A Taschen for Fashion

On a cold blustery evening what could be better than a glass of chilled white wine, a homemade Shepherd's Pie in the oven, The Avengers starring Diana Rigg as the one and only Emma Peel on DVD and a good book? In this case, a very good book. "Fashion History" - a fashion history from the 18th to 20th century was published as part of Taschen's 25th anniversary celebration. Beautifully illustrated and covering everything from stomachers to Martin Margiela this is true fashion porn and features items from The Kyoto Costume Institute in a boxed, hardcover, two volume set.
To quote from Taschen's website, "Clothes define people. A person's clothing, whether it's a sari, kimono, or business suit, is an essential key to his or her culture, class, personality, or even religion. The Kyoto Costume Institute recognizes the importance of understanding clothing sociologically, historically, and artistically. Founded in 1978, the KCI holds one of the world's most extensive clothing collections and has curated many exhibitions worldwide. With an emphasis on Western women's clothing, the KCI has amassed a wide range of historical garments, underwear, shoes, and fashion accessories dating from the 18th century to the present day.
Showcasing a vast selection from the Institute's archives of skilled photographs depicting the clothing expertly displayed and arranged on custom-made mannequins, Fashion History is a fascinating excursion through the last three centuries of clothing trends. The KCI believes that "clothing is an essential manifestation of our very being" and their passion and dedication positively radiate from every page of this book."
Every page is inspirational and perfectly illustrates the importance of fashion history...from the unknown, unnamed designers of the 17 and 1800's through Victorian mourning garments to Fortuny, Lanvin, Chanel...Dior's New Look, Courreges and Yun Takahashi of Undercover. Perfection in a box.


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  • Anonymous said...
    12:04 AM
    absolutely lovely
  • ambika said...
    4:02 PM
    Ooo, I love books on the history of costume. I've got a great old beat up one from ebay that's out of print (can't think of the title at the mo) that I always glance thru when I'm in need of a visual pick-me-up.

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