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Costume and Fashion: A Concise History

by James Laver

Series: World of Art

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This may have been acceptable in 1969 when it was first published, but assuming that pictures of a king accurately portray the clothing even that the king wore, never mind everyone else shows a lack of serious research. I didn't bother reading further than page 60. ( )
  MarthaJeanne | Apr 28, 2014 |
Good historical fashion overview. The author has a pretty funny, dry style. Much of the book covers the time before photography and they use period sculpture and painting to illustrate the clothing and concepts (as that is the source of nearly all of the information). I could have used a few simple drawings to illustrate specific styles and pieces of clothing though, sometimes I had a hard time knowing exactly what was being referred to.

This older edition I read covers from the earliest times to just before WWII, with only a chapter by another author at the end covering from the 40’s to the early 80’s. It may be quite different from the later editions.

I love these World of Art books, the paper, pictures and quality of the printing is great. ( )
  bongo_x | Apr 6, 2013 |
For a trade paperback of 288 pages to cover human costume from paleolithic times to the mini-skirt would be something of a miracle. Alas, Mr Laver does it by leaving out the 13th century (except for a picture of Uta, who covers herself up with her cloak). Still, the book is an enjoyable read. The wonderful illustrations provide proof that our own time is not the silliest in history.
  Kudrun | Sep 11, 2008 |
The author was true to his word - this is a concise history. Loaded with illustrations and pictures, the accompanying text is easy and fascinating to read. Just a few jewelry references. ( )
  beadinggem | Dec 22, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0500203482, Paperback)

"They don't make paperbacks more attractive and more colorful than this one."—Philadelphia Inquirer

From the momentous invention of the needle some 40,000 years ago to the development of blue denim; from Neolithic weavers to the biggest names in the fashion industry today—this classic guide covers the landmarks of costume history, the forms and materials used through the ages, as well as the underlying motives of fashion and the ways in which clothes have been used to protect, to express identity, and to attract or to influence others. The concluding chapter by Amy de la Haye, covering the second half of the twentieth century, has now been updated by Andrew Tucker. He discusses the reinvention in the 1990s of the luxury label Gucci, the rise of houses such as Prada and Tommy Hilfiger, and the appointments of relatively avant-garde British, American, and European designers to head classic French houses. All the late-twentieth-century and turn-of-the-century style innovations are included, such as the appropriation of utility clothing by designers like Helmut Lang—who spearheaded the predominantly unisex urban sportswear look—and the impact of workplace dressing down on masculine fashion. The phenomenon of the must-have accessory—the pashmina shawl and the Fendi baguette, for example—is also considered. 345 illustrations, 80 in color

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"This study by the unrivalled authority in the field has long been established as a key textbook for students of art, costume and fashion. Its final chapter, by Amy de la Haye, former Curator of Twentieth-Century Dress at the Victoria and Albert Museum, which chronicles the trends and developments in fashion since 1940, has been brought completely up to date for this fourth edition by the fashion writer Andrew Tucker, who discusses the chief developments at the turn of the century, including the reinvention of Gucci and Prada, the influence of urban sportswear on both men's and women's dress and the phenomenon of the must-have accessory."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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