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Fashion in Bohemia 1870–1918. From the Waltz to the Tango) Volume Two of the Czech Fashion edition This volume of the Czech Fashion edition centres on Czech clothing production from 1870–1918 in many different, formally determining contexts. The book examines society in Bohemia, its goals and social events, women’s emancipation efforts and the endeavour to reform clothing, the dress code, organization of the clothing industry, the establishment of haute-couture salons, the development of ready-to-wear clothing and a list of fashion magazines published in Bohemia. The volume gives a detailed account of the evolution of fashion styles as they appeared in the Czech lands, from a variety of revival fashions, through the individual phases of Art Nouveau attire, to ventures into designing a national, folk-type costume. The articles are richly illustrated with examples from period fashion magazines, reproductions of garments and clothing accessories from UPM’s collections, portraits and vintage photographs. The publication is intended for a broad readership, as well as specialists in historical costume.
Spanish Art Handicraft from 1550 to 1650) The book traces Spanish arts and crafts preserved in the Czech Republic, both in the form of museum acquisitions and as former furnishings of aristocratic residences. Apart from works housed in the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, the volume features objects from the holdings of the North Bohemian Museum in Liberec, the Silesian Museum in Opava, and other institutions. The selection of exhibits attests to the existence of a superb and thriving culture that flourished in parallel with the rapid growth in the Central Europe of those days. The publication was issued to accompany the exhibition in the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, June – October 1997.