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“This book reveals fashion’s absorbing history of revolution and evolution.”
The Independent

Fashion History from the 18th to the 20th Century

Hardcover5.5 x 7.7 in.2.17 lb648 pages25
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Take an excursion through the last three centuries of trend. This spectacular collection from the Kyoto Costume Institute, one of the world's most extensive clothing collections, features the outerwear, underwear, footwear, and accessories that have defined self across time and geography.
Fashion History from the 18th to the 20th Century

Fashion History from the 18th to the 20th Century


Dress codes

The ultimate compendium of clothing

Clothes define people. A person’s attire, whether it’s a sari, kimono, or business suit, is an essential code to his or her culture, class, personality, even faith. Founded in 1978, the Kyoto Costume Institute recognizes the importance of understanding clothes from sociological, historical, and artistic perspectives. With one of the world’s most extensive clothing collections, the KCI has amassed a wide range of historical garments, underwear, shoes, and fashion accessories dating from the 18th century to the present day.

Showcasing the Institute’s vast collection, Fashion History is a fascinating excursion through the last three centuries of clothing trends. Featuring impeccable photography of clothing expertly displayed and arranged on custom-made mannequins, it is a testimony to attire as “an essential manifestation of our very being” and to the Institute's passion for fashion as a complex and intricate art form.

The book's authors include some of the smartest minds and sharpest eyes in fashion studies: Akiko Fukai (Chief Curator of The Kyoto Costume Institute), Tamami Suoh (Curator of The Kyoto Costume Institute), Miki Iwagami (Lecturer of fashion history at Sugino Fashion College (Tokyo)), Reiko Koga (Professor of fashion history at Bunka Women’s University), and Rie Nii (Associate Curator of The Kyoto Costume Institute).
The editor

The Kyoto Costume Institute (KCI) collects and preserves outstanding examples of fashion through the centuries. It is one of the leading centers of fashion research, sharing its findings in both exhibitions and publications.

Fashion History from the 18th to the 20th Century
Hardcover14 x 19.5 cm0.98 kg648 pages

ISBN 978-3-8365-5717-7

Edition: Spanish

ISBN 978-3-8365-5718-4

Edition: French

ISBN 978-3-8365-5719-1

Edition: English
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7 Ratings

Perfect gift !

Sarudzai,November 12, 2021
An Amazing gift to my lovely atelier ❤️

A present for my wife

Zoltán,November 3, 2021
A very personal gift when your wife loves fashion and its history. She consults it often and with interest. One of the best gifts I could give her in recent years.

Nice compendium for all fashionistas

Ines,October 27, 2021
Nice to have this compendium with all relevant designers of the last decades, not just the popular ones.

Perfect Gift For a Fashionista Friend

Micaela Z.,October 27, 2021
I usually offer jewelry, but I was so happy to see the sparkle in my friend's eyes when she opened the gift. A super inspiring book.

Fashion. Histoire de la mode

Jocelyn,October 27, 2021
Excellent book. While it is a small format (in the Taschen world !) the pictures are vibrant. Very pleased with the purchase, will be back with pleasure