Did you catch our review of David Downton’s newest book? If you are still after more Christmas gift inspiration for the fashion obsessive in your life, then this is the perfect addition to your shopping list. ‘The History of Modern Fashion’ is another recently published title from Laurence King, and so you have every chance that your giftee won’t already own it!
Now this is a beautiful book visually, gorgeously glossy and reassuringly hefty, with wonderfully inspirational images on every page, making it an engaging coffee table number- but if your fashion friend is serious about their chosen subject this is sure to satisfy their enquiring mind. Starting with the period that the authors call ‘The Dawn of Modern Clothing’ between 1850 to 1890, this book then takes you on a thoroughly researched and deeply informative journey, decade by decade, right up to the 2000’s.
As a fashion history geek, I can honestly say that I haven’t come across such a thorough and yet accessible look at this subject in a very long time. Fabulous work Daniel James Cole (History of Fashion teacher at FIT and New York University) and Nancy Deihl (Director of the MA program in Costume Studies at New York University).
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