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Fashion Since 1900 (World of Art)

Valerie D. Mendes, Amy de La Haye


A new edition of this hugely successful international survey covering all aspects of fashion, organized around crucial shifts in style and major world events


From the turn-of-the-century S-bend silhouette to celebrity couture of the new millennium and the evolution of streetwear, this comprehensive survey explores significant developments in fashion from 1900 to the present day. Fashion historians Amy de la Haye and Valerie Mendes focus on key movements and innovations in style, and explore trends through the work of some of the world’s most original and influential designers and couturiers. Chapters are organized around crucial shifts in tastes and major world events, and exciting advances in fashion are placed within their socioeconomic, political and cultural contexts.

International in scope with colour illustrations throughout, this edition includes updated text as well as a new chapter that discusses some of the defining features of fashion in our time: the industry’s proactive embrace of age, gender and race diversity, and its ongoing efforts to combat labour exploitation and encourage global sustainability.

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Edition Type: Third edition

Size: 21.0 x 15.0 cm

Extent: 376 pp

Illustrations: 315

Publication date: 16 September 2021

ISBN: 9780500204696

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: Femininity 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. 2000–2010 : Planet Fashion
11. Fashion 2010–2020

About the Author

Valerie Mendes, formerly Head of the Textiles and Dress Department at the Victoria and Albert Museum, is a freelance fashion and textiles historian and consultant. She began her career at Manchester University's Whitworth Art Gallery, and has curated numerous exhibitions and published widely. Professor Amy de la Haye is Rootstein Hopkins Chair of Dress History and Fashion Curatorship at London College of Fashion. She was formerly Curator of Twentieth-Century Dress at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. Her many publications include The Cutting Edge: British Fashion 1947–1997; The A–Z of Style; Chanel: Couture & Industry; and, with Judith Clark, Exhibiting Fashion.