on 28 September 2009
For anyone who wants pictures of later Victorian fashion including both bustle periods this book is a must. Filled with beautiful, detailed fashion plates covering all parts of ladies fashion from undies to accessories this book has it all! The accompanying text is short but interesting as it is contemporary with the pictures. An excellent resource for all students of costume or fashion history.
on 4 May 2011
This is a book I dip into for pleasure almost as often as for serious research. Rich in detailed descriptions, beautifully illustrated, covering everything from slippers to head-dresses, gorgeous gowns and beautiful lingerie, and such essential accessories as jewelery and fans. There are elements of social history, too, in the attention given to such items as the correct mourning clothes, including those suitable "for elderly ladies". A delight of a book.