Explore fashion history with legs at center stage—from the dawn of civilization through current-day trends. This book examines society’s role in moving hemlines and in shaping “legcentric” traditions throughout history. What has changed or stayed the same in the course of fashion eras? How have legs appeared in dance, sport, performance, pageantry, and conventional or outré outfits? Find out how athletics, depictions in literature and art, and motifs in advertising and films reflect our changing times. Discover the styles, attitudes, customs, sex appeal, socially acceptable postures and walks, and more in this comprehensive view of leg fashions through the ages. Enjoy fashions from the waist down through 319 striking images explained in their historical context.
The Sweater: A history is a study of the sweater as an object with social, cultural, historical, and regional meanings. The book takes an unprecedented look at the beauty, materials and construction, national traditions, fads and fashion, accessories and stories of this garment’s over 300 year old history. Included in this first-ever comprehensive treatment of the sweater as an aesthetic and craft object is information on the panoply of yarns, Nordic patterns, buttons, vintage sweater collars, runway designs, and manufacturing.