Have you ever wondered why we wear the type of clothes we do? Packed with outlandish outfits, this exciting history of fashion trends reveals the flamboyant fashions adopted (and discarded) by our ancestors.
In the days before cosmetic surgery, people used bum rolls and bombastic breeches to augment their figures, painted their faces with poisonous concoctions, and doused themselves with scent to cover body odor.
Take a fresh look at history’s hidden fashion disasters and discover some of the stories behind historical garments:
How removing a medieval woman’s headdress could reveal her as a harlot
Why Tudor men traded in their oversized codpieces for corsets
How crinoline caused a spate of shoplifting among Victorian ladies
Karen Bowman charts our sartorial history from the animal skins first used to cover our modesty and show off hunting skills, right up to the twentieth-century drive for practicality and comfort. Corsets and Codpieces is a fascination read for history buffs and fashionistas alike.
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About the Author
Karen Bowman is the author of Essex Girls and Essex Boys , and a contributor to British Life magazine. She is a frequent public speaker on historical subjects, including fashion. Karen lives in Essex, England.
Table of Contents
Author's Note vi
Chapter 1 Short Skirts, Long Beards 1
Chapter 2 Modest Medieval 8
Chapter 3 Ruffs and Hose 19
Chapter 4 Drums and Wheels 31
Chapter 5 Sumptuous Stuarts 38
Chapter 6 Gorgeous Georgians 55
Chapter 7 False Calves and Rising Moons 73
Chapter 8 Death by Crinoline 88
Chapter 9 Bustles 102
Chapter 10 La Belle Époque 111
Chapter 11 The Roaring Twenties 124
Chapter 12 Abominable Trousers and Rationed Fashion 133
Chapter 13 Cinched and Pinched -A Brave New World? 146
Appendix - For Your Entertainment 153
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The book, Corsets and Codpieces by Karen Bowman is an excellent way to learn about what clothing was worn back then and how it happens to now be used by many of us. I love that it goes into detail and explains the entire history of the unique pieces worn. Some things like Corsets and Codpieces, which codpieces I never ever knew or known what they were till I read this book. Plus, it explains other trends and original pieces that were worn. Plus, I've always wondered about the body odor issue, as now we have showers with hot water and can bathe all the time but back then it wasn't as easy. So what I've ready they would douse themselves in tons of perfume like scents to get rid of the odor. I guess that is a plus if you have no way to remove the smell. However, this book will pack your brain with fashion from back during Roman times and many other eras, which has happened to bring out the fun designs we have today and styles. Old clothing and styles coming back into fashion, thanks to this book you can get an idea how many of them were thought up and what we still wear or use as they've worn back then.