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Costume by Cally Blackman
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Feb 01, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: fashion, clothing, costume, england, dress

This is the nicest extremely short introduction to the history of English clothing I have ever seen. Obviously it can't be comprehensive, yet it is filled with large, well-chosen, full-color primary source material, paintings, prints, actual surviving garments, close-ups of embroidery, jewelry, shoes, and photographs. The text is a good introductory essay about the subject.

You may not get a sense of how English clothing evolved (there really isn't room for it), but you will get some good snapshots of what was fashionable scattered from the sixteenth century to the early twentieth.

Like a lot of costume histories, this one seems to leave the track of what people actually wore and makes a left turn into the twilight zone of high fashion in the second half of the twentieth century, but it's only one page, so it's not so bad.
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