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What People Wore When: A Complete…

What People Wore When: A Complete Illustrated History of Costume from…

by Melissa Leventon

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This illustrated history of costume through the nineteenth century uses illustrations from two older works. This is both a plus and a minus, since some aspects of costume are thus not illustrated. Still, it would be a great addition to a reference shelf, especially for theatrical types, but also for those of us who feel a need to look up places and artifacts in the fiction we read. ( )
  auntieknickers | Apr 3, 2013 |
What People Wore When is a beautiful book. I was greatly disappointed, however, to read in the introduction that the images in the book were less than accurate. Why not then find accurate images? Still, it gives a great sense of clothes from various times and places.

I was also a little disappointed to see the non-European world so poorly represented. After ancient times, non-European areas were only represented in modern times and rough "regional" styles. ( )
  rbtwinky | Apr 30, 2009 |
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What People Wore When combines the studies of two classic nineteenth-century illustrators Auguste Racinet and Friedrich Hottenroth for the first time. Their works are presented first by chronology and then by subject, so that illustrators, historians, and students alike can choose to follow the path of fashion through the centuries, or study in detail the contrasting styles of individual clothing and accessories. Silhouettes reveal the shape of style through the ages, detailed cross-references draw attention to recurring motifs, and navigation bars help the researcher to travel the complex chronology of costume.

With authoritative narrative from leading experts in the history of costume, extraordinary contemporary quotes that reveal the impact of style in its day, detailed annotation, and an extensive glossary, the book provides a magnificent study of the rich vocabulary of style through the ages.

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A history of costume and fashion spanning the civilizations of ancient Greece and Egypt through nineteenth-century Europe, including the clothing, footwear, accessories, and hairstyles of individuals from all levels of society.

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