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Fashions of a Decade: The 1940s Hardcover – February, 1992

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From School Library Journal

Grade 7 Up-- Baker explains how Nazi invasions and Japanese bombings forced rapid economic and therefore fashion change. Rationing became the order of the day. To save material, skirts narrowed and shortened; the midriff was bared in swim suits; pockets, buttons, and trim were regulated; and attached coathoods were banned. Costantino looks at The 1930s , when 23 million people were out of work; even the rich found it necessary to watch expenditures carefully, and Coco Chanel reduced her prices by 50%. Splashed with full-color photos and illlustrations, plenty of verve, and enticing information, both books connect political and social history with the reasons people chose particular dress modes. The reading lists and other reference aids make them handy for researchers, but they are also delightful to browse through and certain to lead young people to ponder their own sartorial choices. Two books that will be interesting to anyone searching for the whys and wherefores of human identity.
- Cindy Darling Codell, Clark Middle School, Winchester, KY
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

Although this is part of the Fashions of a Decade series, there is almost as much here about the decade as there is about the fashion. The excellent photographs and illustrations, many from ads and magazines of the era, emphasize what was being shown by designers and worn by everyday women, but the text also discusses what was going on in the world: the cold war, segregation, the Cuban Revolution, and the role of women in society. There is also a good deal of information about the new miracle fabrics, such as rayon, that were taking over the fashion industry. Men's fashions are not neglected, with a discussion of both business wear ("The man in the gray flannel suit") and leisure wear. There is also an emphasis on the different ways that Hollywood influenced what a woman wore and how women were seemingly divided between girls next door and sirens. Organization is weak, but this will still work for report writers or browsers. Chronology and glossary appended. Ilene Cooper
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Series: Fashions of a Decade
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Facts on File (J) (February 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816024677
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816024674
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.8 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,909,027 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This 'reference' has some decent pictures, but you can of course get far more, and much more accurate information, off the internet. Although published in 2007 it's a typical run-it-off-and-sell-it reference book of the past, comprised of a lot of breezy, unsubstantiated statements, many of which are plain wrong ("...the [motorcycle] jacket - based on wartime flying jackets..." no, it's the other way around, leather flying jackets were based on the leather driving jackets of the pre-flight age.) Some of the declarations are funny: "Dior is the only designer to show a waistline in his collection. He dies soon after." None of the author's assertions are footnoted or cross-referenced and there are few references for the illustrations used.

I got this specifically because the book description said it covered shoes. There are precisely two paragraphs about shoes, and a single photograph (a Ferragamo evening shoe), strictly discussing the stiletto heel. Meanwhile an entire page of the 53 pages of illustration and exposition is devoted to anticommunism and Joseph McCarthy (not a discussion of his '40s-style double-breasted suit, though.) Racial issues don't quite get a full page; there is a 1/4 page color inset in it showing Barbara Goalen wearing a 1953 "Petunia" evening dress by Mattli. The connection is unclear.
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By A Customer on April 27, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I thought this book was well written, even if it is supposedly for kids. It was full of information, pictures, and interesting trivia. As a free-lance writer and researcher of the Twenties, it's a good book to have in one's personal library!
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By A Customer on March 31, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed this book. Its an interesting read about the effect of WWII on world fashion and also a helpful resorce guide to fashion and trends of the era. I must for any vintage clothing collector or swing kid!
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I first purchased this book over a decade ago while I was helping a friend with his vintage clothes business. At the time, I knew very little about clothing of the 1940's, but I knew that I liked them and began collecting some of the clothes and accessories for myself. When I stumbled across the book, I purchased a copy and showed it to the owner of the business. At the time, swing dancing was a very hot trend, so I suggested that he contact the publishers and purchase some copies to display in the shop. Well, the book is so well written and illustrated, that they sold like hotcakes. On top of that, I became a better educated retailer and conservator of my own collection.

Over the years, and following a few moves, I had lost my copy of the book, but was ecstatic to find it once again on Amazon. If you have interest in clothing and accessories of the period, get this book. You will love it!
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I found this book to be well writen and researched. The illustrations were great, and very inspiring. I can't wait to try and sew some of these fashions myself. The historical aspects of the Fashions of the 1940s was very informative.
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From the vantage point of a historian, I value this book as a lavishly illustrated and researched book about the clothing of an era, and how that clothing reflected the intense cultural changes of the 1960s. The outstanding representation of the society of the decade with photographs, drawings, album covers, movie posters and art brought the text to life.

As a Baby Boomer, I saw this book as a nostalgic glance at my school days -- virtually a yearbook for graduates of the Mods, Rockers and Hippie school of fashion.

Fashions of a Decade: The 1960s is highly recommended for the history student, fashion student, or anyone looking for an authentic look into the heart of an era. Brava!
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I borrowed this book along with the other volumes (1940 to 1970 )from my library. This was exactly what I need for my assignment of different body types and the power of non verbal communication. It was very interesting and would recommend buying. This book was outstanding!
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Although this is supposed to be a book for children, it is good for adults as general resource, with some detail, that will help you start a more in-depth research. My problem with the author was a comment--actually two--especially since the book is meant for children. The first: "The Nazi were one of several extremist-right-wing German nationalist groups, etc." Wow, that was some news: socialists are now "right-wing"... And according to her the KKK was founded in 1915. Actually the KKK was created by Confederates in the 1860's. She should have kept her political mouth shut and write only about fashion, a subject she seems to know enough.
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