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There are a lot of books that don't fit into a single category. The books just on underwear, or vintage fashion from a collector's standpoint, or ethnic clothing. So this page is full of all those books

 

Collecting Vintage Fashion / Men's Wear / Underwear/ Children's Clothing / Accessories and Specific Garments

Collecting Vintage Fashion

Fran Grimble
After a Fashion

Lavolta
Paper
If you are interested in wearing or re-creating vintage clothing this book contains information on altering commercial patterns, or using historic patterns. It also gives information on altering vintage garments. This is an excellent resource for those making their own vintage clothing, especially Victorian and Edwardian styles. The annotated source listings in the back for suppliers, books, patterns, magazines, and societies are killer.

Kristina Harris
Victorian & Edwardian Fashions for Women
1840 to 1919

Schiffer
Paper
Intended for the collector, this book features a great many photographs of vintage clothing. With minimal text explaining the modes and features of the clothes portrayed, this book is a useful addition to a costumer's library. Includes vintage fashion price list.

Kristina Harris
Vintage Fashions for Women 1920s-1940s

Schiffer
Paper

Dozens of clear modern colour photographs of a variety of clothing from the 20s to the 40s on modern women make this a worthwhile book. It includes a price guide and some informative text.

Maryanne Dolan
Vintage Clothing 1880 - 1980 3ed

Books America
Paper
Black and white photos and illustrations are liberally reproduced in this book aimed mainly at collectors. Short essays on fashion trends punctuate the book.

Diane Snyder-Haug
Antique & Vintage Clothing 1850-1940

Collectors
Paper
Well illustrated with lots of colour and b&w photos. Special sections on hats and parasols.

Jan Lindenberger
Clothing & Accesories from the 40s,50s, & 60s

Schiffer
Paper

The primary focus of this book seems to be the 50s. There are lots of clear colour photos. Little text and a price guide make this a book intended primarily for collectors.

Desire Smith
Hats

Schiffer
Cloth
Over 350 colour photos depict an array of fashion hats from the early 19th century to the present day. Presented chronologically according to primary materials; straw, fur, felt, silk, etc. This book includes a price guide.

Men's Wear

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 contains scale drawings of men's garments from 1600-1900. Invaluable for reconstructionists.

Diana de Marly
Fashion for Men :An Illustrated History

Holmes & Meier
Paper
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 we have that specifically treats the medieval period. Diana de Marly is an art historian who specializes in costume analysis.

John Peacock
Men's Fashion a Complete Sourcebook

W.W.Norton
Cloth
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.

Farid Chenoune
History of Men's Fashion

Abbeville
Cloth
From 1760 to 1990, this lavishly illustrated book follows men's fashion. Publsihed originally in France, this book has a tendency to focus on French men's fashion, but it's the biggest and most complete book on men's fashion in print.

Flammarion
Dressed to Kill : James Bond the Suited Hero

Flammarion
Cloth
A lovely large picture book that focuses on the cool suited hero of the 1960s,70s, 80s, and 90s. The focus is on James Bond, but others are in here too. If you wish to see how a truly cool and groovy secret agent dressed during the past 40 years, this is the book for you. Lots of illustrations and text.

John Harvey
Men in Black

University Chicago Press
Paper
John Harvey traces the transition to black in men's clothing during the 19th century. He inexplicably ignores Beau Brummell, who actually set the fashion for black or dark blue (because dark blue looked like a rich black under candle light) evening wear, but it is a fascinating book and well researched.

Adele Campione
Men's Hats

Chronicle
Paper
This small book is loaded with lots of colour photos. It's strength is Italian hats from 1900 to 1950, with nods to the 15th century to 1950 and around the world.

Giuliano Folledore
Men's Hats

ZanfiEditori
Cloth

Part of an Italian series (written in English) called The Twentieth Century Histories of Fashion, this well illustrated and written volume is on men's hats in this century. It is a little pricy, 29.95 for 120 pages, but if you are interested in the subject, you will be happy to have this interesting and Italian viewpoint on men's hats and the history and politics that have influenced them. Written in 1989.

Vittoria De Buzzaccarini
Men's Coats

ZanfiEditori
Cloth

Here is another book in that Italian Series (see entry above on men's hats) and it too is worth having if you desire to know about men's coats. The thing I like about this series is that it is Italian, and it is interesting to find out that those influences in American 20th century fashion that I assumed were world wide aren't. We have another book in this series about Party Shoes, and the Il DUCE (yes, he insisted that all the letters have to be capitilized) years are quite interesting.Written in 1994

Underwear

Norah Waugh
Corsets & Crinolines

Routledge
Paper
The finest dress will look like a sack without the correct underpinnings. Waugh's classic book covers women's under garments from the beginning of the 16th century to approximately 1900. While not so much a construction guide, this book is vital if you wish to understand how dresses work.

Cunnington
The History of Underclothes

Dover
Paper
This book is a good history of Western European underclothes. Inexpensive and accurate, it is a solid addition to any costumer's library.

Alison Carter
Underwear : The Fashion History

Drama
Paper
Another nice book about the history of European underwear. Lots of illustrations.

Elaine Benson and John Esten
A Brief History of Underwear :Unmentionables

Simon and Schuster
Cloth
Many illustrations and lots of text make this a nice overview.

Children's Clothing

Anne Buck
Clothes and the Child : A Handbook of Children's Dress in England 1500-1900

Holmes & Meier
Paper
This is an excellent book for those who are interested in children's clothes. Clearly written and well-researched it is also full of illustrations (7 colour and 165 black & white). We recommend this book.

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.

Clare Rose
Children's Clothes

Drama Books
Paper
An excellent history of children's clothing in England from the 17th century to now. Well-researched, well-written and well-illustrated.

Alison Mager
Children of the Past

Dover
Paper, $7.95
From the 1860s to the 1920s, this collection of children's photos illustrates European and American Children. No text, but lots of clear black & white photos.

Accessories and Specific Garments

Colin McDowell
Shoes Fashion and Fantasy

Thames and Hudson
Paper
More about the theory of foot fashion than actual costume history, this book has a lot of great photos. It focuses on modern footwear.

Linda O'Keefe
Shoes : A Celebration of Pumps, Sandals, Slippers, and More

Workman
Paper
Small but packed with color photos of a wide range of shoes, this book is a dandy reference guide to western women's shoes of all kinds. Slanted more toward modern fashion, it nevertheless has many useful photos of vintage shoes from the 1870s onward (including a few that are older). Not much text, it's the pictures that are the point of this book.

L Boccardi
Party Shoes

ZanfiEditori
Cloth

A lovely book in an intersting Italian series, this one is about women's party and evening shoes. Well illustrated with lots of text. Slanted more toward the latter half, post world war II part of the century, this is still a good book on shoes.

Adele Campione
Men's Hats

Chronicle
Paper
This small book is loaded with lots of colour photos. It's strength is Italian hats from 1900 to 1950, with nods to the 15th century to 1950 and around the world.

Adele Campione
Women's Hats

Chronicle
Paper
Small and attractive, with lots of colour photos of women's hats of the 20th century. Not much text.

Desire Smith
Hats

Schiffer
Cloth
Over 350 colour photos depict an array of fashion hats from the early 19th century to the present day. Presented chronologically according to primary materials; straw, fur, felt, silk, etc. This book includes a price guide.

Doretta Davanzo Poli
Beachwear and Bathing Costume

Zanfi
Cloth
A fine imported Italian book, well-researched and illustrated about beach clothing mainly in the 20th century.

M. Tosa
Evening Dresses 1900-1940

Zanfi
Cloth
Beautiful evening dresses. Another import, this Italian book is well illustrated and researched.

Fiora Gandolfi
Skirts and More Skirts

ZanfiEditori
Cloth

The history of the skirt in the 20th century. As usual with the Zanfi series, there are lots of pictures and text, all with a European/Italian slant.

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.

Tyler Beard
100 Years of Western Wear

Gibbs Smith
Paper
With an emphasis on movie cowboys and glittery outfits, this is a pretty nifty book. If you ever wanted to dress like Dale or Roy, this book will give you lots of ideas.

William Reynolds and Ritch Rand
The Cowboy Hat Book

Gibbs Smith
Paper
Everything you ever needed to know about Cowboy hats. Lots of photos and history.

Hunter and Shelkie Montana
Cowboy Ties

Gibbs Smith
Cloth
From hand painted ties of the 40s to Rayon print ties of now, Cowboy ties in their various incarnations.

 

 

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