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5.0 out of 5 stars Forties Fashion from siren suits to the new look
This is a must buy for any 1940's fans out there. Not only does this book show many styles and the fashion of that era but it is also packed with information. It covers the reasons for the ongoing changes in fashion, practical and smart designs, everything you can think of. It looks at designs from Europe, North America, Australasia and Japan! The book has lots of archive...
Published on 24 July 2011 by Mrs. M. Foster-wright

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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book
Not quite what I had hoped for - too much emphasis on high fashion rather than the everyday clothing of ordinary folk which was what I was looking for. But interesting nonetheless.
Published on 29 Nov. 2012 by Valpia


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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forties Fashion from siren suits to the new look, 24 July 2011
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This is a must buy for any 1940's fans out there. Not only does this book show many styles and the fashion of that era but it is also packed with information. It covers the reasons for the ongoing changes in fashion, practical and smart designs, everything you can think of. It looks at designs from Europe, North America, Australasia and Japan! The book has lots of archive information and the amazing thing is all the designs plus accessories are in colour, so you get the real deal! I am thoroughly enjoying this wonderful book, credit to Jonathan Walford.
Mandy Foster-Wright
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brillant Book of Fashion and History, 3 Nov. 2010
I think it very hard to find a very well constructed Vintage fashion book, some concentrated too much on just clothes on mannequins and stock photos, some have too much text that seems to be lifted straight from a history book, or every other book produced on the subject, but not Forties Fashion:From Siren Suit to The New Look.
Yes it does have clothing pictured on mannequins, but these mannequins are style with accesories. Yes it has historical text, but also a lot of background information that isn't just focused on the clothing, but how culture and politics shaped clothing during war time over the world. If only more history books were written in this fun fact way. Did you know they tried to use cat fur to replace the shortages of fur in Eastern Europe? Yuck just think there could be someone wearing a cat fur stole.
Please do one on the 50's.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Reveiw, 24 Nov. 2008
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N. D. Meikle (Durham, England) - See all my reviews
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While not being a particular fan of lots of clothes being `displayed' via the medium of the mannequin - no matter the period appropriateness of such - the broad use of mannequins in this book works particularly well. While viewing the contemporary fashion scene in the likes of Britain and America during WWII in publications of this nature is nothing new, the research that has gone into material for the book has certainly gone a great deal further than that of the `extra mile'. I particularly like the perspectives taken from Germany, Italy, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Canada and even New Zealand, Australia and Japan. The even today revelation that Paris `ignored the war', and to a certain extent continued to move forward fashion's representational mode, is surprising in itself. But perhaps, the actual meaning of this is given little meaning - in terms of what physical clothing of the time looked like - in hitherto publications of this nature, in this book it is well-exampled.

Given the part title of the book, and putting aside arguments as to whether what Christian Dior established with his `New Look' was a good or bad thing for women, the chapter dedicated to the post-war years is certainly not simply `a trotting-out' of the same tired old images heavily featured in other publications. As has been achieved throughout the book, fashion representation, and therefore to a large extent, women's self-defined representation of themselves at the time, is given a broader slant.

A number of the material in the book comes immediately before the 1940s, emphasising the relevancies of the 1930s - and what had gone before - to what was going on in fashion - and within the world as a whole in the 1940s itself. As you would expect, and is obviously furthermore befitting, given the momentous nature of WWII, the period features heavily in this publication. Again, international aspects of wartime fashion - and how this was represented in print media of the time are particularly interesting - emphasising the international nature of the research that has gone in to the book.

In essence, the goal of the book - to show women's fashion of the 1940s period from international perspectives - has been particularly well rationalised and executed in the drawing together of images and text that make this book an essential purchase to anyone interested in what fashions of the 1940s period were actually like. Rather than, for example merely being another gathering of relative glamour and well-to-do people's clothing taken from publications such as international versions of Vogue magazine. Perhaps the only criticism of the book would be the sparse representation given to men's clothing. Given what Anne Hollander suggests as a need to acknowledge developments to both men's and women's clothing, to more accurately understand either - the momentous changes happening to women's social position throughout most of `the developed world' in the first-half of the twentieth century naturally befits that fashion, image and meaning is given the rightful position as a representation of women's self-expression through clothing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We need more books like this, 26 April 2011
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If you want a book on the fashions of WW2 this is the one for you. Very informative, great colour pictures and goes into just the right amount of information. I especially like the fact that it covers fashion in Germany and France, not many books do this. I would recomend this book to anyone interested in the fashions of the 1940s
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forties Fashion From Siren Suits to the New Look, 1 April 2011
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Excellent book for anyone wanting to know about 1940's fashions. It was good to see how fashions were in the rest of eurpoe, including Gemany, also North America, Australia and Japan. Although some of the fashions are displayed on models, it still gives a very idea as to different styles. The book is very informative about the history of the period in an easy to understand way. All together a very good all round book, would certainly recommend.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, inspiring book., 14 July 2011
This review is from: Forties Fashion: From Siren Suits to the New Look (Paperback)
This is a wonderful book full of inspiring and beautiful pictures of clothing from the 1940's. Lot's of pictures and also great information about the history of the item, This is a book that you will return to again and again to immerse yourself in some amazing outfits and re-read the facts behind the frocks. You will not be dissapointed with this book if you have a love and passion for either the 1940's or beautiful clothes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book for 40s lovers, 14 April 2012
This review is from: Forties Fashion: From Siren Suits to the New Look (Paperback)
I was really pleased with this book. There's a lot of text covering different country's fashions throughout the 40s and the photos are fab too. The cover doesn't really do the book justice as there's a mix of images inside of items on mannequins or laid flat, there's also photographs as well as old adverts etc. Overall a great edition to any 1940s enthusiast's book collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful impression of the Forties, 31 Oct. 2013
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I love it, because was looking for some inspiration. This book gives an overview over the forties in Europe, how fashion was affected by WW2 and shows a lot of colourful detailed pictures and drawings of costumes and accessories. If you are looking for clear design instructions or even patterns, this book isn't for you. But if you are like me looking for information about the forties in order to understand the feeling and flair of that time and get ideas for your own sewing ideas (I always make my own patterns anyway, so I wasn't looking for any), then this book is perfect. Very good printing and paper quality as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Forties Fashion, 15 May 2014
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Brilliant book and an invaluable source of information for my Forties reenactment. So good that a friend I showed it to, ordered her own! Very prompt delivery.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book, 29 Nov. 2012
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Not quite what I had hoped for - too much emphasis on high fashion rather than the everyday clothing of ordinary folk which was what I was looking for. But interesting nonetheless.
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