- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Victoria & Albert Museum (April 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1851775722
- ISBN-13: 978-1851775729
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.8 x 11.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 53 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #600,290 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Nineteenth Century Fashion in Detail Paperback – April 1, 2009
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As the title would imply, the book includes clothing from the beginning to the end of the 19th century. However, if you are looking for examples of Regency clothing, as I was, you might be a little disappointed. While it does include some gorgeous Regency Era dresses, I only counted six that were actually featured in the whole book. The majority of it is concerned with Victorian styles. This is likely due to the relative scarcity of Regency gowns that actually remain in existence, but just be aware that this book is largely focused on the later fashions of the century.
On average, there are two pages dedicated to each piece of clothing, usually including a detailed photo, a front and back sketch of the entire garment, and a short (but not too short) description. One of my favorite pages discusses fabric patterns and trims. Besides dresses, there are also many accessories, men's jackets, shoes, outerwear, and even a few corsets. The details on some of these garments are absolutely stunning...it makes you wish people still put the same amount of artistry into clothing!
My one complaint is that while we are sometimes given both up close and full view photographs, most of the time there is only a simple line drawing of the full garment. I'm not sure why this decision was made, but when I go through the book I often find myself wishing that they had given us full view photographs of all the outfits, because they all deserve it.
In any case, this is a gorgeous, well-researched, and well-photographed book that will please all lovers of history, costume dramas, and fashion in general!
I love the fabric of the cover photo. I hope to find something similar I can use to make a Victorian bustle dress. This book has many ideas I am considering incorporating.
A beautiful book.