Caftans: From Classical to Camp


This book is not yet published, but will be available from May 2024.

ISBN: 9780865654471 Category:

Cameron Silver


Join Cameron Silver, founder of L.A.’s famous – and highly influential – vintage boutique Decades, on a romp through the history and countless manifestations of the caftan, the world’s most universal garment

Caftans are never out of style, and this gorgeous book by vintage guru Cameron Silver shows why: arguably the world’s oldest known garment, the caftan appears in every culture, from the chitons depicted on urns and murals in ancient Greece and Rome to diaphanous versions wafting down today’s red carpets, from the flowing garb immortalized in Pre-Raphaelite paintings to the striped stunner worn by Isaac Hayes on the cover of his Black Moses album. Caftans range from loungewear to haute couture, and Silver guides us expertly through all manifestations, from ancient times on: “Endless Summer” explores resort caftans; “Caftan Couture” displays haute couture caftans by the likes of Yves Saint Laurent, Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, and Tory Burch; “On and Off the Silver Screen” addresses caftans worn in films and on the red carpet, as well as at home-think Elizabeth Taylor, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Cher, Angelina Jolie, and Rihanna; “Mantans” reveals men’s growing penchant for wearing caftans; and “Caftan Capital” focuses on the iconic caftans of Morocco. Gloriously illustrated with photographs, drawings, and paintings, Caftans is alternately glamorous, campy, and comfy, just like the versatile garment it celebrates.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 23.5 x 30.5 cm
Publisher name The Vendome Press
Publication date 21 May 2024
Number of pages 256
Format Hardback
Dimensions 23.5 x 30.5 cm
Weight 300 g


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Cameron Silver, the proprietor of the renowned vintage boutique Decades in L.A., is the author of Decades: A Century of Fashion. In addition to spanning the world in search of vintage couture and dressing celebrities for the red carpet, he has curated a museum exhibition for MOCA, designed a collection of statement footwear inspired by the 1950s-1980s, written for major fashion publications, and starred in the Bravo reality show The Dukes of Melrose. He lives in Los Angeles.