The History of Modern Fashion

By Daniel James Cole and Nancy Deihl

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  • Hardback
  • 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.

About the Author

Daniel James Cole teaches the History of Fashion at New York University and the Fashion Institute of Technology. He is also a freelance costume designer with stage, television and film credits.

Nancy Deihl, the Director of the graduate program in Costume Studies at New York University, specializes in the history of fashion and textiles from the mid-19th century to the present.

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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

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