- 600 color illustrations
- 480 pages
- 11½ x 8¾ ins
- ISBN 9781780676036
- Published August 2015
This exciting book explores fashion not simply from an aesthetic point of view but also as a manifestation of social and cultural change.
Focusing on fashion from 1850, noted fashion historians Daniel James Cole and Nancy Deihl consider the evolution of womenswear, menswear, and childrenswear, decade by decade. The book looks at the dissemination of style and the mechanisms of change, at the relationship between fashion and the visual, applied, and performing arts, the intertwined relationship between fashion and popular culture, the impact of new materials and technology, and the growing globalization of style.
With photographs of costume from museums and images from the fashion press including editorial photography, illustrations, and advertising, the book will include insights into icons of fashion and the clothes worn by “real people”, providing a valuable visual reference for the reader.
Chapter 1 1850–1890: The Dawn of Modern Clothing
Chapter 2 1890s: Extremes of the Gilded Age
Chapter 3 1900s: A New Century
Chapter 4 1910s: Exotic Fantasy, Wartime Reality
Chapter 5 1920s: Les Années Folles
Chapter 6 1930s: Aspirations of Glamour
Chapter 7 1940s: War and Recovery
Chapter 8 1950s: Couture Opulence, Suburban Style
Chapter 9 1960s: Fashion for the Future
Chapter 10 1970s: Revivals and Individuality
Chapter 11 1980s: Power Dressing and Postmodernism
Chapter 12 1990s: Subcultures and Supermodels
Chapter 13 2000s: Mixed Messages