The Venetian Cesare Vecellio’s two books on the costumes of the known world were hugely popular and influential in their time, and their lively descriptions and vivid illustrations have captivated readers ever since. This is the first time that the entire first edition of 1590, along with the New World section from the 1598 second edition, have been translated and published with their original woodcuts. Rediscover the world as seen in the sixteenth century, beginning with the dress of the inhabitants of Venice—from the grandest doge to the humblest porter—Vecellio’s project quickly grew to include all of Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Like his contemporaries, Vecellio assumed that clothing acted as an identifier of rank, yet he also realized, in a very modern way, that fashion was constantly changing, crossing borders, and transforming the way people lived. All the woodcuts are reproduced full size and accompanied by Vecellio’s commentaries on each costume. An extensive, illustrated introduction by two of the world’s leading experts on Renaissance literature and culture offers the most thorough context possible, complete with additional color illustrations: portraits and sculptures, maps and cityscapes, and details of textiles.
This 10-volume work is the first comprehensive encyclopedia to explore all aspects of dress and fashion globally - from pre-history to the present day. Arranged geographically, it brings together for the first time the work of over 600 renowned scholars from every part of the globe. All articles have been specially commissioned and particular effort has been made to commission articles by indigenous scholars with in-depth local knowledge.
How people dressed throughout history often reflects how they lived at the time, and this 3-volume work gives readers a chance to explore clothing in a given place and time while also providing a general history to help put the costumes in context. Spanning a period from the beginning of time to present day, see what people wore in Europe, North America, South America, and Asia. Men's, women's, and children's clothing from various social classes, as well as accessories, are included.
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