This remarkable book presents an illustrated view of 2000 years of head coverings. Over 800 drawings by the author, adapted from rare paintings, sculptures, and illustrations- accurately depict headgear in various aspects, including gender, class and nationality. Crowns, wigs, tiaras and helmets appear among the varied forms of deaddresses, which include conical leather caps worn by the Danes in 70BC; metal viking helmets; feathered flemish berets (1410); petite straw hats, adorned with a rosette and ribbons (1870)l handsome English top hats (1957); as well as ecclesiastical regalia, traditional and ethnic styles, and hats and head adornments from far beyond the European shores. Organised chronologically by century, the fetching drawings appear alongside an interpretive text that documents the development of styles, their changes with the passage of time, and the influences that both created and altered them. Engaging and literate, this invaluable reference for designers, art students, and costume historians will also captivate anyone who appreciates the age-old allure of a fine hat.
- Softcover: 240 pages
- Language: English
- Illustrations: Over 800 Black and White/Line Illustrations
- ISBN-13: 9780486427461
- Product Dimensions: 27.7 x 21.3 x 1.5 cm
An illustrated view of 2,000 years of head coverings. A survey of the contemporary literature and images available depicting the headgear of both genders, all classes, and many nationalities. Divided by time and by the group wearing them (eg military, women etc), with additional sections such as Crowns and ecclesiastical head-dresses. Interpretive text documents the development of styles, their changes with the passage of time, and the influences that created and altered them. 800 black-and-white illustrations interpreted from original sources by the author, good list of sources and a glossary of terms