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    Historic English Costumes and How to Make Them (Dover Books on Fashion) (Paperback) By (author) Talbot Hughes, Introduction by Kristina Seleshanko

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    DescriptionAs an early-20th-century English artist with an interest in historical subjects, Talbot Hughes began collecting clothing for accuracy in his paintings -- and the pursuit grew into a labor of love. His magnificent costume collection was eventually displayed in Harrod's and has become a permanent part of the collection of the venerable Victoria and Albert Museum in London. In this well-researched guide, Hughes traces the evolution of English fashions from the grass-cloth wraps of prehistoric times to the luxurious gowns of the Victorian era. Arranged chronologically and by British reigns, this splendid compilation includes over 300 illustrations of period fashions for men and women and 94 photos of historic garments. Pictured are tunics and tights from the thirteenth century, Elizabethan gowns with starched ruff collars, Charles I cavaliers with lace-collared jackets and breeches, a five-century array of boots and shoes, an assortment of elaborate wigs, embroidered waistcoats, quilted petticoats, plumed headdresses, and other dashing designs of the past. More than a history of British style, it's also a dressmaker's delight, with scaled-down patterns for 67 authentic costumes -- and a perfect reference for fashion designers, stylists, and historians.


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    Victoria Caramel If you are searching for a well explained book that shows good examples of clothing through british history and explains a little bit about techniques used by seamstresses of the time to achieve such results that's definitely not the book for you. This is an awful book. It has very few pictures, and the pictures are in low quality. Most of the time you don't really know which cloth the author is talking about since it has no really good examples of clothing. Don't waste your money buying this book. by Victoria Caramel

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