Part essential history, part inspirational sourcebook, The Anatomy of Fashion is the ultimate guide to how we dress, why we look the way we do, and how this has changed over time. Seasoned fashion commentator Colin McDowell breaks fashion down into specific parts of the body, examining in detail how each has been clothed, and then maps out the different considerations that influenced clothes in the past and still do so today.
In a series of essays on major themes and looks in fashion, McDowell also explores how the separate elements of fashion fit together, showing how anatomical and historical influences have interacted to shape the way we dress as well as the work of designers and labels ranging from Yves Saint Laurent and Alexander McQueen to Carhartt and Diesel. What emerges is a broad, accessible, and visually rich picture of the forces at work in the creation and development not just of clothing, but of all aspects of appearance.
358 pages, 450 color illustrations, 150 black and white illustrations