Survey of Historic Costume: A History of Western Dress

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Fairchild Publications, Jan 1, 1998 - Art - 556 pages
"The best-selling 'Survey of Historic Costume' covers the history of Western dress from the ancient world to the mid-1990s. The costume of each period is viewed within its historical, cultural, and economic context. Perfect for anyone interested in historic costume, fashion, textiles, drama, and design, this beautifully illustrated book is full of interesting facts and commentary. Features include: detailed descriptions of garments, footwear, accessories, hairstyles, hats, and cosmetics; recurring themes through the ages related to the study of dress; highlights of revivals of popular styles from each period; illustrations of objects from the fine and applied arts for each time period; colorful commentary by writers from each period; extensive bibliographies, pronunciation guides, and an index which includes glossary terms; and 20 pages of full-color photographs, plus more than 550 black-and-white photographs, pictorial tables, and illustrations.". Part One: The Ancient World: The Ancient Middle East 3500-600 B.C., Crete and Greece c. 2900-300 B.C., Etruria and Rome c. 800 B.C.-A.D. 400; Part Two: The Early Middle Ages c. 300-1300, The Late Middle Ages c. 1300-1500; Part Three: The Italian Renaissance c. 1400-1600, The Northern Renaissance c. 1500-1600; Part Four: Baroque and Rococo c. 1600-1800: The Seventeenth Century 1600-1700, The Eighteenth Century; Part Five: The Nineteenth Century 1800-1900; Part Six: The Twentieth Century 1900-1996; The Edwardian Period and World War I 1900-1920 (1910), The Twenties, Thirties, and World War II 1920-1947 (1930s, 1940s); The New Look and Beyond 1947-1964 (1940s, 1950s, 1960s); The Vietnam Era 1964-1974 (1960s, 1970s); The Decades between 1975 and 1996 (1970s, 1980s, 1990s).

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A decent general fashion history book meant for a college survey course & not a researcher of specific clothing styles and/or eras. Doesn't go into much detail on any particular era, but instead gives ... Read full review


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About the author (1998)

Phyllis Tortora is Professor Emerita at Queens College, where she was department chair for 17 years, teaching historic costume and furnishings, and textiles. Among the textbooks of which she is the author or co-author are Survey of Historic Costume and Fairchild's Dictionary of Textiles, 7th edition. She also serves as a consultant to the Historic Costume Collection of the Huntington Historical Society in Huntington, New York.Keith Eubank is a Professor of History, Emeritus, Queens College, CUNY. He had previously been the Chairman of the History Department and he was also part of the Doctoral Faculty in History, CUNY. Keith maintains scholarly affiliations with the American Historical Association and the Southern Historical Association.

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