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Saturday, February 20, 2016



V/A  Albee, Sarah.  WHY'D THEY WEAR THAT?  National Geographic, 2015.  192p.  978-1-4263-1919-8.  19.99.  Imagine adorning one's face with patches, swimming in garments made of wool or wearing shoes with no delineation of the left foot vs the right foot.  Do you think you'd have been an automobile enthusiast - even if it meant riding in a topless car in inclement weather?  Would you have enjoyed dining under a manually operated fan - as provided by a human punkah wallah?  For decades, fashion has been reflective of social tastes, economic necessities and military protection.  It provides visual references for many historical moments.  This title can be thoroughly enjoyed as both an attractive browsing item and a delightful overview of fashion history.
E.M. Roublow (ret.)