What People Wore When A Complete Illustrated History of Costume from Ancient Times to the Nineteenth Century for Every Level of Society

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  • Copyright: 2008-07-08
  • Publisher: Griffin
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What People Wore Whencombines the studies of two classic nineteenth-century illustrators Auguste Racinet and Friedrich Hottenroth for the first time. Their works are presented first by chronology and then by subject, so that illustrators, historians, and students alike can choose to follow the path of fashion through the centuries, or study in detail the contrasting styles of individual clothing and accessories. Silhouettes reveal the shape of style through the ages, detailed cross-references draw attention to recurring motifs, and navigation bars help the researcher to travel the complex chronology of costume. With authoritative narrative from leading experts in the history of costume, extraordinary contemporary quotes that reveal the impact of style in its day, detailed annotation, and an extensive glossary, the book provides a magnificent study of the rich vocabulary of style through the ages.

Author Biography

MELISSA LEVENTON is a freelance consultant curator, and was Chief Curator of Textiles at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco until 2002. She teaches Fashion History at the California College of Art.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 6
The Grammar of Costumep. 10
The Ancient Worldp. 12
The Roman Empirep. 30
Europe in the Middle Agesp. 46
Renaissance Europep. 96
Modern Europe, 1650-1840p. 150
East and Southeast Asiap. 184
South Asiap. 198
Anatolia, Persia, and Central Asiap. 212
European Regional Dressp. 224
Africa, Oceania, and the Americasp. 256
The Elements of Costumep. 276
Clothing Through the Agesp. 278
Accessories Through the Agesp. 302
Glossaryp. 338
Bibliographyp. 346
Indexp. 348
Picture Credits and Notes on Contributorsp. 352
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