A revealing study of the style and decoration of 18th-century fashion, this book features close-ups of the sharp pleats, high collars, gleaming pastes, colorful beads, elaborate buttons, and intricate fringes found on garments of the period. It explores the decorative techniques of painting, lacemaking and whitework, and intriguing uses of materials such as straw and fur
This fascinating book demonstrates that the success of Paris ultimately rests on the strength of its fashion culture created by a host of fashion performers and spectators, including actresses, dandies, milliners, artists, and writers. Lavishly illustrated, deeply learned, and elegantly written, Valerie Steele's masterwork explores with brilliance and flair why Paris remains the capital of fashion.
Joan Nunn's detailed survey of costume in the Western world over the past eight centuries not only gives the reader a vivid visual impression of the clothes themselves, but also outlines the historical and social background and the changes in manufacturing techniques that have influenced or dictated what people wore.