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Product Details

  • Series: Dover Fashion and Costumes
  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; First Edition edition (July 1, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486248410
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486248417
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 9 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Best book ever, a keeper.
Neat Mom
This is a book for every costume historian or enthusiast's shelf.
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The book has detailed descriptions of each dress.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By "burke_family" on July 31, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent reference guide for Lady Civil War Reenactors who want to create beautiful day dresses and ball gowns. The book has detailed descriptions of each dress. A true Godey's dress was for the lady of wealth, however many women of average means subscribed to Godey's to get ideas for the dresses they wore. Each page will give you an idea of colors, styles and types of fabrics used. This book is a must along with "Who Wore What" for a true insight into women's fashions of the 1860's
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By E. Pernula on June 3, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is beautiful. It is a very helpful reference and it is just fun to look at. It was also great to have the description of each of the outfits. This book is much more detailed than the "80 Godey's Full-Color Fashion Plates (1838-1880)" by JoAnne Olian, but then I liked all the full -colored as well.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chaska on May 3, 2008
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Great book for finding out what they really wore for dressy occasions during the Civil War Era and just prior. Afterwards they did not have the money or the material to do this, but it is lovely to see what they did before the war. Reenacter's who do not wish to spend a lot of money on a gown from the wrong era need to see what is correct before some dressmaker puts them into whatever pattern that SHE likes to make! RESEARCH is the key.
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For those who already own Victorian Fashions and Costumes from Harper's Bazar, 1867-1898 (Dover Fashion and Costumes), you shouldn't fail to get this book to see what the ladies in its pages (or their mothers) were wearing in the early days (1837-69) of the Victorian era. Godey's was probably *the* pre-eminent "fashion book" of its day--it lasted almost till the turn of the century--and in this period it was helmed by its iconic female editor, Sarah Josepha Hale, who more or less single-handedly defined its form, focus, and look. Most of these outfits are for women, though there are a few children's costumes shown, and except for the last few pages, where the bustle begins to appear, they all show the basic bell shape of the time, with skirts gradually spreading farther and farther out. The reproduction is bright and sharp, and there's even a full-color section in the middle. (Godey's was, of course, noted for its hand-painted color plates, which often found their way into the tents and winter cabins of Civil War soldiers longing for their loved ones at home.) Every picture includes the magazine's original description. If you have any occasion to search for large, clear pictures of Victorian fashion, this is a book you need to have on your shelf.
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First, let me say I bought the Kindle edition. I was apprehensive about how the color plates would look when put into this form, but I needn't have worried. The color of the plates comes through wonderfully.
This is a book for every costume historian or enthusiast's shelf. It gives a wonderful overview of the fashions of the day. Now I will have to purchase a physical copy to put on my shelf!
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By K.Stanford on March 19, 2013
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I have this book in hard book version also. If you love history and womens costuming of the past you will enjoy this book.
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Good pics. A bit disappointed that all the dresses shown were "fashion plate" fancy dresses. I was hoping for a more general slice of dress styles of the era. One thing for sure, those intricately-made dresses really do scare me off from trying to make one! (and I have sewn for years!!) :)
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