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Historic Costume: From the Renaissance through the Nineteenth Century

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Historic Costume: From the Renaissance through the Nineteenth Century
CD-ROM & Book. By Tom Tierney. (Dover Publications, Mineola, New York: 2004. Pg. 64 & CD. 200 Illustrations.) ISBN: 0-486-99619-0.

Reviewed by Auggie Moore - February 14, 2005

Historic Costume: From the Renaissance through the Nineteenth Century is a marvelous resource for historians, writers, and fashion designers. This book features 200 black and white 'permission-free' designs that exhibit more than 400 costumes. The book is also accompanied by a CD-ROM. In addition, this collection is enhanced by the inclusion of a treatise brief written by Tom Tierney entitled, A Short History of Costume, as well as annotated descriptions of each drawing. A brief one line description accompanies each drawing, while the more detailed descriptions are located at the end of the book.

The 200 illustrations in the book and historical overview are a marvelous resource, one which is made even better by the inclusion of an accompanying CD-ROM disc. This CD-ROM will run on computers using either the Macintosh or Windows operating system and the CD serves as a clip art archive, and contains the same 200 drawings found in the book. These images are permission free and can be printed or used on the Internet. These are all high-quality images that were scanned at 600 dpi and saved in TIFF, PICT, EPS, BMP, JPEG, and GIF formats. Both the JPEG and GIF formatted illustrations can be used on websites without needing to alter the format in which the files were saved.

In addition, the CD includes a program called Dover Design Manager. This program is a Windows program that provides basic graphic editing capabilities, such as cropping and rotating the images and making slide shows and contact sheets. Besides working the Historic Costume CD, the Dover Design Manager also works with other pictures and images that you have stored on your computer.

All combined, Historic Costume: From the Renaissance through the Nineteenth Century book and CD-ROM are both fun and educational to look through, study, and use. The illustrations are ideal for studying clothing fashions, undergarments, hairstyles, and associated accessories. From Empire evening gowns and military uniforms to Puritan's costumes and bridal gowns, this collection provides a survey of historic costumes from 1600-1899. The images in the book are also suitable for coloring.

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