The Anatomy of Fashion

Why We Dress the Way We Do


This is The Art Museum of fashion; the most comprehensive source book ever, an essential history, teaching manual and source of inspiration


Colin McDowell


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Price: USD$100.00


ABOUT THE BOOK

Fashion is about the body. The first book to reflect this truism, The Anatomy of Fashion is the ultimate guide to how we dress, why we look the way we do and how this has changed over time. One of the world's leading fashion commentators, Colin McDowell, breaks fashion down into specific parts of the body, examining in detail how each has been clothed. He uses this novel arrangement to map out the different considerations that influenced clothes in the past and still do so today. In a series of essays on major themes and looks in fashion, McDowell also explores how the separate elements of fashion fit together, showing how anatomical and historical influences have interacted to shape the way we dress. This unique approach enables McDowell to paint a broad and accessible picture of the forces at work in the creation and development not just of clothing, but of all aspects of appearance.

SPECIFICATIONS
Hardback
305 x 238 mm (12 x 9 3/8 in)
358 pp
600 illustrations
9780714849478 | 0714849472


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Colin McDowell is a fashion historian and a senior fashion writer for The Sunday Times. He is the author of many books, including Literary Companion to Fashion (1995), Galliano (1997) and Phaidon's Fashion Today (2000).


IN THE PRESS

'In Mr McDowell's book you will discover details like the difference between bosom shapes of Edwardian matrons and flappers, the evolution of cotton and synthetic textiles, the appeal of bondage wear and even the derivation of corduroy measurements.' New York Times

'unparalleled ability to place fashion within an understandable, broader context' Elle, Sweden

'a groundbreaking new book which, for the first time, maps the history of clothing (from prehistoric times to today) against the anatomy of the human body' Voltcafe.com

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