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The Cut of Women's Clothes [Hardcover]

Norah Waugh
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Book Description

18 July 1994

Norah Waugh's book has, for many years, been the definitive work of reference for teachers and students of fashion design, for dress designers, for costume makers - and anyone who is seriously interested in the history and construction of women's clothes.

Each period in the history of costume has produced its own characteristic line and silhouette, and the book includes numerous patterns taken from actual dresses, many of them rare museum specimens, illustrated by line sketches of the garments themselves. There are detailed notes on the production of women's dress with diagrams from and references to early technical books and journals.

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber (18 July 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571085946
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571085941
  • Product Dimensions: 28 x 22.2 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 335,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Most useful. . . Recommended."
-"Times Education Supplement
"Serious and beautifully illustrated."
"A definitive work. . . Highly recommended."
-"Library Journal
"Rewarding to anyone interested in the history of women as people."
-"Christian Science Monitor
"The method is impeccable, the presentation flawless and the information fascinating. The scaled cutting diagrams are readily useable."
-"Educational Theatre Journal
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About the Author

Norah Waugh lectured and supervised practical work on historical costume in the Theatre Department of the Central School of Art and Design in London. In the late 1930s she was in charge of costume at the London Theatre Studio run by Michel Saint-Denis.

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Women's fashions of the last years of Queen Elizabeth's reign continued to be worn for a time after James I came to the throne; yet during the first quarter of the seventeenth century there came a period of transition bringing with it a gradual elimination of the earlier extravagances. Read the first page
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great inspiration 7 Sep 2009
This book has a lot of sketches of dresses (and the pattern pieces they are made from), fascinating snippets of historical information through quotations, and some plates. It is a rich source of ideas for decoration, and basic pattern shapes. It would be frustrating to try and enlarge the pieces with a view to making the clothes, but should be an excellent inspiration and guide for a seamstress with some experience. It does provide delightful details on clothing, fabric, and thoughts of life and fashion from the various periods. I would have liked more details on accessories, but am very happy with the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely essential for cutting period patterns 11 April 2001
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This Book is absolutely essential for everyone who has to work in the area of fashion, period dresses and costume researches.
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This an excellent book as contains historical information as well as basic patterns from each period. It is an excellent resource for anyone interested in period costumes.
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