Has anyone had the opportunity to look through the exhibit catalog for "Napoleon & the Empire of Fashion"? I'm trying to decide if it is worth picking up on Amazon. The price seems fair, and I am hoping it has images of pieces I haven't seen a million other places.
A sad lesson is the one where the book is not purchased when available and when it is wanted later, it's out of print and being sold at a fortune. I made this mistake with "Revolution in Fashion" years ago. English versions are now available second hand for the price of $150 plus...
Napoleon and the Empire of Fashion is full of lovely photos and text that's both educational and enjoyable to read.
It is en route. Thank you both for the recommendations. Dawn, I am glad to hear the text is decent -- I wasn't expecting too much based on the amazon reviews (claiming bad translation/questionable historical accuracy) but even if the text was useless I'd still like to see the photos!
I definitely know the pain of "missing the boat" -- at my last job, I had access to so many great out of print books (including Shep's and Revolution in Fashion) that I probably wouldn't have had a chance to see in person without winning the lottery. How I miss it!
"Thus happiness depends, as nature shows, less on exterior things than most suppose." -- W. Cowper
Post by bennettgirl on Jun 9, 2011 12:03:05 GMT -5
oh yeah the translation is pretty bad but you get the gist of things and there is some very interesting information in this book. but really the biggest reason to buy it is for the beautiful beautiful images!