Paris: Editions Nilsson, 1932-1933. First Edition. Square Octavos. Octavos. (14.5cm x 19cm) Np. ills. Printed pictorial wrappers. Very light soiling and edgewear to paper wrappers. Evidence of repair to closed tears at bottom of spine on volume one. Short closed tear to spine on volume two. Textblock starting to separate from wrappers but still holding well. Item #104
Lovely, two-volume set of books on women's fashions from the 15th through the 18th century. Each volume includes twenty plates with apparel choices that would have been worn by women of a higher status and would have been welcome at Europe's courts and events. The text supplies the history of the movements and changes in women's courtly fashion, as well as where and how the lady was expected to dressed in such finery. Published in Paris, this edition was created by Jacques-Gabriel Prod'homme, Curator of the Conservatory of Opera Museums and co-founder of the French Society of Musicology. At the time, Prod'homme was also known for his biographies of classical composers. The forty plates total in these two books (twenty in each volume) serve as wonderful examples for anyone studying fashion history and for those who create costumes for the stage, and for the Opera in particular. Text in French. Fashion is a language unto itself.