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Looking at Fashion: A Guide to Terms, Styles, and Techniques

Available August 2024

Debra N. Mancoff

What is an epaulette? What is a keffiyeh? These clothing items—and hundreds more—are entertainingly explained and vividly illustrated in this accessible guide.

Whether in art or life, fashion makes a statement. It gives form to the temper of the times and the motives of the moment, charting shifts in society, status, technology, and economy. Fashion is shaped by both high and popular culture and reveals the influence of individuals from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds.

Spanning the centuries and representing a global point of view, Looking at Fashion is a guide to the elements that make clothing practical, wearable, stylish, and distinctive. Created for scholars, students, fashionistas, and anyone who wants to expand their understanding of world culture through the history of dress, this book provides a rich and varied lexicon of the vocabulary that describes and explains the most essential components of garments and techniques of clothing construction. Ranging from basic pieces and their individual parts to structure, embellishments, and innovations, Looking at Fashion offers insights into the evolution of dress in terms of style, fit, and design. Gorgeous color illustrations, including paintings, photographs, historical garments, and custom drawings, reveal the interrelationship of fashion and art from antiquity to now.

Debra N. Mancoff explores the interconnections of fashion, art, and culture and has authored more than twenty books. She is a Scholar in Residence at the Newberry Library in Chicago.

160 pages
6 1/8 x 9 1/8 inches
120 color and 51 b/w illustrations
ISBN 978-1-60606-899-1
paperback

Getty Publications
Imprint: J. Paul Getty Museum
Series: Looking At 

2024