- Hardcover: 394 pages
- Publisher: Routledge (1968)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0878300260
- ISBN-13: 978-0878300266
- Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 9 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Cut of Women's Clothes: 1600-1930
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About the Author
Norah Waugh lectured and supervised practical work on historical costume in the Theatre Department of the Central School of Art and Design in London. In the late 1930s she was in charge of costume at the London Theatre Studio run by Michel Saint-Denis.
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I didn't know what "bombazine" was until I read its Glossary; I had never heard of Lucile until I turned to Diagram 67; I had never seen the accounts of Poiret and Lucile claiming to have both abolished the corset until I read the Quotations from Contemporary sources. Reading Jane Austen's descriptions of what her modiste planned for her next gown is amusing, as well as the anecdotes involving long trains.
This book is about more than the cut of women's clothes; it is an exegesis of costume history as seen through the eyes of its wearers and makers. It exalts the humble professions of seamstresses and patternmakers, and inspires modern designers through a scholarly reverence for technique.
I have graded up several of the patterns to usable working specs, but I don't recommend this to the casual sewer; one must have a solid background in pattern drafting to attempt this. (Although the Vionnet "flapper" dress is a good project for the beginner.) If you're a hard-core pattern collector and enthusiast, you need this book. If you're looking for EZ instructions for a period costume, buy a Folkwear pattern.
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