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Historical Fashion in Detail: The 17th and 18th Centuries Paperback – May 1, 2003
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Biggest and only complaint I have is that the book has images of garments clumped in each chapter, like "Stitching, Seams, Quilting and Cording", Buttons, Trimmings, "Applied Decoration", etc. What bothers me is that you don't get the overall image of a garment, but a lot of close up fragments of a garment. It would have been nice to see an overall image as well.
The book also provides a basic sketch of each garment, even if the original garment is missing a section.
This is not my time period for historical garments as a costumer, but the details just get me drooling every time I look at the book. Close ups of the embroideries are just to die for. All in wonderful full color large images the size of the book itself. The left page has the description, and the right page has the full image, and it is larger than 8.5" x 11". I don't have my ruler handy or I would measure it right now.
Anyway, I think it was worth the full price I paid when it first came out in hb. I love it.
The only things missing are diagrams of the patterns from the various items represented, but the line drawings are precise enough to provide plenty of information on pattern and construction.
With only a couple of editorial errors, the writing is interesting and informative, adding to the detail of the photography and line drawings. This book and it's companion, Dress In Detail (also from V&A Publications), are a good combination to add to a costume or fashion library.
I am amazed by the intricacies and delicate details of those fashions dating 300 years ago. And I am fascinated with the fine quality of the silk fabrics reflecting the elegance of that time.
Highly recommend to anyone who loves fashion.
A must for your library and the price is right!
The fashion in this volume range from cuff & shoe details to pleating and stomachers. The pictures are well used to document the detail area and are accompanied by diagrams of the actual garments/accessories from which the detail was drawn.
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Excellent research source book of historical garments for costume reproduction.Published 7 months ago by Danka
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