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The Mode in Costume: A Historical Survey with 202 Platesby R. Turner Wilcox
Synopses & Reviews
The pursuit of style has prompted centuries of dramatic change in fashion—and author R. Turner Wilcox researched and documented it all in this completely comprehensive volume. A lifelong student of history, costume, and design, she observed decades of fashion innovations from major cities all over the world and served as fashion editor of Women's Wear Daily from 1910 to 1915. Her remarkable Mode series is a definitive reference for anyone with a passion for fashion. From the togas of ancient Rome to the gorgeous gowns of Dior, this lavishly illustrated, thoroughly researched treasury examines men's, women's, and children's clothing — plus accessories — from 3000 B.C. to 1958. Based on medals, coins, sculpture, and decorations of various periods, the images include ancient Egyptian tunics, Chinese silks, Greek sandals, Roman bridal gowns, Persian parasols and fans, Victorian top hats and cravats, Renaissance lace, Venetian breeches, crinolines and bustles, fedoras and homburgs, as well as perfumes, hairstyles, and handbags. A gathering of some of the most distinctive and dramatic styles through the ages, The Mode in Costume is an essential handbook for illustrators, costume designers, and theater students — and compulsory reading for fashionistas.
Book News Annotation:
This reprint of Wilcox's 1958 edition of her history of costume is fun to read, more for her comments on the clothing of the early Twentieth century than the information on earlier periods. She begins with chapters on clothing and hair in the Ancient Middle East and Egypt and continues through the eras in Western Europe. Unlike many such histories, this differentiates among the styles by country within the time periods. She also discusses when certain innovations began to be used, the bobby pin, for example. With over two hundred line drawings, this is still a useful resource of historians of costume. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
From ancient Roman togas to modern Dior gowns, this lavishly illustrated treasury reflects men's, women's, and children's fashions from 3000 B.C. to 1958. An essential handbook for illustrators and compulsive reading for fashionistas.
The pursuit of style has prompted centuries of dramatic change in fashion. From the togas of ancient Rome to the gorgeous gowns of Dior, this lavishly illustrated, thoroughly researched treasury examines men's, women's, and children's clothing — plus accessories — from 3000 B.C. to 1958. An essential handbook.
About the Author
The fashion editor of Women's Wear Daily from 1910 to 1915, R. Turner Wilcox possessed a depth of knowledge about style, based on research that covered a variety of cultures over centuries. Her remarkable Mode series is a feast for fashion lovers.
Table of Contents
1. Egyptian 3000 to 525 b.c.
2. Babylonian and Assyrian 1500 b.c. to 550 b.c.
3. Ancient Greek 1500 b.c. to the 1st Century b.c.
4. Ancient Roman, the 1st Century b.c. to the 5th a.d.
5. Ancient Persian 550 b.c. through the Crusades
6. The Northern Europeans, the 1st Centuries a.d.
7. Byzantine, 4th Century to the Middle Ages
8. Italian Medieval or Gothic
9. French Medieval or Gothic
10. English Medieval or Gothic
11. Flemish and German Medieval or Gothic
12. Italian Renaissance
13. German Puffs and Slashes, the 1st Half of the 16th Century
14. French Renaissance, the Valois, Charles VIII 14831498, Louis XII 14981515
15. French Renaissance, the Valois, François I 15151547, Henri II 15471559
16. French Renaisance, the Valois, Charles IX 15601574, Henri III 15741589
17. The Hispanic-Moresque Period of Spain
18. Spain of the 16th Century
19. Spain of the Velasquez Portraits
20. Renaissance England, the Tudors, Henry VII 14851509, Henry VIII 15091547
21. Renaissance England, Edward VI 15471553, Mary 15531558, Elizabeth 15581603
22. Henri IV and Marie De' Medici 158916101617
23. Louis XIII 16101643
24. England under James I 16031625, Charles I 16251649
25. England under Cromwell, Puritan 16491660
26. Louis XIV, 1st Period 16441661
27. Louis XIV, 2nd Period 16611670
28. Louis XIV, 3rd Period 16701715
29. The English Restoration, Charles II 16601685, James II 16851689
30. Louis XV 17151774
31. Louis XVI Marie Antoinette 1774 to the French Revolution 1789
32. The French Revolution 17891795
33. Directoire 17951799
34. The French Consulate and 1st Empire 17991815
35. The French Restoration, Louis XVIII 18151824, Charles X 18241830
36. English Fashions 17901830
37. Louis-Philippe 18301848
38. French 2nd Republic 18481852, 2nd Empire 18521870
39. Victorian England 18371901
40. French 18701880
41. French 18801890
42. French 18901900
43. Masculine Costume 19001942
44. French 19001910
45. French 19101920
46. French 19201930
47. French 19301942
48. 1947 and The New Look
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