20,000 Years of Fashion: The History of Costume and Personal by Francois Boucher

By Francois Boucher

Outsized Hardcover tells the tale of ways humans have dressed themselves from the earliest recorded instances to trendy occasions. A definitive learn that includes each one epoch and area, essentially mentioned in order that the beginner can get pleasure from this quantity in addition to the student. A needs to for any scholar of the humanities or an individual drawn to how style has advanced.

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2350 ec. t. « :,'M 44 Woman with a scarf, discovered at Telloh. Twenty-fourth century bc. Paris. Louvre. (Photo Giraudon) 45 Bas-relief of the Spinner, discovered at Su^a. Paris. Louvre. ^' : HAIR AND HEAD-DRESSES lUUU 54U lit worn in this way was what the Greeks called a do not know what colour this scaif was, but we can tell that it was also used as a girdle. Ancient authors use the term mitrati to designate certain head-dresses worn by the people of Susa, the Arabs and the Kings of Cyprus.

43 Lantier, p. 100; Appelgren, passim (on Bronze Age ornaments). cipocal. The elements of prehistoric costume we know seem pitifully few by comparison with the vast fields which would be opened up by a comparative study of this order such an undertaking cannot hope to produce quick results, but it must be begun. It is strange to note how little research has been carried out along these lines on the basis of the discoveries of the last half- Bibliography : century. Such a study of prehistoric costume, even applied to its most distant known origins, must always be linked closely with the general study of Because of the human development.

A hypothesis of another kind might enable us to explain these similarities in prehistoric costume and could resolve the double problem, on the ethnological and geographical levels, which they pose. This is envisaged by Clark: 'The Danubian people', he says, 'rapidly made their way across the loess in successive waves. ' The seem clearly estaand can be recognized at several points (for instance at Vitonico, on the Don), although we cannot gauge the time taken to cover such distances. Thus it would have introduced directions followed by this current blished the so-called Aurignacian civilization into temperate Central and Northern Europe.

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