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Posted October 12, 2002
This book is yet another example of what passes for scholarship in the field of Costume Studies. Not only is this book dramatically skewed towards the dress of women during the 1890's-1900 era (indeed half of the book is devoted to this sex and time period) it also contains numerous mistakes. The wrong dates are often assigned to pictures. For example, pg 6 # 17 is not an example of dress from 1863-64, it is a copy of a daguerreotype taken c. 1850. Page 10 # 30 is not from 1867-1868, rather, it is c. 1875. Page 11 number 31 is not from 1867-1868, it dates to c 1882.I could go on but I don't want to embarass the author. In all, there are at least 20 blatent mistakes. For a book whose sole purpose seems to be dating photos ( and providing inadequate descriptions of clothes) it fails miserably. Buy this book to look at the photos but don't read read the text. It's sad that books like this are able to be published.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 7, 2002
I'm a big fan of Dover fashion books, and have most of this author's books, too, and this is one of my favs. Of all the books of photographs published and geared toward fashion, this is the best. It's not just all wealthy people, and not all middle class or poorer people, either. There is a nice mix. The information on dating your own photos is very handy and informative, too. And, as always, the author does a nice job of giving a brief but interesting social history of fashion. I definately recommend this book; add it to your collection!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.