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Laurence King. Sept. 2023. 224p. ISBN 9781529419719. $45. TV
British fashion expert and prolific author (The Dress) Fogg brings her incredible wealth of knowledge with this analysis of 50 TV shows’ costumes in six sections: “Comedy,” “Coming of Age,” “Crime,” “Historical,” “Retro,” and “Contemporary.” Fogg goes beyond (but does not exclude) the expected shows, such as Mad Men, The Crown, Downton Abbey, and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. She expands coverage to include international offerings such as Spain’s The Money Heist, the Italian adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend, France’s Call My Agent!, and the midcentury India–set A Suitable Boy, among others. The author is equally wide-ranging with choices in formats, including miniseries, long-running shows, and TV movies. Each section has an introduction discussing the challenges costume designers face, and the choices they make. The entries for each show consist of one to two spreads, with fabulous photos and sumptuously descriptive captions. Most feature a short quote from designers about their missions; all have a succinct plot summary by Fogg.
VERDICT Perceptive observations and a vast fashion vocabulary that may have even die-hard fashionistas scrambling for their dictionaries are perfect accessories. This amazing title will enhance readers’ watching and rewatching experiences.
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