Overview

The history of clothing begins with the origin of man, and fashionable dress can be traced as far back as 25,000 years ago. Recent scientific explorations have uncovered graves in northern Russia with skeletons covered in beads made of mammoth ivory that once adorned clothing made of animal skin. The Ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans each made major contributions to fashion's legacy from their textile innovations, unique clothing designs and their early use of accessories, cosmetics, and jewelry. During the ...
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The A to Z of the Fashion Industry

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Overview

The history of clothing begins with the origin of man, and fashionable dress can be traced as far back as 25,000 years ago. Recent scientific explorations have uncovered graves in northern Russia with skeletons covered in beads made of mammoth ivory that once adorned clothing made of animal skin. The Ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans each made major contributions to fashion's legacy from their textile innovations, unique clothing designs and their early use of accessories, cosmetics, and jewelry. During the Middle Ages, 'fashion trends' emerged as trade and commerce thrived allowing the merchant class to afford to emulate the fashions worn by royals. However, it is widely believed that fashion didn't became an industry until the industrial and commercial revolution during the latter part of the 18th century. Since then, the industry has grown exponentially. Today, fashion is one of the biggest businesses in the world, with hundreds of billions of dollars in turnover and employing tens of millions of workers. It is both a profession, an industry, and in the eyes of many, an art. The A to Z of the Fashion Industry examines the origins and history of this billion-dollar industry. This is done through a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, and hundreds of cross-referenced entries on designers, models, couture houses, significant articles of apparel and fabrics, trade unions, and the international trade organizations.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810870468
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/26/2009
  • Series: A to Z Guide Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 96
  • Pages: 490
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Francesca Sterlacci is former assistant professor and chairperson of the Fashion Design Department at Fashion Institute of Technology, instructor at the Academy of Art University San Francisco, and author of Leather Apparel Design. Joanne Arbuckle is the dean of the School of Art and Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.
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  • Posted January 25, 2011

    Highly recommended!

    Both Ms Sterlacci and Ms Arbuckle have provided a tremendous source of information about fashion industry. You must check this book out whether you're a fashion lover or not!

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  • Posted January 8, 2011

    Great Fashions through the Ages

    The authors, Sterlacci and Arbuckle, assembled an enormous volume of useful info. It is easy to read, and comprehend. I particularly liked the background details about famous designers, and design houses. Kudos to the authors.

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  • Posted January 8, 2011

    Everything you need to know about fashion

    Everything a person needs to know about fashion terms is contained in this book by Ms Sterlassi and Ms Arbuckle.Lots of good behind the scenes information about the big fashion houses and the big name designers. So much information, yet well assembled and easy to comprehend. They accomplished a great deal with this book.

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  • Posted January 8, 2011

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    Every aspect of fashion at your fingertips!

    "The A to Z of the Fashion Industry" is comprehensive, well-researched, intriguing, and expertly conveyed. The wealth of cross-references makes this compendium all the more engaging as well as useful. Anyone interested in fashion - as art, industry, history, or social phenomenon - will find this book has much to offer. Two thimbles up!

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  • Posted January 7, 2011

    Francesca Sterlacci Designer

    This book contains an extraordinary variety of fashion. Ms. Sterlacci has a great eye for fashion and her patterns inspire new ideas. I recommend this book for everyone who enjoys high fashion and the uniqueness that she adds to it.

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  • Posted January 3, 2011

    Excellent Reference Guide to the Fashion Industry

    Loved the cover of this book! And all the information contained within. Excellent source for facts about the design industry. Ms Sterlacci and Ms Arbuckle covered all the ins and outs of this billion dollar industry. Well written!

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