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  • Series: Dover Fashion and Costumes
  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (July 27, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486417069
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486417066
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 9.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,280,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth A. Root on June 15, 2006
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This is a slightly altered reproduction of a book originally published in 1959. Aline Bernstein, who among other things was a theatrical costume designer, produced the material in 1930 with the aid of a Rockefeller Grant. All are based on actual costumes.

Bernstein has presented drawings of 31 dresses and 3 Regency spencer jackets. There are small, but clear color reproductions, four to each approximately 9" x 12" plate, on eight plates in the center of the book. In addition, there is a full page sized black-and-white reproduction of each costume.

The strength of this book is that each fashion is accompanied by a drawing of a contemporary hair style, shoes, and the undergarments, including corsets, petticoats, etc., which would often have to be pulled from different reference sources. Many are also accompanied by a drawing of the pattern for the main item. The patterns are not scaled to different sizes.

A useful reference book, especially given the price.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne M. Parker on August 29, 2005
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I found this to be a worthwhile purchase for an individual interested in the details of women's clothing from these periods. I am using this book to get ideas for creating authentic reproductions of Victorian clothing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Charm on November 17, 2012
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Wonderful black and white a nd color images for study and inspiration when preparing to outfit for historical reenactments or plays. Illustrations from head to toe, first layer to outer layer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary Bellis Williams on August 9, 2014
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Very nice book -- useful for tracking the history of women's clothing, and especially helpful when making historical costumes. It is amazing how actual women actually wore some of the enormous costumes fashion brought to them. No more restrictive and peculiar, I guess, than Dior's New Look in the 1950s, with the very tight belts, huge skirts and hats, and tottery heels. After World War II when efforts were made to re-confine women to the kitchen and get them out of "men's jobs", what better way than to put them into precarious fashions that kept you from bending, running, working?
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mellispretty on June 19, 2011
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The patterns are not detailed enough to duplicate. Great for ideas, if you are able to create your own patterns.
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