Fashion history is my thing, and I absolutely adored Amber Butcharts series on famous paintings and their historical value to fashion historians. It was my biggest dream to become a fashion historian one day, and considering that will never happen, I can pretend by reading all the books about it!
The Fashion Chronicles by fashion historian Amber Butchard, author of The Fashion of Film, is an exploration of the most fascinating style stories throughout history.
The history of fashion is a story of style and power, grace and propaganda. Starting with Eve and her fig leaf – via Joan of Arc, Louis XIV and Lord Byron, right up to the modern figures of Amelia Earhart, Frida Kahlo, Malcolm X and Beyoncé – Butchart examines the best-dressed people the world has ever seen, telling the story of their individual style and unlocking the secrets behind it.
Some have influenced the fashion of today, while some have used their clothing to change the world. But all have a sartorial story to tell, and The Fashion Chronicles is here to tell it.
This has been one of the most well researched, most approachable, most fun fashion history books I´ve ever read! It’s cut up in bite size pieces, has some great photos and images, and I’m just UGH it’s the best. I love it. Absolutely love it. It’s a great introduction to fashion history, but even if you aren’t into fashion and just like reading about other people, this is a great book for that too. Honestly, I don’t know what else to tell you about this book, other than that I really love it, really recommend it, and highly praise it! If you are any form of (amateur) fashion historian, I really recommend you reading this one! 🙂