Fashion Plates by April Calahan
150 Years of Style

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With not much stretch of the imagination it is safe to say that the creating of these illustrations was almost as time and labor intensive as creating the garment they depicted. With Christmas weeks away, this is an incredible gift that appeals on so many levels.
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A sumptuously illustrated, encyclopedic chronicle of fashion and its trends, from the 18th to the early 20th century

Prior to the invention of photography, European and American magazines used colorful prints to depict the latest fashion trends.  These illustrations, known as “fashion plates,” conveyed the cutting-edge styles embraced by the fashion-conscious elite and proved inspirational to the upwardly mobile. This lavishly illustrated book provides a comprehensive survey of 200 color plates from publications dating from 1778 to the early 20th century, accompanied by authoritative and fascinating texts.  Organized chronologically and featuring both men’s and women’s garments, these lively and colorful vignettes not only are beautiful, but also deftly illustrate the evolution of fashion over time.
 
 
 

About April Calahan

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April Calahan is a fashion historian, writer and art appraiser, as well as special collections associate at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York. Karen Trivette Cannell is assistant professor and head of special collections and the archive at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York. Anna Sui is a fashion designer living in New York City.
 
Published November 10, 2015 by Yale University Press. 440 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, History, Arts & Photography.
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Reviewed by Jeffrey Felner on Dec 31 2015

With not much stretch of the imagination it is safe to say that the creating of these illustrations was almost as time and labor intensive as creating the garment they depicted. With Christmas weeks away, this is an incredible gift that appeals on so many levels.

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