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Everyday Fashions of the 20's (Dover Fashion and Costumes) [Paperback]

Stella Blum
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26 May 1982 Dover Fashion and Costumes
Accurate record of actual dress of the Roaring Twenties in over 150 pages of mail-order catalogs, selected and with text by Stella Blum. Over 750 illustrations, captions.

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  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc. (26 May 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486241343
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486241340
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 22.5 x 29.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 177,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Deco Fashion Book 2 Oct 2010
I am a dressmaker and interested in vintage fashions so I bought this book for inspiration. I already have the 1930's book of the same title and was extremely pleased with that. The illustrations and photos are inspiring and detailed. The items shown are from the American Sears Catalogue and the prices of the garments are shown also. Makes me want a time machine so I can go back and bulk buy these gorgeous clothes!!!! If you are interested in vintage fashions of this era then this book is for you. It covers clothing from utility to high fashion, from underwear to outerwear for men, women, children and babies. I love this book, I am already designing outfits. I shall continue to dip in and out of it for years to come. I cannot recommend this series of books highly enough.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book. 4 Jun 2013
By jen
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Very informative and useful, particularly for my grand-daughter, who is about to start an art and design course at college. I'm so glad we don't have to submit to the same fashions now!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful images, and accuracy 26 Feb 1999
By A Customer
I loved looking at this book. It was facinating to see what people wore back then, and to see how little things cost. i totally enjoyed this book because it was like stepping back in time. i highly reccomend this book to anyone who enjoyed/enjoys the 1920's.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 27 Feb 2014
By Fox_E
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Stunning illustrations and the most detailed in terms of fashion research without a lot of blurb to read.

Good value and a lovely read!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The" Bees-Knees"! 26 Aug 2003
By Robyn Lee Markow - Published on Amazon.com
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If you love fashion from the 1920's or just saw "Chicago" and would like more background on it,this is a worthwhile book to flip through. Some the pics are not the best quality and childrens clothes are only on one page. However, You really do,get an idea of what the average person wore back then,which may surprise some readers.All in all, A decent book for fashion history buffs.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great resource, mediocre translation to kindle 1 Oct 2012
By Hyacinth - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a fantastic resource on 1920s fashion, starting with "everyday" as indicated in the title, but edging on into the "dressy" showing us "every-evening" worthy dresses, shoes, and so forth.

There is a nice introduction including brief year-by-year overviews of how things changed, and lots of charming examples.

Unfortunately, although the summaries are year-by-year, the book itself is broken into only two sections, 1920-24 and 1925-29. Because the reference in each description is given in page numbers and "real page numbers" are not enabled for the kindle edition, it's nearly impossible to tell which illustration belongs to which year.

Another problem with the kindle edition is that the graphics are low resolution. To be able to read the catalog descriptions, you have to blow the image up (not easy on some kindle devices) and even once this is done the text is fuzzy and hard to read.

I'm a steadfast kindle reader and love to see publishers migrate their books to electronic versions, but it needs to be done with a little sensitivity and savvy. Fifteen minutes of cross-referencing would have changed this barely usable ebook into a pleasure, and a little strategizing as to how to present readable image text could have made it a delight.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DAPPER FLAPPERS, plus book size correction 14 Mar 2011
By Philly Gal - Published on Amazon.com
Hello fellow fashion fans and tailors - The actual dimensions of this book are 12 x 9 x .5 inches - it is quite a bit larger than described in this Amazon listing. Actual pagination is 52 pages + the cover page.
ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL DOVER PUB with crystal clear reproductions of original catalog pages. In those days the ordinary catalogs were in black & white, so that's how the illustrations are. Along with the Sears Roebuck illustrations, there are others from Charles Williams (laces and collars, corsets) and Savage Millinery (shoes, outer wear).
NOT TO BE MISSED: the ladies' undergarments! They were so detailed, so finely made, and so comfortable, excluding the heavy corsetry. I grew so tired of synthetic, binding, and poor-fitting modern undergarments, even the more expensive brands, that I hunted down patterns for undergarments similar to those shown in this book, and made them. THERE IS NOTHING LIKE SILK AND COTTON UNDERWEAR - See pp 43 and 130 for comfortable, non-binding undergarments. Wish these were still available today in the retail stores.
ALSO DIG: the Charles Williams swim suits on page 63. Even thin women covered up their treasures...
I own all of the Dover historic fashion books and have used all of them to design elegant though more modern garments for myself and our 2 daughters, most especially for evening and holiday dressing.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I use this one 13 Sep 2006
By Susan R. Rose - Published on Amazon.com
This is a very useful source book for every day clothing, particularly things like men's clothes,kid's outfits, maid uniforms, and other things that aren't the high fashion clothing that many books feature. I design theater costumes, and have found this very helpful.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as great as the others in the series 18 Feb 2013
By Nancy C. Beck - Published on Amazon.com
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These "Everyday Fashions" books are great. You not only get an idea of the types of clothing people wore during any particular decade, but in a few cases, you even get some pricing (too bad it's not all the time, but I digress).

The reason I've been getting these books is different from others who have posted here. I don't try to get ideas to sew clothes either on a personal or professional basis (like for a play or something). The reason is that I'm a writer, and I like to see what my characters should be or might be wearing for any particular decade, as I tend to write stories set in the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s. What's nice is that the books do a year-by-year thing, so in this instance, you can see what a woman wore in 1919 as opposed to 1925 - and what a difference in women's clothing in just 6 years!

Yes, they're in black and white, but I remember a reviewer for one of these books stating that the Sears catalogs were typically in black and white anyway. Besides, I can just as easily imagine different colors for different outfits (and a lot of times, they will tell you what colors are available, as part of the ad).

The preface/forward for the 1920s (also includes 1919) is split among pre-flapper, flapper, and nudges into the Depression (1930). Utterly fascinating. And I felt there was a enough of men's clothing included here, too, though this was a fairly conservative era for men's fashions, so IMHO the suits, hats, and coats, etc., would necessarily look pretty similar.
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