A Pictorial tour through fashions of the 20th Century

by Fred Showker

20th Annual Designing Women As we embark on this year's "Women's History Month" someone mentioned that fashion plays a huge role in societal development -- and that some of the world's most beloved fashion designers are women! So we pulled from the Design-bookshelf's playbook and opened these books that follow a bit of the path of fashion. The samples we've included here are drawings or actual clip art that appeared in publications. They all give a visual waltz through the 19th and 20th centuries of fashion! Enjoy!

1940s: Everyday Fashions of the Forties As Pictured in Sears Catalogs

21 Years of Designing Women What American men, women and children wore in the 1940s, shown in 122 fully illustrated and captioned pages selected from rare copies of Sears catalogs, reproduced in large format on high-quality glossy stock. Hundreds of detailed drawings depict hats, overcoats and shoes, suits and dresses, sportswear, undergarments, corsetry, neckties, rainwear, and personal accessories.
Fashions from the 1900s Full story : Everyday Fashions of the Forties As Pictured in Sears Catalogs by JoAnne Olian

1900s: 120 Great Fashion Designs, 1900-1950, CD-ROM and Book

21 Years of Designing Women Lanvin, Poiret, Schiaparelli, Balenciaga, Balmain, and more — 120 creations from the most famous names in fashion! Well researched and splendidly detailed, this CD-ROM and book set features elegant ball gowns from the turn of the 20th century, dramatic cocktail dresses from the 1940s, and all manner of garments from the decades in between. An additional eight-page supplement describes early-20th-century fashions and offers further details about the era's fashions and designers.
Fashions from the 1900s Full story : 120 Great Fashion Designs, 1900-1950 by Tom Tierney

1950: 140 Great Fashion Designs, 1950-200021 Years of Designing Women

Accurate in every detail, this splendid overview of fashions from the second half of the 20th century features the age's most prominent and influential designers. Each of the 140 outfits is identified with the name of the designer, type of costume, and year of its creation.
      An additional eight-page supplement describes late-20th-century fashions and offers further details about the era's fashions and designers.
Fashions from the 1900s Full story : 140 Great Fashion Designs, 1950-2000 by Tom Tierney

Everyday Fashions of the 20th Century CD-ROM and Book

21 Years of Designing Women This scrupulously researched, meticulously rendered collection spotlights multiple generations of a family for each decade of the twentieth century. Apparel includes everything from ankle-length tennis outfits and men's formal wear of the 1910s to military outfits from both World Wars, high-fashion suits and dresses in the post WWI years, and wedding finery spanning several decades. Informative notes on the costumes complete an outstanding collection documenting nearly 100 years of costume history.
Fashions from the 1900s Full story : Everyday Fashions of the 20th Century CD-ROM and Book by Tom Tierney

1930s: Fashions of the Thirties CD-ROM and Book21 Years of Designing Women

This handy CD-ROM and book set reproduces hundreds of illustrations from a rare periodical that offered advertising spots to small clothing stores that had no art staffs of their own. More than 540 cuts become an invaluable collection for graphic artists looking for genuine fashion illustrations of the 1930s, this instant source of royalty-free period charm will also be welcomed by students of fashion and costume history.
Fashions from the 1900s Full story : Fashions of the Thirties CD-ROM and Book by Carol Belanger Grafton

Enjoy these samples ... click for full page versions!

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Rolling through our 20th Annual Designing Women celebration with fashion

Stay tuned because we'll be adding new entries all month long . . . and will continue through April! Remember, purchase any of these resources by clicking here and you will be helping to support your Design & Publishing Center. if you would like to suggest a Designing Woman for this series, there's still time. Just check it out here:
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fred_c_125 Thanks for reading . . . and, thanks for twenty years of Designing Women online!

Fred Showker

      Editor/Publisher : DTG Magazine
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      Published online since 1988

 


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