Corsets and Codpieces: A Social History of Outrageous Fashion by Karen Bowman

Corsets and Codpieces: A History of Outrageous Fashion, from Roman Times to the Modern Era - Karen Bowman

This book provides a brief (and extremely selective) historical review of the stranger (as well as outrageous, ridiculous, hazardous and down-right uncomfortable) fashions of European (mostly British) clothing (mostly women's) from Roman times to post WW2 era.  The book is short, entertaining, amusingly written, with illustrations, but does have a few errors.  The book also lacks a cohesive narrative, left our some of the more outrageous European (and "rest of the world") fashions and could have done with better diagrams to illustrate some of the more obscure fashions.  The book also completely fails to mention underwear, other than the corset.   In short, amusing for an afternoon lark when the brain isn't functioning well enough to pay attention to anything serious and you want to giggle at some of the silly things people wore in the name of fashion.