How to Read a Dress: A Guide to Changing Fashion from the 16th to the 20th Century (Book, 2019) [WorldCat.org]
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How to Read a Dress: A Guide to Changing Fashion from the 16th to the 20th Century

Author: Lydia Edwards (Edith Cowan University, Australia)
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 2019.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Fashion is ever-changing, and while some styles mark a dramatic departure from the past, many exhibit subtle differences from year to year that are not always easily identifiable. With overviews of each key period and detailed illustrations for each new style, How to Read a Dress is an authoritative visual guide to women's fashion across five centuries. Each entry includes annotated color images of historical  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lydia Edwards (Edith Cowan University, Australia)
ISBN: 9781350108288 1350108286
OCLC Number: 1138609462
Notes: Paperback / softback.
Description: 216 pages ; 246 x 189 mm
Contents: AcknowledgementsPrefaceIntroduction 1. 1550 - 1600 2. 1600 - 16993. 1710 - 17904. 1790 - 18375. 1837 - 18696. 1870 - 1889 7. 1890 - 19168. 1918 - 19299. 1930 - 194610. 1947 - 195911. 1960 - 1970GlossaryNotesBibliographyPhotographic CreditsIndex
Responsibility: Lydia (Edith Cowan University, Australia) Edwards.

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Fashion is ever-changing, and while some styles mark a dramatic departure from the past, many exhibit subtle differences from year to year that are not always easily identifiable. With overviews of each key period and detailed illustrations for each new style, How to Read a Dress is an authoritative visual guide to women's fashion across five centuries. Each entry includes annotated color images of historical garments, outlining important features and highlighting how styles have developed over time, whether in shape, fabric choice, trimming, or undergarments. Readers will learn how garments were constructed and where their inspiration stemmed from at key points in history - as well as how dresses have varied in type, cut, detailing and popularity according to the occasion and the class, age and social status of the wearer. This lavishly illustrated book is the ideal tool for anyone who has ever wanted to know their cartridge pleats from their Recamier ruffles. Equipping the reader with all the information they need to `read' a dress, this is the ultimate guide for students, researchers, and anyone interested in historical fashion.

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