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Fashion: A History from the 18th to the 20th Century (2 Volume Set) Hardcover – August 30, 2007
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The current edition is a set which consists of two large volumes. The first covers the 18th and 19th centuries, and the second is devoted to the 20th century. These two tomes are in a sturdy outer case. The illustrations are clear and detailed, making it easy to examine the construction used for the garments, and also are displayed so that one can see the overall beauty of the craftsmanship. They are truly works of art! Text is at a minimum; the books consist first and foremost of these beautiful illustrations.
I ordered these books to assist in writing historical novels, wanting to inject a bit of verisimilitude in regards to the clothing involved, and it's been a great resource. The brief essays at the beginning of each book are rich with detail about things like what corsets and dresses were called, how the clothes were worn, changing fashion trends, etc.
I liked this so well that I've given copies to several friends.
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Look, if you're interested in fashion--at all--just buy this absurdly beautiful and absurdly inexpensive set. Read morePublished 8 months ago by 3rd Day Believer
This is an amazing resource of beautifully detailed photographs of period costume. Worth every penny and more!!!Published 9 months ago by Teresa Pieritz
This is the most definitive book on fashion I have ever seen, both part one and two are stunning visual examples of high fashion at it's best.Published 11 months ago by Deborah Green
This is a fantastic book, no question, but this is at least the 4th cover with which it has been published. Read morePublished 13 months ago by BrownStudy
Gorgeous! If you love historic fashion, you must buy this book. It's an absolute visual feast. Beautiful, clear color photos of the most amazing clothes from across the centuries. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Dressmaker