From Library Journal
Keeper of Costume at the Museum of Costume & Fashion Research Centre in Bath and author of A Visual History of Costume: The 20th Century (Drama Book Pub., 1986), Byrde succeeds here in tracing the development of British fashion during one of the most complex periods in history. She examines the evolution of styles of dress for men, women, and children, meticulously detailing garment construction and exploring its social context in 19th-century Britain, where, despite prosperity and peace, change was in the air. Gentility was the quality sought, and the requirements of dress were as precise and particular as the etiquette, which acquired a new significance and complexity and served as a source of constant preoccupation. During the second half of the century, the campaign for more rational clothing was entwined with the wider issues of women's rights. Recommended for collections where there is an interest in costume and social history.- Vicki Gadberry, Mars Hill Coll. Lib., N.C.
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