Thursday, October 24, 2013

Stuff Day: Michel Pastoureau's Books

Thursday is Stuff day. Sometimes I'll review a movie. Sometimes it'll be a book, or maybe a cool tool. Sometimes I'll just tell you about something neat I've heard of but haven't had a chance to play with yet. It's the stuff I'm excited about right now!



This week I've been doing a lot of research into both 15th century clothing and 18th century.  In doing this I look at a lot of pictures and illustrations, so you see a lot of the colors people are wearing, but if you're like me you never learn why, which is always important.  I like knowing what people thought about what they wear and why they chose what they did.  These books are great for that.  I love how they tell you great information about what people thought of a color and why you don't see it very often, and why one pattern is more popular than another.  I hope he keeps writing these, I really would like to see a book on red!

Blue: The History of a Color by Michel Pastoureau
Black: The History of a Color by Michel Pastoureau
The Devil's Cloth: A History of Stripes by Michel Pastoureau

(all link to Amazon, where I may be an affiliate (I dunno if it's still active))