Author Marian Medd Paints the Evolution of Women’s Undergarment Collections

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Compelling new book shares an artistic glimpse into several clothing trends and styles.

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Informative and creative, A Peep Into the Past is a combination of art and the evolution of women’s undergarment fashion throughout history. Artist, Marian Medd, having worked in the retail industry for many years, combines her knowledge and her natural talent in drawing in this one-of-a-kind book. Preserving the memories of several undergarments that may have been forgotten and lost in time, this selection brings to life the various styles of the past, which were greatly affected by economic, political and social considerations.

From defining the early decades of the 20th century, to the first decade of the 21st, A Peep Into the Past reveals a comprehensive background on how women have been adjusting to the constantly changing trends of their times, especially in clothing. This book explores the intelligent patterns of how undergarments have been designed throughout several eras.

Aside from the artistic aspects, the author reveals a fascinating look into the technical and practical basis of how women’s undergarment products were made. A very specific example is how, during the rise of women’s liberation during the World War I, the restrictions of the Victorian era wasp-waisted corsets were abandoned and replaced by more comfortable clothing. This change gave women more freedom to move around, whilst replacing men in the workforce.

Accentuated by colorful and beautifully drawn illustrations, this book is a rich arsenal of knowledge, allowing readers to appreciate the benefits sought from their modern world. At the same time, it shows the message of how today’s society provides more options to women than to the restrictive cultures, traditions and circumstances of the past.
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About the Author
In 2002, upon retiring from working many decades in the retail industry, Marian Medd had found the time to develop her interest in drawing and painting. This shift from the shop floor was mediated by a brief period of learning to work with pastels. She then decided to expand her knowledge as she wished to explore using different mediums. This took her into the world of painting with acrylics. She also attended many classes over several years studying and drawing. She has not had a solo exhibition, but over the past decade, she entered works into Local Council exhibitions and also the "Cossack" exhibition conducted annually in the North West of Western Australia. She has sold several paintings which are in private collections. For the past two years, she has been working on this book A Peep into the Past, which portrays a history of garments in unique colours and in style.
A Peep Into the Past * by Marian Medd
A Magical History of Underfashion
Publication Date: August 31, 2012
Picture Book; $54.99; 116 pages; 978-1-4771-5064-1
Picture Book Hardcover; $74.99; 116 pages; 978-1-4771-5065-8
Ebook; $3.99; 978-1-4771-0198-8
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