A History of Men's Fashion

A History of Men's Fashion
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Farid Chenoune. Preface by Richard Martin.

Paris. Flammarion 1993. First English language edition. Hardbound in black cloth, dust jacket. 336 pages. Profusely illustrated throughout in colour and b&w. 285 x 230mm (11¼ x 9"). 2.2kg. 2080135368. English. Very good; minimal shelf wear, mainly to corners and head and base of spine, internally clean with no inscriptions.

A very good copy of this scarce definitive work on the subject of men's fashion. It is a fully comprehensive survey, with in-depth text and numerous illustrations and archival images. 'A History of Men's Fashion is divided into four parts that follow the sartorial evolution of the male wardrobe from the era of Beau Brummell, which created the model of the gentleman and the dandy, to the "anti fashion" trends of the early 1990s. Part One (1760-1850) traces the era of tails and the frock coat, the emergence of the pantaloon and the influence of Anglomania on European fashion. Men's fashion in Europe's fin de siècle climate, and the impact of ready-made garments are discussed in Part Two (1850-1914). Part Three (1914-1940) introduces the aesthetic of the sweater and the variations on the suit and vest as part of the post-World War I moral liberation and economic euphoria, and traces changes all the way through to the New Deal and the new American elegance. The post-World War II fashion revolution is described in Part Four (1940-1990) from zoof suits, spurred by the black American jazz scene, the London's Mod fashion of the 60s, Pierre Cardin and the new French style, the emergence of Italian chic, and the hippie and punk styles of the 70s. The book is completed by a perceptive discussion of contemporary designers such as Jean-Paul Gaultier, Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren, Comme des Garçons, and Yohji Yamamoto.' (from the blurb).