Fifty Dresses That Changed the World

Fifty Dresses That Changed the World

Book - 2009
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You don't have to be a fashionista or a design aficionado to adore this fascinating look at the power of one dress to change society.

Join the Design Museum, the world's leading museum in contemporary design, on a guided tour of the 50 most important dresses in social history and design.

Filled with pages of beautiful clothes, and the famous faces (and bodies) that put them on the world stage -including Wallis Simpson, Jackie Kennedy, Twiggy and Cher and, of course, Princess Di-this fun volume shares fascinating appraisals of what gave the 50 most important garments their iconic status.

Publisher: London : Conran Octopus, c2009
ISBN: 9781840915389
Branch Call Number: 391.2 FIF 2009
Characteristics: 106 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 22 cm


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Oct 24, 2017

Hey, f-f-f-folks!

Now, I'm certainly not gonna tell you what prompted me to check out this book - "50 Dresses That Changed The World"... (That will definitely remain "my" secret).... (giggle. giggle)

But, I will say that if you are a fashion-conscious type, then this here book (presented by the "Design Museum") will certainly give you a complete (and, hopefully, satisfying) insight into some of the fashion world's biggest fashion statements (for women) over the past 100 years.

To be sure - "50 Dresses" not only offers the reader a close-up look at these iconic creations, but it also contains a brief appraisal of what it is that has made these particular frocks earn their special place in fashion history.

Jan 04, 2016

Very interesting to look through history through fashion. Most I remember.

Aug 18, 2011

Great book that presents, as the title says, the dresses whose impact was so great that they changed fashion. The formula is simple, each dress is presented in a full page photograph. On the facing page is a short essay on the history of the dress, construction techniques and why it was so revolutionary. There is also usually a smaller picture of the dress right beside the text.

The only issue I had with this book was that they frequently used a modern "re-interpretation" of the dress for the large picture. I would have preferred this be a picture of the dress when it was first introduced. Still, this is a wonderful short history of western fashion for the armchair fashionista.

1931 Madeleine Vionnet's Goddess Dress and 1984 Tanya Sarne's Ghost Dress are my favourite

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