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Victorian Costume for Ladies, 1860-1900: With Price Guide Paperback – April 1, 2000
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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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The author gives a brief introduction about the time period and what people were wearing. Ms. Setnik then explains what dresses looked like, and what they were made from. She then has a category in each chapter for sleeves, hair and jewelry(which I found very helpful). Within the chapters there are a ton of pictures which were great examples of what she already wrote about. I'm no seamstress so occasionally I wasn't sure what she was talking about but the pictures helped me understand.
Included in this book are chapters on laundry, cosmetics, hygiene and so much more.
There were only two problems I had with this book. One, it doesn't come in hardcover, which is a huge disappointment for me. The other issue I had was the book is large, so it was cumbersome for me to hold. I wish it had been smaller, though I suppose if it had then the reader wouldn't get all of the great photos. And some of the photos are very large showing off great details.
Anyone who is interested in the Victorian Era and what women wore needs to buy this. Its a great reference. Highly recommended.
I use it as a reference guide.
The author does such a wonderful job at showing all the different styles of dress common from the 1860's up to around 1901. (note: ...this book does not go beyond 1901).
The photos are (of course) in black and white, but the details are lovely and sharp, and especially considering the actual age of these re-printed old photos.
I was looking for a book filled with many 'photo-reprints' of fashions from these Eras, and this book did not disappoint.
So, if you need a book with many photos from around 1860 to 1901, then this book may be of interest to you.
(Also, the price for this large paperback book was excellent, so therefore, that is another PLUS for purchasing this reference guide)