The Art of Dress: Clothes Through History 1500-1914

The Art of Dress: Clothes Through History 1500-1914

by Jane Ashelford
     
 

A fascinating account of the history of dress over the past four centuries, this volume is a sumptuous visual feast for all costume designers, historians, fashion students, and fashion lovers
 
The clothes worn by our ancestors afford an unparalleled insight into lifestyles that have disappeared forever. Here, Jane Ashelford has used the

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A fascinating account of the history of dress over the past four centuries, this volume is a sumptuous visual feast for all costume designers, historians, fashion students, and fashion lovers
 
The clothes worn by our ancestors afford an unparalleled insight into lifestyles that have disappeared forever. Here, Jane Ashelford has used the National Trust's stunning costume and textile collections as well as its historic house portraits, family correspondence, diaries, and household papers to produce a history that goes beyond a mere chronicle of cut, shape, and decoration. She looks at the social aspects of dress and what people of all ages wore at all levels of society, from swaddling bands to widow's weeds, describing not only garment details and the manner of wearing in historical context but also offering excerpts from writings by contemporaries. Men's, women's, children's, and servant's attire and accessories provide vital information about the taste, preoccupations, and aspirations of the individuals who wore them, and the world in which they lived.

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"Costume historians and students should welcome this rich source of information . . . but general readers will enjoy this book as well. Highly recommended."  —Library Journal

"Fascinating facts will allure readers, as will the incredibly wide range of subjects."  —Booklist

Library Journal
During the four centuries treated here, fashion was the province of rank and wealth; myriad conventions applied to all occasions and social strata. Historian Ashelford offers not only descriptions of garment details and of the manner of wearing in historical context but also excerpts from writtings by contemporaries. Her presentation is synchronized with over 260 paintings, drawings, and photographsEngland's National Trust allowed remarkably well-preserved period garments to be taken out of storage and photographed for this sumptuous volume. Men's and women's attire are discussed in depth, and a chapter each is devoted to children's and servants' clothing. Costume historians and students should welcome this rich source of informationthere is a lengthy section of notesbut general readers will enjoy this book as well. Highly recommended.Therese Duzinkiewicz Baker, Western Kentucky Univ. Libs., Bowling Green

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781905400799
Publisher:
National Trust, Aylesbury
Publication date:
04/01/2011
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
9.60(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Jane Ashelford is also the author of The Care of Clothes.

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