Review: A Decade of French Fashion

Title: A Decade of French Fashion, 1929-1938: From the Depression to the Brink of War
Author: Mary Carolyn Waldrep

Publisher: Dover Publications 
Published: August 19, 2015
ISBN: 9780486797830
Genre: Fashion
Source: NetGalley


In addition to a world-wide depression and the rise of Fascism throughout Europe, the years between 1929 and 1938 witnessed dramatic changes in women's fashion. With the turning of the decade, the free and easy fashions of the Roaring Twenties shifted to a softer, more conservative look, with an emphasis on curves rather than angles. Hemlines plummeted almost overnight and did not begin to rise until mid-decade.
These selections from full-color French catalogs produced for the American market from 1929 through 1938 document the changes in fashion from the time of the stock market crash to the dawn of World War II. More than 100 images of day and evening wear illustrate the movement from flapper fashions to a more austere look. Fashion designers, costume historians, costumers, and anyone who loves fashion will treasure this richly illustrated survey.

My Thoughts:

A Decade of French Fashion is a must-have for lovers of fashion and history. Each page details couture from 1929-1938. Fashion has changed dramatically over the years, especially during the 1920s and 1930s. 

This book is in the style of fashion plates that individuals would get in the mail to inform them of the latest styles. I'm not a fashion expert by any means, but I love looking at these pictures. I love how the styles go from conservative to more carefree. 

I've gone through this book several times admiring the different styles and the creativity and art that go into each one. This is a great coffee table book that will bring you enjoyment for years to come. I highly recommend this book for anyone in the fashion, film, and art industry. Or someone who just likes to look through fashion magazines. 

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