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Title:
Fashions of a decade. The 1930s
ISBN:
9780816067190
Publication Information:
New York : Facts on File, c2007.
Physical Description:
64 p. : ill. ; 29 cm.
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Summary

Summary

Completely revised in full-color, ""Fashions of a Decade: The 1930s"" examines the role of fashion as it made its way through the Great Depression, exploring the social and cultural aspects of history through a softer lens. Cheaper fabrics that imitated luxury items such as nylon and artificial silks became popular, along with clothing that featured a more muted palette and longer, more flowing lines. Such Hollywood icons as Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers set the mood for idealized glamour, as did the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, as they pushed the bounds of fashion to a newer height, changing history forever.


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School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-10-Whether used for research or browsing, these titles provide colorful and fascinating information on the role of fashion and its relationship to history, society, and culture. In each book, eight captivating chapters cover the events of the decade and relate how they impacted clothing, accessories, and hairstyles. In 1920s, Herald illuminates how the Jazz Age, Prohibition, and the birth of the "Talkie" brought changes that reflected an open defiance of social restrictions. Costantino points out that the economic climate of the 1930s brought reduced prices on clothing and more practical garments, although there was still stylish attire for those who could afford it. Baker notes that during World War II, fashions became more conservative and frills were in less evidence. Attractive black-and-white illustrations, color photos, reproductions, sketches from magazines and newspapers, and fact boxes enhance and bring to life these lively and accessible texts. A useful two-page chronology in each book lists news, events, and a brief mention of the year-by-year trends. Detailed glossaries listing the significant designers and styles, further-reading lists, and an index complete each appealing title.-Susan Shaver, Hemingford Public Schools, NE (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Horn Book Review

This series gives an overview of fashion and trends, also providing some social and historical context. The text is dense in design and content, assuming the reader possesses a high level of knowledge, and it's fairly disorganized. But budding fashionistas will pore over the prodigious well-captioned photos and illustrations, which effectively differentiate among designers' styles throughout the decades. Reading list, timeline. Glos., ind. [Review covers these Fashions of a Decade titles: The 1950s, The 1940s, The 1980s, The 1960s, The 1930s, The 1970s, The 1920s, and The 1990s.] (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.


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Excerpts

Completely revised in full-color, Fashions of a Decade: The 1930s explores the social and cultural aspects of history by examining the role of fashion as it made its way through the Great Depression. Cheaper fabrics that imitated luxury items such as nylon and artificial silks became popular, along with garments that featured a more muted palette and longer, more flowing lines. Hollywood icons such as Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers set the mood for idealized glamour, as did the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, as they pushed the bounds of fashion to historic new heights. Excerpted from Fashions of a Decade: The 1930s by Maria Costantino All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.