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"What a strange power there is in clothing." The wisdom of Isaac Bashevis Singer's seemingly offhand comment reverberates again and again as one browses the pages of this lavish, 576-page coffee-table pictorial. Style specialist Marnie Fogg (Fashion Illustration; Vintage Fashion; Boutique) doesn't mind if we dote on the illustrations, but her informed history of fashion serves as a running commentary to the catwalk show unfolding before our eyes. All apparel seems to be here; from classical togas and early Japanese kimono to pre-Columbian garb and outfits of Renaissance courtiers and Romantic posers. Nor are modern, post-modern, and contemporary styles neglected. A visual feast; Fashion 101, 102, and beyond.