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Style & Splendor: The Wardrobe of Queen Maud of Norway 1896-1938 Hardcover – February 1, 2005

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About the Author

Anne Kjellberg is Curator of Queen Maud's collection at the National Museum of Art/Museum of Decorative Arts and Design in Oslo. Susan North is Curator in the Department of Furniture, Textiles and Fashion at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Victoria & Albert Museum (February 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1851774548
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851774548
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #295,196 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Jane Burson on January 22, 2006
Format: Hardcover
All of the books on historical fashion published by the Victoria & Albert Museum are beautiful, and this is no exception. I saw this exhibition while I was in London this summer and I was pleasantly surprised at liking the book because I always assumed that publications wouldn't be able to measure up to seeing the garments in person. Instead I found that the book gives me a chance to appreciate each beautiful garment at my leisure, and read the history about Queen Maud (which gives a context and feeling of `realness' to the clothing). The book features Edwardian coronation gowns (literally, Maud wore one for the coronation of Edward VII, her father), sportswear (riding gowns etc.), and dresses and suits through the late 30's all beautifully photographed and described.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Christopher S. Smallwood on June 25, 2007
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Beautiful book. Beautiful images. I wanted MORE images but that's just me.
Cool to see some other designers works besides the greats like Dior and Balenciaga. There are a few outfits that really take my breath away. If it had more images I would have given it 5 stars! but it really is a 5 star book for most people.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By thekrazyamericanpunk on September 1, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book, while an excellent publication by the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, England, is not as interesting as some might lead you to believe.

Admittedly, the dresses in this book are astounding (you should flip through this book at least once to see them) ... but there are very few pictures of Queen Maud wearing any of the items themselves. The pictures are also quite small and seem dwarfed by the writing below them.

Overall, I give this book 3 stars, because while it is interesting, it is definitely not something you would want to look at again and again. Don't waste your money ... just rent it from the library!
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Diane Macpherson on April 4, 2007
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This book is excellent for costuming ideas. It has large, sharp pictures that show the details on the dresses beautifully.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By anonymous on September 11, 2008
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I never tire of this gorgeous book. The clothes are breathtaking and the photographs of very high quality. The text is informative and well edited. My taste runs more to mid-20th century clothing, except when I have this book in front of me.
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By Bodicia on October 23, 2012
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It's not a large book only 105 pages, but the fashions of this period are glorious, to the everyday. I think that it's a good addition to my reference library for designers of the period. Many of the designers are London or Paris and there are complete descriptions of each item. Queen Maud was the granddaughter of Queen Victoria and definitely had a sense of style, there are also a number of black and white "family" photos throughout.
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