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Women's Hats, Headdresses and Hairstyles

Women's Hats, Headdresses and Hairstyles
Your Price: $20.95 CDN
Author: Georgine De Courtais
Publisher: Dover Publications
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 187
Pub. Date: 2006
ISBN-10: 0486448509
ISBN-13: 9780486448503

About the Book:

Women's Hats, Headdresses and Hairstyles is a true record of more than 1300 years of ever changing fashion in women's hairstyles and headwear – from 1100 all the way to 1980.

From simple barbettes, crespines, and wimples worn in Anglo-Saxon times to the pillbox hat popularized by Jackie Kennedy in the mid-twentieth century, hats and headdresses have – for centuries – played an important part of a lady's wardrobe. This informative and meticulously researched book provides an authentic record of more than 1,300 years of the ever-changing cycle of fashion trends in women's hairstyles and headwear in England.

More than 400 of the author's own drawings – rendered from ancient sources – trace these evolving fashions. Finely detailed images depict turbans; horned, heart-shaped, and butterfly headdresses preferred by fifteenth-century English ladies; seventeenth-century hoods and veils; elaborate hats and hairstyles of the Georgian period; early Victorian-era bonnets; net and lace caps and small hats of the late nineteenth century; and the emancipated look in both hairstyles and hat styles of the early twentieth century.

The author Georgine de Courtais has written a separate introduction for each historical period, placing headdresses and hairstyles in the fashionable context of their time. Pages of drawings are accompanied by detailed notes on the styles illustrated, including information on the materials used and the varying methods of manufacture. A brief glossary and bibliography add to the book's effectiveness. For those who want to get their historical details accurate, Women's Hats, Headdresses and Hairstyles is a profusely illustrated guide that will be an invaluable reference.

What people say:

"Designers for any media and students of history will use and enjoy the book." — Choice

"Remarkably entertaining." — The Economist

About the Author:

Georgine De Courtais is the author of the profusely illustrated reference guide Women's Hats, Headdresses and Hairstyles.