Spanning 150 years of couturiers, designers and labels, The Fashion Book is a comprehensive and authoritative source, opulently illustrated. Fashion - that means glamour, creativity and the expression of a certain attitude toward life. This book is devoted to the legendary world of fashion from its origins in the late nineteenth century until our own time. Which social, historical and cultural developments coalesced to allow fashion to become what it is today? Which designers had an especially significant impact on their fashion eras, and what did their creations look like? All the text has been superbly researched, and included are essays dedicated to topics such as Japanese designers; accessories; and models and muses, as well as focusing upon each era in detail. Countless expressive photographs work together to form a comprehensive portrayal of the rapid development that took fashion from the liberation of women from the corset all the way to the minimalist and luxurious, generous and high-necked, playful and sober, conservative and revolutionary creations of modern designers.