A fashion show between two covers, Dressed in Black presents a retrospective of the last 100 years of the black dress in its many guises: smart day wear, chic and understated; flamboyant evening confections of lace, feathers, tulle, velvet, and satin; funky "street-style" outfits that signify rebellion and youth. Dramatic, specially commissioned photographs reveal the dresses' exquisite details and craftsmanship, while the text tells the story behind each piece and its designer, providing a chronicle of 20th-century fashion from a single and compelling perspective.
26- illustrations, 80 in full color, 7- line drawings, 9 3/4" x 13 3/8"
VALERIE MENDES is chief curator of the Department of Textiles and Dress at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. She has been documenting and lecturing on women's fashion for many years, and in 1983 curated the first exhibition on the black dress....Continua