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Vogue history of 20th century fashion /

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Language: English
Published: Viking, 1988
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This nicely produced work traces the history of 20th-century designer fashions for the "leisured elite" as presented in Vogue magazine from 1909 to 1986. The text is divided into eight style periods, not tied arbitrarily to specific decades. Each period is described in a general introductory chapter followed with a year-by-year review heavily illustrated with black-and-white photographs and drawings from each of Vogue's fashion seasons. The text is readable and defines many fashion terms used, but the novice may get lost in the descriptions of specific pieces. There is no glossary. Specific designer's works and contributions to the history of fashion are discussed in the yearly summaries. Accessories and jewelry are also described in the text. This book chronicles the most remembered looks of noted designers from Poiret to Kamali but additionally documents the work of some of the greatest fashion photographers and models of the 20th century. Other titles focusing on the contribution of Vogue to fashion history include Costume Jewelry in Vogue, also by Mulvagh (CH, Apr '89), Josephine Ross's Beaton in Vogue (1986), and Brigid Keenan's Dior in Vogue (1981). Of use primarily to students of fashion history and design, this title may also interest theater costumers and readers of Vogue. Recommended for larger public libraries and academic libraries with collections in fashion history or design. -M. Hamilton, The Ohio State University

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Review by Booklist Review

This remarkable volume, celebrating the eightieth anniversary of Vogue magazine, offers an expert text and a superb layout of drawings and photos--all charting the evolution of fashion, from the garb of stately Edwardian women to the more obtrusive modes of the 1980s.

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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

In staggering detail, this coffee-table album proceeds year by year, from 1909 to 1986, recording shifting styles in dresses, coats and blouses, fluctuating hemlines, changing hues. In a book packed with hundreds of black-and-white photographs and drawings from Vogue , Mulvagh ( Costume Jewelry in Vogue ) lamely attempts to treat fashion as a barometer of social change. Thus we hop from the Edwardians' movement-restricting gowns to the ``sober, adaptable'' styles necessitated by WW I, to late '50s defiance embodied in the miniskirt, then on to the Japanese influx of the '70s, punk, New Romanticism, and so forth. But this showcase, garbed in promotional brochure lingo (``Hats made a comeback''; `` . . . the silhouette took a soft turn'') succeeds mainly as a visual repository festooned with slender Vogue models with pouts and turned-up noses. All the big names and many lesser lights of haute couture are here. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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Review by Library Journal Review

That this detailed year-by-year survey is based on Vogue is both its strength and its weakness. Because Vogue has been at the center of 20th-century fashion, the myriad photographs selected from its pages--and spanning the years 1909 to 1989--are an invaluable chronicle. The magazine also provides a solid historic base for the text. Yet like Vogue, this book covers only women's fashion and views it only from the Vogue viewpoint, which is not necessarily that of the average person. In contrast, Elizabeth Ewing's History of Twentieth Century Fashion (Barnes & Noble, 1986) offers a broader perspective by including inexpensive, ready-to-wear fashions. Nevertheless, the use of diaries, memoirs, and historical documents combine with the author's able analysis to create an impressive work valuable to social historians, costume designers, and other followers of high fashion.-- Daniel J. Lombardo, Jones Lib., Inc., Amherst, Mass. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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