Style from the Nile

Egyptomania in Fashion From the 19th Century to the Present Day

Isabella Campagnol

Through the combination of rigorous fashion history research, intriguing images and well-informed, but approachable, writing, this book offers a comprehensive overview of the fascinating "Egyptomania" phenomenon that, to this day, continues to have a mesmerizing appeal.
Date Published :
July 2022
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
20 color in plates and 100 mono integrated
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Binding : Hardback
ISBN : 9781399098076
Pages : 248
Dimensions : 9.1 X 6.1 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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Overview
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In November 1922, the combined efforts of Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon revealed to the world the "wonderful things" buried in Tutankhamen’s tomb, Egypt had already been a source for new trends in fashion for quite some time: in the early 19th century, for example, Napoleon’s Egyptian campaign contributed to the popularization of Kashmir shawls, while the inauguration of the Suez Canal in 1869 stimulated "Egyptianizing" trends in gowns, jewelry and textiles.

Post-1922, a veritable Egyptomania craze invested all artistic fields, quickly becoming a dominant Art Deco motif: “flapper-style” dresses were elaborately embroidered with beaded “Egyptian” patterns, evening bags were decorated with hieroglyphics, brooches nonchalantly sported ancient scarabs, and the sleek black bobs favored by the admired icons of the time, Louise Brooks and Clara Bow, looked up to the fabled Egyptian beauty of Nefertiti and Cleopatra. 

Egyptomania often resurfaces in 21st-century fashion as well: the awe-inspiring John Galliano’s designs for Dior Spring-Summer 2004 brought back pharaonic crowns in lieu of headdresses in a triumph of gold-encrusted creations, the ancient practice of mummification was referenced by Iris van Herpen’s Fall 2009 collection and Egyptian vibes resonated in Chanel's Métiers d’Art 2018/2019 collection.

Through the combination of rigorous fashion history research, intriguing images and well-informed, but approachable, writing, Style from the Nile offers a comprehensive overview of a fascinating phenomenon that, to this day, continues to have a mesmerizing appeal.

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