The Style of the Century  

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"Gillo Dorfles's book Kitsch (1969) appeared in English in 1970 in what Hugh Honour described, in a Sunday Times review, as 'an only too suitably bad translation'. Jacques Sternberg's Kitsch was published by Academy Editions, London, ..."--The Style of the Century (1998) by Bevis Hillier, ‎Kate McIntyre, p. 220

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

The Style of the Century (1983, first edition) is a book by Bevis Hillier. It has since been reprinted many times and augmented at least once. The book is a review of the various decorative arts styles of the 20th Century, from Art Nouveau through psychedelia, pop art and punk.


"In the first edition of his enduring chronicle Bevis Hillier parceled the changing styles and lifestyles of the twentieth century up to 1980 into an authoritative and highly entertaining design history, from Art Nouveau and Art Deco to Psychedelia and Punk. Now at the end of the Millennium, and as we grapple with 'hyperreality' and a new nostalgia, an account of the Eighties and Nineties completes this seamless survey of architecture, interiors, fashion, graphics and everyday objects which has long had an unique appeal for students, collectors and anyone interested in our abiding appetite for style. "

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