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Fashion Since 1900 (World of Art)

Valerie D. Mendes, Professor Amy de La Haye


'Handy, concise and highly decorative' Gay Times


From Belle Epoque tea gowns through Dior’s 1947 ‘New Look’ to the impact of the Internet and fashion blogs, this comprehensive, international survey explores the significant developments in fashion, accessories, hairstyles and makeup, from 1900 to now.

It focuses on key movements and innovations in style for both men and women, and explores these through the work of the most original and influential designers and couturiers. Chapters are organized chronologically to highlight crucial shifts in style and major world events. Exciting and at times revolutionary advances in fashion are placed within economic, political and cultural contexts.

This new edition is brought right up to date with a chapter that discusses, among many topics, the importance of new fashion centres in India and China, the dominance of the high street, and how fashion is now so multi-cultural and fast moving.

A reference section includes an extensive bibliography, making this an invaluable survey for all those interested in modern and contemporary fashion.

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'Handy, concise and highly decorative'
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Further Details


Format: Paperback

Edition Type: New Edition

Size: 21.0 x 15.0 cm

Extent: 312 pp

Illustrations: 300

Publication date: 15 February 2010

ISBN: 9780500204023

Contents List

1. 1900–1913: Undulations and Exotica • 2. 1914–1929: La Garçonne and the New Simplicity • 3. 1930–1938: Recession and Escapism • 4. 1939–1945: Rationed Fashion and Home-Made Style • 5. 1946–1956: Feminity and Conformity • 6. 1957–1967: Affluence and the Teenage Challenge • 7. 1968–1975: Eclecticism and Ecology • 8. 1976–1988: Sedition and Consumerism • 9. 1989–1999: Fashion Goes Global • 10. 2000–: Planet Fashion

About the Author

Valerie D. Mendes, formerly Head of Fashion and Textiles at the V&A, is a freelance fashion and textiles historian.

Amy de la Haye is a Senior Research Fellow at the London College of Fashion.