The editors have assembled the most remarkable book on the history of fashion available today. More than just a history, it analyzes what changes in fashion say about gender, class, and morality, noting, for example, that the point at which parents begin dressing children specifically as girls or boys has changed over time. Pink and blue have not always held the connotations they do today: until about 1920 reds and pinks were considered masculine and blues feminine. Changing hair styles and body types are also examined, with the medieval preference for slenderness and the Renaissance ideal of solidity and weight duly acknowledged. The book also covers work clothes, sports clothes, military uniforms, blue jeans, and lingerie. A concise and lively book that works on all levels, for casual reader or scholar. Highly recommended.-- Daniel J. Lombardo, Jones Lib., Inc., Amherst, Mass.
Explores the relationship between changes in fashion and ideas about masculinity and femininity. Among the subjects covered here are sports uniforms, work clothes, children's clothes. Many contemporary illustrations, a few in color. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)