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No item of clothing has endured for longer than the dress. Yet the last century alone has seen the most radical changes of style - hemlines swinging from ankle to thigh; outlines alternating between the body-hugging and the bell - and our fascination with the 'frock' has not gone away. From Gres' draping to Dior's New Look, from Mary Quant's mini to Hussein Chalayan's mechanical marvels, this book looks at the dress in twentieth century fashion. Thematic chapters (Changes, Feminine, Sex, Must-haves, Fantasy, Classical and Art) set out the inspirations and implications for each new change alongside the stunning photography. It is more than eighty years since Coco Chanel invented the little black dress, but every woman still has one in her wardrobe today. It's decades since women discovered trousers and separates, but every woman dreams of wearing a glorious, glamorous gown at least once, whether it's on a Hollywood red carpet, or just on her wedding day. 'Fabulous Frocks' is a book to fire a fashionista's imagination.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781862057982
ISBN-10: 1862057982
Format: Hardback
(295mm x 229mm x 25mm)
Pages: 200
Imprint: Pavilion Books
Publisher: Pavilion Books
Publish Date: 15-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Sarah Gristwood

Sarah Gristwood is a writer and broadcaster who, in her days as a journalist, interviewed everyone from Martin Scorsese to Giorgio Armani. She is the co-author of Fabulous Frocks, also by Pavilion, and of several best-selling historical biographies: Arbella, Elizabeth and Leicester and Blood Sisters, as well as the historical novel The Girl in the Mirror.

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