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Isms: Understanding Fashion Paperback – 30 Oct 2009

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  • 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)

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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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If your doing any fashion course, wither your doing fashion history or not, it is a brilliant guide and insight into fashion in the past. It has clear sections for each decade and era, key words, descriptions, dresses and designers for you to look and brilliant quality pictures good for photocopying for moodboards or anything else in general, it is a must have and gives you a really good understanding of fashion in the past and how much today's trends are influenced from a mixture of different decades.
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Super seller, super fast delivery, perfect conditions!
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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Amazon.com: HASH(0x94794edc) out of 5 stars 5 reviews
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HASH(0x94180a74) out of 5 stars Values and textiles: Then and now 26 Aug. 2010
By Indigo West - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a marvelous little book about the history of western fashion from the 17th century onward. The author and editors have done a fine job of selecting examples from museum collections and period paintings that illustrate basic and diverse trends in fashion. The photographs are outstanding, and the accompanying text fleshes out how consumer values and the availability of dyes and other resources have impacted clothing design.

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.
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HASH(0x9463d630) out of 5 stars perfect little book 30 Mar. 2011
By Annie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
the only thing i was a bit surprised about was how small this book was. i guess i was imagining more of a textbook/coffee table book size, so just have that in mind. other than that, excellent book, excellent seller!
HASH(0x9463ddbc) out of 5 stars Fashionista in training. 24 Jan. 2011
By Donna D - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This analysis of fashion is presented with a global eye and while interesting enough to read from cover to cover as a chronological story could also be used as a reference guide. It presents timelines for easy view of overlapping trends, a glossary of fashion terms, glossary of notable names, and global exhibitions. It also acts as a starting point for resources of additional study.

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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HASH(0x94180e10) out of 5 stars Essential to Every Fashionsita 18 Mar. 2012
By CrazyConfession - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a perfect, comprehensive book that includes all the fashion movements in history since the 17th century. Perfect little book essential to anyone who is interested in fashion and its history.
HASH(0x93fb360c) out of 5 stars Small book but covers a lot of material 4 Dec. 2012
By Irritated with Sony - Published on Amazon.com
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I only wish it was a larger volume so there could be more photos included. Obviously, at this brief length the authors can't cover the material in great detail but this is a really good survey.
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