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Best Fashion History Books: The Ultimate List

There are countless Fashion History courses, tutorials, articles available online, but for some, having a book is still a necessity to learn. This is an up-to-date list of recommended books.

How to Read a Dress: A Guide to Changing Fashion from the 16th to the 20th Century (2017)

 Best Fashion History Books: The Ultimate ListFashion is ever-changing, and while some styles mark a dramatic departure from the past, many exhibit subtle differences from year to year that are not always easily identifiable.
Author(s): Lydia Edwards

100 Years of Fashion (2012)

 Best Fashion History Books: The Ultimate ListThis book documents in pictures the most exciting and diverse period in fashion: from 1900 to today, covering high society, uniforms, sportswear, streetwear, and couture. It will appeal to everyone with an interest in fashion as well as students Over 400 photographs and illustrations, many published for the first time, tell the stylish story of a fashion revolution.
Author(s): Cally Blackman

Costume and Fashion (Fifth Edition) (World of Art) (2012)

 Best Fashion History Books: The Ultimate List“A standard reference for anyone interested in the history of style and clothes.” ―Arts and AntiquesFrom the momentous invention of the needle some 40,000 years ago to the development of blue denim, this classic guide covers the landmarks of costume history, the forms and materials used through the ages, as well as the ways in which clothes have been used to protect, to express identity, and to attract or influen…
Author(s): de la Haye, Amy, James Laver

Fashion (Oxford History of Art) (2003)

 Best Fashion History Books: The Ultimate ListFollowing 150 years of fashion, Christopher Breward offers a catholic view of this colorful and flamboyant universe, describing its trends, products, and inhabitants. From Haute Couture, High Street, and developing fabric technology to such stars of the fashion heavens as Coco Chanel, Giorgio Armani, and Alexander McQueen, Breward explores territories far beyond style and function.
Author(s): Christopher Breward

Consumptive Chic: A History of Beauty, Fashion, and Disease (2017)

 Best Fashion History Books: The Ultimate ListLong before "heroin chic" made headlines, the emaciated figure and feverish flush associated with tuberculosis victims were admired as beautiful. As the disease spread throughout Europe in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, it became commonplace toregard tuberculosis as a positive affliction, one to be emulated in beauty practices and dress. While medical writers believed that the fashionable way of life of many women actually rendered them susceptible to the disease, Carolyn A.
Author(s): Carolyn A. Day

Batik: 75 Selected Masterpieces: The Rudolf G. Smend Collection (2007)

 Best Fashion History Books: The Ultimate ListBatik: 75 Selected Masterpieces contains never before published pictures illustrating the exquisite cross-section of the batik production in Java. Featuring textiles from the personal collection of gallery owner Rudolf G. Smend, historic photographs from the Hans van der Kamp Collection, and fascinating text from academic Isa Fleischmann-Heck, Batik: 75 Selected Masterpieces is a rich resource for collectors and lovers of the “golden period” of Java.
Author(s): Isa Fleischmann-Heck, Maria Wronska-Friend, et al.

A Victorian Lady’s Guide to Fashion and Beauty (2018)

 Best Fashion History Books: The Ultimate ListWomen's clothing changed dramatically during the course of the Victorian era. Necklines rose, waistlines dropped, and Gothic severity gave way to flounces, frills, and an abundance of trimmings. Sleeves ballooned up and skirts billowed out.
Author(s): Mimi Matthews

Costume and Fashion: A Concise History (World of Art) (2002)

 Best Fashion History Books: The Ultimate ListThe vagaries of fashion throughout the ages are a source of endless interest, not only as indication of our infinite capacity for invention, but also because of the relationship of costume to shifting cultural patterns. Laver presents in this classic study the underlying motives of fashion as well as a survey of the history of costume.
Author(s): James Laver , de la Haye, Amy, et al.

Color for Modern Fashion: Drawing Fashion with Colored Markers (2006)

 Best Fashion History Books: The Ultimate ListKET BENEFIT: CFMF teaches the skills and techniques that enable new ideas for fashion to be communicated with precision and flair, showing the way forward for a new generation of fashion designers. CFMF teaches how to draw fashion using colored markers, a medium that is easy to use, convenient, inexpensive and easy to learn.
Author(s): Nancy Riegelman

A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints: A Memoir (2003)

 Best Fashion History Books: The Ultimate ListAs far back as i can remember i can remember manhattan.
Author(s): Dito Montiel

The History of Underclothes (Dover Fashion and Costumes) (1992)

 Best Fashion History Books: The Ultimate List“. . . thoroughness and most impressive scholarship . . . much entertaining detail and . . . pleasant humour.” — The Times Literary Supplement (London)Underwear — practical garments with a utilitarian function or body coverings that serve an erotic purpose?
Author(s): C. Willett Cunnington, PhiIlis Cunnington

The History of Fashion Journalism (2017)

 Best Fashion History Books: The Ultimate ListThe History of Fashion Journalism is a uniquely comprehensive study of the development of the industry from its origins to the present day and professionals’, such as Anna Wintour, vision of the future.
Author(s): Nelson Best, Kate

Corsets and Codpieces: A History of Outrageous Fashion, from Roman Times to the Modern Era (2016)

 Best Fashion History Books: The Ultimate ListHave you ever wondered why we wear the type of clothes we do?
Author(s): Karen Bowman

Pictorial Encyclopedia of Historic Costume: 1200 Full-Color Figures (Dover Fashion and Costumes) (2007)

 Best Fashion History Books: The Ultimate ListRanging from the elegant garments worn by citizens of ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome to the dramatic clothing of nineteenth-century French, English, and German societies, this stunning pictorial encyclopedia chronicles the full sweep of historic dress through the centuries.Carefully gathered from a rare portfolio originally published in 1906, over one thousand detailed engravings are presented here in a continuous chronological format.
Author(s): Karl Rohrbach, Albert Kretschmer

Best Fashion History Books: The Ultimate List

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Library Genesis and download some fashion history books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

A New History of "Made in Italy": Fashion and Textiles in Post-War Italy

Author(s): Lucia Savi
ID: 3658456, Publisher: Bloomsbury Visual Arts, Year: 2023, Size: 146 Mb, Format: pdf

Political Memory and the Constantinian Dynasty : Fashioning Disgrace

Author(s): Rebecca Usherwood
ID: 3256846, Publisher: , Year: 2022, Size: 10 Mb, Format: pdf

Printing History and Cultural Change: Fashioning the Modern English Text in Eighteenth-Century Britain

Author(s): Richard Wendorf
ID: 3418344, Publisher: Oxford University Press, Year: 2022, Size: 11 Mb, Format: pdf

Please note that this booklist is not errorless. Some books are truly best-sellers according to The New York Times, others are written by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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