From Library Journal
Libraries never seem to have enough costume sources to satisfy performing arts students and faculty. Peacock's (Twentieth Century Fashion, LJ 11/1/93) latest book concentrates on men's fashion and accessories from roughly the French revolutionary era to the present (1789-1995). The 1000 colored line drawings are hand-rendered, showing a variety of front, side, and rear views of day wear, sportswear, evening wear, negligee, and underwear, as well as accessories and hairstyles. Brief biographies of designers, tailors, and outfitters and a bibliography of related books conclude the work. While a laudable effort, the book is vexing in its arrangement by 16 chronological periods rather than by category of dress, especially because the silhouetted call-outs with keyed descriptions are interspersed at eight chronological divisions. The result is a lot of time-consuming page flipping. Nonetheless, this is recommended for most costume collections.?P. Steven Thomas, Illinois State Univ. Lib., Normal
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It is a well-accepted fact that men's fashion evolves at a slower pace than women's. But from Peacock's colored illustrations and copious research of the years between 1790 and 1995, masculine clothing styles seem to change much more quickly than one might believe. This former BBC designer documents exemplary costumes, first with pictures, then by brief descriptive phrases. Even the fashion challenged can't help but trace transitions in men's apparel; court wear for the well-dressed gentleman disappears about 1829, and its substitute, sportswear and later leisure wear, quickly takes over. The more outrecostumes are also portrayed, from attire for pop star to punk and little-known British raver. Missing are chapters on the birth and death of such fashion oddities as spats and grunge jeans. Barbara Jacobs