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Medieval Dress and Fashion Paperback – Illustrated, 1 Sep 2009

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: The British Library Publishing Division (1 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0712350675
  • ISBN-13: 978-0712350679
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 2.5 x 27.9 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 905,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The figures in (illuminated manuscripts) will never look the same after you have read this entertaining yet scholarly account of our ancestors' garb. --The Art Book --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Margaret Scott was Head of the History of Dress Section at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London University, from 2001 to 2004, and is now a freelance writer. Her previous books include A Visual History of Costume: The 14th and 15th Centuries (1986) and Medieval Clothing and Costumes: Wealth and Class in Medieval Times (2003).

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful, thoughtful, intelligent book on Medieval dress! 18 Jan 2010
By J. Byrne - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Margaret Scott is a delightful author who ekes out so much information from the history and images of the time that I find myself re-reading many passages! Her diverse background allows her to give insight not only into what was worn but why and how it was affected by the human influence of the time. Historical clothing books can sometimes be simplistic in their approach but Dr. Scott's book is not. She digs deep and wide to prove an amazing diversity of clothing often not touched on in other treatises.

This book is not large but it is full of beautiful extant images, chock full of information and even fun anecdotes. I strongly recommend this book for anyone interested in clothing of this time!
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
"Medieval Dress and Fashion" by Margaret Scott 4 Aug 2008
By "lovemybooks" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
For anyone as crazy about Medieval history as I am, this book is a thrill!
Heaps of full colour illustrations almost on every page,make it a veritable jewel. Margaret Scott's text is easy to read and understand and not a bit "dry" as some historical writers tend to be. She approaches her subject with both gusto and humour, explaining how even the colours of different outfits could denote where one stood in medieval hierachy. Also some of the "fashion fads" were amusing, such as very, very elongated toes on shoes for men, started by one poor soul who had bad bunions, in order to disguise the fact! I am still reading it, and loving every page. I highly recommend it to anyone, particularly those interested in how dress and fashion started and even today, influences how we dress.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Good survey with excellent pictures 23 Mar 2010
By Catherine Raymond - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Margaret Scott's "Medieval Dress and Fashion" is far from comprehensive. But for the serious student of the period and subject, her book offers interesting insights and a collection of costume-oriented pictures from period art that is hard to match anywhere else for the price. Though it would have been even more informative to feature photographs of some of the surviving garments of the period, Scott's book still deserves a place in the libraries of those interested in western European medieval costume.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Beautifully Illustrated 7 Sep 2012
By Amy Jarecki - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Medieval Dress and Fashion is a wonderfully illustrated book. The chapters take us from 840 AD through the end of the sixteenth century, and the pages are filled with detail.
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