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Costume in Detail: Women's Dress, 1730-1930 Paperback – 29 Jun 1995

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  • Paperback: 401 pages
  • Publisher: Eric Dobby Publishing Ltd; New Ed edition (29 Jun. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1858820383
  • ISBN-13: 978-1858820385
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 25.1 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 458,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A superb book for those interested in the history of fashion, constantly being re-printed. Widely used by theatre and film producers as well as colleges of art and design. Ideal for students studying for examinations. Numerous finely detailed drawings throughout which can be used in the re-creation of accurate period custume.

About the Author

Nancy Bradfield was an advisor to the National Trust on some of their collections and a lecturer on the History of Costume at Gloucester College of Art. The majority of research has been done in private collections and has culminated in this remarkably fine set of highly skilled, well documented drawings and detailed studies of dresses and accessories, only a handful of which have ever been seen in public.

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 May 2002
Format: Paperback
This book goes in to great detail about every asspect of the gowns, even down to each stitch.Each page has deailed drawings which helps to convey the information in the descriptions along side them .With the detailed descriptions and measurments of each costume, means that it can be made from scratch .This is a must have book for anyone who is fascinated in period costume.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Mar. 1999
Format: Paperback
Each page provides full details of the custumes, how it was made, the type of material used, who may have worn it and to what occassion. Invaluble for students and designers alike.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Jan. 2004
Format: Paperback
Most costume books only give you a general description of period dress.This is the exception. Nancy has painstakingly covered even the tiniest details of the clothing she has examined.You could not find a more accurate reference to period costume than this.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ali on 16 Nov. 2003
Format: Paperback
Full of detiled pictures, giving all the information you could ask for from fabrics used to colours and prints. Especially helpful for students and anyone wanting to base designs on historical costume but are not sure where to start with the finer details.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By april-showers on 19 Sept. 2004
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Hand drawings of dresses and accessories (roughly one dress for every couple of years) mainly drawn from dresses in the Snowshill collection. The drawings show front and back views plus close ups of certain aspects of the garment and include measurements in inches.
I am using the book as a reference but I do think that if you're good/experienced at making your own patterns you could recreate the dresses with the detail given.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Jan. 1999
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Nancy Bradfield (1913 - 1997) was a leading authority on the history of English Costume. This book is the culmination of many years of painstaking research and is presented as a unique collection of meticulously detailed drawings and authoritative text, which show both dresses and accessories in such a way that every aspect of construction, fastening and trimming can be studied. The majority of items featured are from Private Collections, therefore have never been seen by the general public, indeed some are too frail to be displayed. In 1989 Nancy Bradfield was awarded the O.B.E. in recognition of her lifetime's work studying the history of English dress.
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