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1000 Dessous: A History of Lingerie (Klotz) Paperback – 26 Jun 1998

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  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen GmbH (26 Jun. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3822876291
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822876299
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 990,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Oct. 2001
Format: Paperback
1000 Dessous by Gilles Neret is a fascinating ......, what exactly? Not read. Words are not the medium of the book but the story and history of underwear are told mainly by the use of drawings and photographs dating back to Ancient Greek and Egyptian times. Perhaps the most interesting part of the book concentrates on the Victorian and Edwardian eras but there is a significant section on cinema with stills from many well known films. I would suggest it is a book, not to digest in one sitting, but to return to, to have on your book shelf, to enjoy. Make up your own mind as to whether it is titillating or educational but I can guarantee you won't have seen a book like it before.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Clifford on 26 Jun. 2010
Format: Paperback
The Taschen imprint has done a magnificent job in bring together themed collections of visual material which show the historical development of the elements of the erotic human female. Their books are uniformly generously proportioned, perhaps in homage to the bodily generosity of their subject. As the visual appearance of females has traditionally been a response to the male erotic response, and (until recently, at least) the male-dominated perceptions of how society should be, studying fashion developments in female underwear offers a fascinating experience, both sociological and sexological. The complex struggles between bodily comfort, self-image, attraction of the male, and the fashion-driven quest for novelty are here provided with ample illustrations. The book will also appeal in its powerful erotic stimulus, which has been the aim of many of the photographers whose work is featured, and the normal concealment of underwear adds a voyeuristic twist to the visual impact. Without leading the reader (and it should be noted that even the figure captions provide a coherent sub-text) with its interpretation, the book offers nourishing food for thought, and can be highly recommended.
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By Sue UK on 23 Aug. 2013
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Smallish but thick book with loads of pic's of modern and historic lingerie. It is amazing how lingerie has changed so much over the years. There is some nudity and some explicit shots, so not a book for the young.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
A must have for lingerie lovers 13 Jun. 2000
By Kristen Weiser - Published on
Format: Paperback
This softcover book has very little text and lots of fantastic photographs which tell the history or timeline of women's lingerie.
Full of B&W and color photographs, illustrations, designs, ads, and glamour shots. A great gift for lingerie lovers.
Also see: 1000 Nudes; The Male Nude; 1000 Tattoos
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
i loved it 14 July 2004
By geena maree - Published on
Format: Hardcover
great book. excellent pictures of all types of lingerie. a must for any lingerie or fetish designers.
23 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1000 Dessous, interesting, but risque 8 Aug. 2001
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is an interesting book with lots of full color and contemporary depictions of historical lingerie, but tends to rely too heavily on the pornographic aspects of women's underwear, and includes many photos which are purely historical pornography and bear no connection to lingerie. Maybe I'm just a prudish American, but I expected more history, and maybe a little text.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Superb visual history of lingerie 5 May 2007
By Joseph A. Admire - Published on
Format: Paperback
I have the hardback edition of this book, and my eyes popped when I went to check the details of the hardback edition on Amazon. If I can credit what I read, the hardback is currently worth nearly a cool $1,000. I personally think that's waaaaaaaaaaaaay too much to pay, but _1000 Dessous_ is so good that it's well worth paying top dollar for.

I would have to respectfully disagree with the reviewer who downchecked the book because he felt it was too risque. Of course it's risque. What else, in all honesty, would you expect from Taschen, the world leader in publishing high-class erotica? Women's lingerie, by its nature and design, is erotic, as Mr. Neret makes plain in his text and his extensive selection of photos. In point of fact, he doesn't devote the whole book to just considering the eroticism of lingerie. The section titled "Lingerie and Eroticism" is actually the last of four major sections in the book; the others deal with visual depictions of lingerie in history, the cinema and advertising. The great majority of the illustrations are full-page (one does wish, though, that Taschen would have published the book in oversize format, so as to bring out more detail in the pictures) and the selection is both wide-ranging and comprehensive. There's not a great deal of text, admittedly, but every picture has a short but informative caption discussing its subject.

Highly recommended.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Two thumps way up there. 9 May 2008
By amenbrother - Published on
Format: Hardcover
One of the most authoritative books on historical aspects of lingerie. Very informational, practical, sensual and erotic photography. Very valuable book. Something for everybody's taste.
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