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on December 22, 1998
A must-have basic reference for women's fashions of the era. Lots of full color photos with detail shots, and all clothes are shown on real people. Good collecting and care tips, too
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on January 10, 2011
I enjoyed the text of this book. The pictures are limited to primarily donated costumes owned by an Oregon Community Theater. The collection is almost exclusively evening wear and suits. No every day clothes and very few accessories. Clothing is shown on actual people.

The author does share a few construction details that will help in distinguishing between the decades. This would be a good introduction but not a lot of detail. You will need other books to get a fuller view of the eras. I still recommend the 2 Ellie Laubner books as the best of their kind.
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on September 29, 2013
Kristina Harris has given us a treasure in this masterful book featuring brilliantly photographed dresses, suits, and gowns from the 1920s to early 1950s. With vintage ads, general fashion history by the decade, and loads of stunning vintage garments on delightful young models, this book is arguably one of the best fashion publications of the twentieth century. No costumer should be without it!
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on January 17, 2014
The photos are older but they really gives one a real look into how real people appeared in actual vintage clothing.
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on November 15, 1997
Clear, concise protrayl of beautiful and not-so-beautiful fashions of the 20s-40s. The pricing guide is helpful when buying or selling vintage clothing.
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on December 19, 2013
I purchased this book as a gift for Christmas. I appreciate the fast shipping. I'm sure the recipient will enjoy this selection.
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on April 23, 2015
Good resource material for costume design.
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on February 18, 2015
Very nice item, even better than pictured.
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on May 20, 2013
I use these books to get ideas and to make patterns, so the ones that have a lot of different designs and show them well are very prized. You think f the 20's (mostly) as the straight flapper dress, but there were others in all kinds of shapes.
You can sure tell where the Star Wars contumes came from!
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