Survey of Historic Costume (2015)

By: Phyllis G. Tortora & Sara B. Marcketti

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Survey of Historic Costume, 6th Edition, is the best-selling introduction to Western dress from the ancient world through the twenty-first century. Each chapter presents social, cross-cultural, environmental, geographic, and artistic influences on clothing. With visuals, illustrated tables, and in-depth discussions, readers come to recognize recurring themes and concepts and understand the role of dress from a diverse, global perspective. The new edition features more than 1,000 full-color photographs and illustrations, a new feature that examines global dress, and a fully updated chapter on the twenty-first century.

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Bloomsbury, 2015
ISBN: 1501395254 9781501395253
OCLC Number: 967772873
Description: 821 S : Ill

Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Preface and How to Use Book
  • Acknowledgements
  • Ch 1 Introduction
  • Part 1 The Ancient World: c. 3000 BC – AD 300
    • Ch 2 The Ancient Middle East: c. 3500-600 BC
    • Ch 3 Crete and Greece: c.2900-300 BC
    • Ch 4 Etruria and Rome: c. 800 BC – AD 400
  • Part 2 The Middle Ages: c. 300 – 1500
    • Ch 5 The Early Middle Ages: c. 300 – 1300
    • Ch 6 The Late Middle Ages: c.1300-1500
  • Part 3 The Renaissance: c 1400-1600
    • Ch 7 The Italian Renaissance: c. 1400-1600
    • Ch 8 The Northern Renaissance: c. 1500-1600
  • Part 4 Baroque and Rococo: c. 1600-1800
    • Ch 9 The Seventeenth Century: 1600-1700
    • Ch 10 The Eighteenth Century: 1700-1900
  • Part 5 The Nineteenth Century: 1800-1900
    • Ch 11 The Directoire Period and the Empire Period: 1790-1820
    • Ch 12 The Romantic Period: 1820-1850
    • Ch 13 The Crinoline Period: 1850-1869
    • Ch 14 The Bustle Period and the Nineties: 1870-1900
  • Part 6 From the Twentieth to the Twenty-first Century: 1900-2014
    • Ch 15 The Edwardian Period and World War I: 1900-1920
    • Ch 16 The Twenties, Thirties, and World War II: 1920-1947
    • Ch 17 The New Look: Fashion Conformity Prevails: 1947-1960
    • Ch 18 The Sixties and Seventies: Style Tribes Emerge: 1960-1980
    • Ch 19 The Eighties and the Nineties and the Twenty-first Century: 1980-1999
    • Ch 20 Twenty-first Century: 2000-2014
  • Credit
  • Index

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.

Student reviews

4 reviews for Survey of Historic Costume (2015)

  1. Shelly Ordonez

    Such an informative book with visually comprehensive charts that help explain terms with ease. Excellent glossary with multiple dedicated pages for one source which really helps elaborate on a subject.

  2. Emily Omesi

    This book is extremely useful for researching specific information and details for certain time periods. I started with the index, and was able to find a clear and concise definition with great imagery.

  3. Conor Haffey

    This source is helpful when trying to get a general overview of the time periods of dress. The book would be helpful when trying to research a particular time period.

  4. Andrea Montaleza

    The book by Phyllis G. Tortora and Sara B. Marcketti gives the reader a breakdown and great review about each time period, ex: sixteenth century, nineteenth century, etc. In each part the authors not only describe the period but also are very detailed on each part of dressing, when it comes to men, women, dressing, shoes, jewelry, etc. Overall a great book for research and learning more about the change in fashion throughout each period.

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