Braun & Schneider
Costume in Pictures
The 125 large costume plates reprinted in this volume were originally
issued periodically by the publishers Braun & Schneider between
1861 and 1890. This book is a reprint of the third (1907) edition,
with new captions, table of contents, and publisher's note. The
illustrations are all black and white prints depicting costume from
antiquity to the end of the 19th century.
Susan Meller and Joost Elffers
Subtitled Two Hundred Years of European and American Patterns
for Printed Fabrics Organized by Motif, Style, Color, Layout, and
Period this big beautiful book has a wealth of fabric swatch
style illustrations (1,823 in colour!). The book covers from about
1790 to 1997. If you really care about which fabric design happened
when, this book can tell you. The authors are textile designers,
so they tend to focus on the design elements, rather than the manufacturing
elements, but the beautiful clear illustrations make this book
worth the price, and there is enough info here for the costumer
or historian to help date clothes accurately.
Years of Fashion
If you can only get one book on the history of fashion, this should
be it. Crammed with pictures, punctuated with intelligent, thoughtful
text, this is a great reference work on the history of fashion.
For the price, it can't be beat. 459 pages, 1,188 illustrations,
including 356 plates in full colour.
Chronicle of Western Fashion
Like his Chronicle of Twentieth Century Fashion, this book
is essentially an illustrated time line of costume. Interspersed
with text it is an excellent resource for the costumer. Full colour
illustrations by the author.
Although technically a different book, in format this book is much
like Peacock's Chronicle of Western Fashion. It lacks the
text of Chronicle of Twentieth Century Fashion and the illustrations
are all in red ink instead of full-colour. It is also a much cheaper
book and in paperback.
Fashion a Complete Sourcebook
Another fine entry in Peacock's fashion time-line series. This
large book features over 1000 illustrations from 1789 to 1996,
all drawn by Peacock with explanatory essays.
Diana de Marly
Fashion for Men :An Illustrated History
Holmes & Meier
From 1350 to 1985 this book traces men's fashion in England. It
is well-researched, well-written, and has 96 black and white illustrations.
This is one of the few books specifically on men's fashion. If
you need just one book on the history of men's fashion, this would
be the one (perhaps after The Cut of Men's Clothes 1600-1900.
It is the only book I've seen that specifically treats
the medieval period. Diana de Marly is an art historian who specializes
in costume analysis. Out of print.
A History of Costume
This is an unabridged republication of the 1928 English edition.
It has 594 illustrations and excellent readable text this book
traces western fashion from ancient times to 1870. The illustrations
and text are accurate and easy to understand.
Costume & Fashion: A Concise History, Fourth Edition
First published in the USA in 1969, this classic has been updated
by Amy de la Haye, Assistant Curator of Textiles and Dress at the
Victoria and Albert Museum. Containing 335 illustrations, 69 in
colour, this is a wonderful book for any student of costume. "A
standard reference for anyone interest in the history of style
and clothes." (Art & Antiques)
Karen Dick, Editor
The Whole Costumer's Catalog
I recommend this nifty sourcebook. If you can't find that address
anywhere else, it's probably in here. Patterns, fabrics, trims,
costume supply houses, museum collections, seamstresses, organizations,
in fact just about anything you want to find on costuming is listed
here, except webpages. This book is self-published and I haven't
been able to find anything but wistful references to it online.
European Costumes of the 16th through the 18th Centuries
A republication of all the plates from Costumes Historiques
des XVI, XVII, et XVIII siecles, published in Paris in 1867.
The illustrations are based on art works contemporary with the
costumes depicted. 150 full-colour illustrations.
Douglas W. Gorsline
What People Wore
A fine overview of fashion containing 1,800 illustrations from
ancient times to the early twentieth century, well illustrated
and commented upon by Gorsline.
Encyclopedia of Fashion
From Abraham (a textile manufactory) to Zouave jacket, this fine
reference book has entries on a wide variety of fashion subjects.
Illustrated and useful, but also Out of Print.
St. James Fashion Encyclopedia
More of a who's who of modern fashion than a what's what. This
book covers all the important designers from 1945 to 1996. Well
researched, this book is an excellent resource for those wishing
to know more about modern fashion personalities and their accomplishments.
Guide to Historical Costume
The core of this book is an alphabetical directory, the individual
entries divided into two parts: a general description of function,
history and development of each item, followed by a detailed examination
of several specific examples. These have been arranged chronologically
and wherever possible measurements and locations have been included.
Includes lots of photos. Out of stock at the publishers.
This book is great if you are getting lost in historical costume
terminology. Well researched with lots of definitions and a few
handy line-drawings to clarify things. Out of print.
Clues to American Dress
From colonial times to now, this slim volume presents a chatty
history of American woman's dress. Line illustrations, 72 pages.