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Astonishing, entertaining, valuable

  • Jan 3, 2010
As I was reading this remarkable book, I felt at times like a kid reading an illustrated storybook. Every page seemed to bring some new wonder or intriguing development. Unfortunately, that sensation sort of faded toward the end of the book, when the emphasis shifted from what you might call both celebrity and popular style to the antics of professional fashion designers. That part wasn't nearly as interesting to me. But that's hardly author Cally Blackman's fault. She has done an astonishing amount of research and assembled it into what I would consider an almost essential reference work for anyone interested in the evolution of men's clothing and style in the twentieth century.

This is a heavily illustrated book, and the images are very well-chosen. The captions are informed, while the brief narratives introducing each chapter are useful at setting context, but "One Hundred Years of Menswear" is really about the pictures, advertisements, paintings, and other "visual aids." (I don't know if the cover image of David Bowie was necessarily the best of all possible options, but that's more a matter of taste, I'm sure.) I doubt I will be the only reader who will find this, not only a valuable work of history, but also an entertaining option for just picking up, browsing through, and enjoying. (The first few chapters, at any rate.)

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review by . November 05, 2009
I thought the book was a great pictorial history of men's fashion. It would be a great gift for any fashion-loving friend. While the book seems comprehensive, it isn't all-inclusive. I agree with another reviewer; the material on the current and more recent trends isn't as good as the historical info. Perhaps this is because we can obviously remember and see the recent and current trends for ourselves, so we know what we're missing.    I'm not in the fashion industry, so I can't …
review by . October 22, 2009
Blackman, Cally. "One Hundred Years of Menswear", Lawrence King Publishers, 2009.    Beautifully Done    Amos Lassen      I just finished looking through my copy of Cally Blackman's "One Hundred Years of Menswear" and I found it to be a beautiful book. The photography is excellent, the nostalgia is great and the text is extremely readable. It is great fun looking at how we have changed dress-wise over the last century. The book …
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A rich, comprehensive collection of images covering the revolution in menswear over the last 100 years with text by fashion historian Cally Blackman.

Rare photography and illustrations reveal the elegant tailoring of Savile Row and tough khaki and denim of the uniform and workplace giving way to an exuberant array of styles and colors as the century progresses. Packed with images of Hollywood style icons, the artist personalities of the 1930s, and more, the evolution of menswear from practical to peacock is explored in an array of rarely seen photographs and illustrations.

The impact of Pierre Cardin, Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren, and other designers is contrasted with the street fashion of the 1960s, punk, and the club scene to bring together the story of the flourishing menswear market in one invaluable book.

A unique collection,100 Years of Menswearwill prove indispensable for all fashion students, historians of dress, and lovers of men's clothes.
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ISBN-10: 1856696146
ISBN-13: 978-1856696142
Author: Cally Blackman
Publisher: Laurence King Publishers

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