New book exploring the elements of menswear design is clearly organized and exhaustive in its scope.

A recent addition to the AVA Basics Fashion Design series is Menswear by John Hopkins. This is a fantastic little book which belies its size, covering a tremendous amount of ground. Four clear sections are crammed with useful and easy to read information, creating a comprehensive platform for study in this specialist area.

The first section, Menswear through the ages, begins with a clear chronology, which tracks the key developments of men’s dress from the ancient world through the ages to the 20th Century. An introduction to social and historical contexts is then set out, before key aspects of menswear are explored, such as the importance of military dress and uniforms, influences from the 20th Century, counter-culture dressing, and also menswear’s impact on womenswear design.

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