Fashion: The Whole Story

Fashion: The Whole Story

  1. Edited by Marnie Fogg
  2. Foreword by Valerie Steele
  • ISBN 9780500291108
  • 24.50 x 17.50 cm
  • Flexibound PLC (with jacket)
  • 576pp
  • With over 1000 illustrations
  • First published 2013

Fashion is more exciting and more accessible than ever. If you love fashion and would like to know more about it, look no further than this!

‘An epic narrative … the format makes for a handy dip-in guide without losing out on the details’ – Dazed Digital
‘Lavishly and handsomely illustrated … provides encyclopaedic, frequently surprising and enlightening information … convinces us that the subject of fashion is not only meaningful – but inexhaustible’ – Prospect Magazine

Fashion: The Whole Story

With more than 1,000 illustrations, Fashion: The Whole Story
follows the evolution of fashion via its most important moments – and most impracticable fads – culminating in the modern era of the supermodel)

This enthralling book presents the high points of fashion history throughout the world: the silk robes of the Chinese Tang dynasty; the kosode of the Japanese Heian period; the kaftan of the Ottoman Empire; Christian Dior’s post-World War II New Look; and the laser-cut Nu-craft of today.

Fashion: The Whole Story takes a revealing look at the most influential modern designers, as well as the quirky ideas and occasional bursts of eccentricity that have taken fashion in innovative new directions. An assessment of fashion icons allows you to understand how one designer or style influenced another.

Fashion: The Whole Story details the individual key pieces that epitomize defining styles or epochs in fashion history. It explains everything from the choice of specific materials or individual design features to the significance of designs created during times of crisis.

Marvel at the dress of the Mughal Empire and the steel-hooped crinoline of the 19th century; discover the lines of a classic man’s suit and the political implications of the mini skirt; and understand the science behind the latest ‘smart’ materials in sportswear.

Marnie Fogg is a fashion expert and media consultant with extensive experience in the fashion industry. Her experience of the fashion industry means that she is uniquely placed to access original material. She has interviewed many contemporary designers and is the best-selling author of Boutique: A 60s Cultural Phenomenon, Print in Fashion: Design and Development in Fashion Textiles, Couture Interiors: Living with Fashion, and The Fashion Design Directory.
Valerie Steele is Director and Chief Curator of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (MFIT) in New York. She has curated numerous exhibitions, among them ‘Gothic: Dark Glamour’, and is the author of many fashion titles, including The Corset: A Cultural History.