Essential books for the costume enthusiast

A Listmania! list by Ms. J. Bland "Jeni B" (England)
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Tudor Costume and Fashion (Dover Fashion and Costumes)
1.  Tudor Costume and Fashion (Dover Fashion and Costumes) by Herbert Norris
The list author says:
  "Very informative, some colour plates of original artwork adds some much needed colour."
£33.49   Used & New from: £6.14
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

The Tudor Tailor: Reconstructing Sixteenth-Century Dress
2.  The Tudor Tailor: Reconstructing Sixteenth-Century Dress by Jane Malcolm-Davies
The list author says:
  "Clear instructions and very good photos - worth checking out their website too!"
£15.99   Used & New from: £10.23
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

Patterns of Fashion: 1660-1860: Vol 1
3.  Patterns of Fashion: 1660-1860: Vol 1 by Janet Arnold
The list author says:
  "Janet Arnold is one of the most respected names in the field, her research has been indispensible"
£20.00   Used & New from: £15.58
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

The Cut of Women's Clothes
4.  The Cut of Women's Clothes by Norah Waugh
The list author says:
  "Norah Waugh is another god in the business, these books are the backbone of costume design, you will refer to them again and again."
£42.25   Used & New from: £27.57
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

Patterns of Fashion: C1560-1620: 1560-1620 v. 3
5.  Patterns of Fashion: C1560-1620: 1560-1620 v. 3 by Janet Arnold
The list author says:
  "Another of the three main Janet Arnold books, these all have brilliant patterns that are not as hard to follow as they look."
£20.00   Used & New from: £14.80
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

400 Years of Fashion
6.  400 Years of Fashion by Ed. Natalie Rothstein
The list author says:
  "This is a good book for inspiration, the range of beautiful examples of extant costumes are stunning."
£19.99   Used & New from: £5.45
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

Costume in Detail: Women's Dress, 1730-1930
7.  Costume in Detail: Women's Dress, 1730-1930 by Nancy Bradfield
The list author says:
  "I use this book with almost every costume from that time period, it is great for construction information and has lots of useful information!"
£16.99   Used & New from: £14.18
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

Historical Fashion in Detail: The 17th and 18th Centuries
8.  Historical Fashion in Detail: The 17th and 18th Centuries by Avril Hart
The list author says:
  "Amazing close up photos of extant examples, along with line drawings are very useful."
Used & New from: £12.73
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Nineteenth-Century Fashion in Detail
9.  Nineteenth-Century Fashion in Detail by Lucy Johnston
The list author says:
  "Another book with fabulous photos of extant pieces, though sadly not shown in chronological order which is a shame. Why not test your knowledge - guess the year as you turn the pages!"
Used & New from: £46.56
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Victorian Fashions: A Pictorial Archive, 965 Illustrations: A Pictorial Archive with Over 1000 Illustrations of Women's Fashions from 1855-1903 (Dover Pictorial Archive)
10.  Victorian Fashions: A Pictorial Archive, 965 Illustrations: A Pictorial Archive with Over 1000 Illustrations of Women's Fashions from 1855-1903 (Dover Pictorial Archive) by Carol Grafton
The list author says:
  "This was the first book of its type that I bought and I use it a lot for inspiration."
£13.13   Used & New from: £4.92
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

Corsets and Crinolines
11.  Corsets and Crinolines by Norah Waugh
The list author says:
  "The list wouldn't be complete without C&C.  Another staple for the costume maker."
£39.59   Used & New from: £24.44
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

Patterns of Fashion 2
12.  Patterns of Fashion 2 by Janet Arnold
The list author says:
  "The third book in the series, these are so useful.  I used a pattern from this book that was about 2" by 1" long, but it worked a treat!"
£20.40   Used & New from: £13.82
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

Period Costume for Stage and Screen: 1800-1909: Patterns for Women's Dress
13.  Period Costume for Stage and Screen: 1800-1909: Patterns for Women's Dress by Jean Hunnisett
The list author says:
  "Not for the historical re enactor, but it does show the essence of the style.  Use it for the pattern and in conjunction with other resources for period detail."
Used & New from: £52.21
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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