A year after""R. Turner Wilcox received rave reviews for her
ultimate fashion reference, "The Mode in Costume, "she decided to
zero in on one chic category to give it the close-up it deserved.
The result is this extraordinary handbook that covers the worldwide
evolution of almost five thousand years of hats, hairstyles, and
headdress for both sexes. Since ancient times, men and women have
used hats and headgear for everything from adornment and protection
to establishing their rank in society. With hundreds of
illustrations and fascinating text, this comprehensive survey
extends from 3000 B.C. to mid-twentieth century.
The showcase depicts an astonishing range of women's styles --
Egyptian headdresses, Spanish mantillas, French straw sailor hats,
buckle-trimmed tam-o-shanters, wedding veils, bonnets, snoods, and
jeweled crowns. Men's headwear includes feather-trimmed turbans,
soldiers' helmets, cowboy hats and top hats, derbies and boaters,
berets, sombreros, and Homburgs. Hairstyles run the gamut as well:
ringlets, topknots, and spit curls, ponytails, pageboys, and poodle
cuts, as well as pompadours, mutton chops, and crew cuts. With
delightful details on jewelry, cosmetics, and beauty treatments,
this is a unique reference that fashion designers, stylists, and
historians will treasure.
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