History of World Costume and Fashion

History of World Costume and Fashion

The History of World Costume and Fashion presents a comprehensive survey of dress from around the world including Asia, Africa, the Islamic Empire, and the Ancient Americas. This extensive study features descriptions and analysis of men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, accessories, and cultural styles from prehistory into the twenty-first century. Lavishly illustrated, it features more than 1600 images—including over 100 in full color- and is a valuable resource for fashion designers, theater costumers, textile researchers, costume collectors and curators, and anyone interest in clothing and style customs of the world.

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  1. D. Deitch "books_n_music" Says:
    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
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    truly world fashion, October 14, 2010
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    D. Deitch “books_n_music” (WEST BLOOMFIELD, MI USA) –
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    This review is from: History of World Costume and Fashion (Hardcover)

    A comprehensive book of world fashion history — with chapters on Indian, Japanese, Chinese, African, and ancient American costume; in addition to a detailed survey of Western fashion from prehistory to the early 20th century.

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  2. B. J. Cole "B. J. Cole" Says:
    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
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    Concise and very readable, November 1, 2010
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    B. J. Cole “B. J. Cole” (San Francisco) –
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    This review is from: History of World Costume and Fashion (Hardcover)

    As Dr. Joanne Eicher notes in the foreword to this textbook, “Daniel Delis Hill’s goal to write a WORLD history of costume has been accomplished.” This is an ambitious work of more than 800 pages, covering such diverse regions and cultures as Japan, China, India, Africa, the Islamic empire, and the ancient Americas.

    In the areas of Western dress history that are more familiar to those of us in the field, Hill has meticulously presented the wide range of garment categories for women, men, and children beyond the usual assortment of surface styles, which include segments for outerwear, active sportswear, underwear, swimwear, hats, footwear, jewelry, accessories, and even grooming.

    Equally important is Hill’s examination of the many socioeconomic and cultural influences that affected the dress of each era – everything from the intent of ancient Greek public male nudity to modern Islamic hijab.

    The 1700 illustrations are an invaluable resource not only for dress historians, but also fashion designers, costumers, history reseachers, and indeed, anyone interested in the topic. In addition to a wealth of primary source images, a number of line drawings that show garment constructions or the step-by-step methods of dress are especially helpful, ranging from the ancient Roman toga to the modern Indian sari.

    The extensive bibliography (a valuable reference in itself) is evidence of the significant amount of research and scholarship that went into this study. Hill’s narrative style of writing is clear, concise and very readable.

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  3. Janson Ingram Says:
    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
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    Valuable reference for anyone in fashion or theatre, June 1, 2011
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    This review is from: History of World Costume and Fashion (Hardcover)

    Finally a fashion history book with a GLOBAL perspective. Much needed and long overdue. Daniel Delis Hill does an excellent job of covering all the bases of each of the world cultures from their ancient times to modern eras. China, Japan, India, Africa, and even Native American and Islamic dress are included. Hill writes in an easy-to-read narrative style that makes history interesting. And with over 1700 illustrations, this study is a valuable reference for anyone in the fashion biz or theatre.

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