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

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  263 ratings  ·  13 reviews
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 (first published January 1st 1965)
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Kara
Jun 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: history-fashion

The content would be great if the title has been more precise: Fashion of Rich Europeans.

With a brief execution at the beginning of ancient Middle Eastern fashions (so Boucher can gloss over the fact that Europeans were barbarians who had barely come up with Conan-level of clothes at the same time that the peoples of Northern Africa and the Middle East were inventing all the still in use basics of high style – strappy sandals, eye makeup, lipstick, wigs, perfume, shaving, hair gel, etc.) the bo
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Tracey
Mar 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Polly
Apr 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Caitlin
Dec 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.
Laurette Tesla
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Contains fantastic details that helps illustrate human progression through the ages via fashion trends.
Alan Culler
Jan 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best guide to fashion throughout the ages.
Fif
May 03, 2016 added it
this book is amazing , i will recommend it to my class
Meltha
Jul 17, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: costume-design
Has some very good pictures from various time periods, but also has a rather large number of errors.
Laurie Carr
May 05, 2011 marked it as to-read
will be looking out for this in my local book shops...
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Mar 14, 2008 marked it as to-read
Ah, the university. Seat of all learning.
Jeanne
Feb 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Excellent, old book with mind-boggling details.
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