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Crinoline: Fashion's Most Magnificent Disaster

Crinoline: Fashion's Most Magnificent Disaster
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This is a book that explores the entertaining world of Crinoline, from the emergence of the garment to the historic moment when the rebellious woman of the 19th century, so passionate about fashion, defied Queen Victoria’s orders to stop wearing them. The beautifully produced hardback, with lenticular cover, comes with an OWL viewer, designed by Brian May, that will bring the images to life in fantastic 3-D.  

"A very special and wonderful book with enlightened research unveiling fascinating facts such as crinolines being considered an extremely dangerous form of clothing at one time. Great examples of 3-D pictures totally in keeping with its historical importance, complete with 3-D viewer."

Dame Zandra Rhodes


Pages: 224
Size [mm]: 245 x 325 x 34
Publication date: 14th April 2016


 

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"Crinolines and Stereoscopic photographs were twin sensations of the mid 19th century. We, the authors of this book, decided it was fitting that they should be reunited in the 21st century, and their intimate association recognised at last. This book explores the history of crinoline 'in depth'. It's also an attempt to fathom the unique appeal of this dangerous fashion, which, surprisingly, is alive and well in the present day, and its place in popular culture." 


Brian May & Denis Pellerin 

The voluminous crinoline underskirt was immensely popular between the years of 1856 to 1867, but was by its very nature severely impractical: a strong gust of wind would blow the dress up exposing the woman's legs and undergarments; worse still, the crinolines were cumbersome, caused accidents and proved to be a serious fire hazard. As the shapes of crinoline garments grew more and more extreme, artists were inspired to capture the absurdities and misfortunes of the wearers through stereo photos, as well as in cartoons and drawings. Just as Crinoline came into fashion, the stereoscope – the equivalent of TV and Film for the Victorians – became a huge craze. Stereo photographers capitalized on the ridiculous spectacle of the women in crinolines, giving impoverished Victorian husbands some consolation in laughter. Although the hoops and inflatable frames disappeared, this wonderful humorous imagery produced during the Crinoline decade has lasted intact over the centuries – and is rediscovered in this book. 

Crinoline – the book – begins with the emergence of the steel petticoat and the initial onset of the "Crinoline Age", and then takes the reader on a fascinating visual journey, including a wealth of colourful 3-D imagery, to the historical moment when women began to protest against the "cage" and it was eventually phased out. However, contemporary designers such as the late Alexander McQueen, Zandra Rhodes and Vivienne Westwood have reintroduced the crinoline to the catwalk, bringing the dramatic garment of the 19th century all the way into the 21st century with a modern twist.

 

 







 


"Rock star Brian May reveals the hidden world of the crinoline in magnificent Victorian 3D" – Art Newspaper 


 

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