Decades of Fashion: From 1900 to Now


From the glamour of the 30s to the extremes of the 80s, this volume offers an impressive pictorial overview of the fashion world of the entire twentieth century.
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From the glamour of the 30s to the extremes of the 80s, this volume offers an impressive pictorial overview of the fashion world of the entire twentieth century.
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Dallas Voice Holiday Gift Guide

"Spanning the glamour of the 1930's to the pop culture extremes of the 1980's, the new 600 page book Decades of Fashion is ideal for any lover of couture. The pictorial review of fashion through the 20th century covers corsets to kaftans and so much more"

Decades of Fashion

ISBN 978-3-8331-6113-1

DECADES OF FASHION, SEATTLE POST INTELLIGENCER - "a book fashion-lovers will want as a reference, and even people cursorily interested in fashion will find much to interest them."

DECADES OF FASHION, TALL DARK ROAST - "From the glamour of the 30s to the extremes of the 80s, this volume offers an impressive pictorial overview of the fashion world of the entire twentieth century.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783833161131
  • Publisher: H.F.Ullmann Publishing Gmbh
  • Publication date: 10/12/2011
  • Edition description: Updated Edition
  • Pages: 600
  • Sales rank: 633,566
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 6.40 (h) x 2.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Harriet Worsley is a fashion journalist and teaches communication and journalism at the Central Saint Martin's College of Art and Design.

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  • Posted November 30, 2011

    succinct photographic history of fashion

    The collection of Getty Images on fashion from the huge collection of visual material at the Getty Museum with a small number from other sources is a largely visual history of fashion through the 20th century. Beginning with The Belle Epoque and ending with the last two chapters Dress to Impress and Back to Basics with chapters on Boom and Bust, The Glamour Years, and Minis and Mods plus others in between to chronologically cover periods of fashion, there are one or two photographs per page. Most are black-and-white from journalism, fashion photography, celebrity photos, movie stills, and fashion shows. The relatively small number of color photographs appear in the years of the 1970s and following.

    Seemingly pro forma and secondary to the full-page photographs in what is largely a visual history, the captions are nonetheless not to be ignored. Succinct, they are particularly informative on characteristic clothing features of the respective era, details worth noting, and often the contemporary social ambiance, imagery, and desires affecting styles and also social settings in which the clothing would be worn. One also finds the names of fashion designers in the captions. In short chapter Introductions, Worsley cites the new fashion features and related designers and also changed social circumstances marking a new, identifiable period for fashion.

    "Fashion" is taken broadly, not limited to high fashion or fashion for the wealthy. Middle class and working class fashions are included in each period along with that of royalty and aristocrats, actresses, and famous models. Period sports wear, bathing suits, everyday wear, business wear, work cloths, and even military uniforms are all included in this well-done, engaging photographic history.

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