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20,000 Years of Fashion: The History of Costume and Personal Adornment

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Oversized Hardcover tells the story of how people have dressed themselves from the earliest recorded times to modern times. A definitive study featuring each epoch and region, clearly discussed so that the novice can enjoy this volume as well as the scholar. A must for any student of the arts or anyone interested in how fashion has evolved.
Hardcover, 441 pages
Published 1973 by Harry N Abrams
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Do you ever find yourself thinking well reading a historical novel (ok romance) what did they wear, what type of style was in fashion during that period. This is the book that answers those questions. I find myself reaching for this book often. Not only does it give you the description of the clothes but the best part is that there are over 1200 illustrations. I happened to find this at the used bookstore for $5.00 and it’s been worth its weight in gold.
Ender Wiggin
This book is awesome! From my own personal research using archaeological sources, it's very well-researched, too.

It would have been nice to see more pictures of costumes in pre-history, even if notations might have been needed in regards to accuracy.
I doubt I will ever finish... not for at least two years. I sort of look through it and read a few pages at a time. It's my treasure book, my kindered spirit.
I fell in love with this giant book when I was about 13, and I love it still. The range of information and illustrations is terrific.
Has some very good pictures from various time periods, but also has a rather large number of errors.
I loved checking this book out from the library when I was younger. It was fun.
May 05, 2011 Laurie marked it as to-read
will be looking out for this in my local book shops...
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Ah, the university. Seat of all learning.
Excellent, old book with mind-boggling details.
Alan Culler
The best guide to fashion throughout the ages.
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