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Victorian and Edwardian Fashion: A Photographic Survey (1963)

by Alison Gernsheim

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Originally published as Fashion and Reality.
  ngelina | Dec 25, 2017 |
Black and white photography as well as print representations of Victorian and Edwardian fashion
  UniversalCostumeDept | Jun 24, 2013 |
Good photographic review of clothes of the upper class. Text is somewhat limited in scope--this work is far exclipsed by the work of Joan Severa "Dressed for the Photographer." ( )
  Waterblob | Nov 26, 2009 |
A quick read, but this book is most essential because of the real photographs. The photographs range from 1840 to the 1910s. That was the main thing for me: Photographs. No drawings or illustrations. Tons of photographs of real people.

The only qualm I had while reading is that when a picture was referenced, I had to flip back to find it. Also, it would be nice if the photos were in order of year, but these are small things. The real photographs are both fascinating and stunning.

While I probably won't need to read through this book again, I'll be constantly going back to it to gaze and study the photographs. Essential to someone studying the period. ( )
  runaway84 | Aug 11, 2009 |
I picked this up in a wonderful used book store on Cape Cod, it's a great visual resource for fashion from the 1830's to the 1910's. The author empahsises that what people wore wasn't directly correlated to fashion plates in magazines (think of Vogue today), and seeing photographs of people at the beach, the races, on picnics, posed in ball gowns, etc was fascinating.
Included are photos of Oscar Wilde, a young William Churchill, Lilly Langtree, and the "personification of the Gibson Girl", as well as more royalty than you can shake a scepter at. :) ( )
  silentq | Aug 8, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0486242056, Paperback)

A noted photohistorian documents bonnets, capes, frock coats, caps, shawls, bodices, and crinolines as people actually wore them from 1840 through 1914. More than 200 photos depict aristocrats and the middle class as well as Oscar Wilde, Lillie Langtry, Winston Churchill, Queen Victoria, and others. Commentary and annotations describe and identify the costumes.

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A noted photohistorian documents bonnets, capes, frock coats, caps, shawls, bodices, and crinolines as people actually wore them from 1840 through 1914. More than 200 photos depict aristocrats and the middle class as well as Oscar Wilde, Lillie Langtry, Winston Churchill, Queen Victoria, and others. Commentary and annotations describe and identify the costumes.… (more)

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