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Costume in Detail: Women's Dress 1730-1930

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This book will be of interest to anyone professionally or educationally involved in costume history as it includes many detailed drawings and studies of dresses and accessories based on research from private collections.
Paperback, 391 pages
Published September 1st 1997 by Costume & Fashion Press/Quite Specific Media (first published January 1st 1968)
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Costume in Detail: Women's Dress 1730-1930, by Nancy Bradfield, is a unique, detailed, highly useful collection of drawings of historic clothing, almost entirely women's, drawn from specimens in British collections.

These dresses are often too fragile to exhibit, or even photograph clearly, but Ms. Bradfield has closely, carefully studied them in person and has produced excellent, clear drawings of them, inside and out, showing details of construction and pattern, as well as supplemental material
Mar 03, 2008 Margie rated it really liked it
Shelves: costume-period
Beautiful line drawings of gowns, with an extraordinary level of attention to detail. Detailed drawings show placements and lengths of seams.

The handwriting is a bit difficult to read, but I highly recommend the book.
I have the hardcover edition.
Jennifer Payne
Feb 05, 2009 Jennifer Payne rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: dressmakers, costume enthusiasts
Recommended to Jennifer Payne by: found it on the library shelf
This book captured my imagination when I was in elementary school and was a strong influence in my interest in costume and clothing history. My only wish is that I could better interpret Bradfield's drawings into actual clothing design; several artisans have been able to recreate these exquisite dresses in real life. What talent. For the rest of us mere mortals, we must be satisfied drinking in the details of dress linings, ribbon trim, and the often poignant histories associated with the origin ...more
Libby Koponen
Sep 14, 2009 Libby Koponen is currently reading it
Shows exactly what clothes -- including underclothes -- characters in Jane Austen wore, with charming, detailed line drawings and notes. There is very little text.

It's true that I bought this book to research a novel, but it's more fun than many books I bought just to read. And the drawing are so detailed that good sewers could even make the clothes -- I'd love to celebrate the sale of my novel by giving a ball and wearing a dress from it!
Fascinating collection; it's interesting to follow the fashions through history. Full of delightful sketches and descriptions of period pieces of clothing and accessories. I read the section pertaining to the era that I re-enact (1730-1800). I might come back to the rest sometime, but for now that's enough. :)
Nice book. Very nice book. The drawings are consistent in style. I like dressmaking/tailoring and this will come in use when looking at commercial "vintage" patterns to see if it's "in the style of". I also like it to see couture work as seen by someone else.
Simone Vd stadt beaney
Aug 21, 2013 Simone Vd stadt beaney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Great detail in this book and it's great to see what is hidden underneath the elaborate dress of that age. Also comes with information on what types if fabric and colour were used. Great reference book.
Aug 26, 2012 Lise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Absolutely fantastic for references of era clothing and small details.
May 20, 2009 Kat rated it really liked it
Shelves: research, illustrated
Oh, if it only had patterns too!
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