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

0312383215

9780312383213

Trade Paperback

352 Pages

$29.95

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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.

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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.
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  • Melissa Leventon

  • Consultant Editor 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, and has published numerous books, including Art Wear: Fashion and Anti-Fashion.
     
    Dale Carolyn Gluckman is a retired costume and textiles curator and department head at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

    Hollis Goodall is Curator of Japanese Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
     
    Rochelle Kessler has held curatorial positions at the Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Harvard University Museums.
     
    Bobbie Sumberg is Curator of Textiles and Costume at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

    Michelle Webb Fandrich is a fashion and textile historian and appraiser.  She has served on the curatorial staff of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Costume Institution and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
     
    Juan Juan Wu is Assistant Professor in apparel and textiles at the State University of New York College at Oneonta.
     
     
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