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Fashion: A Visual History: From Regency & Romance to Retro & Revolution
     

Fashion: A Visual History: From Regency & Romance to Retro & Revolution

by NJ Stevenson
 

Every generation can recall and identify with the fashion icons and idols of their era. The crinoline-caged Victorian female, the Gibson girl, and the grunge-layered youth of the 1990s all reflect the influences and extremes of their life and times. The start of the 19th century marks the dawn of the designer, a sartorial influence that became a star-studded

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Every generation can recall and identify with the fashion icons and idols of their era. The crinoline-caged Victorian female, the Gibson girl, and the grunge-layered youth of the 1990s all reflect the influences and extremes of their life and times. The start of the 19th century marks the dawn of the designer, a sartorial influence that became a star-studded industry. Fashion: A Visual History charts those points in time when distinctive styles that began as extravagances of the very rich permeated through well-dressed society until a cut of cloth or choice of accessory defined fashion. This elegantl- dressed volume asseses the contribution of such innovative players as Worth, Chanel, Dior, Saint Laurent, Klein, Westwood, and Gaultier, as well as the effects of stage, sceren, music, dance, and sports celebriries on our ever-changing sense of fashion. Each spread focuses on a definitive item--be it bowler hat or little black dress, stiletto or caftan--or identifies key shifts in fashion that reflect excess, liberation, austerity, nostalgia, and technology, displaying it in contemporary images ranging from paintings and illustrated fashion plates to cartoons and photographs. Evocative primary quotes complete a history that visually traces the revealing evolution of fashion in Western society.

Editorial Reviews

"Fashion fades, only style remains the same." Coco Chanel's century-old observation still retains its currency as evidenced by the rapid life cycles registered in this stunning visual history. Professional stylist and fashion author N.J. Stevenson (The Chronology of Fashion) presides over this illuminating 288-page illustrated history of our changing and sometimes rekindled tastes. Editor's recommendation.

Michelle Marozik

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312624453
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
02/14/2012
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
574,466
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

NJ STEVENSON has worked in the fashion industry as a fashion writer and stylist since 1996. An alumna of the London College of Fashion, she specialized in vintage while working in the industry, then went on to get her MA in Fashion Curation. She now lectures on styling and fashion in film at the University of the Arts.

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