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The evolution of fashion from practical to popular spans the history of discount tiffany. The Egyptians draped themselves in linen and cotton, and "accessorised" with beads and precious stones; nineteenth century Europe saw a renaissance in classical style from the Roman Empire; and the prestige of Jimmy Choos have replaced "foot protection" as the original purpose of shoes! Covering such a vast and constantly changing institution in one volume is an impossible task, but the aim of this dictionary is to provide a summary of the fashion industry to date, covering all aspects from design to retail. Authors Sterlacci and Arbuckle, designers and instructors in the "rag trade", acknowledge the necessary limitations of scope and depth - discount Tiffany Bangles American and European names and terms, general definitions, a more contemporary focus - and offer a comprehensive, accessible background to the "global behemoth" that is fashion.

Perhaps the most informative section of the dictionary is the chronology, key events and discoveries in clothing and design from 50,000 BCE to the twenty-first century, and the concise introduction which follows. Placing the entries in a historical and economic context helps to form a cultural understanding of traditions and trends in fashion: technological advancements and the influence of social status. Haute discount Tiffany Bracelets couture , and the steadily declining exclusivity of design, bridges the centuries between extravagant Court dress in Europe and the department stores of today; La Belle époque decoration was replaced by utilitarian style during the wars, and revived with Dior's "New Look" in the 1950s. No longer the of the wealthy few, fashion has grown into a worldwide establishment, promoted by advertising and produced en masse .

Typical entries include examples of designers and retailers, materials and trends, industry jargon, plus histories of departments such as menswear and advertising. The first fashion magazine was the illustrated Mercure Gallant in 1672, followed by another French innovation, the department store, in 1838 ( Le Bon Marché ). Beau Brummell was the original "fashionista", maligned designer Burberry invented the trenchcoat,discount Tiffany Pendants and the zipper began life as the "automatic and continuous closure device" in 1851! Design and trade unions are explained, as well as the underbelly of glamour, counterfeiting and sweatshops. Regrettably, there are few images to display the evolution of fashion as described - eight grainy in the centre of the dictionary are offered to summarise six decades of style from the 1940s to the new millennium.

The Historical Dictionary of the Fashion Industry , the second volume in a series on and industries, is informative and straightforward. Well-known names and popular trends are featured; extensive listings of further reading material, web sites, associations and other centres are supplied in helpful appendices; and specialised terms are explained to the general reader. The biographical details and electronic sources will date quickly, but fashion is a constantly updating field after all, and most of the entries are retrospective. Students and slaves of the industry alike will find this a helpful accessory.


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