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One Hundred Years of Menswear Paperback – September 16, 2009
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About the Author
Cally Blackman is a writer and lecturer with degrees in Fashion Design and History of Art, and an MA in History of Dress from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. She teaches on the BA Fashion History and Theory course at Central Saint Martins College. Her previous publications include 100 Years of Fashion Illustration (Laurence King) 2007), Costume: From 1500 to the Present Day (2003), and The 20s and 30s: Flappers and Vamps (2000).
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The way the author decided to arrange information is logical, I suppose, but a bit odd although still quite enjoyable. The years 1900-1939 are divided up as follows: The Suit (in which we see the various and dashing men of those years decked out in the nicest finery led--of course!--by the inimitable Prince of Wales, later Duke of Windsor). Worker and Soldier (featuring the rather less elegant but ultimately functional clothing of the working class--and the more well-to-do, of course, when they wanted to "slum out" like Gary Cooper in a "soft cotton shirt with sleeves rolled up, a style long associated with manual labor and a sartorial metaphor for getting to work (1930). Artist and Reformer (with those wild and wooly men who defied convention while creating sometimes wonderful and always startling works of art--Gustav Klimt, call your office.) Good Guy, Bad Buy (the always slightly zany but impeccable suits of the Chicago gangsters and the wonderful actors of the heady Studio system: Gary Cooper, Fred Astaire) and finally, Player (those selfsame guys at sports) and Dressing Up, Dressing Down.
The next section of the book is, in my opinion, less glamorous and spans the 1940s onwards, covering the Peacock 60s and atrocious 70s--the decade, alas, in which I was born. I simply to have burn those pictures of me in bell-bottom pants and platform shoes one day!
The book itself is all right, I suppose. The binding (glue?) is loose and I don't expect this one to stay the course with regular reading. The pictures on the page and the type is clear and easy-to-read. This is not a text-heavy work although the author's analyses of the prevailing fashions at the start of certain sections are first-class.
Super content, but a wishy-washy binding gives this one three-and-a-half stars.
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as we mostly know: fashion in the 20th century was "a joke".Read more