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James Laver, the Reluctant Expert

Michael Carter

Michael Carter is Senior Lecturer in Art History and Theory, University of Sydney. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Fashion Classics from Carlyle to Barthes

Berg, 2003

Book chapter

...Clothes are inevitable.James Laver (1899–1975) is the only member of the Fashion Classics tradition to be a full-time student of dress. In 1922 he became Assistant Keeper in the Print Room at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London...

Laver, James

Michael Carter

Michael Carter is Senior Lecturer in Art History and Theory, University of Sydney. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Berg Companion to Fashion

Bloomsbury Academic, 2010

Encyclopedia entry

...Born in Liverpool, England in 1899, James Laver was a dress historian who worked at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London as a curator from 1922 to 1959. His initial interest in dress grew out of the need to date accurately the pictures...