Has any dress really changed the world? I admit, I was skeptical before I picked up this book, but it does a good job explaining why this might be the case (particularly in regards to the material from the industrial revolution and from a social point of view). Starting in the early part of the 1900s and working its way toward the early 2000s, Fifty Dresses That Changed the World neatly summarizes how fashion and fashion designers have changed what we see has desirable. It's a slim text (each dress has a full page picture and a few paragraphs of text) but written for even non-fashion-literate people to understand. It's a fun read that should be required for anyone who's considering going on either Project Runway or America's Next Top Model.
Find it at IndieBound.
Read it with:
Fifty Shoes That Changed the World by the Design Museum
Inspired Jewelry from the Museum of Arts and Design by Ursula Ilse-Neuman
Audrey Style by Pamela Clarke-Keough
The Beautiful Fall by Alicia Drake
Fashion by Jennifer Craik