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Wedded Perfection: Two Centuries of Wedding Gowns Hardcover – October 12, 2010

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: GILES (October 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904832849
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904832843
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 1.2 x 11.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,880,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


“Wedded Perfection is a delight” Alexendra Eastman, Piecework

“Much more than a catalogue.” “The academic approach unravels the layers of human, social and economic history so often locked into historical objects” Althea Mackenzie, Costume

“Beautiful images and enlightening essays” Heather Vaughan, Worn Through

“A scholarly record”, Eve M.Kahn, New York Times

“A showcase of beautiful dresses, and…a study of the status of women in the past 200 years” Kathy Schwartz, Cincinnati Enquirer

“A thoroughly enjoyable book, I would highly recommend it to all students of creative subjects. It raises timeless issues of gender equality, society and the ever changing roles of women, and does so in a way that still enables all girls to picture themselves lavishly clad in an elaborate vintage frock. Perfection!” Rosaleen Gallagher, LSMedia.com

About the Author

Cynthia Amneus is the associate curator of costume and textiles at the Cincinnati Art Museum. Sara Long Butler is Professor of Costume Studies, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. Katherine Jellison, is Associate Professor, Department of History, Ohio University.

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Dressmaker on February 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is a gorgeous book full of wonderful photos of incredible wedding gowns. Yep, I needed all those intensifiers! If you love bridal gowns, if you search for opportunities to examine the finest examples of the dressmaker's art, you will love this book. The text has a somewhat feminist-liberal slant, not that I necessarily disagree, but I wish I didn't have to get attitude along with my fashion. As a former custom bridal gown dressmaker, I would prefer more information about the technical details of the gowns and less about the politics of society at the time. In any case, I recommend this book. (I bought mine directly from the Cincinnati Art Museum. Be sure to ask them to wrap the book carefully, because it's paperback, and you know the postal services plays soccer with people's mail before they drop-kick the package to your front door.)
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