Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
American Victorian Costume in Early Photographs (Dover Fashion and Costumes) Paperback – March 1, 1991
|New from||Used from|
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
More About the Author
Top Customer Reviews
The photos are grouped by decade and show men, women and children of all ages and social classes. The editor's notes are conveniently placed near the photos and contain clear and interesting details about the costumes. Together the notes and the photos provide a useful resource and fun browse for all those interested in Victorian costume and manners.
-- But important source information, ie. the format of the photograph, the photographer's name and geographical location, etc. has been moved to the endnotes, and the captions consist of stating the obvious; ie. "man in patterned trousers". With a few exceptions, the captions do not explain why the photographs were selected for the book and do not enhance the illustration. In her well-written chapter introductions, the author demonstrates her knowledge of the field and uses interesting and significant quotations from primary sources. (I like the footnotes.) So I wonder... was there an editorial decision made to "dumb-down" a potentially useful piece of work?
Finally, reproduction of the photographs is adequate, but not exciting. It is sometimes difficult to see costume detail.
Grouped by decade from the 1840's through the 1890's, this collection truly does cover the overall styles of the Victorian era. And there is a short blurb about each picture in this book to help the novice as well as the seasoned veteran along.
And the price is right, especially for the amount of photographs you receive.
(By the way, I wish the author would refrain from using the term "costume." It makes it sound like one goes to the costume shop to get their period clothing and clown make up. Believe me when I say that living historians/re-enactors do not purchase their period clothing from a costume shop)
Books like this, which feature collections of period photographs, are the next best thing. How can you doubt the reliability of the fashions depicted in a photograph when it was taken in the actual time period you're researching?
This book is an excellent resource and I highly recomment it to anyone interested in historical costumes.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was very helpful. It not only depicts clothing of the well-to-do but that of the not so well off as well.Published 7 months ago by c kelly
Sometimes the only way to pinpoint a date is to look at the clothing your relatives are wearing! Fun and interesting resource.Published 14 months ago by SWW
If you are starting to do living history (costumed interpretation), then this book is for you. It will help to guide you through what people wore during Victorian period by... Read morePublished on October 29, 2013 by V. Eicke
I bought this book to add to my collection of books that I have regarding antique fashions.
This reference guide is informative and has many (black & white) photos to look... Read more