A HISTORY OF FASHION AND COSTUME: VOLUME 8 – THE TWENTIETH CENTURY

Clare & Adam Hibbert

Bailey Publishing Associates Ltd., Hove, England

Year 2005

Pages 64

An eight-volume set examining the development of costume and fashion and the social history that gave rise to it. It depicts the changing styles, processes, and trends – from the first people to wear clothes in the last Ice Age to the courtly fashion of medieval Europe and to the globalization of Western style – that led us to the clothing of today. This volume traces the history of fashion and costume during the 20th century, a period that saw the most rapid and revolutionary changes in dress so far. Home-sewn clothing declined as mass production techniques were introduced and people were able to buy cheap, factory-made clothes. Over the century, fashions for men, women, and children became far less restrictive. New synthetic materials meant that clothes could perform better in extreme or even hazardous environments. Clothes also became easier to care for.

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