Synopses & Reviews
Rings are perhaps the most common and yet the most evocative pieces of jewelry. Worn as a sign of love or as a fashion accessory, to mark weddings, remember the dead, or show religious faith, the unbroken circlea plain band or one that is elegantly adornedholds a multitude of meanings for every wearer. From simple medieval hoops worn to ward off disease, to the glamorous rocks worn on the red carpet by Hollywood stars, to stunning works of art created by contemporary artist-jewelers, this book draws from the collections of the V&A to offer a beautifully illustrated introduction to rings.
Changing styles in footwear have always captured the imagination and communicated the priorities and ambitions of the wearerandmdash;during the reign of Henry VIII, exaggerated shapes and wide toes were footwearandrsquo;s reflection of the aggressive social climate of the court, while engravings of Queen Victoria show impossibly narrow slippers, worn in pursuit of 19th-century ideals of daintiness. This colorful book provides an engaging overview of the history of footwear.
About the Author
and Linda Woolley
are former curators of fashion in the VandAandrsquo;s Furniture, Textiles and Fashion Department.