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FASHION PLATES: 150 YEARS OF STYLE. April Calahan. Ed. by Karen Trivette Cannell. Yale University Press, New Haven, 2015. 440 pp. with 230 ills. (228 col.). 35 x 29 cm. LC 2014-954151 ISBN 9780300212266 In English.
Large format. The fashion plates illustrated in this book are drawn from collections of the Gladys Marcus Library at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York. Publisher's description: Prior to the invention of photography, European and American magazines used colorful prints to depict the latest fashion trends. These illustrations, known as "fashion plates," conveyed the cutting-edge styles embraced by the fashion-conscious elite and proved inspirational to the upwardly mobile. Fashion Plates: 150 Years of Style is a comprehensive survey containing 200 fashion plates, many reproduced at actual size, from publications dating from 1778 to the early 20th century. A number of these charming illustrations are extremely rare, and have not appeared in print since their publication in the periodicals in which they first ran. Organized chronologically and featuring both men's and women's garments, these lively and colorful vignettes not only are beautiful, but also clearly illustrate the evolution of fashion over time. Many of the plates were produced by important artists of the day, including Leon Bakst, George Barbier, and Georges Lepape. Includes texts by April Calahan on the social, political, and economic significance of fashion and its industries, and a foreword by award-winning fashion designer Anna Sui.
Indexing: Western, Europe — France — 1800-1900, 1900-1945 — Costume/Fashion — Books/Illustration/Printing
Plans: 71,30
Worldwide Number: 167331
Hardcover, boxed $150.00x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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