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

User Review  - Georgi Marrapodi - Goodreads

I've read it years ago when it very famous. I read the critics on a newspaper and I bought it. It's entertaining and easy to read. Perfect for a trip. Read full review

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

User Review  - Bryna Messmer - Goodreads

This was not a book for me. I guess I'm being a little mean on the rating, but I DID NOT enjoy it. I am passing the book along to a friend in the fashion industry. I'm sure she will enjoy it worlds ... Read full review

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Title Page
The High Heel
Lipstick

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