Book of Costume (1948)

By: Millia Davenport

A complete guide to fashion from ancient Babylonians to 19th century Americans.

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Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, Inc, 1948.
ISBN: 0517037165 9780517037164
OCLC Number: 786259658
Description: 958 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm

Table of contents

Table of contents

v. 1. — The Ancient Orient — The Nile — The Greek sphere — Romans and barbarians — The Roman Catholic Church — The Dark Ages: Feudal power — Knighthood in flower: XII century — Feudal lords and kings: XIII century — The rising bourgeoisie: XIV century — The Renaissance begins: XV century — Culture moves north: XVI century. — v. 2. — Culture moves north: XVI century (cont’d) — The world widens: XVII century — The revolt of minds and men: XVII century — The mills rise: XIX century.

About the author

About the author

Millia Davenport was born March 30, 1895, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to biologists Charles and Gertrude Davenport, who became leaders of the American eugenics movement. She studied in Paris as a teenager, returning to New York where she graduated from Huntington High School in 1913 and attended Barnard College from 1913 to 1915. She studied at the Parsons School of Design from 1917 to 1918, and later taught there.

She married editor Arthur Harold Moss in her early twenties and for a time was editor and publisher of The Quill, a Greenwich Village literary magazine.

In the 1920s she married Walter Louis Fleisher, and in the late 1930s married a third time to physician Edward Harkevy. In 1947 she declined an offer from Orson Welles to design costumes for his film production of Macbeth in order to focus on her academic research, culminating in The Book of Costume.

In 1981 Davenport received the highest honor given by the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, for a lifetime of distinguished contribution to the performing arts. That same year she was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Parsons School of Design.

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