The Complete History of Costume and Fashion is a comprehensive illustrated guide to the history of clothing and fashion. At different times in history, fashionable dress has taken very different forms. From the first fashion style of the Egyptians to the extravagant clothes of the Romans, from the birth of the Dandy to haute couture in the twentieth century, this book chronicles the evolution of style for both males and females from a social, cultural, and historical perspective. Organized by specific time periods, coverage includes: The Ancient Egyptians: Noble garments, wigs and hairpieces, eye make-up, jewelry Greece and Rome: Classical elegance, the Etruscan wardrobe, bright colors, the toga Middle Ages: Medieval Europe and Byzantine fashion, age of chivalry, trains and sleeves Early Renaissance: Damask, taffeta, velvet, tight-fitting bodices Sixteenth Century: Flowering of the arts, science and fashion, doublets and ruffs, bodices Seventeenth Century: Influence of the Baroque, ribbons and embroidery, wigs for men Eighteenth Century: Extravagance and excess, masks, buckled shoes, three-cornered hats, hoop skirts Nineteenth Century: Victorian values, crinolines and bustles, artificial hair color, double-breasted jackets Twentieth Century: The age of diversity, global style, mini-skirts, supermodels, street fashion, new fabrics.
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