31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
A feast of interesting facts,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Art of Dress: Clothes and Society, 1500-1914 (Hardcover)
If you were only allowed one book on fashion, you'd never find a better book than this. It covers fashion from 1500 to 1914 (I wish it went further) but as well as historical detail which is superb, it has analysis and gives 'snapshots' of the day; the author has delved into some sort of treasure box to bring us quotes from letters and periodicals of the day so there's a reality to it too. You really get a sense of what it was like to wear those clothes. There are lots of pictures too, of illustrations and portraits. I have a lot of fashion books but none comes close to this one for original research and authoritative detail.