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Fashion and Costume History

Interested in what people used to wear? Check out this guide on historical fashions and costumes.

Print Resources

0486281620What people wore : 1,800 illustrations from ancient times to the early twentieth century - Douglas Gorsline
Call Number: 391.009 GO
ISBN: 0486281620




0810939533The chronicle of Western fashion : from ancient times to the present day - John Peacock
Call Number: 391.009 PE
ISBN: 0810939533



0894808338Let there be clothes : 40,000 years of fashion - Lynn Schnurnberger
Call Number: 391.009 SC
ISBN: 0894808338




http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/089480833820,000 years of fashion : the history of costume and personal adornment - Francois Boucher
Call Number: 391.09 BO
ISBN: 0810916932




0816019762The historical encyclopedia of costumes - A. Racinet
Call Number: 391.1 RAC
ISBN: 0816019762





0762435763The Encyclopedia of Fashion Illustration Techniques - Carol A. Nunnelly
Call Number: 741.6 NU
ISBN: 0762435763
Publication Date: 2009-05-12


0500514887Children's Costume : the complete historical sourcebook - John Peacock
Call Number: 391.309
ISBN: 0500514887
Publication Date: 2009-09-16


1844034836The illustrated encyclopedia of costume and fashion : from 1066 to the Present
ISBN: 1844034836




0486402940A Dictionary of Costume and Fashion : historic and modern : with over 950 illustrations - Mary Brooks Picken
Call Number: 746.92 PI
ISBN: 0486402940
Publication Date: 1998-06-15



Recommended Websites

Costume Page
A directory of thousands of costume and costuming-related links, for the benefit of those who make and/or study costumes. It includes sites for costumers, students, historical re-enactors, science fiction fans, dancers and theatrical costumers.

The History of Costume
"For students who are studying the history of fashion and for costume designers." Contains images from a book of 500 full-color plates showing "historical dress from antiquity to the end of the 19th century."

The Art of Motion Picture Costume Design
A companion to an exhibit of costumes nominated for current Academy Awards and costumes from a selection of other movies from the same year. Includes photographs from the exhibit and brief information about the costumes and the designers.

Works of Art: The Costume Institute
"The world-renowned Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum [in New York] possesses more than 75,000 costumes and accessories from seven centuries and five continents

The Costume Gallery
Browse the extensive collection of photos, research Viking footwear and medieval dress, study a guide to textiles, and participate in bulletin board discussions here. All facets of costume and its history from textiles through hairstyles are covered.

Milieux: The Costume Site
A directory of links about all the costume-related topics one could imagine. Research the history of various arms and armor, find instructions on making period costumes and links to suppliers, resources for costume materials, and organizations.

Textiles & Apparel: Cornell Costume Collection
Website of the Department of Textiles and Apparel at Cornell University, "which includes more than 9,000 items of apparel dating from the eighteenth century to the present, as well as a substantial collection of ethnographic textiles and costumes.

Fashion Plate Collection
"This collection includes 417 fashion plates from 1806-1914 from some of the leading fashion journals of the times." Stylistic periods include Empire (1806-1813), Georgian (1806-1836), Regency (1811-1820), Romantic (1825-1850) and others.

The Historic Costume & Textiles Collection at The Ohio State University
“This site highlights items from this fashion collection, which includes "a range of historic textiles from the 15th century to 20th century furnishing fabrics ... [and] garments and accessories from the mid-18th century to contemporary 21st century. “

18th Century Costume Resources Online
“Internal and external links about the history of costume in 18th century Europe. Information on styles, hair and wigs, shoes, fabrics and many more. Profusely illustrated.”

The Regency Fashion Page
“A wealth of images, information, and links relating to 18th and early 19th century fashion for men and women. Includes images and articles from period fashion magazines, online books about Regency fashion, a year by year chronology of what people were wearing.”

Recommended E-Books

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fashioncostume Fashion, Costume, and Culture: Clothing, Headwear, Body Decorations, and Footwear through the Ages

Recommened Videos

Bill Cunningham New York [videorecording] United States : Zeitgeist Films, c2011. Call # DVD 779.092 BIL

Project runway [videorecording] United States : Weinstein Company, c2005-c2010. Call # DVD 791.45 PRO

The September issue [videorecording] Burbank, CA : Lionsgate, c2010. Call # DVD 391.009 SEP

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