Costume Since 1945 Historical Dress from Couture to Street Style

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2015-10-22
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
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Since the mid-20th century fashion has undergone phenomenal change at a rapid pace in the context of unprecedented social, political and cultural upheaval. This fully updated and expanded second edition of Costume Since 1945 brings this period to life through accessible, lively text and over 100 illustrations.

From the austerity of the utility years to punk and protest to 21st century fast fashion and vintage style, the volume captures changes the mood and style of each era across street fashion, sportswear, formal wear from suits to couture gowns, underwear and nightclothes. Based on a wide range of sources, the author's illustrations offer engaging insights on fashion history as well as design inspiration.

Written for students and scholars of costume design and fashion history, practitioners and anyone interested in historical dress, this book provides a unique perspective on fashion from a renowned international costume designer.

Author Biography

Deirdre Clancy is a multi-award-winning costume designer who has worked on over 150 theater, opera and ballet productions around the world. Her achievements include a BAFTA Award for Best Costume Design and two Olivier Awards for Best Costume Design.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Adrian Noble, Theatre Director, UK, and Denitsa Biznakova, Costume Designer and Associate Professor of Costume Design, San Diego State University, USA

1. 1945-50: Peace and the New Look
2. 1950-55: Paris Rules
3. 1955-60: The Rise of the Teenager
4. 1960-65: The Kennedy Years
5. 1965-70: Vietnam vs Flower Power
6. 1970-75: Retromania
7. 1975-80: The Rise of the New Woman
8. 1980-85: Swing to the Right
9. 1985-90: Power Dress and the New Man
10. 1990-95: Pluralism
11. 1995-2000: Casual Chic and Anti-Fashion
12. 2000-05: Style Fusion
13. 2005-Present: Eco-fashion and Austerity

Guide to Costume Design Research


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