Accessories (Twentieth-Century Developments in Fashion Series)

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The 20th century was a time of tremendous technological progress, social change, and visual innovation. As women entered the workforce, they found greater freedom, developed new habits, and indugled in designer luxuries, all of which determined the kinds of accessories they used. For example, once women started smoking and applying makeup in public, their purses needed to hold such essentials as lipsticks, powder compacts, and cigarette cases. Designers responded to these consumer needs in many creative ways. The...
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Overview

The 20th century was a time of tremendous technological progress, social change, and visual innovation. As women entered the workforce, they found greater freedom, developed new habits, and indugled in designer luxuries, all of which determined the kinds of accessories they used. For example, once women started smoking and applying makeup in public, their purses needed to hold such essentials as lipsticks, powder compacts, and cigarette cases. Designers responded to these consumer needs in many creative ways. The design of accessories has even been influenced by contemporary archeological discoveries. In 1922, the opening of Tutankhamen's tomb sparked a trend for "Cleopatra"-style makeup, costume, and jewelry throughout the '20s and '30s. Accessories charts the development of fashion headgear, purses, smoking accessories, footwear, and jewelry through this eventful century.

Examines twentieth-century fashion trends in hairstyles, hats, and other accessories as they varied through the decades from opulent and ornate to comfortable and practical.

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This interesting and entertaining book is one of a series on Twentieth Century developments in fashion and costume. The Twentieth Century was a period of change—two world wars, the Great Depression, gains in equal rights for women and minorities, Vietnam, the rising influence of Hollywood and the global spread of television. It was a period of time when the world was rapidly changing and fashion, influenced by all of these historical and societal factors, changed as well. Each of the five chapters in this volume focuses on one accessory—hats, purses, shoes, jewelry and other (gloves, muffs, canes, etc.). Beginning in the early 1900s, changes in these accessories are described as well as the many factors that brought about the changes. "Campaigns for equal rights for women resulted in the increased popularity of a more masculine style of dress, which included the wearing of collars and ties." In the radical Sixties, tie-dyed shirts and love beads were "expressions of peace and love." The text is excellent—a very enjoyable read—but the illustrations are disappointing. The photographs and the drawings lack in both quality and quantity. Fashion and accessories are meant to be seen. 2003, Mason Crest Publishers,
— Anita Barnes Lowen
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Gr 7 Up-These superficial overviews trace the origins and some of the influences of fashion across the 20th century. The first title offers chapters on headgear, footwear, jewelry, purses, etc. In the other two books, brief entries focus on particular styles, such as "The Dandy," that combine to form broad chapters such as, "All Suited Up: 1900-1940s" (Men's Costumes). Women's Costumes features a section on "1970-2000: The Modern Woman." Designers, trends, and offbeat styles are examined, and many color photos elucidate the texts. The indexes, which are vital to books such as these, are limited, but should suffice. Fashion buffs are the primary audience for these titles, which are better suited for browsing than for reports.-Carol Fazioli, formerly at The Brearley School, New York City Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 7
Chapter 1 Headgear 9
Chapter 2 Purses and Their Contents 23
Chapter 3 Footwear 33
Chapter 4 Other Accessories 43
Chapter 5 Jewelry 51
Glossary 60
Timeline 61
Further Information 62
Index 64
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