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Fashion is the great governor of this world. It pre- sides not only in matters of dress and amusement, but in law, physic, politics, religion, and all other things of the gravest kind. Indeed, the wisest of men would be puzzled to give any better reason why par- ticular forms in all these have been at certain times universally received, and at other times universally rejected, than that they were in or out of fashion. IN undertaking this work I must confess that I had no conception of the magnitude of the task before me. Of works of reference on Costume, published in England, their number is legion, but all, without exception, treat the subject from its picturesque aspect only, and even then do not extend their information beyond a certain point. The periods usually covered present the familiar aspects which are, at the present date, but of historical interest. The modern epoch, dating from the period when most of these works terminate, and to which I have endeavoured to devote special attention, surely presents facts and data of interest which will grow in importance as this century advances, and for that reason, I hope, I can claim to have exploited entirely new ground. Moreover, the feminine aspect presents, to my mind, an additional charm, and is sufficiently interesting to justify its being treated as a subject per se, whilst the historical summary of the surroundings and influences which have had so great a bearing on the evolution of Fashion must, presumably, be of equal importance.
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Originally Published in 1913
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