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Corsets and Crinolines

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  162 ratings  ·  4 reviews
The first of Miss Waugh's important books on historic costume, "Corsets and Crinolines," set a new standard of accuracy and lively interest. Showing that the silhouette of women's dress has been in a state of continuous change, allied to economic and architectural evolution as well as changing ideas of sexual attractiveness, she itemizes three cycles in the last 400 years ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published December 31st 1990 by Routledge (first published January 1st 1954)
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Lovely book, though it can be hard to follow, slow and careful reading highly reccommended
Caveats; the patterns are a bitch (you have to really know what you're doing, as they haven't been tested or trued properly) and non-representitive (the crinoline pattern is ball size i.e. ENORMOUS). Also the sources are occasionally presented in the original, untranslated 18th and 19th century French.

Overall, though, this is pretty much the definitive work on the subject, with loads of first-hand sources and drawing on extant examples. All of my 18th century undergarments came out of this one,
History and technique combine for a wonderful read. I always enjoy reading about the evolution of the waistline and petticoat. The illustrations are so good that you could make your own corset, if you so desire.

There’s a lot of good information about both the history of body-shaping undergarments and how-to costume direction, but if the book had focused on one or the other instead of both it would have been much stronger.
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