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Costume and Fashion (World of Art)

A Concise History

James Laver, Professor Amy de La Haye, Andrew Tucker


A classic study of the history of fashion brought right up to date


From the momentous invention of the needle some 40,000 years ago to the development of denim, from Neolithic weavers to the biggest names in the fashion industry today – here is a matchless guide to the landmarks of costume history and the forms and materials used through the ages, as well as to the underlying motives of fashion and the ways in which clothes have been used to protect, to express identity, and to attract or to influence others.

This fifth edition features a new chapter by Professor Amy de la Haye, Rootstein Hopkins Chair of Dress History and Curatorship at London College of Fashion, charting the increasingly diverse styles that characterize the new millennium, from radical reinventions at major fashion houses to affordable and disposable ‘fast fashion’.

Woven in with the latest looks are explorations of recent developments in fashion media: influential blogs, online shopping and celebrity trendsetters, which together form a fascinating picture of how we dress in the 21st century.

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Format: Paperback

Edition Type: Fifth edition

Size: 21.0 x 15.0 cm

Extent: 312 pp

Illustrations: 348

Publication date: 11 June 2012

ISBN: 9780500204122

Contents List

1. How it all began • 2. Greeks and Romans • 3. Early Europe • 4. The Renaissance and the sixteenth century • 5. The seventeenth century • 6. The eighteenth century • 7. From 1800 to 1850 • 8. From 1850 to 1900 • 9. From 1900 to 1939 • 10. Rationed fashion to pluralistic style • 11. Fashion in the twenty-first century

About the Author

James Laver, the 20th century’s leading authority in Britain on the history of costume and fashion, was Keeper of the Department of Prints and Drawings and of Paintings at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, from 1938 until 1959.

Professor Amy de la Haye is Rootstein Hopkins Chair of Dress History & Curatorship at London College of Fashion. She was formerly Curator of Twentieth-Century Dress at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

List of Contributors

Amy de la Haye, Andrew Tucker