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What a fantastic book!,
This review is from: Fashion (Hardcover)
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Fashion and costume are often considered merely incidental in history, but what we wear, the way we wear it, how it came to look that way, and what purpose it serves, are important indicators of Human cultural development. This book takes an in-depth look at this aspect of our history in typical DK style - with hundreds of colourful graphics, and concise but informative text.
In 480 lavishly illustrated pages, all hard-bound in a plush white velvet textured cover, this book shows and explains several thousand years of fashion and costume history, beginning in antiquity, and progressing through every major cultural age to 2012. The collection of art and artefacts that it presents is breath-taking. Every page is littered with colourful photographs of ancient relics, paintings, sculptures and jewellery, each piece annotated to indicate its important features. There are hundreds of photographs (many with close-ups) showing iconic garments, such as dresses, suits, hats, work-wear, uniforms and so on.
It oddly omits The Duchess of Devonshire who, in the 1700s, was an extraordinarily influential fashion icon, but in every other respect it appears to be very thorough indeed. It is a sumptuous treat of a book: big, heavy, glossy and a thing of quality. I did spot a couple of typographical errors in the early pages, which is a shame, but I can't let those small matters count against it. It is one of those rare coffee table books that genuinely has the wow factor. It would make a magnificent gift, but I certainly won't be giving away my copy.