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Costume Books

17th-Century Men's Dress Patterns - $78.00
Melanie Braun, Luca Costigliolo, Susan North & Claire Thornton. This book presents full step-by-step instructions for the making of early 17th-century men's clothes and accessories in a technically accurate, visually exciting and easy-to-follow format. Twelve garments - all historical pieces from the Victoria and Albert Museum's collections - are featured: a suit, three doublets and a cloak, as well as a felt hat, an embroidered nightcap and a plain nightcap liner, a pasteboard picadil, a sword girdle and hangers, a pair of mittens and a linen stocking. They have been analysed so that every aspect of the pattern is exact. Scale patterns and precise construction diagrams are accompanied by colour photography of the whole garment as well as an abundance of informative details and X-ray photographs that reveal the hidden structure of each piece, showing the precise number of layers and the types of stitches used inside. The methods and techniques of historical tailoring and plain sewing are shown in detail. The authors have some of the best historical tailoring skills in the world and have worked with world-renowned institutions such as the Globe Theatre in London, creating award-winning costumes for film, stage and television. This book is a unique resource for costume and fashion designers, fashion historians and students. 176pp. Hb.

A History of Jewellery - $38.00
Joan EvansSuperb sourcebook of extremely rare ornamentation. It provides a fascinating history of jewelry styles over a 700-year period. A detailed narrative enhances 400 photographs and illustrations of striking pieces: gilt bronze clasp (c. 1200); 13th-century reliquary pendant; diamond and topaz necklace (c.1760), much more. 448pp. Pb.

A Short History of Costume and Armour - $24.00
Francis M Kelly & Randolph Schwabe. More than 300 illustrations grace the highly readable pages of this magnificent fashion history, a stylistic panorama that ranges from the Norman conquest to the early nineteenth century, focusing chiefly on armor, from the Crusades to the seventeenth century; clothing of the English upper classes, both sexes, eleventh to nineteenth centuries; and accessories, including gloves, belts, corsets, shoes, and headgear. Virtually every page is illustrated with permission-free images gathered from museums and private collections, derived from illuminated manuscripts, tapestries, paintings, and other rare sources. Elaborate line drawings offer multiple perspectives on individual garments, with captions highlighting the more arcane aspects. Unabridged reprint of the classic 1931 edition. 342 black-and-white illustrations. 272pp. Pb.

The Art of the Shoemaker - $79.00
Francois A de Garsault. (D A Saguto - trans). Tens of thousands of shoemakers worked in eighteenth-century Paris and London, but if any wrote about their trade before M. de Garsault in his 1767 Art du cordonnier, nothing survives. Surprisingly little scholarship has been published since, until this richly contextualized translation. Informing this edition are D. A. Saguto's extensive notes and incisive examinations of eighteenth-century German and Italian sources as well as later French editions of Garsault's work. The result is an elegant illumination of artisanship and practices that otherwise might have been lost. Art of the Shoemaker returns us to a world where shoes, like most other goods, were made by hand with time-honored techniques: from preparing threads and shoemakers' wax to the stitch-by-stitch use of the awl and the proper making of an inseam. Complementing Garsault's original copperplate images are contemporaneous illustrations and hitherto unpublished photographs of eighteenth-century tools and artifacts. Also included are a facsimile of the original French text, translations of other eighteenth-century writings on shoemaking, a glossary of eighteenth-century terms, and suggested further reading. 304pp. Hb.

The Book of Historic Fashion: A Newcomer's Guide to Medieval Clothing 1300-1450 - $69.00
Nicole Allen & Gregory Mele. The Late Middle Ages (c.1350 - 1500) provides us with many of our stock, childhood images of the 'Middle Ages': the knight in shining armour, the joust, lords and ladies dressed in rich, voluminous robes and elegant dresses. Yet it is a paradox, for at the start of the period, Europe had endured the worst pandemic of recorded history: the Black Death, the climate was rapidly cooling, causing massive crop failures and France and England were locked in the brutal, dynastic struggle of the Hundred Years War. Meanwhile, in the second half of the period, intrepid merchants became the new knighthood of Europe, seeking new wealth in Asia and Africa, and launching what has been called the 'Age of Discovery' while a new interest in Classical culture would give birth to the Renaissance. All of these elements have long intrigued and inspired writers, researchers and reenactors to take a trip through the looking glass to this lost world. In this book the authors provide a visual snap shot of the courtly elegance and common wear of the period. Filled with hundreds of sketches taken from original sources, mechanical drawings and detailed 'layer drawings' demonstrating how the clothing was worn, this entree both introduces the period and helps newcomers find their way forward in the study of primary and secondary sources. Whether you are a teacher or professor who wants your students to understand what the clothing of the day really looked like, a costume designers working in theater, TV and film looking for visual reference or just new to medieval reenacting who wants guidance on what to wear in order to be appropriately dressed at events, this volume is for you. 185pp. Pb.

Cavalier and Puritan Fashions Coloring Book - $9.00
Tom Tierney. Who were the Cavaliers and what elaborate hairstyles did they introduce? Did seventeenth-century Puritans wear only simple, unadorned black outfits? Coloring book fans find out with the help of this educational, accurately rendered fashion survey of the period. Notes. 45 black-and-white plates. 48pp. Pb.

Celtic Fashions Coloring Book - $9.00
Tom Tierney. Scores of carefully rendered illustrations depict more than 4,000 years of Celtic apparel--from cloaks worn by European Celts ca. 2000 b.c. to the plaid tunics of British-Celtic farm women (100 b.c.) and the elaborately embroidered costume of a 20th-century Irish step dancer. Fascinating, ready-to-color archive with detailed captions also includes illustrations of period headgear, footwear, and jewelry. 48pp. Pb.

Costumes of The Greeks and Romans - $22.00
Thomas Hope. From headdresses to sandals, from warrior's armor to priestess's robes, the authentic costumes of people from all walks of life in the Roman and Greek civilizations are here pictured comprehensively and clearly. Three hundred finely drawn, detailed engravings (containing over 700 illustrations) show just what was worn by the poets, philosophers, priests and priestesses, peasants, Bacchanalians, emperors, generals, Amazons, and virgins of a bygone age. Carefully copied from ancient vases and statuary by Thomas Hope (1770–1831), a British collector and designer, these engravings combine an unusual clarity of style with unquestioned authenticity. Their range, too, is unusually great, for besides the many plates on the costumes of the Greeks and Romans, there are representative illustrations of the typical dress of such other civilizations as the Phrygian, Egyptian, Parthian, Etruscan, and Persian. In addition, scores of engravings are devoted to such now-forgotten objects as ancient musical instruments (the lyre, double flute, pipes of Pan, etc.), Bacchanalian implements, articles of furniture, women's trinkets and jewelry, sarcophagi, altars, and other adjuncts to ancient life. Such comprehensiveness makes this book indispensable to costume designers, stage fitters, and producers of classic plays, students of fashion design, and others interested in ancient costumes. The material included here is covered in no ordinary history, and only here can the interested reader discover just how the draping of the Greek robe was achieved, or what was worn at festivals and funerals by the various classes. 352pp. Pb.

Dress Accessories c.1150-c.1450 (2nd Edition): Medieval Finds From Excavations in London - $57.00
Geoff Egan and Frances Pritchard. Catalogues, discusses, and illustrates over 1,780 medieval dress accessories recovered from excavations in London. Girdles, buckles, brooches, buttons, hair accessories, pins, beads, chains, pendants, rings, purses, cosmetic sets, and needlecases were among the wealth of well-preserved finds recovered from these excavations in the City of London, which provide an accurate framework within which to date the recovered items. This book presents the opportunity for statistical analysis of dress accessories based on the sheer abundance of detailed information. Catalog entries for all 1,784 finds. A treasure-trove of detailed historical information, it offers sociological insight into the clothing choices of the "ordinary man/woman" during the three hundred years from 1150 through 1450 AD. Fully illustrated: twelve colored plates, numerous black-and-white photos, hundreds of detailed line drawings. Notes, charts, extensive bibliography. 438 pp, Pb.

Dress in the Middle Ages - $55.00
Francoise Piponnier & Perrine Mane, translated by Caroline Beamish. Fascinating discussion of clothing in its social aspects, as related to status, job, sex, & age, in 14th & 15th Century Western Europe. Investigates nudity & bathing, funeral & testamentary gifts of clothing, the development of the concept of fashion, & ecclesiastical garments. Numerous contemporary illustrations. 165pp. Pb.

European Costume and Fashion 1490-1790AD - $31.00
Francis M Kelly & Randolph Schwabe. Authoritative, exhaustive guide provides detailed descriptions and accurate representations of conventional early-16th-century fashions for women; doublets of mid-century; Spanish trunk hose and ruffs from the early 17th century; an early-18th-century cousin of the modern suit for men; along with cravats, parasols, bustles, grandiose coiffures, and more. 320pp. Pb.

From the Neck Up - $67.00
Denise Dreher. This book is the most complete and unique book on hatmaking now available. It can be used as a method of self instruction, as a classroom text, or as a reference guide. All of the hatmaking techniques are explained step-by-step and clearly illustrated by more than 400 photographs and drawings. No prior knowledge of hatmaking has been assumed. Included in the book is a complete listing of supplies to stock a professional workroom along with the addresses of over 100 suppliers. Pb.

Glove Making: The Art & The Craft - $34.00
Gwen Emlyn-Jones. A basic and comprehensive book on the craft of glove-making, covering leather and fur gloves, lined and unlined, and the details of design, fitting, and construction as applicable to any material or design. [Republication of MAKE YOUR OWN GLOVES]. 112pp. Pb.

Hats: A History of Fashion in Headwear - $33.00
Hilda Amphlett. This comprehensive, profusely illustrated book - with over 800 illustrations - documents chronologically, by century, more than 2,000 years of head coverings - a subject that encompasses many eras and nationalities. Used as protection against the weather (or against an enemy's weapons), as a badge of office, or as something to enhance the wearer's self-esteem, headgear not only includes hats of all shapes and sizes but also comprises crowns, wigs, tiaras, and helmets. The author's own drawings, deriving from period paintings, sculptures, and illustrations, accurately depict varied forms of headdresses, among them, conical shaped leather caps worn by the Danish in 70 b.c.; metal Viking helmets with horns; Flemish berets (1410) enhanced with a large feather; petite straw hats adorned with a rosette and narrow ribbons (1870); handsome English top hats (1957); as well as ecclesiastical headdresses, traditional and national styles, and non-European hats and head-adornment. An invaluable reference for designers, art students, and costume historians, this entertaining and literate survey will delight anyone with a special interest in headgear. Unabridged republication of the edition published by Richard Sadler Ltd., Chalfont St. Giles, Buckinghamshire, Great Britain, 1974. Over 800 black-and-white illustrations. Pb.

Historic Costumes and How to Make Them - $18.00
Mary Fernald & Eileen Shenton. This practical and informative guidebook is a "must-have" for anyone planning to create accurate period costumes for theatrical productions and historical reenactments. From short tunics worn by Saxon men in the fifth century to a lady's bustle dress of the late 1800s, this profusely illustrated text contains a wealth of authentic patterns and information. 176pp. Pb.

Illustrated Handbook of Western European Costume - $32.00
Iris Brooke. This valuable survey uses theatrical costumes as contemporary clues to the wearing apparel that was in vogue in Italy, Spain, France, Germany, and Flanders from 1260 to 1840. Enhanced with the author's charming, accurately rendered illustrations, the study meticulously describes more than 200 costumes. Immensely useful to costume and cultural historians. 176 black-and-white illustrations. 304pp. Pb.

Make Your Own Medieval Clothing - Basic Garments for Men - $32.00
Wolf Zerkowski & Rolf Fuhrmann. To be dressed historically correct as a medieval re-enactor – it could not be simpler. The range of garments that those interested in the Middle Ages can now make themselves stretches from the High to Late Middle Ages (1200 to 1500), and from a common beggar to lower gentry. Panels with lifelike, coloured illustrations revive the different medieval classes through their clothing and accessories. Clear, easily understandable pictures lead you through all the processes. Starting with the sewing techniques used in the Middle Ages even the layman learns how to neaten fabric edges, attach sleeves and make cords with metal points. 64pp. Pb.

Make Your Own Medieval Clothing - Basic Garments for Women - $32.00
Wolf Zerkowski & Rolf Fuhrmann. To be dressed historically correct as a medieval re-enactor – it could not be simpler: the range of garments that those interested in the Middle Ages can now make themselves stretches from the High to late Middle Ages (1200 to 1500), and from a simple maid to lower gentry. Panels with lifelike, coloured illustrations revive the different medieval classes through their clothing and accessories. Clear, easily understandable pictures lead you through all the processes. Starting with the sewing techniques used in the Middle Ages even the layman learns how to neaten fabric edges, attach sleeves and make cloth buttons. 64pp. Pb.

Make Your Own Medieval Clothing - Headwear for Men and Women - $31.00
Susanne and Frank Leuner. Veil, circlet, coife, bonnet, cap or hood? To give an authentic portrayal of a medieval character, the appropriate period headdress is needed. This carefully researched and richly illustrated book offers a wide variety of head coverings through the middle ages. All are presented with exemplary historical sources which form the foundation for their interpretations and also give advice on how to wear the headdresses. The book includes an introduction to the necessary working techniques. Throughout the book are clear and easily comprehensible instructions and pictures. A section on materials ensures that the right fabric and colours are chosen. 64pp. Pb.

Make Your Own Medieval Clothing - Shoes - $39.00
Stefan von der Heide. These shoes of the high and late Middle Ages provides a guide for technically skilled people who want to try themselves as a shoemaker. Stefan von der Heide, a shoemaker, gives an overview of the materials and tools used in medieval Europe for shoe manufacturing. Detailed instructions enable the reader to make various shoe and boot models. In addition to various types of shoes and different ways of making, there are recommendations for sourcing materials, and appropriate reference sources. 80pp. Pb.

Make Your Own Medieval Clothing - Viking Garments - $39.00
Carola Adler. Whether you portray a hetman, craftsman, slave, seer or farmer's wife, this book offers Viking re-enactors a handbook for the making of detailed clothing for various roles, time periods and regions. This book contains numerous basic patterns for men's, women's and children's clothing in many possible combinations. Extensive additional information on materials and sewing techniques allows even sewing beginners with little experience to make sturdy clothing for winter and summer. 74pp. Pb.

Medieval Costume and How To Recreate It - $22.00
Dorethy Hartley. This unique reference classifies the clothes and accessories of the twelfth through fifteenth centuries along social lines. Garments of every type, from the wardrobes of peasants and nobility, appear in over 200 period illustrations and patterns. Helpful advice covers: choosing fabrics, placement of seams, draping and folding garments, how to walk and dance in voluminous attire, and methods of storage. Unabridged republication of the classic 1931 edition. 203 black-and-white illustrations. Pb.

Medieval Fashions Coloring Book - $10.00
Tom Tierney. Ten centuries of European fashions appear in a remarkable coloring book that doubles as a comprehensive fashion retrospective. From modest peasant garb to the regal attire of the nobility, the meticulously researched illustrations depict soldiers, minstrels, lords, ladies, and many others in authentic garb from the 5th through mid-15th centuries. 45 black-and-white illus. Introduction. Captions. 48pp. Pb.

The Medieval Tailor's Assistant - Making Common Garments 1200-1500 (2nd Edition) - $74.00
Sarah Thursfield. This is the standard work for both amateurs and professionals wishing to re-create the clothing of Medieval England for historical interpretation or drama. This new edition extends its range with details of fitting different figures and many more patterns for main garments and accessories from 1100 to 1480. It includes simple instructions for plain garments, as well as more complex patterns and adaptations for experienced sewers. There is advice on planning outfits and materials to use. A range of projects and alternative designs, from undergarments to outer wear. It covers early and later tailoring methods within the period. It has clear line drawings, pattern diagrams and layouts, and over eighty full-colour photographs that show the garments as working outfits. 239pp. Pb.

Patterns of Fashion Vol 3: The Cut and Construction of Clothes for Men and Women c.1560-1620 - $65.00
Janet Arnold. What magnificent clothes were worn in this period! This book opens with 378 photographs of paintings and sculptures which show the clothing worn at the time. There are also close-ups of some of the items which have survived to this day. The rest of the book presents detailed descriptions of individual items of clothing, patterns and instructions for reproducing them. Costumers for the stage, movies and television will find here an extremely valuable book for their libraries. 128pp. Pb.

Patterns of Fashion Vol 4: The Cut and Construction of Linen Shirts, Smocks, Neckwear, Headwear, and Accessories for Men and Women c.1540-1660 - $70.00
Janet Arnold. The book that Janet Arnold had planned before her death. Finished by her last student, Jenny Tiramani, this book is dedicated to the linen clothes that covered the body from the skin out. There are full-color portraits and photographs of details of garments as well as 86 patterns for items of linen clothing. Anyone who has seen Ms Arnold's previous 3 books in this series will know what a treasure this one is. Includes colour illustrations. 128 pp. Pb.

Renaissance Fashions Coloring Book - $12.00
Tom Tierney. A handsome collection of 45 finely detailed, ready-to color illustrations depict clothing styles from every social class of the 15th and 16th centuries. Includes portraits of an Italian peasant couple in wedding dress, children of a German royal family garbed in velvet and accompanied by a soberly dressed nanny, an English lord and lady in riding outfits, and much more. Informative captions accompany each illustration. 48pp. Pb.

Seventeenth-Century Women's Dress Patterns: Book 1 - $80.00
Victoria & Albert Museum. This innovative and breathtakingly detailed book from the V&A presents dress patterns, construction details, embroidery, and making instructions (including a knitting pattern and lacemaking) for 15 garments and accessories from a 17th-century British woman's wardrobe. Step-by-step drawings of the construction sequence and scale patterns for each garment enable readers to accurately reconstruct them. There are scale diagrams for making linen and metal thread laces, silk braids, and embroidery designs. Multiple photographs, close-up construction details, and X-ray photography reveal the hidden elements of the clothes, the number of layers, and the stitches used inside. This first book in a new series takes the physical examination and study of historical clothing to a new depth and degree of detail, using the expertise of designers, tailors, and makers from London's Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. 160pp. Hb.

Seventeenth-Century Women's Dress Patterns: Book 2 - $77.00
Susan North & Jenny Tiramani. Book Two in the V&A's groundbreaking new series presents 17 patterns for garments and accessories from a seventeenth-century woman's wardrobe. It includes patterns for a loose gown, a jacket, a pair of stays and a boned bodice, ivory and wooden busks, shoes, a hat, a stomacher, linen bands and supporters, a bag and a knife case. It also features a description of the stay-making process. Full step-by-step drawings of the construction sequence are given for each garment to enable the reader to accurately reconstruct them. There are scale patterns and diagrams for making linen and metal thread laces and embroidery designs. Multiple photographs of the objects, close-up construction details and X-ray photography reveal the hidden elements of the clothes, the precise number of layers and the stitches used inside. 160pp. Hb.

Shoes and Pattens c.1150-c.1450: Medieval Finds From Excavations in London - $52.00
Francis Grew and Margrethe de Neergaard. Since the 1970s and ’80s, more than 2,000 shoes have been found in waterlogged conditions along the north bank of the Thames. All are in well-dated archaeological contexts, making it possible to trace the development of shoe fashion between the 12th and 14th centuries. With 27 B&W photos of the finds and 91 line illustrations showing the shoes’ and pattens’ construction, this book is a treasure trove for recreationists and theatrical costumers, although it is equally of interest to archaeologists and scholars. The introduction to this, the 2nd edition, discusses more recent finds and addresses issues that received too little attention in the 1st edition: the practice of making new shoes from older parts and the use of inserts; corrections to the terminology. Also, European discoveries in the ’80s and ’90s now make it possible to place shoe fashion in a broader context. 152pp. Hb.

The Mode in Furs - $18.00
R Turner Wilcox. This unique survey traces the history of furs and fur accessories. The author, a former fashion editor for ‘Women's Wear Daily,’ begins with practical uses of reindeer hides and bearskins for warmth during the Stone Age. Advancing through the ancient civilizations, she defines fur's role as a status symbol during the Renaissance and its eventual adoption by wearers outside the aristocracy. Written in 1951 before the world changed its attitude to wearing fur, this is a fascinating illustrated guide to furs and fashion of all times and places throughout history. These 680 detailed drawings depict the history of fur garments, from their practical use in cold climates to their display as a badge of royalty. Chronological entries include introductions for each era and range from panther skins worn by ancient Egyptian priests to high fashion designs by Dior. Glossary. 272pp. Pb.

The Modern Maker Vol 1: Men's Doublets - $83.00
Mathew Gnagy. This book is the culmination of many years of research into historical tailoring. Traditionally, stage and screen costumers make these garments without the detailed stretching and sculpting that is the trademark of an old-world tailor. After examining surviving garments and analyzing tailor's pattern books from the era, the author presents a simple, detailed method for making a doublet from around the year 1618. You will learn pattern making, hand sewing stitches, interior structuring, how to make a simple button from the time period as well as how to make a buttonhole by hand. In this book, you will learn the principles of efficient hand work. You will also see detailed photos of surviving garments displaying the techniques that are taught. Many of these images have never before been seen. 140pp. Pb.

Tudor and Elizabethan Fashions Coloring Book - $9.00
Tom Tierney. Forty-five handsome, ready-to-color plates of illustrations depict all social classes in 15th- and 16th-century England-from country workers in woolen tunics and leather boots and sailors in canvas breeches and shirts to officials in fur-trimmed robes and elegantly clad Tudor monarchs. Also, detailed drawings of period hairstyles, headgear, shoes, gloves, jewelry, other fashion accessories. Informative captions accompany each illustration. 48pp. Pb.

The Tudor Tailor: Reconstructing 16th Century Dress - $46.00
Ninya Mikhaila & Jane Malcolm-Davies. Create stunning historically accurate Tudor costumes from hats to headdresses to doublets and hose. The book contains 80 historical illustrations, many in colour, and over 100 specially commissioned line drawings to give historical context and aid accuracy. Included are 36 patterns with full step-by-step instructions and photographs showing finished garments worn by real people. There are also four chapters of the social history of clothes in the 16th century, drawing on the latest research and primary sources such as ordinary people's wills and surviving royal records, along with a discussion of the materials used, people's financial and social relationships with their clothes, and the changes in dress from birth to death. There is as much emphasis on the clothes of ordinary people as there is on high fashion. There is also general advice on choosing materials, construction methods, and an insight into the Tudor tailor's sewing kit. 160pp. Pb.

Viking Clothing - $43.00
Thor Ewing. This book looks at the aspects of cloth production - raw materials, production tools and techniques for woven and non-woven textiles, dyeing, decorative textiles and embroidery. It includes a detailed consideration of both male and female outfits and a new interpretation of the suspended dress. It also shows how much can be reconstructed from the discoveries of archaeological excavation. 176pp. Pb.