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Victorian Costume for Ladies, 1860-1900: With Price Guide Paperback – July 1, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 175 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing (July 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764310542
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764310546
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,194,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lovers of fashion, students of history and photography, re-enactors or anyone curious about 19th century costume will welcome this remarkable book. Linda Setnik has authored a marvelous volume filled with exquisite period photographs and meticulous scholarship. -Vintage Fashion and Costume Jewelry Newsletter

Setnik describes how everyday dress changed between the Civil War and the 20th century. The distinguishing features of each major style are discussed in detail. Setnik also discusses related topics like personal hygiene, clothing manufacture and laundering. Comprehensive and readable. - Victorian Decorating and Lifestyle Magazine

About the Author

Linda Setnik grew up in southern California, where she graduated with honors in history from California State University, Northridge. In her fascination with historic costume, she has delved through thousands of period photographs and examined Victorian clothing in minute detail. Linda works for the Folsom Historical Museum as consultant for their extensive clothing collection and is also the author of Victorian Fashions for Women and Children: Society's Impact on Dress (2012).

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Bunting on January 25, 2006
Format: Paperback
This relatively inexpensive book still features crisp, beautifully reproduced illustrations. A real strength is the frequent inclusion of the full photographer's mount instead of cropping to the image. Setnik also finds it important to record where an image is taken, showing that she is aware that there were geographically specific fashion trends. The author attempts to combine her knowledge of costume with the history of photography. (These topics are often published separately.) The result is helpful. A major weakness is the lack of strong, dated examples. The author instead has written the history, and then found pictures to illustrate it. Consequently, the book is really the history of costume of the middle to upper class. Lower income groups, trades and ethnicity are not the subjects of this book. In my opinion, Setnick also over-generalizes when it comes to "poses" and "backgrounds". It is very difficult to rely on either for dating.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on May 3, 2000
Format: Paperback
Victorian Costume For Ladies 1860-1900 is a photographic compendium of 350 nineteenth century images capturing yesteryear ladies' fashions worn in America. Author Linda Setnik thoroughly explores the fluctuations in Victorian fashions including undergarments, casual wear, sports clothes, common dress, evening attire, hairstyles, and jewelry -- and tracing the impact of fashion on the mental, physical, and social lives of Victorian ladies. Comprehensive, reader friendly, Victorian Costume For Ladies 1960-1900 is a welcome and impressive contribution that will be greatly appreciated by theatrical costumers, fashion historians, students of Victorian culture, and photography buffs.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Willruth on August 27, 2003
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What a wonderful reference book to have! It is well thought out and researched and the text is illustrated perfectly with beautiful period photographs. So much detail about period costume is included and organized, decade by decade, that this is a must have reference for any collector of antique clothing. Both the novice and experienced collector will find new information here!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Garnet on December 3, 2004
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This is a great book for anyone who collects victorian clothing. It is the one I refer to when trying to find the date of a particular piece. It goes into the detail of what was fashionable for the bodice, skirt, sleeve, etc. broken down into approximately two-six year periods. The pictures are of old CDV's so you can see how the dresses were actually worn (most originating from California). There are no pictures of period garments up close as some other books have. Still, the best book at mentioning fashions in detail for dating and illustrates tricky terms such as basque and cuirass bodices.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Julia Smith on May 3, 2012
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One of the best costume books I've seen. The author divides the time period into trends, and points out the fashionable skirt shape, bodice style, hair, jewelry, sleeves, and so on. Then each chapter includes many pages of examples showing exactly what she just covered so it really gels in your mind. She even discusses what it was like to wear the clothes of the time: not just the constricting whalebone corset but such things as the weight of the multiple layers of skirts and the restricted arm movement that comes with the drop-shouldered sleeve. This book also covers things such as how laundry was done and the tricks women used at the time to reduce time spent laundering clothes and to extend the life of a garment. I just wish the book had also covered men's clothing!
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