Description: 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" x 10". Published October 15, 2000.
Origin: United States