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Elegance in an Age of Crisis
Fashions of the 1930s

Edited by Patricia Mears and G. Bruce Boyer

Despite the dire financial environment of the 1930s, this decade gave rise to great technical and aesthetic innovations in fashion. This handsomely illustrated book is the first to analyze important developments in both men’s and women’s fashions of that time. Select experts contribute texts that delve into the economic, political, and cultural influences that shaped these emergent styles. They also explore how industrial capabilities, such as the production of new textiles, allowed couturiers to drape fabric in ways not previously possible, and how revolutionary dressmaking and tailoring techniques gave form to truly modern clothing.


Advancements in menswear tailoring in London and Naples paralleled breakthroughs in couture...

2014   248 pp.  150 color illus.   -   Cloth ISBN: 9780300204209  $65.00

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