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Napoleon & the Empire of Fashion: 1795-1815 Hardcover – April 12, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Skira (April 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8857206505
  • ISBN-13: 978-8857206509
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 9.5 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,349,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cristina Barreto and Martin Lancaster are private collectors and curators.

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Marsha J Hamilton on May 29, 2011
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"This book has been published for the exhibition 'Napoleone e l'Impero della Moda' at the Triennale di Milano 16 June - 12 September 2010."
The best part of this book is the large color illustrations of the garments from the collection of Cristina Barreto and Martin Lancaster used for the 2010 exhibition, juxtaposed with period fashion illustrations, primarily from the journal "Costume Parisien." Many of the costumed figures have been styled with accessories that mirror the accompanying fashion illustration. It is a visually appealing technique.
Any documentation, especially close-up images, of garments of this pivotal fashion period is a delight. However, the text of this book can only be described as lost in translation. The 16 essays or sections, by both Barreto and Lancaster and others in the field of fashion and photography, range from the barely readable to the factually suspect. Many of the essays contain comments that will cause historians of this period to cringe due to the obvious lack of fact checking. Admittedly, the authors are fashion-focused, but one hopes no student will use the text for a term paper. Some sections appear to be translated from the Italian and it shows. For example, the very first sentence of the text reads: "A flash of minimal, white and transparent like the clothes, uprooted the old and dressed the new, fresh and risky, like the ideas in the air, soft, sudden beauty." While that is an interestingly impressionistic sentence, it bodes ill for the reader who is given more breathless commentary mixed with some very debatable statements on history and the social culture of the period.
If you are interested primarily in the quality of the text, I cannot recommend this book.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Diane P on May 7, 2011
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If you love Regency era clothing, this book is a must! The photography is excellent, showing details we usually are unable to see. Using fashion prints of the period to compare with the gowns gives us a better idea of how such illustrations look in reality. The book is the next best thing to seeing the exhibit.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By V. LaBore on May 15, 2011
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First I was impressed by how wonderful the photography and colors were. Then looking closer, at how all the accessories on the gowns made them come alive. It brought a smile to my face looking at them. This was a wonderful exhibit and I don't know if I'll ever get a chance to see it. But this book was second best at being there in person.
If you are a historical costumer, this is an excellent guide to finding interesting accessories to complete your look. And the gowns are so inspiring, they make you want to sew one yourself.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Meghan S. Bice on August 11, 2011
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It's all about the pictures here. Text is not very readable, but the garments shown are not published elsewhere (as far as I know), and they are fantastic. Worth it, worth it, worth it!
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