The Great Book of Lingerie tells the EXTRAORDINARY history of womens' underwear from the first evidence of its existence in Sumeria in 3.000 B.C. to today when anything-almost-goes!!
COLLECTOR'S 1986 stated out-of-print vintage first edition, first printing hardcover book - The Great Book of Lingerie by Cecil Saint-Laurent. Has original unclipped dust jacket with printed pre-sale price $50/$45 until 31/12/86.
Cecil Saint-Laurent: (nom-de-plume Jaques Laurent) won prestigious literary prize, Prix Goncourt, 1971 for novel Les Betises. One of the most respected literary figures in Europe, and noted authority of women's costume. This history is the chronicle of style itself: radical changes in women's underwear mirrored the great wheel of fashion. From early seductive transparent fripperies, Panniers, bustles, crinoline, Victorian Corset, and full circle to frank eroticism of today's lace and satin.
Publisher: The Vendome Press New York, Rizzoli International Publications, Copyright, Text Cecil Saint-Laurent, stated First published in this edition in 1986, first printing with original printed sale price $50/$45 until 31/12/86 on back flap. ISBN 0-86565-072-1. Not ex-library.
Over 300 LAVISH color illustrations collected from all over the world especially for this publication. Medieval wood-cuts to most provocative contemporary fashion pictures. Common denominator is the beauty of the human body. Superb photographs through the ages by renowned photographers including Helmut Lang - Vogue Magazine, Roger Viollet and Georges Viollo-Raphon. Sensual full page color and black & white plates; each a stunning work of art. Photos do not fully capture color hues and exquisite details; wait until you see up close. WOW!!
Paintings, illustrations, art prints, period drawings, erotic art, sketches, Victorian art and sexy, fun and historical advertisements. Featured Magazines include: Vogue in France and Germany, Marie Claire and Elle Magazine. Models wearing creations from American and European fashion designers including Christian Dior & Nina Ricci. Professional Dancers, Cabaret, Theater Performers, Celebrities, Partially Nude Photographs and more. Undergarments include: Pantyhose, Corset, Stockings, Panties, Bras, Shorts, Skivvies, Bikinis, Intimate Clothing...
CONTENTS: The Origins of Clothing, The Lesson Of The Courtesan, Twilight Of The Middle Ages, The Two Sexes, Catherine Drawers, Panniers And Bare Bottoms, The Disappearance Of The Corset, Bed, Beach And Boards, Drawers and Pantaloons, Freud's Patients, The Strictures of Morality, World War I, Innocent Or Exotic, Getting Up To Date, The Latest Fashions: 1965-1985, Glossary by Cathrine Donzel, Bibliography, Photographic Credits.
Oversize heavy folio hardcover, bright color pictorial unclipped DJ, $50/$45 until 31/12/86 back flap. VIBRANT red cloth boards, sharp black titles front & spine. The quality glossy cardstock pages are in gift condition, MINT, crisp and unused. Hard-to-find in such incredible shape. 280pp, 9 1/2" x 12 3/8". Fine vintage condition. Binding tight.
Pages fine/bright/clean/unread/minimal wear-fbep light rub. Cover near fine/bright/clean-minimal shelfwear includes bottom spine edge rubbed-light board peek. DJ excellent/bright/clean/light general shelfwear includes light scratches-rubbing.
Saint-Laurent's provocative point of view and learned, witty literary style make this book vital reading for fashion historians and students, and a delight for the curious. Do not pass up this out-of-print masterpiece; will make a FABULOUS gift!!