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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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.