Fashion Accessories: The Complete 20th Century Sourcebook

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Fashion Accessories: The Complete 20th Century Sourcebook

Fashion Accessories: The Complete 20th Century Sourcebook

A companion volume to John Peacock’s 20th Century Fashion and Men’s Fashion, Fashion Accessories is the most comprehensive record ever published of fashion accessories throughout the twentieth century.

More than 2000 full-color drawings—the result of extensive research into paintings, photographs, and the accessories themselves—reproduce each original item in meticulous detail, accompanied by a complete description. The book covers every kind of high-fashion male and female accessory for both day and evening wear: hats and caps; shoes, boots, slippers, and sandals; bags and purses; umbrellas and parasols; jewelry; scarves, stoles, and capes; gloves and belts; cravats, ties, and bow-ties. It includes a wide range of streetwear and sportswear, from baseball caps to plastic sandals, and every variety of the ubiquitous late-century sports shoe. All the century’s archetypal accessories are identified, from the luxurious ostrich-feather and flower-bedecked hat of the 1910s and the cloche and pearl necklace of the 1920s, to the velvet scarf and mini-backpack of the 1990s.

A final reference section contains a comprehensive bibliography and a chart that shows at a glance how accessories have evolved since 1900. There are biographies of the century’s most influential accessories designers, from Salvatore Ferragamo and Manolo Blahnik to Patrick Cox and Georgina von Etzdorf, plus short histories of companies and firms that have played an important role in accessory design.

For fashion enthusiasts, historians, and collectors, as well as designers working in the performing arts, this book will be the definitive reference work on twentieth-century accessories. Over 2,000 full-color illustrations

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Excellent source book, November 7, 2005
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This review is from: Fashion Accessories: The Complete 20th Century Sourcebook (Hardcover)

I first saw this book in Casa Mila museum shop in Barcelona and later regretted that I didn’t buy it. I was delighted to find this book on Amazon. It contains pages after pages of very detailed colour drawings of men’s and women’s accessories through the century including the explanations. Moreover, included are the pictures of the complete look of each decade. It is an excellent, complete and clear source book which can be a great aid for such a perfectionist like me

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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A Good Reference to Add to an Existing Fashion Library, March 9, 2006
This review is from: Fashion Accessories: The Complete 20th Century Sourcebook (Hardcover)

Even though I wish that these were photos, I recognize just how much work went into compiling this book and others that John Peacock has produced. This is a great book to help one understand visually subtle changes in fashion over the decades of the 20th century. I found it very interesting and feel that I will constantly reach for it for inspiration and ideas.

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