Costume and Fashion


by James Laver, Amy de La Haye, Andrew Tucker

Why we have selected this book:

This publication attempts to achieve what is seemingly impossible: a short story on history of costumes beginning from the most ancient times to nowadays. And it works! The splendidly illustrated new edition of the book emphasises the most important periods in the history of costumes, and the various functions, as well as changes to the clothing which always reflects significant changes in society as well.

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Book Overview from the Publisher:

A classic study of the history of fashion brought right up to date.

From the momentous invention of the needle some 40,000 years ago to the development of denim, from Neolithic weavers to the biggest names in the fashion industry today – here is a matchless guide to the landmarks of costume history and the forms and materials used through the ages, as well as to 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.

This fifth edition features a new chapter by Professor Amy de la Haye, Rootstein Hopkins Chair of Dress History and Curatorship at London College of Fashion, charting the increasingly diverse styles that characterize the new millennium, from radical reinventions at major fashion houses to affordable and disposable ‘fast fashion’.

Woven in with the latest looks are explorations of recent developments in fashion media: influential blogs, online shopping and celebrity trendsetters, which together form a fascinating picture of how we dress in the 21st century.

Contents List:

1. How it all began • 2. Greeks and Romans • 3. Early Europe • 4. The Renaissance and the sixteenth century • 5. The seventeenth century • 6. The eighteenth century • 7. From 1800 to 1850 • 8. From 1850 to 1900 • 9. From 1900 to 1939 • 10. Rationed fashion to pluralistic style • 11. Fashion in the twenty-first century

This book is brought by Thames and Hudson, ISBN 9780500204498

Additional information

Weight 0.680 kg
Dimensions 2 × 15 × 21 cm

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