How to Read A Dress

How to Read A Dress

A Guide to Changing Fashion From the 16th to the 20th Century

Book - 2017
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"Fashion is ever-changing, and while some styles mark a dramatic departure from the past, many exhibit subtle differences from year to year that are not always easily identifiable. With overviews of each key period and detailed illustrations for each new style, How to Read a Dress is an authoritative visual guide to women's fashion across five centuries. Each entry includes annotated color images of historical garments, outlining important features and highlighting how styles have developed over time, whether in shape, fabric choice, trimming, or undergarments. Readers will learn how garments were constructed and where their inspiration stemmed from at key points in history -- as well as how dresses have varied in type, cut, detailing and popularity according to the occasion and the class, age and social status of the wearer. This lavishly illustrated book is the ideal tool for anyone who has ever wanted to know their cartridge pleats from their Récamier ruffles. Equipping the reader with all the information they need to 'read' a dress, this is the ultimate guide for students, researchers, and anyone interested in historical fashion." -- Publisher's description
Publisher: London ; New York, NY : Bloomsbury Academic, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2017.
ISBN: 9781472533272
Branch Call Number: 391.2 EDWARDS
Characteristics: 211 pages ; illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm


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Sep 03, 2018

A great book if you are interested in the details. Easy to read.

Apr 04, 2018

Some very interesting information and some beautiful plates (many plates, actually), but ... also very frustrating as too often the plates are too dark or too small to see the detail being referred to.

MomoT Feb 01, 2018

A must-read for fashionistas, this book documents the shapes and styles of women's dress over several hundred years. 


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