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How to Read a Suit


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Acknowledgments Preface Introduction Chapter 1: 1666-1700 Chapter 2: 1700-1799 Chapter 3: 1800-1859 Chapter 4: 1860-1899 Chapter 5: 1900-1939 Chapter 6: 1939-1969 Chapter 7: 1970-2000 Glossary of Terms Notes Bibliography Photographic Credits Index

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How to Read a Suit is the ultimate guide to how fashions change, the ideal tool for identifying historical styles, and an invaluable companion to How to Read a Dress.

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Lydia Edwards is a Lecturer at Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia.


A reminder that even the most devil-may-care of modern male dressers is out-fopped by his antecedents. * Anna Murphy, The Times *
Another excellent resource from Lydia Edwards, indispensable both to the fashion history novice and expert alike. * Amber Butchart, fashion historian, author and broadcaster *
Fun to read. * Hasty Book List *
Lydia Edwards' superb choice of illustrations, and excellent analysis, make this book an essential complement to How to Read a Dress. Men's clothing, so often ignored, is here given its rightful place in costume history. * Jean Druesedow, Kent State University Museum, USA *
The idea that men ever renounced fashion is eloquently disproved by this book. Packed with images of sartorial splendour, it is an invaluable resource to anyone interested in the male wardrobe. * Cally Blackman, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, UK *
Once again, Lydia Edwards refines centuries of costume history into its most essential elements, capturing the subtle markers of masculinity in an accessible and engaging manner. This book is not only a delightful sequel to How to Read a Dress, but an essential text for any library and also makes a helpful companion to The Dress Detective. * Ingrid Mida, Curator, Dress Historian and Author *

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