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Historic Costume in Pictures (Dover Fashion and Costumes) Paperback – June 1, 1975
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From 1861 to 1890 the Munich publishing firm of Braun & Schneider published plates of historic and contemporary costume in their magazine Münchener Bilderbogen. These plates were eventually collected in book form and published at the turn of the century in Germany and England. This volume presents all 125 double-spread plates from the third English edition. For the first time, the plates appear in chronological order and with English captions.
Over 1,450 costumed figures are shown, from antiquity to the end of the nineteenth century, covering a wide variety of social classes, and professions: Egyptian and Assyrian kings, Byzantine emperors, Frankish and Norman nobles, priests, servants, soldiers of many lands and eras, crusaders, German knights, pages, Italian scholars, German townspeople, peasants, merchants, Dutch burghers, popes, nuns, bishops, monks, English Puritans and Cavaliers, English and French kings, Swiss citizens, French courtiers and republicans, and many more. In addition, there is excellent coverage of late-nineteenth-century folk and their costumes, captured just before the beginning of standard Western dress—Italian, Spanish, Dutch, French, German, Russian, Eastern European, Chinese, Japanese, Asian, and others. To avoid the variable and somewhat fanciful depictions of color in the early editions, all costumes are rendered in black-and-white.
A comprehensive source of historic costume in pictures, this remarkable book will be invaluable to costume designers, students of fashion design, commercial artists, and anyone interested in the history of dress. The illustrations are uniformly excellent, and the exceptionally low price makes this book even more attractive.
Top Customer Reviews
If you want accurate representations of historic clothing, get a book with reproductions of art from the time period of the clothes you're interested in.
Furthermore, there are no references of any kind, so you can't go back to the "original" painting, or source to verify the information. It may be helpful for getting ideas, but not for any serious costume design.
But if you want to compare the work of modern and Victorian authors - go ahead, this is a wonderful example.
This book can also be quite suitable for those, who are interested in theatrical costume, where looks come first and authenticity does not matter.
This review based on the Hardcover version.
A must have for any artist doing period art or costumer doing medieval costuming.
Do not be fooled by the detailed nineteenth century engraving work or the look of these images. They are not old. They are not accurate. They are perniciously, convincingly realistic-looking, thanks to Victorian obsessiveness about fussy little ersatz details. They are not to be relied upon.
Thanks to that very fussy nineteenth century engraving style, they are very useful for collage art. They might also make a fun coloring book.
But rely on them as history? Only if you are interested in the history of late nineteenth century German romantic fantasies about the past.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
this is one of my favorite books for costuming. this is my second copy of it friend borrowed my first copy and it got destroyed so i had to buy another copy. Read morePublished 22 months ago by duvessa
I was extremely disappointed in this purchase. Most of these pictures can be found on the internet in COLOR and for free!Published on June 26, 2014 by Amazon Customer
Seems like you either love this book, or you hate it. I appreciate it for what it is: cheap. It's a Dover book, which means that it throws a bunch of pictures at you for a... Read morePublished on July 11, 2010 by Jenners
If you're a serious student of costume history, this book is not for you. But if you're a beginning re-enactor, or you work with them, it's an excellent source for getting the... Read morePublished on October 2, 2001 by W. Bliss