This is by no means an exhaustive study of the history of costume. However it is a useful addition to the library of anyone studying the subject, mostly because it draws its subject matter from contemporary works of art. Hence we view Roman and Romanesque drapery from statuary, Renaissance and Rococo outfits from paintings, 19th and early 20th century styles from fashion prints and magazine illustrations. This gives us an idea of how people at the time intended their dress to be perceived. The book is also a quiet work of beauty in its own right, which will be of interest to artists studying style.
It would also make a good gift for an artistic youngster. I first found it in the school library and spent many happy hours tracing and colouring the clearly presented line drawings.