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This richly illustrated publication presents 80 special items of clothing from the fashion collection of the Rijksmuseum: from the clothes of the Frisian Oranges from the Golden Age, through dresses made of colorful French silk and glittering velvet men's suits from the 18th century, to the classic Empire from the Finnish Siècle to 20th-century haute couture by Dior and Yves Saint Laurent. This selection reflects the international character of Dutch fashion through the ages and at the same time shows the fashion developments in the country itself. Experts in the field of costume and fashion, edited by Bianca du Mortier, curator of costume at the Rijksmuseum, tell the stories of the costumes and of the people who wore them. With the many details of fabrics, and by zooming in on different materials and techniques, the book offers a source of information and inspiration.