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If you have an interest in clothing of the late 15th and 16th centuries, you MUST read this book. Ms. Anderson's research is extensive and makes available to an "English only" reader information that can scarcely be found anywhere else. Almost without exception, English language writers on costume history ignore Spain almost completely and/or attribute Spanish (and Portuguese) styles to an imitation of Italian modes. Ms. Anderson's work makes it plain that Spain was the fashion leader, not the follower, during this period and allows us to understand Spain's importance during the Renaissance period without the distortions of protestant history and politics.
The format of Ms. Anderson's masterpiece is enormously helpful to the student of this era. The work is divided into sections dealing with men's and women's clothing. She begins each section with a narrative of men's or women's "Dress Occasions" which is wonderfully informative and then each section, which is lavishly illustrated, focuses on the elements of clothing: Hair Styles, Headgear, Body Garments, Leg Coverings, Footgear, Accessories, Moorish Garments, Outer Garments and Furs.
If Ms. Anderson's format were copied by more writers on the history of costume, the world would be a much, much better place!
Princess and Attendants ca 14831485 300
Lady of Sevilla 1529 306
Hair Styles 314327
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