- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd (30 Oct. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1408105799
- ISBN-13: 978-1408105795
- Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 1.4 x 21 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 447,001 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Isms: Understanding Fashion Paperback – 30 Oct 2009
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'...this illustrated guide to major movements in dress over four centuries is a great starting point for students and lovers of fashion.'
--West Australian (January 2010)
About the Author
Mairi MacKenzie is a Lecturer in Cultural and Historical Studies at London College of Fashion. She has written and taught on fashion eras from the early modern to the present day and has curated numerous exhibitions.
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Top Customer Reviews
The book is very good, good size, practical and easy to use on daily life! Very short, resumed good text and the photos are very illustrative!
I advise 100%...its a must have for those who love little and rich books!
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An overarching theme of the book is how fashion evolved from serving a small, elite, group of people to the everyday working person. A second theme is how fashion has both imprisoned and liberated women (and men) from the standpoint of choice and body image. For readers that have lived more than two decades on the planet, parts of the book are a delightful flashback to what we were forced to wear during our formative years as well as what our parents wore as we grew up. Is it any wonder that we'd rather not wear such clothes again no matter how "cool and retro" they look to the newest generation?
This book is a great gift for anyone addicted to watching period piece film or who has felt bewildered over the years trying to navigate women's changing fashions.
My one pet peeve is the size of the book and the print--especially the detailed photo captions. Surely a book so well researched, written, and executed deserves a bigger format with more space.
The brevity of each ism may leave something to be desired for a studied fashion student, but for the average fashionista ...ism: understanding fashion is the right dose of information to be inspiring, entertaining, and educational.
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