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A PORTRAIT OF FASHION: SIX CENTURIES OF DRESS AT THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY. Aileen Ribeiro and Cally Blackman. National Portrait Gallery, London, 2015. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Artbook|D.A.P., New York. 288 pp. with 280 ills. (241 col.). 28 x 24 cm. ISBN 9781855145566 In English.
Publisher's description: Costume, portraiture and the presentation of the individual have been intimately linked throughout the history of art. But while the face of a person in a portrait seems to speak directly across the ages, the significance of their dress can be more inscrutable. Lavishly illustrated throughout with paintings and drawings, this beautiful publication considers how fashion is deployed in 190 portraits from the National Portrait Gallery's collection. Authors Aileen Ribeiro and Cally Blackman explore the purpose and original context of the dress in which sitters were depicted, from the magnificent damasks and furs worn by Queen Elizabeth I to the revolutionary simplicity of the cottons, linens and woolen cloth adopted by Mary Wollstonecraft. Packed with photographs that provide additional insights into the costumes, and complemented by related material including fabric designs and jewelry, this authoritative guide explores one of the most fascinating aspects of historical portraiture.
Indexing: Western, Europe — Great Britain — Several Periods — Several Media
Plans: 73,75,68
Worldwide Number: 082417
Paperbound $45.00x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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