25th out of 94 books — 19 voters
The Lady's Stratagem: A Repository of 1820s Directions for the Toilet, Mantua-Making, Stay-Making, Millinery & Etiquette
The Lady's Stratagem is a comprehensive, step-by-step, illustrated guide to early 19th-century dressmaking, corset making, millinery, knitting, embroidery, clothing care, beauty treatments, and manners. The audiences include film and theatre costumers, historic re-enactors, and historical and romance novelists.
Paperback, 755 pages
Published January 1st 2009 by Lavolta Press
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The Lady's Stratagem is a tome of historic proportions, not just because of its historic nature, but breadth of information. Translated from the original French text, The Lady's Stratagem of the 1820s offers advice, directions and commentary on everything from dress and corset making to gaining weight, millinery to cosmetic recipes, deportment to embroidery, with references drawn from other contemporary guides. It will tell you the correct and preferred method for creating and sending invitation...more
Interesting idea -- compile various bits and bobs of 19th century Advice 4 Ladies published in magazines, newspapers and books -- but the execution is very off so as to make it unusable to scholars. The citations are quite casual, just the name of the work with no date etc, and put at the *end* of each section, giving a loose impression that you're reading stuff from one author unless you pay close attention. Such a pity!