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Inexpensive standard reference,
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This review is from: English Women's Clothing in the Nineteenth Century (Dover Fashion and Costumes) (Paperback)
This thick, oversized paperback, profusely illustrated, is thecheapest and most comprehensive of the currently available 19th century clothing references. Black and white line drawings and photographs (for the latter part of the century) illustrate fashionable woman's attire. In many cases, details of construction are also given. The accompanying text includes an overview for each decade and minute description, year by year, of hairstyle, fabric, accessories, as well as the costumes themselves. Abundant quotation from original sources. Glossary of terms. Weaknesses (1) no attention is paid to middle and lower class woman's clothing, but this is an all too common fault. (2) No color plates, a real loss for a period when women's clothing achieved such distinctive, not to say, garish hues. Overall, this is a lot of book for the money, a good first reference for this period.
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