Why do we dress the way we do? Why has fashion changed and evolved over the centuries? How did the 3-piece suit come about? What is a ruff? Why have hemlines risen and fallen over time? Why did a suntan replace the pale, peaches-and-cream face as the sign of a high-class woman? In this book, fashion specialist Colin McDowell goes beyond standard fashion histories and narrative surveys to answer all these questions and more.
• This is The Art Museum of fashion; the most comprehensive source book ever, an essential history, teaching manual and source of inspiration
• Written by Colin McDowell, one of the world's most authoritative commentators on fashion
• Every aspect of the body and its clothing is examined, including hair, make-up, tattooing and accessories
• Includes photographs, illustrations, paintings and film stills, and work by designers like Chanel, McQueen, Versace and more
• With useful cross-references and a detailed timeline
• 30.5cm x 23.8cm
• 358 pages
• 450 colour illustrations, 150 black and white illustrations
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Colin McDowell is one of the fashion industry's most senior and respected commentators, with a global profile and following from his thirty years in the business. During that time, he has acted as magazine editor, illustrator, commentator and writer, as well as being the only major fashion writer to have worked as a dress designer for several years. He is the author of over 20 books related to fashion and style, including Phaidon's Fashion Today, and has written various scripts for television and radio programs devoted to the social history of dress. His work has appeared in newspapers, magazines and periodicals - for many years he was Senior Fashion Writer for The Sunday Times Style. He is also the founder and chairman of Fashion Fringe. McDowell is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Senior Fellow of the Royal College. In 2008 he was appointed MBE for his services to international fashion.