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Elizabethan Costuming for the Years 1550 - 1580 -- Second 2nd Edition Paperback – 1987

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4.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Primer for Specific Historical Cosplay 21 Feb. 2012
By L. Jonte - Published on
I bought a copy of this book waaay back in the 80s, when I was a regular at Ren Faire, and from it I constructed many a complete set of period clothing. It focuses on the basic construction of, and purpose behind, the various articles of underpinning, clothing and decoration that were generally worn in the England of Elizabeth I.

While it may not be the most polished of publications, it is a fantastic introduction to the period. I'd recommend it to anyone who wants to understand Elizabethan clothing as functional clothing, rather than as pretty people in fancy outfits.
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This is a great source and visual for creating your own costumes
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1.0 out of 5 stars Please Don't Buy or Use This Book! Full of Mis-Steps! 30 Jun. 2011
By S. Bryan - Published on
This book was created back when there was not a lot of research into this period. So I first have to say? They began our efforts to make historically accurate clothing from Elizabeth's time. I do give kudos for they at least tried to do something. However, since they are more theatrically based and did not speak with Textile researchers- Like Janet Arnold, or even Jean Hunnisett, they have caused mis-conceptions and incorrect preceptions of the time that to this day? We can't get people to change!

Chemise~ Is not the term for every country!!! England it was the Shift or Smock, and for Italian City States it was Camisa, or Camcia depending on where you were and it was Hamnd (I think this is how is it spelled I am sorry if I am wrong) for Germany. So each country had a term. Yet we are all stuck with 'Chemise'....

Bumroll~ This was something that was created to wear or came into fashion with the "Wheel Farthingale" or "French Farthingale" we at this time, can not find any supporting evidence that it was used prior, but again people are now under the impression that you MUST have a Bumroll to do anything and this is not the case.

So now that I have shown you why I feel you should not purchase this book? What do I suggest?

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