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Corsets and Crinolines

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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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Jun 21, 2007 Leslie rated it really liked it
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Lovely book, though it can be hard to follow, slow and careful reading highly reccommended
Mar 06, 2014 Ash rated it really liked it
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,
Jan 07, 2016 Phair rated it liked it
Very nice detailed line drawings showing shapes and construction of stays, corsets, girdles, skirt supports, etc from Elizabethan era to early 20th century. Added illustrations include period art, catalog and magazine illustrations, photos of museum pieces. Bulk of the text consists of excerpts from period sources (literature, letters, diaries, inventories, etc) but Waugh does include introductory overviews to each section. Glossary and index.
Feb 11, 2014 Marie rated it it was amazing
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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.
Apr 29, 2014 Kara rated it liked it
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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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