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Thomas Hope
Costumes of the Ancient Greeks and Romans

Dover
Paper
A reprint of a marvelous book from 1812. The text is not always accurate, but the clear and accurate line drawings carefully copied by the author from ancient vases and statuary are extremely helpful and illuminating.

Judith Lynn Sebesta & Larissa Bonfante, Ed.
The World of Roman Costume

University of Wisconsin Press
Paper
If you are serious about Roman clothing then you should have this book. It is a collection of Academic essays on various aspects of Roman dress supported by line drawings and photographs. There is a section in the back illustrating the 1988 NEH summer seminar showing the various (and quite academic) attendees wearing reconstructed Roman clothing. A great book on the subject!

Daniel Peterson
The Roman Legions Recreated in Colour Photographs

The Crowood Press
Paper
Another volume from the marvelous series from Europa-Militaria showing military recreationists at work and play, this is a nifty and inspiring book for those interested in the Roman Legions. Lots of colour photos and to-the-point text featuring some of the best of the European Recreationists in their finest garb.

The Museum of London
Shoes and Pattens
Textiles and Clothing
Dress Accessories
Medieval Finds from Excavations in London

The Museum of London Press
Paper
This series of books is invaluable and unique. Well researched and illustrated with clear line drawings and photos this is another "must have". These books are expensive but worth it, they have in-depth info you can't find elsewhere. Available through Amazon UK.

Mary G. Houston
Medieval Costume in England and France of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Centuries

Dover
Paper
Another in Dover's reprint series, this one is from 1939. It contains 350 black-and-white illustrations and 8 color illustrations on the inside covers. The text is clear and succinct. This book is an excellent starting place for those interested in medieval costuming

Stella Mary Newton
Fashion in the Age of the Black Prince

Boydell & Brewer
Paper
In depth information for clothing and fashion for 1340-1363, the age of Richard II, the Black Prince. The emphasis is on noble and upper class clothing with interesting and valuable information about mottos and devices worn during tournaments.

Françoise Piponnier & Perrine Mane
Dress in the Middle Ages

Yale University Press
Cloth
A bargain at twice the price! This book is well researched and very readable. Mostly text, it is illustrated with black and white reproductions from period artworks. The authors are French (this was originally published in 1995 as Se vêthr au Moyen Âge) and the book focuses on Western European fashion and culture.

Christoph Weiditz
Authentic Everyday Dress of the Renaissance

Dover
Paper
This classic work is among the earliest of the great costume books of the 16th century. Here, reproduced by Dover, it is a fascinating and useful look at mid-16th century European clothing. 154 black-and-white plates are reproduced 2 to a page.

Diana de Marly
Dress in North America : The New World 1492-1800 Vol 1.

Holmes & Meier
Cloth
This is one of the few books I've seen on European dress in America during these times. Its focus is on New England and New France. The Spanish Conquerors and settlers are not included. This is a fine reference work on the period. 76 black & white illustrations and 8 colour plates.

Diana de Marly
Dress in North America : The Emerging Continent, 1800-1900 (Vol 2)
Holmes & Meier
Cloth
Second in de Marly's series on North American clothing this book is due out in August 2003.

Linda Baumgarten
What Clothes Reveal: The Language of Clothing in Colonial and Federal America

Yale University Press
Cloth
A curator at Colonial Williamsburg, Baumgarten uses the museum's collection to illustrate a variety of interesting social history facts as illustrated by the clothing of the times.

Jane Ashelford
The Art of Dress Clothes and Society 1500-1914

Abrams
Cloth
Originally published by the National Trust, this marvelous book is stuffed full of information and pictures. The focus of this book is the social aspect of dress, how styles were conveyed, how and where materials and clothing where purchased, and what people wore at all levels of society and at all ages, from swaddling bands to widow's weeds. There are 270 illustrations with 200 plates in full colour.

Norah Waugh
The Cut of Women's Clothes 1600-1930

Routledge
Cloth
A classic in costuming. This marvelous book presents text, line drawings, and best of all, scale patterns for women's clothing from 1600-1930. If you are a seamstress and adventurous, these clothes are make-able (although you should make up a muslin first).

Norah Waugh
The Cut of Men's Clothes 1600-1900

Routledge
Cloth
The companion volume to The Cut of Women's Clothes 1600-1930, this book is slightly less detailed than the one on women's clothes, but it is still a classic in the field. It reproduces many scaled drawings of original patterns. Essential for a reproductionist.

Madeleine Delpierre
Dress in France in the Eighteenth Century

Yale University Press
Cloth
Originally published in France in 1996 as Se vêtir au XVIII siècle, this easily read and well researched book provides a valuable tool for students of 18th century fashion. For many people in the 18th century, France was Fashion, and the author, using resources that most of us lack, has been able to write an informative and interesting book on the subject (Madeleine Delpierre was a curator at the Musé e de la Mode et du Costume in Paris). This is the most readable book on the subject I've seen.

Farid Chenoune
History of Men's Fashion

Abbeville
Cloth
From 1760 to 1990, this lavishly illustrated book follows men's fashion. Published originally in France, this book has a tendency to focus on French men's fashion, but it's a great resource for the costumer or historian. Available through Amazon UK.

Aileen Ribeiro
Dress in Eighteenth-century Europe: 1715-1789

Yale University Press
Cloth
Scholarly and illustrated, a good source for those who prize accuracy. Ribeiro tends to focus on middle and upper class clothing. Available through Amazon UK.

Aileen Ribeiro
The Art of Dress Fashion in England and France 1750-1820

Yale University Press
Cloth
This handsome book examines English and French fashion from 1750 to 1820 by studying the art of the period, and it shows how changes in dress reflected social, political, and cultural developments in the two countries. Profusely illustrated, this book is an excellent and scholarly book on fashion between 1750 and 1820.

Aileen Ribeiro
Fashion in the French Revolution

Holmes & Meier
Cloth
For the purposes of this book the French revolution spans the years 1789-1799. From aristos to the sans-culottes the various players are identified and described. This is a good reference work for French fashion during this period. 90 black & white illustrations and 8 colour photographs. Out of stock

Stella Blum, Ed.
Eighteenth-Century French Fashion Plates

Dover
Paper
Comprising 64 full colour fashion plates from the Galerie des Modes 1778-1787, this book is one of the few visual resources for this period.

Meridith Wright
Everyday Dress of Rural America 1783-1800

Dover
Paper
Originally published under the title Put On Thy Beautiful Garments:Rural New England Clothing this book is a classic. Well researched, with informative text and clear easy to understand illustrations of garment construction, this book is a must for frontier re-enactors.

Penelope Byrde
Nineteenth Century Fashion

B.T.Batsford
Cloth
A great big hardcover on 19th century fashion in England. It has lots of pictures. The text is not terrifically detailed, but it is accurate. This book provides a valuable overview of the century. It contains 130 black & white illustrations and 8 colour plates. Available through Amazon UK.

Stella Blum, Ed.
Ackermann's Costume Plates Womens Fashions in England 1818-1828

Dover
Paper
Jane Austen, Lord Byron, "Prinny". The Regency featured some of the prettiest and most graceful fashions for women seen in decades. The 88 plates in this book were taken from Rudolph Ackermann's Repository of Arts, Literature, Commerce, Manufactures, Fashions, and Politics a ladies magazine of the period. Mostly in black & white, it has an 8 page insert showing 16 of the costumes in colour.

Judy M.Johnson
French Fashion Plates of the Romantic Era

Dover
Paper
The intensely decorative dresses of the Romantic era are shown with great detail in these full colour illustrations taken from the Petit Courrier des Dames between 1830-34.

Stella Blum
Fashions & Costumes from Godey's Lady's Book

Dover
Paper
Over 400 striking designs, including 42 figures in full colour, were chosen for this volume from a selection of rare issues (1837-1869) of Godey's Lady's Book. Women's clothing and accessories, and a few children's clothes are shown.

JoAnne Olian, Ed.
Children's Fashions 1860-1912

Dover
Paper
One of the most popular French fashion periodicals during the second half of the 19th century, La Mode Illustree was a "family magazine" that devoted considerable space to children. Olian has selected 632 finely detailed illustrations from the weekly. Depicted are hundreds of youngsters in fashionable outfits.

JoAnne Olian, Ed.
Wedding Fashions 1862-1912

Dover
Paper
Once again JoAnne Olian has selected hundreds of illustrations from La Mode Illustree. This time depicting brides, bride's maids, mothers of the brides, and just about everyone else in the wedding party except men.

Philip Katcher
Civil War Uniforms a Photo Guide

Sterling Pub.
Paper
Exhaustively illustrated, this book is aimed at the re-enactor. Lots of hardcore, practical information and lists are included. There are line drawings and black & white photographs. Out of print.

Hagan & Hagan
Civil War Re-enactment

Schiffer Pub.
Paper
Great colour photos taken at the 130th Anniversary battle at Sailor's Creek Battlefield Historical State Park and at the 130th Anniversary of the Battles of Lewis' Farm and White Oak Road of the Petersburg Campaign, Neshaminy State Park, Bensalem, Pennsylvania. There is information included for those who wish to become involved in Civil War re-enactment.

Carol Belanger Grafton, Ed.
Victorian Women's Fashion Cuts

Dover
Paper
Taken from rare issues of Harper's Bazar, dating from 1869 to 1896, the 277 black-and-white illustrations are clearly reproduced. This book is intended as a graphic resource and contains no text. But the pictures are very useful to the student of Victorian costume.

Priscilla Harris Dalyrmple
American Victorian Costume in Early Photographs

Dover
Paper
A picture is worth a thousand words, and the 280 photographs in this book are definitely worth the price. With short essays introducing each decade, this book stretches from 1840s to 1890s. The photos are of middle class Americans.

Marie Simon
Fashion in Art the 2nd Empire & Impressionism

Zwemmer
Cloth
This lively & beautifully illustrated book explores the complex dialogue between painting and la mode during the second half of the nineteenth cent urey in France. The dialogue between fashion and art is illustrated here by some 120 paintings -- works by Ingres, Tissot, Renoir, Manet, Monet, Seurat, and Degas among them -- and a clutch of hitherto unpublished photographs from the recently discovered archive of Disderi.

Stella Blum
Victorian Fashions & Costumes from Harpers Bazar 1867-1898

Dover
Paper
Over 1000 illustrations from Harper's Bazar showing a variety of costumes and accessories. Sporting, bridal, walking, evening, indeed, every style of clothing one can imagine. A selection of children's attire is also included.

Hazel Ulseth and Helen Shannon
Victorian Fashions Vol.I 1880-1890

Hobby House
Paper
Written as a resource for doll costumers, this volume is also useful to human costumers. Included are details on fabrics, colours, style lines, and construction. A pull-out pattern of a girl's dress (1890) sized for a 23" doll is included.

Hazel Ulseth and Helen Shannon
Victorian Fashions Vol.II 1890-1895

Hobby House
Paper
Again written for doll costumers. Illustrations of dresses from pattern books abound. A pull-out pattern of a girl's "Russian-blouse dress" sized for a 16" and 28" doll is included. Hazel Ulseth and Helen Shannon
Antique Children's Fashions: 1880-1900
Hobby House
Paper
More doll clothing - this time Victorian Children. As in all the Ulseth/Shannon books the information presented can be used for real people clothing as well.

Stella Blum, Ed.
Paris Fashions of the 1890s

Dover
Paper
This volume presents an 1890s fashion show of beautiful plates selected by Stella Blum from rare original issues of The Young Ladies Journal, an English periodical which prominently featured French dress plates, printed in France, of haute-couture fashions worn by ladies and children of the time. 350 designs, 24 in full colour.

Kristina Harris
Authentic Victorian Fashion Patterns: Complete Lady's Wardrobe

Dover
Paper
Taken from issues of the magazine The Voice of Fashion the brave needlewoman can make herself (or someone else) a complete wardrobe. The content ranges from 1890 - 96. The patterns require drafting ability, sewing skills, and determination!

Butterick Publishing Co.
Butterick's 1892 Metropolitan Fashions

Dover
Paper, $11.95
This volume, painstakingly reprinted from a rare original copy of Butterick's autumn and winter catalog for 1892-93, presents over 1,000 finely detailed illustrations of garments for which Butterick offered patterns. Women's, children's, and a very few men's garments are featured.

 

 

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