...great reference...you're sure to find this book a fascinating read. -- Country Victorian, Sept. 2000
In a little over 100 pages, Paula Jean Darnell presents a lively account of a crucial period of fashion history. -- Victorian Decorating & Lifestyle Magazine, Sept. 2000
Step into another world as Victorian to Vamp shows you women's clothing at the turn of the last century. -- Butterick Home Catalog, Spring 2001
From the Publisher
As we enter the new century, it is intriguing to look back on American culture as it was a hundred years ago and compare it with our society today. Certainly one of the most striking changes is in the status of women, and one of the most outwardly noticeable differences is in women's attire. Victorian to Vamp: Women's Clothing 1900-1929 explores what women were wearing at the turn of the century and how their dress had changed radically by the end of the Roaring Twenties.
This book concentrates on fashionable styles during the first thirty years of the Twentieth Century. The author, Paula Jean Darnell, describes and identifies a distinctive ideal silhouette for each decade. Illustrations help the reader visualize how women's clothing and accessories looked during these three decades.
Victorian to Vamp is also the story of the evolution of women's clothing, as women themselves, tired of having restrictions placed on their lives and their dress, changed from prim Victorians to flamboyant flappers. We think women of the Twenty-First Century will enjoy this look backward into fashion history.