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What People Wore When

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

Melissa Leventon

St. Martin's Griffin

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ISBN10: 0312383215
ISBN13: 9780312383213

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352 Pages



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What People Wore When combines the studies of two classic nineteenth-century illustrators, Auguste Racinet and Friedrich Hottenroth. Their works are presented first by chronology and then by subject, so that illustrators, historians, and students can trace the path of fashion as it evolved 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 alongside the margin of each page help the researcher navigate the intricacies in the chronology of clothing.

With authoritative narrative from leading experts in the history of costume, provocative contemporary quotes that reveal the impact of style in its day, detailed annotation and illustration, and an extensive glossary, this book provides a rich study of the rich vocabulary of style through the ages.

About the author

Melissa Leventon

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.

Melissa Leventon