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Forties Fashion: From Siren Suits to the New Look Paperback – 31 Jan 2011
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Flipping through this book will provide endless hours of entertainment for swing dancers, retro-designers, and lovers of fashion history.
Shows how fashion gave form to the anxieties and aspirations of the times. . . . Engrossing.
`A delight to pore over ... very useful for students ... Fabulously illustrated throughout, it will probably be on the wish list of serious textile departments'
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If you expect 40s feminine dresses, this is more like museum photos. Much more academic. Many writings.
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.
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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