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English Women's Clothing in the Nineteenth Century: A Comprehensive Guide with 1,117 Illustrations (Dover Fashion and Costumes) Paperback – May 1, 1990
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In short, this is a handy reference, particularly when you have a quick question or if you want to see the difference in style from the 1840's versus the 1860's. It's great for me as a historical romance writer because I can quickly get a sense of the costume and layers of the garments. My only issue is that there is not enough detail about the intricacies of women's undergarments in the nineteenth century. There are illustrations of bustles and crinolines and corsets, but during the Victorian period, there were so many layers to women's underclothes that it can be confusing as a writer to remember all of the details.
So, I would say that this book is a terrific place to start historical research because it explains each type of garment rather than just shows pictures or illustrations as some historical costume books do. But, if you need to research a particular undergarment or accessory, you may wish to supplement this book with other resources to get the finer details.
I was disappointed at the lack of color. The photographs (recent ones only, of course) and fashion plates were in black and white.
I would definitely recommend this to anyone interested in women's 19th century British fashion.
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This is a fabulous reference book. But why did they not print the colour plates in colour? Are there any copies of the 1937 edition available? Read morePublished 9 days ago by Geoffrey D. Dean
This book is great for research. I've referred to it several times. I highly recommend it.Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
Being a docent for Virginia City, NV, we dress anywhere from 1859 to early 1900's and also wear western cowboy. Read morePublished on October 8, 2013 by Anita Calderoni
What I love about this book is that it includes multiple sources; extant pieces in museums, portraits, and written sources from various lady's magazines. Read morePublished on April 23, 2013 by M. Credeur
I bought this book a few years ago and I found it very helpful. The information is presented in an interesting way. Read morePublished on October 29, 2005 by Jennifer Mackay