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FASHION: 150 Years of Couturiers, Designers, Labels Hardcover – Nov 1 2010


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  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: hf ULLMANN (Nov. 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3833155884
  • ISBN-13: 978-3833155888
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 26 x 33.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #617,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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This book was exactly what it looked like online. Great bang for your buck because it really is a big book full of pictures!
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
encyclopedic, heavily illustrated history of fashion from 1860s to the present Jan. 10 2011
By Henry Berry - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
"Fashion - 150 Years" is an encyclopedic work, not only in content but in size and weight. Fashion is taken from about the mid 1800s to the present. Seeling locates the beginnings of modern fashion about 1860 when the English clothing designer Charles Frederick Worth working in Paris put labels with his signature on the gowns he designed. Seeling sees this as turning clothing--however ornamental, stylized, or individualized--into art--Worth was the first "fashion designer."

Since Worth's innovative touch, there have been scores of outstanding fashion designers--all of whom make their appearance. The history of fashion from the mid 1860s is related in terms of profiles of the leading, most imaginative and skilled, most influential, and often most acclaimed fashion designers accompanied by abundant photographic material. One could follow the history just by following the copious, most color photographs. One sees how fashion spread out from its beginnings in Paris to the global, popular enterprise it is today. But one wants to read the profiles too for their colorful biographical material and ideas and approaches to fashion, and for putting the respective designer into the context of fashion history.

Seeling has been a top editor at Vogue, Cosmopolitan, and Marie Claire after her time as a journalist interviewing many world-class celebrities. This incomparable work of hers can be used as a text on fashion history and also a reference. And its readable text plus the countless photographs give it the style of a popular book for informative and entertaining reading on fashion. And it's an ideal coffee-table book.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
If you buy only one, this is it Aug. 13 2011
By BookLuvR - Published on Amazon.com
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Huge, detailed, wide ranging and wonderfully illustrated. If you buy only one book on fashion, this should be the one.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic on any bookshelf or as a substantial gift! Dec 9 2010
By SocialDeb - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I love this book! On its own it looks fantastic on any bookshelf, delve into the pages and this book unfolds the secrets and stories behind fashion designers. The style and layout of the content reminds me of those autobiography-type magazine articles.
These photos are fantastic and openly displays the variety of fashion from the cute and inspiring, to the odd and very abstract!
The photographs are really well spaced and nicely breaks up the very informative text. An excellent reference book with interesting and little-known facts about these designers.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
It's going back Feb. 22 2013
By Chicago Girl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I must be the only person who was not impressed by this book. After reading all the great reviews I was quite excited to get this book.

The book reads like a magazine? I know that the author was the editor in chief of the glossy magazines such as ”Cosmopolitan“, ”Vogue“, and ”Marie Claire“ but I guess I want a book to be a book and a magazine to be a magazine. I also wished they had spent more time time in the earlier years of fashion there were also no detail pictures which I have grown to enjoy in hardcover coffee table books. I liked the first quarter of the book and the rest I did it enjoy as much.

This book is massive in size 512 pages is rare to find. While there are a lot of pictures they were pictures that I have seen in other fashion books so nothing new to report in that arena. The book is extraordinarily well bound and the pages of the book has this wonderful slick glossy texture to it. It is a very richly made book. The book is organized very well in decades and in designers and they did have a few great designers in there Westwood, Fortuny and some others. I understand that fashion is sometimes dictated around the world we live in and what is happening around us at the time-war, economics, pop culture, music etc...but this book just had too much of the culture part and not enough of the fashion for me. If it had been a book on photos and that is what I understood I was buying I would have been happy.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Outstanding Dec 12 2011
By Lilly Ford - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is an amazing fashion encyclopedia which traces the history of fashion design and couture over a century and half. The book is so heavy but very well bound, it's full of large high quality photos showing beautiful creations from every known label. The text is highly informative but also engaging and far from being dry or boring. I highly recommend this book for anyone who needs a comprehensive beautifully illustrated historical overview detailing the development and evolving world of fashion design.

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