We start our blog series on Books with this gem:
Fashion: The Definitive Visual Guide by The Smithsonian
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This is an incredible book about the evolution of fashion throughout the ages. It's an (almost) encyclopedia of what we have been wearing from Cleopatra's dress-up days until now, the long-awaited current moments of fashion's inclusivity.
The Jazz age was a big shift in fashion. Flapper girls, drop waists, cloche hats and strings of pearls. All fashion items that have become part of the 1920's iconic look for women. Looks we still see reemerge with their own twist today.
It also covers how far fabrics have come over the ages, with the emergence of synthetic fabrics, such as Lycra.
The 1960's may have looked cool but the introduction of synthetic fabrics were new and pretty scratchy and also, not breathable. But, the looks created are iconic and elements of it are still echoed in fashion today.
This book is jammed pack with inspiration, information and a different way of looking at our human evolution. Highly recommend for those interested in historical fashion, and the fascinating changes in what we wear.