The Classic Ten: The True Story of the Little Black Dress and Nine Other Fashion Favorites

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Penguin, Oct 28, 2003 - Social Science - 224 pages
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Nancy MacDonell Smith explores the origins, meaning, and remarkable staying power of the ten staples of feminine fashion:
* the little black dress
* the white shirt
* the cashmere sweater
* blue jeans
* the suit
* high heels
* pearls
* lipstick
* sneakers
* the trench coat
Tracing the evolution of each item from inception to icon status, she reveals the history and social significance of each, from the black dress's associations with danger and death to the status implications of the classic white shirt. Incorporating sources from history, literature, magazines, and cinema, as well as her own witty anecdotes, Smith has created an engaging, informative guide to modern style.

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A fashion news/features director at NYLON magazine, Smith takes an in-depth look at the history and evolution of ten staples of feminine fashion-the little black dress, the suit, jeans, the cashmere ... Read full review


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Nancy MacDonell Smith is the fashion news/features director at NYLON magazine. She has written about fashion and style for the New York Times, Harper's Bazaar, and many other magazines.

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