Five Centuries of American Costume

Five Centuries of American Costume

by R. Turner Wilcox
     
 

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The first comprehensive survey of the evolution of wearing apparel in the Americas, this profusely illustrated volume focuses on more than 500 years of clothing styles, from animal hides worn in the ninth century to tailored suits for both sexes in the mid-twentieth century. A brief chapter describes the everyday wear of Vikings, Mayans, Aztecs, Incas, and principal

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The first comprehensive survey of the evolution of wearing apparel in the Americas, this profusely illustrated volume focuses on more than 500 years of clothing styles, from animal hides worn in the ninth century to tailored suits for both sexes in the mid-twentieth century. A brief chapter describes the everyday wear of Vikings, Mayans, Aztecs, Incas, and principal North American Indian tribes. Subsequent sections are devoted to the many and varied costumes of the Spanish, Portuguese, English, French, German, and Scandinavians who settled on both American continents. Military uniforms from the sixteenth to the mid-twentieth century are portrayed, as is civilian dress from the same period for men, women and children. All subjects are enhanced by the author's carefully researched, black-and-white illustrations. An indispensable resource for fashion historians, costume designers, and artists, this intriguing volume is sure to appeal to anyone interested in the development of clothing styles.

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Library Journal
This 1963 volume offers drawings of clothing from the Norsemen through the 1960s. The outfits are both military and civilian for both sexes. In addition to the more than 400 illustrations, Wilcox offers short chapters detailing the changes in fashion through the centuries. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780684151618
Publisher:
Macmillan Library Reference
Publication date:
07/01/1977
Pages:
224

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