Survey of Historic Costume: A History of Western Dress (1998)

By: Phyllis Tortora & Keith Eubank

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3rd edition.  Chronologically arranged chapters each begin with a summary of historical developments, which is followed by a discussion of sociocultural, artistic, political, economic, and/or technological developments relevant to costume in the period under study, and then by detailed presentation of the specifics of costume for men, women, and children.

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Publisher: New York : Fairchild Publications, ©1998.
ISBN: 1563671425 9781563671425
OCLC Number: 926775418
Description: xix, 556 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm


Table of contents

Table of contents

Part One:

The Ancient World: The Ancient Middle East 3500-600 B.C.

Crete and Greece c. 2900-300 B.C.

Etruria and Rome c. 800 B.C.-A.D. 400

Part Two:

The Early Middle Ages c. 300-1300

The Late Middle Ages c. 1300-1500

Part Three:

The Italian Renaissance c. 1400-1600

The Northern Renaissance c. 1500-1600

Part Four:

Baroque and Rococo c. 1600-1800

The Seventeenth Century 1600-1700

The Eighteenth Century 1700-1800

Part Five:

The Nineteenth Century 1800-1900

Part Six:

The Twentieth Century 1900-1996

The Edwardian Period and World War I 1900-1920 (1910)

The Twenties, Thirties, and World War II 1920-1947 (1930s, 1940s)

The New Look and Beyond 1947-1964 (1940s, 1950s, 1960s)

The Vietnam Era 1964-1974 (1960s, 1970s)

The Decades between 1975 and 1996 (1970s, 1980s, 1990s)

About the author

About the author

Phyllis G. Tortora is a Professor Emerita at Queens College, where she was Department Chair for 17 years, teaching historic costume and furnishings, and textiles. She has also served as a consultant to the Historic Costume Collection of the Huntington Historical Society. Her professional memberships include the International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) and the Costume Society of America (CSA). She has been awarded Fellow Membership in ITAA.

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1 review for Survey of Historic Costume: A History of Western Dress (1998)

  1. Weerada Muangsook

    A great general fashion history book that helps you get an overview of the different garments of the time. It describes the dress of the time, construction, what it was made of, as well as the social/historical events at the time that helped influence these dress styles. However, not recommended for anyone who is researching specific garments in more detail.

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