D oretta 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.

8 ½ x 11 in.


Doretta Davanzo Poli is an art historian and the director of the Library of Fabrics at Palazzo Grassi, Venice. She has been Professor of Textile Arts at the University of Udine and is a visiting professor at the Universita Ca’Foscari in Venice. She has organized 70 exhibitions on fabrics, costumes, and embroideries in Venice, Rome, Berlin, New York, London, and Beijing. Poli is the author of two volumes in The Twentieth Century Histories of Fashion series: Beachwear and Bathing Costume and Maternity Fashion.

“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.”

A wealth of illustrations.

Only book available on the history of maternity fashion.