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Fashion A History From The 18th To The 20th Century (Midi Series) Hardcover – 27 Sep 2002

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  • Hardcover: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen GmbH; 01 edition (27 Sept. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3822812064
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822812068
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 4.1 x 28.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 690,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
As a fashion student this is one of the best books I own. The book is packed with photo's taken as musuem photo's rather then fashion shots. This means you get clear, close up detailed shots of the garments, which range from the 18th century to present. The selection of garments featured is huge, with something for everyone (from issey miyake to 18th century pearl inlayed shoe heels!). A MUST buy, and amazing value for money!
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By A Customer on 3 Aug. 2004
Format: Hardcover
A fabulous book for anyone interested in either a history of Fashion or costume design. This book is great because it features items from a museum collection - and if you're unlikely to go to Japan to see it for yourself this is a great alternative!
Not only full length photos, but also lots of very close up shots showing the intricate detail which has gone into some pieces in the collection.
There are about 500 full colour photographs, showing all sorts of items of clothing from French 'rococo' designs right through the 1960's to (almost) present day. The book features mostly womens clothes but a few mens as well.
Printed on great quality paper and in a nice firm paperback cover this book would be a great gift for anyone interested in Clothes and Fashion. Also a great resource for Students.
I like the way the older 'period' costumes are shown piece by piece - so you can see what (very uncomfortable looking!) underwear was worn to give the fabulous dresses their shape, and also how the elements were put together - very helpful when trying to make a replica outfit!
A really great buy.
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Format: Hardcover
I have many books on fashion and costume and this is one of the best which shows actual garments. The display of the garments and the photography are superb in a beautifully produced, quality book. The impression given is that the clothes are worn by models rather than hung on tailors dummies. I couldn't believe the price! It looks as though it should be in the £25-£40 bracket. Although about 500 items are shown, this would seem to be only a small part of the collection - I hope the producers will consider doing a second book.
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Format: Hardcover
I own this book and it is gorgeous, but i also purchased a book called; Fashion. A History from the 18th to the 20th Century, or rather the other book was in fact two books and discovered that they are really the same books but with different layouts. I notice that the prices are dramatically different and just wanted to notify potential buyers about this. I hope this makes sense, check this out before purchasing !!!
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Format: Hardcover
If, like me, you like your fashion reference books to have oodles of pictures, with a full description of each item, with close ups and historical/designer info as well as info about coonstruction, then this is the book for you!
Every page is mouthwatering, with exquisite care and detail given to each photo and description, an absolout must have!
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If you are in need, or want of a GREAT image clothing reference book from the late 18th Century (Regency) to the 19th Century (Victorian) in addition to the 20th Century (Modern), then 'Fashion' by Kyoto Costume Institute should be it. The images are beautiful, professional and the volume is dense. Over 700 pages thick! There are a few period painting reference images, but most of the book is Hi-res (gorgeous) museum quality photographs of authentic vintage clothing, styled and draped on mannequins, making it easy for the viewer to imagine how the clothing must have looked as they were worn during their time. Page after page of photographs, yummy!

Furthermore, it has some close up shots for those who are in need or want more fabric detail. Most of the clothing is women apparel (including their hats and jewelry for the all-over-effect). However, it has many men garments too. This includes a few lone images of authentic vintage corsets, bustles, gloves, slippers, shoes, hats, stocking, and other (male & female) accessories also... Even so, its main focus is the clothing. The book is fairly large in width and depth, and a tad bit heavy too, so viewing it from your lap nearly engulfs and pulls you into a delightful visual feast. `Fashion' is low on words but high on images. Each image has a good paragraph or two detailing each garment's history, make, year and any other special details are explained as well. Perfect for the fashion historians, fashion design students, 3D clothing creators, clothing history enthusiast, vintage clothing collectors, history art illustrators, artists and just the plain curious. It's also a marvelous visual tool for those who like to "read or write" historical novels or literature and need that added detail for the visual effects.
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