The Thames and Hudson Dictionary of Fashion and Fashion Designers (World of Art)

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9780500203132: The Thames and Hudson Dictionary of Fashion and Fashion Designers (World of Art)
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This indispensable guide to fashion provides in more than 1,200 entries detailed information on the life and work of every important designer from 1840 up to the present day. It includes not only couturiers but also shoe, hat, and knitwear specialists, costume designers, jewelers, and hairdressers. The extensive coverage encompasses the fashion media, photographers and illustrators, influential art movements, fashion terms, garment and accessory styles, technical processes, and every kind of fabric, as well as personalities who have influenced fashion or promoted a style, from Lillie Langtry to Diana Vreeland to Madonna. Illustrated in both color and black and white, international in scope, and completely up to date, this is an essential sourcebook for designers, students, collectors, and enthusiasts. Its full cross-referencing and wide-ranging bibliography provide invaluable additional information.

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From accordion pleats--"fine, narrow, regular pleating created by sewing or pressing minute DARTS into the fabric of dresses and skirts"--to the Wonderbra--"see BRASSIERE"--and beyond, this dictionary is a reference book for the fashion-forward crowd. In hundreds of concise and informative entries, the universe of fashion from the mid-18th century through the late 1990s is fully documented. More than 300 illustrations (many of them color) offer readers the opportunity to look at designs that are better seen than described: designer Jeanne Lanvin's sketches, the bodystocking, Elsa Peretti's heart-shaped pendants, a 1920s permanent wave, a Fortuny dress. In all, this is a solid reference for readers interested in the history of fashion.

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This is an update of the author's Encyclopedia of Fashion: From 1840 to the 1980s (Thames and Hudson, 1989). In more than 1,200 very short entries, it covers fashion from the 1840s (the invention of the sewing machine) to the present. There are more than 350 illustrations, 73 in color.

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