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Historic Costumes & Fashion

60 Civil War-Era Fashion Patterns, by Kristina Seleshanko.
Included in this book is a generous selection of fashion patterns drawn from Peterson's Magazine, 1860-1869. Black and white illustrations of each garment are presented, along with a description of how the various items are made, and all necssary pattern pieces.

1920's Fashions, from the B. Altman & Company.
A republication of select pages from the Altman Magazine 1921-1929, which includes hundreds of black & white illustrations, brief descriptions of the fashions illustrated, and it includes period pricing.

Accessories of Dress: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, by Katherine Lester and Bess Viola Oerke.
From hats, veils, wigs, and cosmetics to cravats, shawls, shoes, and gloves, this useful reference provides an entertaining account of the forms of personal adornment men and women have used throughout the ages to enhance their wearing apparel.

Authentic Victorian Fashion Patterns, edited by Kristina Harris.
A Complete Lady's Wardrobe - Scaled dressmaker patterns for fifty ladies' garments, circa the 1890's. Illustrations of the garments are included.

Bloomingdale's Illustrated 1886 Catalog, by the Bloomingdale Brothers.
Famed merchants' extremely rare catalog depicting about 1,700 products: clothing, housewares, firearms, dry goods, jewelry, more. Invaluable for dating, identifying vintage items.

A Dictionary of Costume and Fashion: Historic and Modern, by Mary Brooks Picken.
A unique dictionary that provides definitions to more than 10,000 words related to costumes and fashion, from aal to Zulu cloth. It also includes more than 750 illustrations.

English Women's Clothing in the Nineteenth Century, by C. Willett Cunnington.
Remarkably thorough illustrated overview based on rare period photographs, periodicals, other contemporary sources. Description and information about hundreds of fashions: morning dresses, riding outfits, carriage costumes, evening dresses, bridal gowns, more.

Franklin Simon Fashion Catalog for 1923, by the Franklin Simon & Co.
This catalog has over 500 illustrations of fur-trimmed evening wraps, bridal gowns, and casual day wear. There are also a variety of accessories for men, stylish clothing for children, and a complete array of costume jewelry, hats, shoes, handbags and the like.

Historic Costume, by Tom Tierney.
From the Renaissance through the Nineteenth Century - 200 permission-free designs. Book and CD-ROM.

The History of Underclothes, by C. Willett and Phillis Cunnington.
Fascinating survey of various undergarments worn by the English over six centuries. Well-documented, scholarly presentation enhanced with over 100 period illustrations depicting laced-up bodice of the 12th century, embroidered linen drawers (1500s), hooped petticoat support (c. 1750), footed long drawers (1795), 19th-century bustles, early 19th-century corsets for men, Victorian "bust improvers," and much more.

An Intimate Affair: Women, Lingerie, and Sexuality, by Jill Fields.
A sweeping overview of the history of women's intimate apparel in the twentieth century.

Medieval Costume and Fashion, by Herbert Norris.
A superb panoramic study of clothing worn in the Middle Ages. A meticulously researched text is enhanced with nearly 700 illustrations depicting all manner of apparel from fur-trimmed cloaks and brocaded robes of courtiers and the nobility to simpler mantles, tunics and trousers worn by merchants, huntsmen, and other commoners.

Montgomery Ward & Co. Catalogue: Spring & Summer 1895, by the Montgomery Ward & Co.
Tea gowns, yards of flannel and pillow-case lace, stereoscopes, books of gospel hymns, the New Improved Singer Sewing Machine, side saddles, milk skimmers, straight-edged razors, high-button shoes, and spittoons are some of the 25,000 items listed in this catalog.

Sears Fashions Catalogs: 7-Book Set, edited by JoAnne Olian and Stella Blum.
This seven-volume set provides hundreds of pages of fashion illustrations, accompanied by descriptive captions, drawn from rare copies of Sears catalogs from 1900-1969. The reproduced pages from these catalogs are organized chronologically, and detail everyday fashions of men, women, and children.

Soldiers and Uniforms of the American Army, by Fritz Kredel.
A collection of 32 full-color illustrations of American Army uniforms, accompanied by informative commentaries.

Turn-of-the-Century Fashion Patterns and Tailoring Techniques, by S. S. Gordon.
A republication of the 1901 edition of The "Standard" Work on Cutting Ladies' Tailor-Made Garments.

Victorian Fashions, Selected by Carol Belanger Grafton.
379 black and white images that illustrate the development of women's fashions from 1871-1903.

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