Survey of Historic Costume / Edition 5

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The bestselling Survey of Historic Costume covers the history of Western dress from the ancient world to the years following the turn of the millennium. The costume of each period is viewed within its historical, cultural, and economic context. Sources utilized in the study of costume are described and evaluated. Perfect for anyone interested in historic costume, fashion, textiles, drama, and design, this beautifully illustrated book is full of interesting facts and commentary.
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Editorial Reviews

New edition of a text for students of historic costume, fashion, textiles, drama, and design. After an introductory chapter on the origins and functions of dress, the detailed coverage of costume components is chronological, beginning with the ancient world and continuing through 1990, and includes comments by contemporary sources. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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It took me a while to find a text that I am happy with. Once I found this one, I stopped searching. - Donna Meester, University of Alabama, USA

The organization of the book is excellent. - Emily Banis Stoehrer, Fisher College, USA

I do not think there is another that has this much detail, but introduces concepts well without overwhelming undergraduate students. - Diana Saiki, Ball State University, USA

The contents match precisely to what I am teaching, which is why I like this book so much. I think this book far outweighs any other book. - Rhonda R. Gorman, Texas Woman's University, USA

I feel the book is written with the correct amount and detail for undergraduate students of fashion history. - Alexandra Thelin, Montclair State University, USA

Compared to other books [Survey of Historic Costume] is more or equally comprehensive, and has better instructor Guides and student study help. I find [Survey of Historic Costume] a better tool student success than any other text I have used. - Elizabeth Cole Sheehan, Lasell College, USA

I think the design and layout is well-done and user-friendly. - Catherine Amoroso Leslie, Kent State University, USA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563678066
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 6/8/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 704
  • Sales rank: 79,282
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Phyllis G. Tortora is Professor Emerita at Queens College, The City University of New York. She is co-author of The Fairchild Books Dictionary of Textiles, 8th Edition (Fairchild Books, 2013) and The Fairchild Books Dictionary of Fashion, 4th Edition (Fairchild Books, 2013).

Sara B. Marcketti is an associate professor at Iowa State University, USA, where she serves as an associate director in the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching and formerly served as curator at the Textiles and Clothing Museum.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. I The Ancient World C. 3000 B.C.-A.D. 300 11
Pt. II The Middle Ages C. 300-1500 73
Pt. III The Renaissance C. 1400-1600 131
Pt. IV Baroque and Rococo C. 1600-1800 175
Pt. V The Nineteenth Century 1800-1900 251
Pt. VI The Twentieth Century 1900-1990 347
Bibliography 503
Index 513
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