on 4 June 2007
This book is a useful resource for anyone interested in fashion and costume - not as a handbook for recreating these fashions as there are no patterns etc. however there are brief descriptions at the end of each section, but it's real use is more as a guide for charting the progress and differing styles of men's fashions through the illustrations.
These illustrations will not be to everyone's taste because the figures are drawn in a very individual style that are not entirely pleasing to the eye but if you can get past that then you should enjoy the scale of the collection in this book.
I have found it an invaluable resource for the sheer size of the work - you can always return to the book and check what styles were in vogue for certain years/ decades etc. and although it covers a long period of time (1789-1995) there are no gaps in the history - a very comprehensive survey.
on 14 September 2010
Both books by John Peacock, this one and "Fashion since 1900" are a great help to all those who need details about fashion throughout the centuries. As a historical novelist, I find them extremely helpful for my research. Don't go without !
on 26 July 1999
I checked this book out at a local book store. It might be a good resource for a costume designer or fashion maven, but contains no "real" information (very little text, no explanations of clothing styles or traditions, etc.).