What People Wore When: A Complete Illustrated History of Costume from Ancient Times to the Nineteenth Century for Every Level of Society

What People Wore When A Complete Illustrated History of Costume from Ancient Times to the Nineteenth Century for Every Level of Society What People Wore When combines the studies of two classic nineteenth century illustrators Auguste Racinet and Friedrich Hottenroth for the first time Their works are presented first by chronology and

  • Title: What People Wore When: A Complete Illustrated History of Costume from Ancient Times to the Nineteenth Century for Every Level of Society
  • Author: Melissa Leventon
  • ISBN: 9780312383213
  • Page: 234
  • Format: Paperback
  • What People Wore When combines the studies of two classic nineteenth century illustrators Auguste Racinet and Friedrich Hottenroth for the first time Their works are presented first by chronology and then by subject, so that illustrators, historians, and students alike can choose to follow the path of fashion through the centuries, or study in detail the contrasting styleWhat People Wore When combines the studies of two classic nineteenth century illustrators Auguste Racinet and Friedrich Hottenroth for the first time Their works are presented first by chronology and then by subject, so that illustrators, historians, and students alike can choose to follow the path of fashion 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 help the researcher to travel the complex chronology of costume.With authoritative narrative from leading experts in the history of costume, extraordinary contemporary quotes that reveal the impact of style in its day, detailed annotation, and an extensive glossary, the book provides a magnificent study of the rich vocabulary of style through the ages.

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    1. This illustrated history of costume through the nineteenth century uses illustrations from two older works. This is both a plus and a minus, since some aspects of costume are thus not illustrated. Still, it would be a great addition to a reference shelf, especially for theatrical types, but also for those of us who feel a need to look up places and artifacts in the fiction we read.

    2. I do like this book and am considering purchasing it. It has wonderful, historical illustrations. My only hesitancy is that it is not as in depth as I would like. It only just touches on most areas outside of France, England and Asia.

    3. This book had fantastic information! The only thing that had me make the wtf face were these weird, backhanded comments at Racinet and the other contributers. And that's with some serious discussion of codpieces and how they grew larger as the centuries went on. :/

    4. Meticulously researched and at times very funny. I had no idea that rich men used to walk around carrying great big muffs.

    5. Brilliant for costume and character design. Full of interesting, useful, period- and location-specific details. Best for European historical dress, although other regions of the world are included.I especially love the sidebar. The side bar lists the basic types of headgear, upper garments, etc. that were worn in the time period. Below that, it has an image of that era's silhouette. So useful for brainstorming character designs!

    6. If you are a fashionista, then this book is definitely for you! Do you want to know how fashion has evolved? Have you ever wondered why we dress the way we do? Have you ever wanted to know who started what fashion? Well then this book is perfect for you! Explore the multiple outfits worn throughout the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and more time periods! The beautiful illustrations in this book help us see what kind of crazy-cool outfits were worn in each country during each time period! This bo [...]

    7. This was heavy on illustrations depicting the fashions of ancient cultures around the world up to the 1800s-more focused on Europe and Asia. I read this book mainly to get a better picture in my head of the English, French and Italian clothing described in the historical fiction that I read and this book did just that. It provides examples of the women's hood styles, farthingales and sleeves. Also, it clarifies some armor terminology. A good overview and recommended for anyone with an interest i [...]

    8. I LOVE books like this. They fit my style of learning well.This particular one was a little confusing, however, and stretches only to the beginning of the 19th century. Gorgeous illustrations. I think that the writers focused a little too much on the illustrators, rather than the time period & clothing.

    9. This is a great reference book for any costume designer, art director, director pretty much anyone that needs to have some basic knowledge of clothing from different times. But one thing I would like to suggest next time when making a book like this that when you're laying out the text and images that the images be matched with the text so the reader has something to immediately refer to.

    10. This is the one book that I have been required for any of my college classes that I have truely loved. The illustrations are absolutly beautiful. Reading assignments only took minutes to read rather then the hours that other books. It was a huge help for projects, and was always a good starting point at least.

    11. It's due back to the library and I just wasn't interested enough in it to try and get it back. Interesting idea, but just too general to make it more than a fleeting glimpse at each time/group, and the lack of depth meant it failed to catch me.

    12. I'm fascinated by historical, geographical clothing choices. I just wish it wasn't so Eurocentric.Update: Not recommended. What I really wanted to know about were the functional reasons behind historical clothing choices, but what I got were boring 19th century stylized illustrations.

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