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Costume and Fashion : A Concise History

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The new fifth edition of this classic guide to clothing throughout history now extends into the second decade of the 21st century. James Laver's classic study of clothing, from the invention of the needle to the dawn of denim, neolithic weavers to catwalk creations, has been updated once again to cover the latest trends, from vintage to high street chic and the spectacular reinvention of haute couture. Featuring designers such as Alexander McQueen and Marc Jacobs, and style leaders Kate Moss and the Duchess of Cambridge, a new final chapter explains the forces shaping fashion today, including Internet technology, celebrity influence, 'fast fashion', the recession and global markets. With eight new pages, six new illustrations and an entirely new final chapter, this book reclaims its position as the definitive concise history of the subject, and remains essential reading for all students of art, costume and fashion.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 312 pages
  • 150 x 210 x 25.4mm | 650g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • Fifth edition
  • 263 Illustrations, black and white; 85 Illustrations, color
  • 0500204128
  • 9780500204122
  • 140,246

Table of contents

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
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'Comprehensive and very well informed' - Creative Voice 'A pleasure to look at and a pleasure to read' - Guardian
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About James Laver

James Laver, the 20th century's leading authority in Britain on the history of costume and fashion, was Keeper of the Department of Prints and Drawings and of Paintings at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, from 1938 until 1959. Professor Amy de la Haye is Rootstein Hopkins Chair of Dress History & Curatorship at London College of Fashion. She was formerly Curator of Twentieth-Century Dress at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
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