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The Chronicle of Western Costume: From the Ancient World to the Late Twentieth Century

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  72 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Here, in more than one thousand full-color
illustrations, is the history of Western fashion,
from ancient Egypt to twentieth-century Paris.
John Peacock’s meticulous drawings are organized
in chronological sections and accompanied by
detailed descriptions of each figure, including the
individual items of costume shown and the many
types of fabric, cut, pattern, and color that hav
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Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Thames Hudson (first published March 4th 1991)
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Merrypaws
While not the most informative book on the history of fashion, this is a good starting point for those who are not well versed in the subject. Especially useful as an artist's quick reference guide for a general feel of period costumes.
Alessandra
Jun 29, 2012 Alessandra rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody
Shelves: costume, history
The Chronicle Of Western Costume: From The Ancient World To The Late Twentieth Century by John Peacock consists entirely of his drawings of modern fashion illustration figures wearing some simulacrum of historic costumes. There is almost no text, no source material, no explanation, no context, just modern drawings and dates. Every historic garment and fashion is warped onto a figure with modern fashion illustration ideals of shape and posture. There is no way to tell how things were made, or we ...more
M. A. P.
Nov 23, 2014 M. A. P. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: art-fashion
Nice for quick reference in case you need to check the general style of a certain time period, but a poor choice for anything that requires deeper knowledge than that. Illustrations are all drawn - rather poorly. They may give an idea of the shapes, but not of details, construction, or materials. There is also very little text, making this one of the least informative fashion books I've seen to date (though to be fair, I have not read many). I think this might make for a fairly good reference bo ...more
Chelsea
Apr 04, 2014 Chelsea rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ata and I went through the book together and we loved looking at all of the different styles. I found the book to be poorly layer out, pictures under drawn, and I did think it showed enough of the clothes for the different time frames.
Kagama-the Literaturevixen
I guess this is good for a quick reference if you have no idea about historical costumes. But there is not much info about the actual clothing and the illustrations doesnt show a good enough cross section of the different styles.
Kristina
I loved the span of history in this book, it was much more in-depth than the other books by Mr. Peacock. But the drawings were less than detailed and poor examples were taken from each book. I would have preferred the detail from the other books that explain the fabrics and cuts in more depth.
Ubalstecha
Sep 18, 2011 Ubalstecha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-reads
This is catalogue of drawings of the fashions of the west. Given that it covers the whole of recorded human history, there is not a lot of variation in the outfits. Good for the costume designer or fashion student.
Riona
Got this as an xmas gift - the renderings are great and it looks like it will be an excellent resource.
PWRL
Apr 05, 2011 PWRL marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2011-new
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Lindsay
Sep 22, 2009 Lindsay rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fashion
Not the best fashion resource, since the renderings are hand-drawn (artists' representation). It is useful for getting a general sense of styles, though.
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