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Irish Dancing Costumes (Irish Treasures) Paperback – May 1998


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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Town House (May 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0946172609
  • ISBN-13: 978-0946172603
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 15.9 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,726,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Irish dancing costume evolved from the Celtic Revival aspiration to a distinctive national Irish dress. Inspired by what was known or believed about medieval and ancient Gaelic dress, costumes reflecting Ireland's glorious past were invented and made with Irish textiles. At the height of the Revival, some Irish nationalists wore Irish costume on special occasions, such as Gaelic League's Oireachtas exhibitions. Alongside the new interest in national costume, Irish dancing was being revived, and before long it became customary to wear distinctively Irish costumes for dancing, especially in competition. In the past two to three decades, Irish dancing costume evolved rapidly, culminating in the elaborate and heavily embroidered, appliqued and decorated costumes that are popular with dancers today. The latest influence on Irish dancing costume is Riverdance, which inspires a shorter, lighter style.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 April 2002
Format: Paperback
A fantastic read for anyone interested in the history of Irish dancing costumes. A fabulous range of black and white and colour photos provide wonderful insight into the design of costumes from the end of the 19th century to the present day.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Nov 2000
Format: Paperback
The book gives a concise history of the irish dancing costume. What I had hoped for was more examples of today's costumes to help me decide on the current fashion.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Slim volume, excellent pictures 9 Feb 2000
By E. Venable - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As far as contemporary pictures goes, this book is fabulous. It shows costumes from diverse times and regions, and even mentions the Festival dancers, etc., and not just An Coimisuin (excuse my spelling if it is incorrect). As I mentioned in the title, the pages are few, but the size of the book is reflected in its price (LOW!). The content in terms of text is ok; nothing was obviously inaccurate (unlike the arthur flynn ID book), and, even though the volume is brief, the text is fairly comprehensive.
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Wonderful pictures 7 July 2012
By Ivonne - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
It's a small booklet but the pictues are very nice. If you are looking for ideas about making the dress it will inspire you.
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