The Mode in Costume

The Mode in Costume : A Historical Survey with 202 Plates

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The pursuit of style has prompted centuries of dramatic change in fashion--and author R. Turner Wilcox researched and documented it all in this completely comprehensive volume. A lifelong student of history, costume, and design, she observed decades of fashion innovations from major cities all over the world and served as fashion editor of Women's Wear Daily from 1910 to 1915. Her remarkable Mode series is a definitive reference for anyone with a passion for fashion. From the togas of ancient Rome to the gorgeous gowns of Dior, this lavishly illustrated, thoroughly researched treasury examines men's, women's, and children's clothing -- plus accessories -- from 3000 B.C. to 1958. Based on medals, coins, sculpture, and decorations of various periods, the images include ancient Egyptian tunics, Chinese silks, Greek sandals, Roman bridal gowns, Persian parasols and fans, Victorian top hats and cravats, Renaissance lace, Venetian breeches, crinolines and bustles, fedoras and homburgs, as well as perfumes, hairstyles, and handbags. A gathering of some of the most distinctive and dramatic styles through the ages, The Mode in Costume is an essential handbook for illustrators, costume designers, and theater students -- and compulsory reading for fashionistas.
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  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 165 x 235 x 25mm | 658g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 2nd edition
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0486468208
  • 9780486468204
  • 431,718

Table of contents

Foreword1. Egyptian 3000 to 525 b.c.2. Babylonian and Assyrian 1500 b.c. to 550 b.c.3. Ancient Greek 1500 b.c. to the 1st Century b.c.4. Ancient Roman, the 1st Century b.c. to the 5th a.d.5. Ancient Persian 550 b.c. through the Crusades6. The Northern Europeans, the 1st Centuries a.d.7. Byzantine, 4th Century to the Middle Ages8. Italian Medieval or Gothic9. French Medieval or Gothic10. English Medieval or Gothic11. Flemish and German Medieval or Gothic12. Italian Renaissance13. German Puffs and Slashes, the 1st Half of the 16th Century14. French Renaissance, the Valois, Charles VIII 1483–1498, Louis XII 1498–151515. French Renaissance, the Valois, François I 1515–1547, Henri II 1547–155916. French Renaisance, the Valois, Charles IX 1560–1574, Henri III 1574–158917. The Hispanic-Moresque Period of Spain18. Spain of the 16th Century19. Spain of the Velasquez Portraits20. Renaissance England, the Tudors, Henry VII 1485–1509, Henry VIII 1509–154721. Renaissance England, Edward VI 1547–1553, Mary 1553–1558, Elizabeth 1558–160322. Henri IV and Marie De' Medici 1589–1610–161723. Louis XIII 1610–164324. England under James I 1603–1625, Charles I 1625–164925. England under Cromwell, Puritan 1649–166026. Louis XIV, 1st Period 1644–166127. Louis XIV, 2nd Period 1661–167028. Louis XIV, 3rd Period 1670–171529. The English Restoration, Charles II 1660–1685, James II 1685–168930. Louis XV 1715–177431. Louis XVI Marie Antoinette 1774 to the French Revolution 178932. The French Revolution 1789–179533. Directoire 1795–179934. The French Consulate and 1st Empire 1799–181535. The French Restoration, Louis XVIII 1815–1824, Charles X 1824–183036. English Fashions 1790–183037. Louis-Philippe 1830–184838. French 2nd Republic 1848–1852, 2nd Empire 1852–187039. Victorian England 1837–190140. French 1870–188041. French 1880–189042. French 1890–190043. Masculine Costume 1900–194244. French 1900–191045. French 1910–192046. French 1920–193047. French 1930–194248. 1947 and The New Look49. 1948–1958
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About R.Turner Wilcox

The fashion editor of Women's Wear Daily from 1910 to 1915, R. Turner Wilcox possessed a depth of knowledge about style, based on research that covered a variety of cultures over centuries. Her remarkable Mode series is a feast for fashion lovers.
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