One of the most dynamic, exciting and innovative periods in the history of fashion, the 20th century was a time of dramatic change and reinvention. This sourcebook traces these changes, from the elegant attire of Edwardian ladies, through World Wars I and II to the youth explosion of the 60s and 70s, and from the anarchic era of Punk to the street culture of today. Information on the social, economic and technical developments of the century have been extensively and thoroughly researched, and provide the reader with a detailed understanding of the processes behind this fashion revolution. The first edition of this standard reference work established itself as required reading for all those interested in the development of the fashion business. 'History of 20th Century Fashion' covers more than other books on contemporary dress - it gives particular weight to the commercial organization of the industry - from designer and textile manufacturer right through to the consumer.