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PORTRAITS IN LACE: BRETON WOMEN -- CHARLES FREGER. Yann Guesdon. Thames and Hudson Inc., New York, 2015. 264 pp. with 153 col. ills. and 55 reference ills. 23 x 20 cm. LC 2015-931898 ISBN 9780500517994 In English.
Publisher's description: From high starched towers to elaborately pinned, tucked, and embroidered confections of handmade lace, the creations captured here by Charles Freger are as delicate as they are distinctive. Freger has photographed a series of portraits of Breton women of every generation from every region, wearing costumes and headdresses of endless variety. Each costume and headdress may indicate a wearer's village as well as age or status. They are worn for celebrations of marriage, birth, or a local saint's day, or to mark a period of mourning. Against a translucent gauze backdrop, young girls and women, both married and unmarried, mothers, sisters, and grandmothers, pose in costume for these stunning portraits. Although these headdresses were once worn daily, today they are part of a costume tradition upheld by women throughout Brittany in rites of passage, in Celtic circles, and at summer festivals, keenly attended by young and old. Some fifty headdresses are identified and described in a separate reference section, accompanied by specially commissioned illustrations. Freger's exceptional photographs demonstrate Breton culture's wealth of pride, ingenuity, and personal expression.
Artist(s):Freger, Charles
Indexing: Western, Europe — France — Post-2000 — Photography
Plans: 70
Worldwide Number: 166914
Hardcover $40.00t (libraries receive a 20% discount on this title)    

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