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Paris Fashion: A Cultural History Hardcover – 1 Dec 1988


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"This is an original, gracefully written study of Paris fashion, one that manages to say as much about national character, in a sense, as it does about the rise and fall of hemlines. . . . I would not only recommend it to anyone interested in the psychology of clothes, but to anyone planning a sejour in France - as much required reading, say, as the Green Guides of Michelin." --"Los Angeles Times Book Review"

"[Steele's] book offers many insights and pleasures, including some excellent quotations." --"The New York Times"

"An impressive compendium of information." --"The New York Times Book Review"

"Anne Hollander, Valerie Steele, and Bill Cunningham are members of a small band of American critics and scholars now writing and talking about fashion with knowledge of the business, the craft and the art. They know its history and its meaning . . . . Above all they respect their profession and grant it due importance." --"Dress: Journal of the Costume Society of America"

"A mine of novel information and fascinating illustrations, Valerie Steele's book is good to look at and good to read." --"Eugen Weber"

"An innovative renewal of a subject all too often explored ploddingly. Ms. Steele enhances brilliantly the eternal appeal of French couture." --Palmer White, author of "Schiaparelli"

"Once I started reading, I could not stop! Valerie Steele's book is wonderfully witty, pleasurable to read and so well documented. It is one of the best complete studies on Paris fashion that I have ever come across." --Jean-Michel Tuchscherer, Former Curator, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

"Steele's book is a richly textured analysis of sources - artistic, economic, literary, social, and it is a perfect book to recommend to students and many others beside." --"Costume"


This is an original, gracefully written study of Paris fashion, one that manages to say as much about national character, in a sense, as it does about the rise and fall of hemlines. . . . I would not only recommend it to anyone interested in the psychology of clothes, but to anyone planning a sejour in France as much required reading, say, as the Green Guides of Michelin. "Los Angeles Times Book Review"

[Steele's] book offers many insights and pleasures, including some excellent quotations. "The New York Times"

An impressive compendium of information. "The New York Times Book Review"

Anne Hollander, Valerie Steele, and Bill Cunningham are members of a small band of American critics and scholars now writing and talking about fashion with knowledge of the business, the craft and the art. They know its history and its meaning . . . . Above all they respect their profession and grant it due importance. "Dress: Journal of the Costume Society of America"

A mine of novel information and fascinating illustrations, Valerie Steele's book is good to look at and good to read. "Eugen Weber"

An innovative renewal of a subject all too often explored ploddingly. Ms. Steele enhances brilliantly the eternal appeal of French couture. "Palmer White, author of Schiaparelli"

Once I started reading, I could not stop! Valerie Steele's book is wonderfully witty, pleasurable to read and so well documented. It is one of the best complete studies on Paris fashion that I have ever come across. "Jean-Michel Tuchscherer, Former Curator, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston"

Steele's book is a richly textured analysis of sources - artistic, economic, literary, social, and it is a perfect book to recommend to students and many others beside. "Costume"" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

About the Author Valerie Steele received her Ph.D. in History from Yale University, and teaches in the division of graduate studies at the Fashion Institute of Technology (SUNY).


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HASH(0x8ea0bac8) out of 5 stars Great Book 15 Mar. 2013
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Well written. Ties together fashion, culture, history, and even some politics. Interesting and entertaining. Bought it for a class on French Fashion in the 19th century. Would def buy again.
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Thank you so much. I was especially lad to find it in hardbook. Condition just as you described
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