The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Costume And Fashion: From 1066 to the Present

Jack Cassin-Scott

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The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Costume And Fashion: From 1066 to the Present

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Costume And Fashion From to the Present From the simplicity of eleventh century dress to the excesses of punk this invaluable work depicts the ever changing modes of almost one thousand years Now in an enlarged edition this volume adds an

  • Title: The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Costume And Fashion: From 1066 to the Present
  • Author: Jack Cassin-Scott
  • ISBN: 9780289800935
  • Page: 298
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From the simplicity of eleventh century dress to the excesses of punk, this invaluable work depicts the ever changing modes of almost one thousand years Now in an enlarged edition, this volume adds another 500 years to its previous coverage, to include the very beginning of any significant clothing style to appear after A.D 1000, following through comprehensively with aFrom the simplicity of eleventh century dress to the excesses of punk, this invaluable work depicts the ever changing modes of almost one thousand years Now in an enlarged edition, this volume adds another 500 years to its previous coverage, to include the very beginning of any significant clothing style to appear after A.D 1000, following through comprehensively with a new series of fashion plates showing the styles of the last few years that have succeeded in establishing themselves This fascinating journey through the centuries starts with the Norman conquest of Britain, when the establishment of a royal court initiated the first nationwide fashion hierarchy to which the kingdom s subjects could aspire It then moves on through the late Middle Ages, turbulent years of war and intrigue which spanned the reigns of some of Europe s most memorable monarchs, to the High Renaissance through to the so called Age of Reason In each of these periods, a host of figures is depicted in the clothing of their rank and station, from peasants to princes, musicians to musketeers The book then goes on to explore the most brilliant and exciting epoch in costume history, the Rococo Its elaborately ornamented architecture, furniture and art provided new concepts in decorative and even fantastic costumes France continued to lead the fashion world throughout the Revolution, the Empire, the Romantic era and the Second Rococo, but then English, German, Spanish and other European influences began to emerge English designs became increasingly influential during the Victorian era and the early years of the twentieth century Nor was America far behind Elias Howe s invention of the sewing machine in 1846 brought great advances to the clothing industry and let to late twentieth century revolution in casual fashion This encyclopaedia, with 180 colour illustrations and descriptions of the great years of fashion, will be as interesting and valuable to modern fashion designers and photographers, students of costume history, wardrobe mistresses and theatrical performers as it will to general readers.

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    One thought on “The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Costume And Fashion: From 1066 to the Present

    1. Meg on said:

      This book offers 1-3 illustrations for time periods and while the older periods are ok, the illustrations from the 1960's through the present are a little funky. This book is helpful if it has exactly what you are looking for but by no means is it comprehensive; to be honest, it barely scratches the surface.

    2. Jennifer on said:

      The art isn't that great and the book gives you no historical context. However, it's a nice reference for the evolution of clothing. Pretty cheap to buy used too.

    3. Janis on said:

      I'm always frustrated by costume/fashion books about historical fashions. They are always lacking.This one has good color illustrations, and serviceable descriptions (explanations of unfamiliar terms would be helpful). Still, it doesn't show any poorer classes until the 1600s--and then only has a few of women until the last century or so. Obviously "fashion" to the author refers to what the wealthy wore. Some illustrations are side views (such as the first one of the peasant girl), and so you ca [...]

    4. Siobhan O' Sullivan on said:

      it was ok!!! I wouldn't say it's an encyclopaedia (A comprehensive reference work containing articles on a wide range of subjects or on numerous aspects of a particular field, usually arranged alphabetically.) It's just a book of illustrations with a description of the picture written underneath! nice pictures but I wouldn't but the book

    5. Mckinley on said:

      2 page spread, typically 4 illustrations mostly divided between male and female adults with more female and almost no children, for each time period which varies. European leading to USA American style

    6. Kristen on said:

      Apparently high fashion for men in the 1600s is similar to casual fashion for women in their 20s today. Dress, tights, and boots. I wore that outfit a couple days ago.

    7. Jane Cook on said:

      Solid source of information about past fashions. The illustrations are helpful.

    8. Mckenzie on said:

      If one is interested in the simplified evolution of fashion, this is a divine book to start with. It's certainly helpful if one needs a century overview, or wants examples for the foremost styles in any given decade (or so).That being said, I can hardly say it's the most comprehensive encyclopaedia, considering it gives only about four looks maximum for any page. I also can't say it gives any social or functioning reasoning for why certain fashions came into popularity, the book simply says that [...]

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