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Victorian costume and costume accessories (Victorian collector series) [Hardcover]

Anne Buck
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1961 Victorian collector series
Victorian dress, the dress of more than sixty years, is not a single fashion but a sequence of styles, each evolving gradually from the preceding style, catching and reflecting changes in art and society. The shaping of dress, the covering outdoor garments, the concealed undergarments, the fabrics used in the making of dress and all its accessories together make the pattern of change. All these aspects of dress, together with briefer sections on men's dress and children's dress, are dealt with in this book. The author's experience as Keeper of one of the major collections of costume in the country, The Gallery of English Costume, Platt Hall, Manchester, gave her unrivalled qualifications for writing a work of this kind and it has long been a standard work on the period.
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  • Hardcover: 215 pages
  • Publisher: Jenkins (1961)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0000CL07G
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 16 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,743,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anne Buck OBE is an international authority on English costume and as Keeper of the Gallery of English Costume, Platt Hall, Manchester, she built up a world-renowned collection. She has been Chairman of the Costume Society and of the International Committee for Museums of Costume. She is the author of several books and articles on costume and dress and has lectured widely on the subject. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A good guide 16 Sep 2011
By A Ryder
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A surprisingly slim volume for a subject so voluminous in every sense. The structure is helpful, with overview chapters followed by others devoted specifically to categories such as 'hats and bonnets' and 'children's clothing'. These are explained in a roughly chronological sense to give a feeling for how the length and decoration of gloves, for example, changed during Victoria's reign.

The text itself sometimes assumes a knowledge of dressmaking terms that the modern reader may not have, however, and the plates as well as the illustrations are in black and white, which reduces the effect somewhat. It also doesn't say much about the wider context of clothing in the era - class or labour-specific dress, relative costs, re-sold and re-made items etc although it makes no claims to include them.

Overall a handy introduction, or companion to other volumes such as 'Fashion and Reality', 'Corsets and Crinolines' and 'Crinolines and Crimping Irons'.
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