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Fashion: The Collection of the Kyoto Costume Institute

by The Kyoto Costume Institute, Akiko Fukai

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Beautiful garments photographed in exquisite color and detail. It is a feast for the eyes even for those who aren't fascinated by fashion history. For us, it is breathtaking! ( )
  GlennaJo | Apr 27, 2012 |
Exquisite photography ( )
  sterlingwinterset | Jun 9, 2011 |
  mbugler | Mar 6, 2011 |
This is quite possibly the best photo reference of historic costume that I have ever seen. The sheer number of originals displayed is nearly unbelievable. Like other amateur costume historians I've spent plenty of time squinting at those tiny pictures available on various websites or pouring over the tiny Kyoto Institute book that Taschen had put out previously. This set of books blows them all away. ( )
  valleyviolet | Apr 18, 2010 |
Sumptuous photography of extent Western fashion from the 18th - 20th centuries in the collection of the Kyoto Costume Institute. The later quarter of the book contains fashion by Japanese designers who were previously unknown to me. Chapters include: 18th century; 19th century; 20th century - first half; 20th century - second half. (Appendices: Designers and Fashion Houses, Glossary, Bibliography, Index of Names.) Beautiful visual reference, detailed enough to be very useful, ( )
  Waterblob | Nov 26, 2009 |
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Breton, Claire LeTraductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Iwagami, Mikisecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0760782024, Hardcover)

Clothes define people. A person's clothing, whether it's a sari, kimono, or business suit, is an essential key to his or her culture, class, personality, or even religion. The Kyoto Costume Institute recognizes the importance of understanding clothing sociologically, historically, and artistically. Founded in 1978, the KCI holds one of the world's most extensive clothing collections and has curated many exhibitions worldwide. With an emphasis on Western women's clothing, the KCI has amassed a wide range of historical garments, underwear, shoes, and fashion accessories dating from the 18th century to the present day. Showcasing a vast selection of skilled photographs from the Institute's archives, depicting the clothing expertly displayed and arranged on custom-made mannequins, Fashion is a fascinating excursion through the last three centuries of clothing trends.

From a rare treasure such as a 17th century iron corset with embroidered bodice to modern-day outfits by such designers as Yves Saint Laurent and Calvin Klein, the collection provides an extensive overview of the evolution of women's fashion. The KCI believes that "clothing is an essential manifestation of our very being" and their passion and dedication positively radiate from every page of this book. It offers an opportunity to see how our ancestors dressed, to consider the amazing accomplishments of contemporary fashion, and to imagine how our descendants may dress in the distant future as clothing design continues on its tireless evolutionary path.

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