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Fashions of the Thirties: 476 Authentic Copyright-Free Illustrations (Dover Pictorial Archive) Paperback – May 19, 1993

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In the 1930s, the Fashion Review Service offered a wide selection of advertising spots to small clothing and department stores that had no art staffs of their own. The cuts provided an accurate depiction of the latest fashion trends―hemline lengths, use of fur trims, sleek silhouettes, lapel widths, and much more.
This volume reproduces hundreds of illustrations from issues of that now-rare periodical. A "must-have" for graphic artists looking for authentic fashions of the 1930s, this collection of more than 470 illustrations depicts, in sharp and easy-to-reproduce detail, formal and casual wear for adults and children of all ages. Among the items shown are stylish dresses, suits, evening gowns, coats, loungewear, fur stoles, handbags, lingerie, jewelry, and hats for women; men's suits, slacks, beachwear, jackets, ties, shoes, and pajamas; and a variety of playclothes and special-occasion outfits for infants, young children, and teenagers.
An instant source of period charm for designers, these illustrations will also be of great value to students of fashion and costume history.
Original Dover (1993) publication.
 
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Product Details

  • Series: Dover Pictorial Archive
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; 1st edition (May 19, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486275809
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486275802
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.2 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #535,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a very good reference book. It does not show you the little details that photo books of fashion can provide, but the illustrations give you a good feel for the attitude of 1930s fashion. It is full of pen&ink style renderings of men,women and children's clothing. The drawings are also copyright free....
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Good book, great illustrations. If you only need a general idea of the styles of the period, it's a good resource. The illustrations are very clear to give you a good idea of the general lines of the period. However, if you need more detail on a fairly specific year or few years, or are trying to figure out how to reproduce these fashions, this book won't help. It is exactly as described - a collection of fashion illustrations; not a how-to.
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If you are looking for wonderful images of the Fashions of the Thirties then this is the book for you.
Covering fashions both male and female it is very extensive with lovely ilustrations that can be copied.
If you are into vintage fashion buy this book now
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As other reviewers have noted, this collection's great weakness is that it includes no descriptions or prices of the clothes illustrated. But if you just want to get a notion of what women's clothing was like during the dark days of the Depression, it's a good place to start. Suits, coats, dresses, evening gowns, accessories, even underwear can all be found in these pages. (Almost 80% of the book is given over to female fashion; a small section at the back offers men's and children's dress.) The pen-and-ink illo's are reproduced with diamond clarity and can be easily duplicated with your scanner if you have a project in mind that requires such artwork.
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I design and sew costumes for our local theatre company and this book has been a huge help in designing the proper look for a particular time period. It is a fun book to peruse to compare prices and styles with today's clothes.
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What can you say about a Dover book? This is a fine publication of 1930s fashion images. Dover always delivers!! Terrific resource for those interested in history, fashion, and the 1930s specifically.
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This book has wonderful pen and ink drawings of womens, mens, children and accessories fashions. A great book for fashion drawing students as well as giving a good feel for that era.
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I'm a big fan of vintage. I expected a little more from the book but it was just ok - I was able to get a little inspired fromv some of the pics. ....
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