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Fashion. A History from the 18th to the 20th century Hardcover – 8 Sep 2006

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  • Hardcover: 640 pages
  • Publisher: TASCHEN Gmbh; Taschen 25th anniversary ed edition (8 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3822827630
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822827635
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 7.6 x 33 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 252,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Akiko Fukai (Chief Curator of The Kyoto Costume Institute), Tamami Suoh (Curator of The Kyoto Costume Institute), Miki Iwagami (Lecturer of fashion history at Sugino Fashion College (Tokyo)), Reiko Koga (Professor of fashion history at Bunka Women's University), and Rie Nii (Assistant Curator of The Kyoto Costume Institute).


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Two big heavy volumes! If like me you love to see full pictures and close ups of costumes from times gone by these volumes fit the bill. The costumes are on manequins and are more alive as a result. You get more of a feel for the size of the wearer. Page 168 Volume 1 is particularly good with a male manequin in coat and breeches with a female manequin in a dress and spencer. The comparison between the height and size is very real.And these are no 'ordinary' clothes either. They are the creme de la creme - the elite of the history and fashion world. Dive in and be amazed. Not cheap - but an investment
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As a costume designer I am always on the lookout for really good reference books, this has to rate as one of the best. Two large fully illustrated volumes for a bargain price. The photographs are glorious showing wonderful detail and the costumes are beautifully mounted, particularly in volume one, giving a real feel of how they must have looked when worn. My only criticism would be that in some eras, particularly in the twentieth century, Male costume is underepresented, however this is nearly always the case in costume books. I definately recommend this book to any lover of fashion, costume or beautiful things...truly scrumptious.
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If, like me, you work in men's vintage fashion, and you have high hopes for this book, here's a warning: STEER CLEAR OF IT.

Apart from several photographs regarding men's 18th Century fashion in the first volume, there is NOTHING on men's fashion whatsoever. As for the second volume, zero! No pictures at all regarding men's fashion throughout the whole of the 20th Century. A serious omission, even more so if you deal in men's clothing from the 1920's onwards.

I'm so disappointed with this that I'm sending it back two hours after receiving it.

PS: If you're interest is strictly in women's clothing, this book has some stunning pictures.
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Taschen books are well known for their quality and value, but this is exceptional - a pair of large format (and very heavy) hardbacks presented in a slipcase. Stunning photographs of clothes from the collection of the Kyoto Costume Institute including many close ups showing details of embroidery and design features. The text is informative without being dry. Highly recommended for anyone with an interest in fashion or textiles.
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Two big, heavy books full of colour photos. The antique garments of centuries past are presented in a such a way that, although the manequins are shot in neutrally set studios, with the simple addition of period-relevant wigs to the heads of the dummies, we get a strong sense of what a complete outfit would really look like on the body. There are also inserts of paintings to see these fashions in the context of art work of the time. Clear, close-up shots of modern fashion too. A very rich and useful resource.
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Great books, my girlfriend loved them as they were for a present for her. She is writing her PhD's about Vintage in fashion and these books will help her a little bit to do so.
They definitely look very nice! Recommend to anybody who loves fashion and like reading about it!
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I'll keep this short and simple;
This is amongst the best visual references for historical fashion. Every garment is exquisitely photographed in exceptional detail, notes on the maker are brief but useful. Both books are of general high quality, they are hard-core big, heavy bulky things (bargain for the price!). The book covering 20th century fashion is a little larger than the first book, which is useful for anyone studying fashion are higher education. Overall, you will find yourself dipping in and out of them at leisure or when in need of research.

The only drawback to the books is they showcase very expensive, upper-class clothing. I am interested in costume design and like to have a range of clothing from a specific period, even so, these are great reference books.

Overall I highly recommend buying them, especially at this ridiculously cheap price.
Enjoy!
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A wonderful source book for women's clothing that is beautifully photographed. These volumes would be amazing for anbody who had an interest in the history of women's clothes.
The reason that I have given this only four stars however is the diference between the volumes. The 20th century one is much more in depth and offers more detail in the photographs than the 18th-20th century volume does. This is not to say there are less garments, but they are photographed in groups meaning that they are further away and so less easy to see detail on. If this would not be of bother however both books are stunning. My whole house spent a couple of hours going through them when I first recieved them and they are doing mainly politics degrees rather than fashion so I believe anybody can find an interest.
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