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on 21 May 2014
The title, cover jacket and all the wonderful reviews enticed me to buy this book. The good things about it, different to most books on fashion, was that each decade is illustrated by a personality wearing the clothes, such as the Duchess of Windsor, Bianca Jagger and a great photo of Vivienne Westwood. The text outlined the context of the day as well as developments in fabric and technique. It interestingly set out what a woman would wear or what the constraints were at the time.
As a basic survey of 20Cth designers it was ok, but the photos were not especially well chosen, neither were the clothes. Zandra Rhodes' dresses in real life were magical and ethereal, but the photos don't show this. It was very ordinary and didn't tell me anything I didn't already know. I was disappointed and wouldn't have bought it if I'd seen it first. I enjoyed Christopher Kane's prologue.