Good Reading : April 2011
Showcasing a selection of 250 accessories drawn from Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, this book is filled with intriguing fashion accessories from the last 350 years. From dreamy, gauzy parasols that belong to a more genteel era, to fans (used not only to cool the perspiring faces of young ladies but also as flirtation devices) and lorgnettes (spectacles mounted on a long handle) that an imperious dowager might have peered through at an errant servant, you’ll find lots of accessories here that will intrigue not only the dedicated follower of fashion but also anyone fascinated by history. coffee table The history of fashion has focused largely on clothes. But as the sumptuously photographed Accessorize! points out, it is through accessories that many people have found that they can most effectively express their personality. Spectacles with hinged temples c. 1800–50 Netherlands Iron, glass, lacquer Folding fan 1907 Rica Palache Amsterdam, Netherlands Mother-of-pearl, cotton, crêpe de Chine, gold Shoes c. 1690–1710 Netherlands Velvet, silver thread, silk, leather, cowskin Drawstring reticule c. 1830–50 Netherlands or Germany Cotton, paper, iron, glass ACCESSORIZE, SWEETIE!