This book has been on my wishlist for a long time now. When it came down in price recently, I decided that it was time to own this book. I was glad to see that Jessica of Chronically Vintage reviewed the book a few years back and really liked it.
The book is divided into several sections outlining different types of garments. The first section is the largest featuring examples of women's day wear through the whole decade. The other sections are outerwear, evening wear, accessories, and uniforms/other. I really like the division of garments. I wish that within each section they put the examples in chronological order. I knew going in that they hadn't, but if I could change it in any way, that is the one thing I would change. It would have been much easier to see the progression of fashion through the decade that way. I really do appreciate that all the photos are labeled by year though.
A large portion of the examples/photographs are of models, actresses or period advertisements. All of these would have been on the cutting edge thus providing a more accurate picture of the constant evolution of fashion over the decade as actresses and models are most likely going to be wearing the leading styles of that particular year. Most people would have likely seen a delay in owning the latest fashion due to make do and mend, wearing clothes until they wore out, and the fact that they might have continued to use older styles to make new clothes. Thus, a family photo from 1944 might actually showcase styles from 1942, and not the latest designs. So while photos of actresses may not accurately represent what was worn by most people in that particular year, they do help capture the newest ideas and inventions of fashion.
So would I recommend this book? Most definitely. It is going to be quite the eye candy to sit through and enjoy. Kind of like have my 1940's Pinterest boards in book form! I will definitely be looking into owning two other books from this series: 1920's Fashion: the Definitive Sourcebook and 1930's Fashion: the Definitive Sourcebook.
Sarah loves to sew, learn more about sewing, and create items with a vintage flair. Her arch enemy is clipping curves, and she has a tolerable relationship with the seam ripper.
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