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THE SUIT: FORM, FUNCTION AND STYLE. Christopher Breward. Reaktion Books Ltd, London, 2016. Distributed in the U.S.A. by University of Chicago Press. 240 pp. with 99 ills. (54 col.). 25 x 17 cm. ISBN 9781780235233 In English.
Publisher's description: Be as in love with your jeans, sweatpants, or flannels as you want, it's hard to refute the sumptuous feel of a finely tailored suit -- as well as the statement of power that comes with it. For over a century the suit has dominated wardrobes, its simple form making it the go-to attire for boardrooms, churches, or cocktail bars -- anywhere one wants to make an impression. But this ubiquity has allowed us to take the suit's history for granted, and its complex construction, symbolic power, and many shifting meanings have been lost to all but the most devout sartorialists. In The Suit, Christopher Breward unstitches the story of our most familiar garment. He shows how its emergence at the end of the seventeenth century reflects important political rivalries and the rise of modern democratic society. He follows the development of technologies in the textile industry and shows how they converge on the suit as an ideal template of modern fashion, which he follows across the globe -- to South and East Asia especially -- where the suit became an icon of Western civilization.
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — Several Periods — Costume/Fashion
Plans: 71,30
Worldwide Number: 171023
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