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Victorian and Edwardian Fashion: A Photographic Survey (Dover Fashion and Costumes) Paperback – January 1, 1982
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This is effectively how we are presented with Victorian fashion. Illustrated high style fashion magazines like La Mode Illustree have become our "references" while relatively rarely do we see realistic depictions of the actual fashions of the time, and so illustrated example models of idealized bodies wearing idealized fashions become the assumed norm.
This book is about the best remedy for that short of a trip in a time machine. 235 photographs spanning the period from the introduction of the photograph in 1839 to the years leading up to WWI with heavy annotation present a fairly realistic overall picture of what a fashionable person of each age would be swishing about town in. The main focus is England though there are a few references to other countries (primarily France), and while there are references to the clothing of people of lesser means, this is primarily an investigation of those who had enough money to actually keep up with the fashions of the time.
Don't let the page count fool you, what this book lacks in size it makes up for in information density. Descriptions of fashions from both modern points of view and period text references are cross referenced with the included photographs and give a pretty complete picture of each trend and clothing item described.Read more ›
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Excellent research source book of historical garments for costume reproduction.Published 3 months ago by Danka
A lovely book just for the photographs! It's great to have a collection at your fingertips like this.Published 6 months ago by Zeina Haddad
There was many advantages to this publication & it will make a nice reference source.Published 7 months ago by c kelly
Good quality photos,more than adequate amount of text. If it's for your collection of period fashion books-I'd recommend a "Good" quality used version,rather than buying... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Pen Name