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Swing Style: Fashions of the 1930'S-1950's Hardcover – September 1, 1999


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 3 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Pub Ltd (September 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764310097
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764310096
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 8.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,487,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There is not much to like about this carelessly compiled book. Despite the author's obvious affection for the clothing, dances, lingo, and pop culture of the swing era, she fails to provide much information about any of these topics. Although costume is the primary focus, the fabrics in the items shown are not always identified. Captioning is often inane, and costume details called to the reader's attention are not always shown in the pictures--why point out a dress's "rhinestone jelly buttons" without benefit of a close-up shot in which they can be seen? The garments worn by the models--some from the author's collection, others from vintage clothing shops--are often ill fitting and badly wrinkled. Values are usually included, but there is no indication of how they were arrived at. Textile terms are defined in a glossary labeled "jive lingo," and the index is wholly inadequate. Skip this book, but take the author's advice about using back issues of fashion magazines: they are a great source of retro costume information.
-Margarete Gross, Chicago P.L.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Maureen Reilly is an attorney and a fashion author who lives in California.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 17, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I was so disappointed with this book. Models with long blue fingernails and modern hairstyles dressed in poorly fitting (and ugly) swing style clothing. The photography looks like a high-school project. I was hoping to find a professional collection of pictures and background on the wonderful fashion of this era and this book is depressing. Don't buy it, don't even look at it at the library. A complete waste of time.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Catherine J. Esera on June 15, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book is a huge disappointment. Several of the photographs are out of focus. The models' hair styles, accesorries, fingernails & shoes do not match the periods. I even found a type-o during my first flip through the book. This book very much looked like a high school project that would not have received a good grade.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on March 3, 2000
Format: Hardcover
In Swing Style: Fashions Of The 1930s-1950s, Maureen Reilly takes the reader on a lengthy and in-depth survey of vintage clothing styles that ranges from postwar party dresses in chiffon and velveteen, to cocktail costumes in silk, to prom dresses in tulle. Along with the sock-hop standards of circle skirts and capri pants, this history of clothing fashions includes brief biographies of the clothing designers who were responsible for the fashion trends, tips on creating a vintage look today, a valuation guide, a resource directory, and a glossary of music and fashion terms. Swing Style: Fashions Of The 1930s-1950s is a "must" for any personal, academic, or professional costuming and fashion history reference collection.
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