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The 20s and 30s: Flappers and Vamps

The 20s and 30s: Flappers and Vamps

by Cally Blackman

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Bold color photographs capture the fashion history of the twenties and thirties. This book provides an in-depth look at how style evolved during a period that witnessed war, gangsters, economic depression, and revolutionary inventions (such as elastic) that transformed the clothing industry. The book concludes with a time line highlighting world events, technology, famous people, and the art and music that influenced the time. An excellent reference for fashion history. Part of the "20th Century Fashion" series. 2000, Gareth Stevens Publishing, $15.95. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: D. Cannon SOURCE: Parent Council Volume 8
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
The decade of the twenties followed the end of the First World War. Short haircuts had become popular during the war because they helped prevent accidents. Affordable, ready-made fashions were now available in stores and the popularity of fashion brought about the introduction of several new fashion magazines. The new popularity of sports and outdoor activities emphasized fashions for a figure like Amelia Earhart. This series, "20th Century Fashion" answers a need for materials about historical fashion for middle school students. A two-page spread describes the technology of this period and its influence on manufacturing. Timelines, websites, recommended reading and an index and glossary make this an excellent addition to the middle school collection. 2000 (orig. 1999), Gareth Stevens Publishing, Ages 10 to 14, $21.27. Reviewer: Joyce Rice
School Library Journal
Gr 5 Up-These titles allow readers to put fashion and designers into the context of history and the social mores of their times. Exceptional graphic design and the use of authentic primary documents such as magazine covers and layouts, photos of famous people, and original design sketches enhance the presentations. All three books are written in a lively style that clearly explains the relationship between function, media, and fashion. One example is how the automobile prompted the popularity of motoring garb such as dusters, goggles, and veiled hats. Media influence is evidenced by the gangster suits of the `30s and the homespun Hollywood glamour of the `40s. Each volume includes a spread on "The Technology of Fashion." Time lines include "Fashion," "World Events," "Technology," "Famous People," and "Art & Media." Comparable to John Peacock's 20th Century Fashion (1993) and "Fashion Sourcebooks" series (all Thames & Hudson), these newer titles will appeal to younger students for research projects and leisure reading.-Betsy Barnett, Eads School District, CO Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|

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Gareth Stevens Publishing
Publication date:
Twentieth Century Fashion Series
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Product dimensions:
9.58(w) x 10.18(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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