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The Corset and the Crinoline: An Illustrated History, by W. B. LordThe Corset and the Crinoline: An Illustrated History, by W. B. Lord. 6x9", softbound book, 240 pages. This profusely illustrated fashion history surveys the fascinating range of undergarments that whittled the female waist to its most slender proportions. Discover how the use of wood, whalebone, steel, hoops, and tight laces had a gripping influence on shaping the figures of women from ancient Greece to 19th-century Vienna. ADD865-$13.00

Ancient European Costume and Fashion, by Herbert Norris. 336 pages, 6x9”, softbound book. Scrupulously researched book by noted authority traces the development of European clothing styles from prehistory to the Norman Conquest in A.D. 1066. Over 160 illustrations, including 17 full-color plates, display draped robes of classical Greece, the jewel-encrusted apparel of a 10th-century Byzantine emperor, garments of peasants, as well as footwear, hairstyles, headdresses, and jewelry. ADD2129-$17.00

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A Dictionary of Costume and Fashion: Historic and Modern, by Mary Brooks PickenA Dictionary of Costume and Fashion: Historic and Modern, by Mary Brooks Picken, 1998. 6x9”, softbound book, 446 pages. Fascinating, fact-filled compendium defines over 10,000 words associated with wearing apparel and fashion. From bateau necklines to trilbys and vamps, individual terms are assembled alphabetically in groups according to dress parts, fabrics, and other style categories. Enhanced with over 750 clearly detailed illustrations, this comprehensive guide will be welcomed by writers, designers, and historians. ADD2218-$22.00

Historic Costumes and How to Make Them, by Fernald and ShentonHistoric Costumes and How to Make Them, by Fernald and Shenton. 5x8", 128 pages, softbound book. This practical and informative guidebook is a "must-have" for anyone planning to create accurate period costumes for theatrical productions and historical reenactments. From short tunics worn by Saxon men in the fifth century to a lady's bustle dress of the late 1800s, this profusely illustrated text contains a wealth of authentic patterns and information. 81 illustrations.   ADD899-$9.00

An Illustrated Dictionary of Historic Costume, by James R. Planche, 2003. 8.5x11”, softbound book, 592 pages. This quick and ready reference thoroughly defines thousands of words associated with wearing apparel and spans nearly 2,000 years of fashion history. From abacot, hacketon, helm, jipocoat, and jump, to xainture, ysgyn, zatayn, and zibelline, this unique and comprehensive book is profusely illustrated with over 1,300 detailed line drawings of subjects. Unabridged republication of A Cyclopaedia of Costume or Dictionary of Dress, originally published by Chatto and Windus, London, 1876.  ADD2219-$35.00

Historic English Costumes and How to Make Them, by Talbot Hughes,Historic English Costumes and How to Make Them, by Talbot Hughes, 2009. approx.5x8", 432 pages, softbound book. From the grass-cloth wraps of prehistoric times to the luxurious gowns of the Victorian era, this well-researched guide traces the evolution of English fashion for men and women through hundreds of photos and illustrations. More than a history of British style, it's also a dressmaker's delight, filled with scaled-down patterns for 67 authentic costumes.  ADD898-$15.00

Tudor Costume and Fashion, by Herbert NorrisTudor Costume and Fashion, by Herbert Norris, 1997. 920 pages, 6x9”, softbound book. Monumental, profusely illustrated study of English fashions from 1485–1603. Highly authentic, detailed survey exuberantly describes clothing, headgear, hairstyles, jewelry, collars, footwear, more worn by royalty, nobility, middle and lower classes. Most illustrations from contemporary sources. 1,000 black-and-white figures. 24 halftones. 22 color plates.  ADD2125-$35.00

Women's Costume of the Ancient World: 700 Full-Color Illustrations, by Paul Louis de GiafferriWomen's Costume of the Ancient World: 700 Full-Color Illustrations, by Paul Louis de Giafferri. 64 pages, 8.5x11”, softbound book. One of the most extensive pictorial collections of its kind, this volume of 700 full-color illustrations provides an authentic and fascinating glimpse of what fashionable women were wearing more than 2,000 years ago. Like many of today's young ladies, fashionably dressed women of ancient Egypt favored pointed sandals and dresses of transparent materials. Off-the-shoulder gowns were popular, as was costume jewelry. Assyrian females liked fringed accents on their tunics and gowns, while Greek and Roman ladies of fashion were partial to loose robes that frequently revealed upper and lower limbs. Head coverings from helmets and shawls to wide-brimmed hats were de rigueur. Organized according to region--Egyptian, Assyrian, Greek, Roman, and Greco-Roman--the finely detailed drawings are accompanied by brief identifying captions. A valuable reference for costume historians and designers, this extensive pictorial collection will delight fashion enthusiasts as well. Republication of the New York, 1926-27 edition.  ADD2130-$15.00

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Accessories of Dress: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, Katherine Lester and Bess Viola Oerke, 2004. 608 pages, 6x9”, softbound book. hats, veils, wigs, and cosmetics to cravats, shawls, shoes, and gloves, this useful reference provides an entertaining account of the forms of personal adornment men and women have used throughout the ages to enhance their wearing apparel. Incorporates illustrations from rare books and magazines, photographs, and observations. 644 figures and 59 plates. Unabridged republication of Accessories of Dress: An Illustrated History of the Frills and Furbelows of Fashion, published by The Manual Arts Press, Peoria, Illinois, 1940. ADD2133-$39.00

Everyday Dress of Rural America, 1783-1800: With Instructions and Patterns, by Merideth WrightEveryday Dress of Rural America, 1783-1800: With Instructions and Patterns, by Merideth Wright, 1992. 128 pages, 8.5x11", softbound book. Comprehensive study of late-18th-century clothing worn by settlers and Abenaki Indians of New England. Full descriptions and line drawings with complete instructions for duplicating a wide range of garments: shifts, petticoats, gowns, breeches, waistcoats, headgear, more. Four bibliographies. List of resources. 54 black-and-white illustrations. ADD2091-$12.00

Authentic Victorian Dressmaking TechniquesAuthentic Victorian Dressmaking Techniques, by Kristina Harris, 1998. Softbound, 6.25x9.25”, 144 pages. This vintage how-to manual — the first modern American sewing book — provided turn-of-the-century seamstresses with clear instructions for altering patterns, hand-sewing stitches, and creating shirt-blouses, skirts, wedding and evening gowns, coats, maternity wear, undergarments, children's clothing and other apparel. Also details lost arts like boning a bodice, creating bust enhancers, more. Reprint of Dressmaking, Up to Date, Butterick Publishing Company, Limited, 1905. ADD2282-$15.00

Full-Color Sourcebook of French Fashion: 15th to 19th Centuries, by Pauquet FrèresFull-Color Sourcebook of French Fashion: 15th to 19th Centuries, by Pauquet Frères, 2003. 80 pages, 8.5x11”, softbound book. 500 years of French fashion are reproduced directly from a rare and valuable 19th-century publication. Artfully rendered illustrations progress chronologically from the voluminous robes of 15th-century royalty to the Empire styles of the Napoleonic era. Members of the nobility are well represented, as are dapper pages, knights, chambermaids, milkmaids, and shepherdesses. 76 full-color plates. Dover Original selection of plates from Modes et Costumes Historiques published by René Pincebourde, Paris [n.d.]. ADD2131-$20.00

Victorian and Edwardian Fashions from "La Mode Illustrée", by JoAnne OlianVictorian and Edwardian Fashions from "La Mode Illustrée", by JoAnne Olian, 1997. 256 pages, 9x12”, softbound book. Over 1,000 illustrations, meticulously reproduced from rare issues of renowned fashion magazine, present a striking array of women’s fashions from 1860 to 1914: elegant evening and dinner gowns, stylish daywear, wedding ensembles, bathing costumes, mourning clothes, cycling outfits and much more; plus detailed renderings of shoes, hats, parasols, and other accessories. ADD2132-$20.00

Folk and Festival Costume: A Historical Survey with Over 600 Illustrations, by R. Turner Wilcox, 2011. 240 pages, 6x9", softbound book. A treasury of ethnic dress, this book ranges from the Amish of Pennsylvania to the Zulu of South Africa. Alphabetical entries cover more than 150 countries and regions, each represented by six or more illustrations. The survey covers not only all countries in which native dress is still worn but also those in which traditional garb appears only on festive occasions. Six hundred drawings by the author include images of men, women, and children and show details of characteristic decorative motifs and accessories. Captions on facing pages describe the costumes and their associated traditions. A valuable resource for designers, teachers, students, and researchers, this volume will fascinate everyone with an interest in the customs, designs, fabrics, and colors of international dress. ADD2370-$15.00

The Mode in Furs: A Historical Survey with 680 Illustrations, by R. Turner WilcoxThe Mode in Furs: A Historical Survey with 680 Illustrations, by R. Turner Wilcox, 2010. Softbound book, 6x9”, 172 pages. From prehistoric garments to modern high-fashion designs, this unique survey traces the history of furs and fur accessories. R. Turner Wilcox, a former fashion editor for Women's Wear Daily, begins with practical uses of reindeer hides and bearskins for warmth during the Stone Age. Advancing to the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Persia, Greece, and Rome, she defines fur's role as a status symbol during the Renaissance and its eventual adoption by wearers outside the aristocracy. The 680 drawings that illustrate this volume depict furs of all times and places: panther skins of Egyptian high priests, ermine mantles of French queens, sealskin trousers of Alaskan Eskimos, and raccoon coats of American college students. Chronological entries include introductions for each era, and a helpful glossary of furs features images of their animal sources. Professional designers and costumers as well as amateurs with an interest in furs will find this volume a valuable reference. Reprint of the Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1951 edition.  ADD2237-$17.00

Women's Hats, Headdresses and Hairstyles: With 453 Illustrations, Medieval to Modern, by, Georgine de CourtaisWomen's Hats, Headdresses and Hairstyles: With 453 Illustrations, Medieval to Modern, by, Georgine de Courtais, 2006. 192 pages, 8.5x11”, softbound book. This informative and meticulously researched book provides an authentic record of more than 1,300 years of changing fashions in women's hairstyles and headwear in England. More than 400 of the author's own drawings--rendered from ancient sources--trace these evolving fashions. Finely detailed images depict turbans; horned, heart-shaped, and butterfly headdresses preferred by fifteenth-century English ladies; seventeenth-century hoods and veils; elaborate hats and hairstyles of the Georgian period; early Victorian-era bonnets; net and lace caps and small hats of the late nineteenth century; and the emancipated look in both hairstyles and hat styles of the early twentieth century. ADD2127-$15.00

Medieval Costume and Fashion, by Herbert Norris, 1999, Orig. Costume and Fashion: Senlac to Bosworth/1927.  Approx. 6¼x9¼", softbound book, 528 pages, illustrations. AD926-$18.00

Medieval Costume and How to Recreate It, by Dorothy HartleyMedieval Costume and How to Recreate It, by Dorothy Hartley, 2004, Orig. Medieval Costume and Life/1931.  Approx. 6½x9¼", softbound book, 142 pages, illustrations, indexed. AD913-$12.00 Currently IN STOCK

59 Authentic Turn-of-the-Century Fashion Patterns, by Kristina Harris59 Authentic Turn-of-the-Century Fashion Patterns, by Kristina Harris, 1995. Softbound, 9x12”, 144 pages. Over 575 illustrations detailing 59 different garments, mainly for women. Introduction and brief instructions. ADD2281-$15.00

Fashion in Underwear: from Babylon to Bikini Briefs, by Elizabeth Ewing, 2010. 160 pages, 8.5x11", softbound book. This revealing and profusely illustrated book documents the design and manufacture of intimate apparel from the ancient world through the 20th century. It traces the development of hoops, petticoats, corsets, brassieres, and other garments, examining the ways in which these items reflect social influences such as sexuality and women's emancipation. Reprint of the edition published by B. T. Batsford, Ltd., London, 1971. ADD2090-$13.00

Authentic Victorian Fashion Patterns: A Complete Lady’s Wardrobe by Kristina HarrisAuthentic Victorian Fashion Patterns: A Complete Lady’s Wardrobe, by Kristina Harris. 9x12", 144 pages, softbound book. Rich selection of scaled dressmaker's patterns from the popular late 19th-century magazine The Voice of Fashion details fifty garments for women, from handsome daytime and evening dresses to casual tennis outfits, a riding habit, and undergarments. Of practical use for costume designers and students of fashion; will also delight browsers. 498 illustrations. ADD900-$13.00

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