New York: Harper & Brothers, 1943. First edition. Cloth over Boards. Quarto, pp. vii, 409, indexed, illustrated with b/w drawings and color samples. Color samples are complete and in very good condition. Bookplate on the front end paper from a previous owner. Very Good; no dust jacket. Item #19174
Excellent compendium, with bibliography, of fashion history; it includes not only what was worn, when and by whom, but where things were worn and why -- paralleling development of men's attire as well as women's. A chronological arrangement of pictures and running text is followed by rapid surveys of the periods and personalities, with chapters on fashion trends and significant innovations, color, accessories, fabrics, cosmetics and coiffures, home furnishings -- an interesting overall picture of the changes, fluctuations, elaborations and adaptations of clothing from the Egyptian to the present. An essential tool for fashion classes, stage, film, costume, design; for library shelves and school and college reference shelves.