Friday, March 8, 2019

The Friday 56 (149) & Book Beginnings: Fashioning Fashion, European Dress in Detail 1700-1915 by Sharon Sadako Takeda & Kaye Durland Spilker

The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice where every Friday you pick a book and turn to page 56 or 56%, and select a sentence or a few, as long as it's not a spoiler. For the full rules, visit the the page HERE

Book Beginnings is a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader that asks you to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you're reading.


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Synopsis from Goodreads...
The creation of eighteenth and nineteenth century fashion moved at a much slower tempo than the lightning-speed pace of contemporary fashion, so great attention was paid to the smallest detail. Fashioning Fashion: European Dress in Detail, 1700-1915 celebrates these and brilliantly examines the transformation of the fashionable silhouette over this span of more than two centuries. Lavish photographs and illustrative text provide historical context, showing how technical inventions, political events, and global trade often profoundly affected style. It is little wonder that many of today's top haute couture designers often look to fashion of the past to find inspiration in the present. The intriguing and stunning examples of historic dress in this opulent volume are as captivating today as they were centuries ago. Fashioning Fashion showcases nearly two hundred highlights from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's new European collection of rare pieces of historic fashion and accessories for men, women, and children. LACMA recently acquired this singular collection, which numbers more than 1,000 objects and represents a total of fifty years of acquisitions by prominent historic dress dealers and collectors Martin Kamer of England and Wolfgang Ruf of Switzerland. The pieces were chosen for their roles in the story of fashion's aesthetic and technical development from the Age of Enlightenment to World War I. This in-depth look at the details of these luxurious textiles, exacting tailoring techniques, and lush trimmings is the first presentation of this remarkable collection...


Beginning: "The fashions of the times record the social history of a world transformed by revolution and industrialization, a world clinging to an idealized past even as it embraced modern technology."

56: "Repeating patterns of fanciful vignettes depicting whimsical human figures, fantastic architectural structures, and out-of-scale flora and fauna appear on this figured silk fashioned into a dress."


Comments: Fashioning Fashion was another book I checked out from the library. It was a fascinating look at fashion history from 1700 to 1915. The beginning comes from page 15 instead of the preface, because I felt it better represented the kind of information found in Fashioning Fashion. Plus, I just like the quote. What are you reading this week?


23 comments:

  1. It sounds fascinating. Might not be something I would normally read but it's fun to try something different:)

    My Friday 56 from The Corpse In The Cabana

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    1. Fashioning Fashion was a very interesting read. I'd actually like to read more books on historical fashion. Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your weekend!

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  2. Great cover and excerpts. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

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    1. The cover is nice. Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your weekend!

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    1. It's one of my favorite lines from the book. Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your weekend!

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  4. Books like these are a boon for writers as well as people interested in fashion. I wrote a historical fiction short story and what I enjoyed the most was figuring out what would be appropriate clothes and how what they were wearing would dictate their activities.

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  5. This does sound fascinating. I hope there are lots of illustrations too. This week I am featuring Murder in Belgravia by Lynn Brittney from my review stack. Happy reading!

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    1. There were photos throughout the book. Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your weekend!

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  6. This sounds like a fascinating read filled with lots of interesting information. Thanks for sharing! Hope you have a great weekend! :)

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    1. It was an interesting read. Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your weekend!

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  7. Sounds like it might be fascinating if you're a fashionista! Happy weekend!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your weekend! :-)

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    1. I know what you mean. Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your weekend!

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  9. This looks super interesting. One I'd like on my shelves as reference for my writing!

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  10. This sounds interesting. Great cover!

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  11. This does sound it could be fascinating. I might have to add it to my tbr. :)

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    1. It was an interesting read. Thanks for stopping by! :-)

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  12. Fashion doesn't interest me so much, but history does, and this sounds fascinating.

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