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Let There Be Clothes: 40,000 Years of Fashion

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  31 ratings  ·  3 reviews
"Let There Be Clothes" is the most glamorous way to know what the world has been up to, with literally thousands of pictures and quotes, short paragraphs of utmost interest, and brief bios on the fashion immortals.
Paperback, 412 pages
Published September 1st 1991 by Workman Publishing
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Jenny Bannock
I can't add six stars, so I'll have to go with five. This is my hands-down favorite book about fashion, history, and how the two are irrevocably intertwined.

At first glance, "Let There Be Clothes" is wacky, colorful, and irreverent. Though the cut & paste images and the snarky, punny sense of humor might turn off the casual reader, this book is packed with tidbits about clothes, how they were worn, why they were worn, what colors meant, what was in the makeup, the beauty tricks...gosh, every
This enormous, epic book is an irreverent but exhaustively researched kind of fashion almanac going back to the VERY DAWN OF HUMANITY and ending in the early 1990s. The emphasis is mainly on Western fashion history, probably because it would have been an even huger undertaking to be totally inclusive and go worldwide. It's a fun book, although sometimes the humor veered dangerously close into Cathy Guisewite territory for me. I am here for any tortuous fashion based puns, but jokes about trying ...more
Very informative. I wasn't really impressed with some of the illustrations but I learned a lot. Some people have had some really strange ideas in the name of fashion. And then there are the stupid ones. Perhaps I should say ignorant since they simply didn't know any better.
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