20,000 Years of Fashion: The History of Costume and Personal by Francois Boucher

By Francois Boucher

Outsized Hardcover tells the tale of ways humans have dressed themselves from the earliest recorded occasions to trendy instances. A definitive research that includes every one epoch and sector, essentially mentioned in order that the amateur can get pleasure from this quantity in addition to the student. A needs to for any pupil of the humanities or an individual drawn to how type has developed.

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British Museum, London. photo. Courtesy of the Trustees) as that still worn by the CeUs, a coarse wool 'resem- bling goat hair', as Diodorus says. Moreover, this is the type of cloth, with dangling strands, which was found in 1865 in the Jutland and Scandinavian (Trindhoj) excavations, used in both cases for cloaks; observers compared this weaving with the skin of a longhaired animal and dated it to the Middle Bronze Age (c. 1440 to 1150 bc). Some prehistoric weaving, with hairy, corded strands, must also be compared with these Nordic textiles, some of which may have been used as blankets today, similar plush-piled cloths are still produced in Africa by the Gurmos, in the south-east of Haute- Volta.

The male costumes in the Schleswig-Holstein Museum, which were found in a marsh, must date from the Iron Age; they comprise long and short trousers, a tunic and some cloaks, which can be dated between 800 and 400 bc. *" From the Early Iron Age, we have shoes in calf from the Durrnberg saltmines (near Hallein, Austria) and from the Amitlund peat-bogs (Denmark). The hunting civilization must have been the first to use animal skins as foot protection, but only the tools used, bone needles and bodkins, enable us to deduce that such primitive shoes, whose origins are placed at the end of the interglacial period, were in fact worn.

The textile itself has a zig-zag Women's coiffures in the prehistoric ages are known to us through various sculpted representations, like the female figures modelled in the round from Dolni Vestonice (Moravia), whose heads are covered with a sort of toque, or the mammoth-ivory figurine from the Brassempouy cave in the Landes (plate 31), which presents a sort of hood, in reality probably plaited hair held in a net. The woman from the oak coffin found in the Skrydstrup barrow in Denmark, of Bronze Age date, wears a fine net of horse-hair.

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