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American Fashion

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Ultimate and unprecedented, American Fashion is a richly illustrated celebration of the history of fashion in this country. Commissioned by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), AMERICAN FASHION is a visual journey beginning with the protean creators in Hollywood and New York during the1930s and the significant and creative expansion that took place in the years surrounding World War II. The book follows this evolution from the little known talents of the postwar years transitioning to the ensuing ...
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Overview

Ultimate and unprecedented, American Fashion is a richly illustrated celebration of the history of fashion in this country. Commissioned by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), AMERICAN FASHION is a visual journey beginning with the protean creators in Hollywood and New York during the1930s and the significant and creative expansion that took place in the years surrounding World War II. The book follows this evolution from the little known talents of the postwar years transitioning to the ensuing 1950s when an ever expanding cast of designers were transformed into national and later international stars. This creative crescendo continues to the growth of major names in American fashion during 1960s and 1970s, and goes on to explore the achievements of American design's brand name marquee stars of the 1980s and 1990s. The book culminates with a look at the contemporary talents of today who continue to export their individual visions of modern American fashion on a global stage. Also included is a collection of portraits of the CFDA’s historic and contemporary designers. Elegant and definitive, with over 300 iconic photographs and the work of more than 100 designers, the book captures the superlative work of American designers as seen by the century’s greatest photographers and illustrators. American Fashion is the essential modern atlas for over 70 exciting years of great American fashion.
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In the past century, fashion in America has changed from imitative to innovative—indeed, a world trend-setter. That progress is charted graphically by American Fashion, an elegant pictorial history produced by cultural historian Charlie Scheips and the prestigious Council of Fashion Designers of America. More than 300 carefully selected photographs grace a text that meticulously traces the multifarious strands of designers and influences. A large pictorial with a wide appeal.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9782759401611
  • Publisher: Assouline
  • Publication date: 9/28/2007
  • Pages: 319
  • Sales rank: 137,158
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 12.07 (h) x 1.50 (d)

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  • Posted February 2, 2009

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    What a lush, lovely, can't help-looking-at volume! If you like fashion, you'll find something to oooh and ahhh over on all 318 pages of this coffee table gem, an opulent history of fashion in America. We begin with 1930s Hollywood and New York at a time when there was much to celebrate - the end of Prohibition. Nylon stockings were first introduced, and Eleanor Roosevelt, who supported the fashions of the times, was First Lady. Moving ahead to the 1940s our country is at war, and Rosie the Riveter is the iconic image of American womanhood, while 1946 Paris saw the first modern style bikini. The 1950s were a showcase of opposite modes from Audrey Hepburn with her model figure and dancer's grace to the eye-popping Marilyn Monroe, both influenced what women wore. TV's Charlie's Angels set the standard for glamour in 1976, and Diane Keaton gave us Annie Hall complete with trousers, tie, and vest. Donna Karan introduced her first women's collection in 1985 about the same time that one more bombshell made a sometimes outrageous fashion statement of her own - Madonna, of course. Enriched with some 250 illustrations American Fashion reminds us of the truly glamorous and the unparalleled debonair - a young Katharine Hepburn in a black Hawes gown posed for Harper's Bazaar, the unforgettable Marlene Dietrich smolders in a black velvet coat embroidered with white. And, of course, even now Fred Astaire remains the epitome of the well-dressed American man. This volume celebrates the work of over 100 American designers with photographs and illustrations by the finest artists of our century. Our country is a proud melange of colors and ideas as is our fashion. Enjoy! - Gail Cooke

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