Corsets and Codpieces

Corsets and Codpieces

A History of Outrageous Fashion, From Roman Times to the Modern Era

eBook - 2016
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Have you ever wondered why we wear the type of clothes we do? Packed with outlandish outfits, this exciting history of fashion trends reveals the flamboyant fashions adopted (and discarded) by our ancestors. In the days before cosmetic surgery, people used bum rolls and bombastic breeches to augment their figures, painted their faces with poisonous concoctions, and doused themselves with scent to cover body odor. Take a fresh look at history's hidden fashion disasters and discover the stories behind historical garments: How removing a medieval woman's headdress could reveal her as a harlot Why Tudor men traded in their oversized codpieces for corsets How crinoline caused a spate of shoplifting among Victorian ladies. Karen Bowman charts our sartorial history from the animal skins first used to cover our modesty and show off hunting skills, right up to the twentieth-century drive for practicality and comfort. Corsets and Codpieces is a fascination read for history buffs and fashionistas alike.
Publisher: [United States] : Skyhorse Publishing : Made available through hoopla, 2016
ISBN: 9781510708693
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital
Call Number: eBook


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Feb 12, 2017

I found this a super interesting read -- next time I hear someone lamenting today's fashions, I will happily remind them that at least we're not wearing wigs so tall that we have to crouch on the floor of a carriage, rather than the seat, in order to fit, as the Georgians did. The illustrations are fascinating, and at times hilarious, and anyone interested in fashion (and plenty of those who aren't) will love this look at the rise and fall of some really, really weird trends in clothes. Who knew crinolines could kill? Not me, but now I do!


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