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Forties Fashion From Siren Suits To The New Look

Walford, Jonathan

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ISBN 10: 0500514291 / ISBN 13: 9780500514290
Published by Thames and Hudson, New York, NY, 2008
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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(full book description) Thames and Hudson, New York, NY, 2008. 1st Edition Fine/Fine, Hard Cover, w/Dust Jacket. Size=9.5"x10", 203pgs. 250 Illus. (196 COLOR). Clean, bright and tight. No ink names, tears, chips, foxing, etc. Price unclipped. ISBN 9780500514290 20% OFF our regular catalogue price. SELLING WORLDWIDE since 1987. 99% OF OUR BOOKS ARE SHIPPED IN CUSTOM BOXES, WE ALWAYS PACK WITH GREAT CARE!. Bookseller Inventory # CONROY229000I

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Title: Forties Fashion From Siren Suits To The New ...

Publisher: Thames and Hudson, New York, NY

Publication Date: 2008

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: 250 Illus. (196 COLOR)

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Edition: First Edition.

Book Type: Book

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"A fascinating narrative... Great stories, remarkable acts of patriotism...mark the indomitable spirit of humanity."―Booklist

Here is a definitive look at fashion in the 1940s―from French style under the Occupation and the “make do and mend” approach to wartime clothing shortages through the development of faux fabrics, the rise of American fashion houses, and the New Look of the post- war period.

The illustrations reveal the wide range of fashions and styles from the 1940s in North America, Europe, Australasia, and Japan. The lively text by fashion specialist Jonathan Walford details how fashion was considered not a frivolity but an aesthetic expression of circumstances in the 1940s. While Fascist states tried to create “national” styles before the war began, by 1940 the pursuit of beauty was promoted on both sides of the conflict as a patriotic duty. From prewar to postwar, we see attitudes emerge from period advertisements, images of real clothes, and firsthand accounts in contemporary publications. The result is a celebration of everything from practical and smart-looking attire for air raids (hooded capes with large pockets and siren suits) to street fashion and the creation of Christian Dior’s “New Look” collection in 1947. 196 color and 54 black-and-white illustrations

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Jonathan Walford was the founding curator of the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto and a founder of the Fashion History Museum in Canada. His previous books include Forties Fashion. He lives in Canada.

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