Our most recent addition to our library is the behemoth coffee table book American Fashion MenswearNo doubt about it this book is huge and not for the faint of heart.  Written by the members of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), it guides the reader through the history of menswear from the moccasins and cowhide of Davey Crockett to the the dancing shoes and tie belts of Fred Astaire, to the swiveling hips of Elvis, to the runway fashions of today's most prominent men's designers.

Portrait sized photos of the best dressed men in history grace the pages, while in depth analysis with rhyme and reason behind the looks of years past gives the reader a look into why men dress the way they do.  I was under the impression that the book may lean toward the styles of yesteryear and concentrate on the fairer skinned man like so many fashion history books do, but I was pleasantly surprised to see a well represented canvas of young and old, dark and light, homosexual and heterosexual, dandy and conservative.

At $50 retail this book isn't for the casual fashionisto, which is why we bring these in depth reviews to our readers to provide a glimpse of the styles that may suit their lives and personalities.  Add American Fashion Menswear to your Amazon reading list for the holidaysand at least you'll have a great addition to your library.  You do have an Amazon reading list and a library don't you?

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