Fashion in Costume, 1200-2000

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New Amsterdam Books, Jan 1, 2000 - Art - 280 pages
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"Joan Nunn's detailed survey of costume in the western world over the past eight centuries not only gives the reader a vivid visual impression of the clothes themselves, but also outlines the historical and social background and the changes in manufacturing techniques and fashionable lifestyle that have influenced the way costume has developed and the manner in which it has been worn." "Each of the nine chapters covers a certain period, with an introductory section followed by descriptions of the underwear, outer garments, hats, footwear, hairstyles, accessories, jewelry, fabrics and colours worn by men, women and children. There are over 800 line drawings, specially made by the author from contemporary sources (carvings, paintings, portraits, fashion plates and photographs)." "This is an illustrated reference book for students of costume, social history and the visual arts and for those concerned with designing costumes for the theatre. It is also for the general reader interested in fashion and the art of dress."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Joan Nunn worked in a couture house, was a designer and teacher at Toynbee Drama School, and taught dress at the West of England College of Art before becoming Costume Supervisor at the Old Vic Theatre. She held the post of Head of the Department of Dress and Textiles at Canterbury College of Art until her retirement. She lives in Canterbury, England.

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