A world history of maternity fashion from 1266 to 1986.
Doretta Davanzo Poli, provides a precise, accurate account of the history of clothes for the mother-to-be since their origins, or rather since the era when these garments were not yet seen as a separate fashion category, but were left to the modest improvisation of the expectant mother herself. The story of clothing for wear during pregnancy is really the story of the evolution of women's place in society.
“Poli describes these events here with a down-to-earth incisiveness and a clear awareness of historical context. The text is accompanied by a wealth of illustrations ranging from the frescoes and paintings of the Old Masters to the first magazine coverage and, finally, to full-blown surveys of maternity wear.”