culture, and history of that time. I haven't finished reading it yet but I feel I can safely say that I will turn to it many times when trying to recreate this clothing.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By D Fox on July 17, 2013
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Great photos and some wonderful closeups. Most of the info is for 1600 and after, but there is a reasonable amount of stuff for the Elizabethan/Henrician people (20-30%, maybe). Not much info about actual clothing construction, and the embroidery information is not new either, but the pictures make up for that. They do try to compare portraits to actual extant garments when possible, which is fun. There is a fair amount of information on the actual painting techniques if you're interested in that, but I'm not qualified to judge the quality of that.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Blackwell on August 1, 2013
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This book is filled with gorgeous pictures, most of which have detail close-ups... The text is riveting, and I have found myself devouring the text, meanwhile flipping the pages to the photos which are provided to support the text. This is a tour de force in combining history with fashion and art... And as an Art Historian, I think that the insights provided are extremely astute! I highly recommend this book!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth A. Thompson on August 21, 2013
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This is a marvelous book! First - the photographs of art work from Tudor and Stuart times are beautifully done in both close ups and full frames, showing all the bits of fashion under discussion and fully identified as to subject and artist. I saw many portraits of people I had read about often as a history buff. Secondly, the discussion puts their clothing into their time, with information about all the impact their religions and culture had upon their choice of fabrics, decoration, and styles, from shoes and underwear to hats, cloaks and jewelery, and everything underneath. As a needleworker myself, I so appreciated the details provided and all the work that went in to these fashions, so few of which remain for us to see now except in the portraits left to us. The book was a delight from cover to cover, and well worth the price.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By CYNTHIA ABEL on July 1, 2013
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This oversized book brings large, beautiful pictures, just about all in color of mostly Tudor and Stuart superrich in their best finery, as well as some surviving garments. With mostly such large photos, you can really appreciate the detail. Book is divided into chapters, covering the dress of men, women, children. First, dive into all the pictures, and then go slowly through each chapter, including insights into how fabric was woven, what was popular and how clothing defined status. There is also some coverage of jewelry, even a surviving piece and how different artists depicted it, alongside the actual jewel.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By mary sterling on August 4, 2013
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After visiting the Queens museum in London, I had to buy this book. The book is very I interesting. It explains the reason why the fashions were so important to the class status, the customs and lifestyle of that time period.
Then upon returning back to the USA, I ordered another on Amazon for a friend who also found it fascinating!
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