Title

How to read a dress: A guide to changing fashion from the 16th to the 20th Century

Document Type

Book

Publisher

Bloomsbury Academic

Place of Publication

London, England

School

Centre for Learning and Teaching

RAS ID

23153

Comments

Originally published as: Edwards, L. (2017). How to read a dress: A guide to changing fashion from the 16th to the 20th century. London, England: Bloomsbury Academic. Original book available here

Abstract

This book aims to take the reader on a sartorial journey through women's fashion in the Western world, explored in blocks of a few years each and spanning the years 1550 to 1970. Examples from works of art and collections from some of the best museums across the world teach the reader how to anticipate and “read” the details of dress. The ability to recognise the adaptation of fashionable details into lower-middle and sometimes even working class dress across the centuries will be a skill the reader can take from this book and apply to their own exploration of fashion history. The focus of the book is on the dress as garment: the body covering worn by women in various phases through history.

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