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Initial post: Apr 6, 2012, 12:44:16 AM PDT
It seems like there're at least a few authors who post here, so I figured you folks are as likely to know as anybody.

I'm looking for good resources for descriptions of--and preferably images of, as well--clothing and other forms of wear (from armor to costumes) from throughout human history, worldwide--when it was worn, where it was worn, why it was worn, what kind of people wore it, and what it felt like. Wikipedia can only really take you so far, after all. If anybody could point me in a good direction, I'd appreciate it--I really have no idea where to begin looking for that sort of thing, and I think it'd help for a lot of my creative endeavors.

Posted on Apr 6, 2012, 1:00:33 AM PDT
kestergayle says:
Dover Press prints all sorts of books that are not copy-righted by anyone. They have a huge library of 'coloring' books about costumes and clothing from various times and cultures. There usually isn't any text, and of course no color, but the drawings are very detailed. These books are usually less than $5, sometimes much less. It might be a good place for you to start your research.

I've seen some of these books with Native American clothing, knights, queens, puritans, gangsters, you name it. They also have a lot of their books available at federal park gift shops. Those usually do have some text, and are very interesting.

Posted on Apr 6, 2012, 2:05:25 AM PDT
I think all cultures wore period clothing because they didn't have tampons back then.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2012, 8:22:28 AM PDT
First off, check your local library for whatever resources they have in their NF section. The really good books tend to be very expensive.

You are unlikely to find a single resource that will fit all of your needs, and even where you find a really good resource, you are likely to have to do some significant fact checking of your own to ensure that the information presented is really accurate.

One specific suggestion are the DK Eyewitness books which are available in the children's section of your library. The DK books are incredibly well-photographed, so there will be a lot of images for you to look at to dip your toe into the water of a specific ancient culture. An example would be:

Arms and Armor (DK Eyewitness Books)

They aren't extremely expensive, and the photographs are gorgeous. My son loves these books.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2012, 1:18:42 PM PDT
One of the best resources I have is Medieval Costume and Fashion - so long as you're looking for medieval clothing, that is!

There are doubtless others, but not ones that I know of specifically.

Posted on Apr 6, 2012, 1:21:27 PM PDT
SOme authors who have done research on fashion from different eras put info on their blogs/websites. Gail Carriger is one that comes to mind for me.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2012, 1:34:17 PM PDT
GUEST!! says:
Not much in the way of images, but this book is an indespensible reference for what things were like, including an entire chapter devoted to the miute changes in fashion over the course of a particular century. The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2012, 1:51:00 PM PDT
That is an excellent book. Ian Mortimer has also just released The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England, which I assume will also include some information on fashion ...

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2012, 2:12:23 PM PDT
GUEST!! says:
I just saw that when I was pulling this one up! I'm a fan of the book I have, for sure.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2012, 2:20:34 PM PDT
I haven't read the Tudor one yet - not a big Tudor fan! :-)

But I love the Medieval one!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2012, 2:29:35 PM PDT
GUEST!! says:
Ditto on both counts.
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