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on 24 July 2013
This book was published in the mid-90s & has a comparatively amateurish format. It does show quite a number of garments from the 1920s-1940s but provides very little information about them. It is also difficult to see many details as the photography of the book is somewhat inappropriate. All garments have been photographed being worn by women who are doubtless very pleasant people but not professional models. In consequence the poses are usually unnatural, atypical of the era & with body language that is generally entirely wrong. Aiding & abetting these incongruous displays are hairstyles which are often strikingly modern. Add to this heavy & excessive make-up & you have a photo that is at once ill-matched to the costumes. Backgrounds are mostly gardens - anybody's garden, it seems. The photographs themselves have a glaring quality & all in all they inspire a feeling of great unease.

As the book develops, some interesting period illustrations are included but overall it is disappointing. So many photographs do not allow all the detail to be seen, as they would have been on a mannequin with good studio lighting.
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