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Costume and Fashion: A Complete History [Hardcover]

Bronwyn Cosgrave

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15 Nov 2000
This is an illustrated guide to the history of clothing and fashion, both male and female. Periods covered include Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome, the Middle Ages, the Rennaissance, as well as styles from the 17th to the 20th century.

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Bronwyn Cosgrave is a writer and journalist currently working as the features editor of British Vogue. She has worked as an editor on a number of Brtish women's magazines, including Frank and Cosmopolitan, and is the fashion historian for Encylopedia Britannica. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3.0 out of 5 stars next time 4 Oct 2010
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So, the author states that she didn't take the requisite time with research because she hadn't intended to write this book. next time, take a little more time, at least to make sure the facts are correct. Example: the egyptian queen nefertari(a.k.a nefertiri) was married to Ramses not Akhenaten. It was Nefetiti who was married to Akhenaten. Since she mistakenly mentions Nefertari repeatedly in the chapter it makes me wonder how accurate she is through the rest of the book. But the book is an interesting read nonetheless, cool pics (I would have liked more pictures though, especially ones that really showed the clothes well). But I would not pay full price for this. Buy it used or on clearance and don't spend more than 10
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and well-presented 6 Oct 2005
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This is a wonderful review of fashion from ancient times to the present (starting with medieval fashion, western european fashion is accented) in a well-illustrated book written in a lively, opinionated prose. Well, this is not meant to be an encyclopedia and the author mentions that she did not spend the requisite time it would have taken to make this book a reference on historic costume because she didn't mean to write one. There are some debatable assertions but they are more than compensated for by the clarity and readability of the text, as well as the nice trivia thrown in here and there. It reads more like (interesting) fiction than an encyclopedia and thank god for that! There are plenty of dry tomes on historic costume and this is very different and very refreshing. There is plenty to learn and the pictures are very appropriate. In all, it's a great book on historic fashions and I definitely recommend it.
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