Historic English Costumes and How to Make Them by: Talbot
||Historic English Costumes and How to Make Them
||5.25 x 8 in.
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As an early-twentieth-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,
Reprint of Dress Design: An Account of Costume for Artists &
Dressmakers, John Hogg, London, 1913.