How to Read a Dress: A Guide to Changing Fashion from the 16th to the 20th Century


by Lydia Edwards

Why we have selected this book:

One of the books that is an absolute necessity to each person interested in fashion history and each collector of clothing! Each page of this wonderful publication offers one image of clothing supplemented with short and precise notes on the time period, peculiarities of sewing, cut and decoration. It is a priceless aide in dating of historic clothing!

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Book Overview from the Publisher:

Fashion is ever-changing, and while some styles mark a dramatic departure from the past, many exhibit subtle differences from year to year that are not always easily identifiable. With overviews of each key period and detailed illustrations for each new style, How to Read a Dress is an authoritative visual guide to women’s fashion across five centuries.

Each entry includes annotated color images of historical garments, outlining important features and highlighting how styles have developed over time, whether in shape, fabric choice, trimming, or undergarments. Readers will learn how garments were constructed and where their inspiration stemmed from at key points in history – as well as how dresses have varied in type, cut, detailing and popularity according to the occasion and the class, age and social status of the wearer.

This lavishly illustrated book is the ideal tool for anyone who has ever wanted to know their cartridge pleats from their Récamier ruffles. Equipping the reader with all the information they need to ‘read’ a dress, this is the ultimate guide for students, researchers, and anyone interested in historical fashion.

Contents List:

Acknowledgements • Preface • Introduction • 1550 – 1600 • 1600 – 1699 • 1710 – 1790 • 1790 – 1837 • 1837 – 1869 • 1870 – 1889 • 1890 – 1916 • 1918 – 1929 • 1930 – 1946 • 1947 – 1959 • 1960 – 1970 • Glossary • Notes • Bibliography • Photographic Credits • Index

This book is brought by Bloomsbury Publishing, ISBN 9781350108288

Additional information

Weight 0.670 kg
Dimensions 1.52 × 18.90 × 24.60 cm











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