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Early Victorian Men Paperback – July 1, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0914046288 ISBN-10: 0914046284

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: R. L. Shep Publications (July 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0914046284
  • ISBN-13: 978-0914046288
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,932,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"... a keystone in R.L. Shep's fine costuming reprint series." --Robert Jan

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By K of CSPG on January 20, 2010
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If you need to run up the gentlemen's outfits for anything Dickens wrote, this is a good source. Warning: it's not for the novice! There are no pattern directions; you'll basically be doing your own drafting, starting with the measurements of your subject. Nor are there sewing instructions. It helps if you have some tailoring skills in addition to basic dressmaking knowledge. I found it particularly useful because when I was costuming "Christmas Carol," many of the gentlemen were, shall we say, portly. The limited selection of historical patterns from the mainstream companies do not deal with such physiques.
I'm no expert on period design, but the pieces look authentically mid-Victorian. It's more detailed for the period than the classic Norah Waugh book on men's attire.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Avid reader on April 24, 2011
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This, to echo another reviewer, is not for the novice.

It is a concise interpretation of what men wore in the covered time period of the late 1830s through the 1840s.

It is essentially a reprint of tailor's notes from this time. Illustrations of historical fashion plates make this a marvelous resource. No "modern" interpretation is made. You will get a feel for the aesthetics of the time through the eyes of the people who wore the clothing and made them.

Modern male wearers of early Victorian dress (history re-enactors and actors) will be very uncomfortable in the extremely fitted suits. (The early Victorian man of fashion was never without his essential foundation garment, his "stays"--his corset.) For the historian of fashion, this is a good reference, and it is also recommended for the stage and film costumer.

This book belongs in the library of anyone interested in the cut, from a tailor's point of view, of men's clothing of the time.
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Get ready for some pre-Hemingway prose. For serious.

The language is that florid and multidirectional Victorian English that is both charming and tiresome. For someone who knows what they are doing, it is great; we don't need to read as much of it. For the beginner? Well, I hope you were really good at diagramming sentences when you were in grade school, cause you will find clause buried in clause before you get to the meat of it.

For example, the first sentence:
"Instructions on the art of taking the dimensions of the human figure necessarily precede those on cutting, therefore on this head we commence and will clearly point out the real dimensions of every essential point necessary to be ascertained, in order to produce all of the parts of a garment correctly: and thus attain a certainty of measurement, instead of the ordinary, uncertain method, of depending on those deduced by the proportion of the breasts or other measures; or on problematical rules of any kind, in order to arrive at them."
(1st page after introduction)

That, my friends, is a lot of windbaggery to say something more or less like:
"Instructions to take measurements have to come before instructions for cutting. In this book we will list all of the points one needs to produce a finished garment correctly using direct measurements instead of proportion charts or other measuring systems."

Otherwise, good historical reference.

So if you are new, prepare to wade through old prose a bit. It would be nice to have an edition cleaned up and annotated, but overall I'm VERY happy with it. A good addition for a workroom, costumer, or costume shop!
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Barbara D. Zambrana on September 26, 2013
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I received my copy of Early Victorian Men in good time and condition I also got it for a good price. I buy many research books and I appreciate that they are as described so that I can trust buying them - This is a reliable seller - Thank You
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