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Masculine elegance, so flamboyant and colorful up until the end of the 18th century, became almost non-existent in the 19th century. From the frock coats of Gainsborough's portraits to the city workers' two-piece suits, the structure of men's clothes evolved at a slow pace. But more...the language of this uniformity has subtly varied in its details, in the cut, proportion or materials of a piece of clothing. Though individually these different elements are almost imperceptible, each is resolutely identifiable, and each makes a vital contribution to the even more intangible notion of style. This book juxtaposes paintings and photographs of movie stars, politicians, artists, or lesser-known figures dating over almost two centuries, whose very different silhouettes, when placed along-side one another, encapsulate a certain idea of modern elegance and its concern with style.
One of France's leading fashion and style specialists, Francois Baudot is a writer and an editorial adviser for Elle and Elle Decor. He is the author of a number of books devoted to fashion and decorative arts, including in Assouline, Compendium of interior Styles (2005), The Allure of Women (2001) and, in the Fashion Memoir Series, Chanel, Chanel Jewelry, Fashion & Surrealism, Fashion Dogs, Jean-Michel Frank, Eileen Gray, Gruau and Yohji Yamamoto.
This hardcover book measures 13¼ inches by 10 inches. Published October 15, 2000.
Origin: United States
Assouline publishes the illustrated art and fashion books you buy as gifts but end up keeping for yourself. Founded by French husband-and-wife team Prosper and Martine Assouline in 1994, this New York-based publishing house offers a collection of more than 1,000 image-heavy titles on design, fashion, food, art, travel, architecture, and photography. Notable works include "The American Fashion Cookbook," containing recipes from more than 100 designers plus a foreword by Martha Stewart; Claiborne Swanson Frank's "American Beauty," featuring high-art photographs of American women; and Francois Baudot and Francoise Aveline's three-book set on iconic designer Coco Chanel. Aside from its printing press, Assouline operates several charming book boutiques in Paris, New York, Istanbul, and other major world cities.