What People Wore When

What People Wore When

A Complete Illustrated History of Costume From Ancient Times to the Nineteenth Century for Every Level of Society

Book - 2008
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What People Wore When combines the studies of two classic nineteenth-century illustrators Auguste Racinet and Friedrich Hottenroth for the first time. Their works are presented first by chronology and then by subject, so that illustrators, historians, and students alike can choose to follow the path of fashion through the centuries, or study in detail the contrasting styles of individual clothing and accessories. Silhouettes reveal the shape of style through the ages, detailed cross-references draw attention to recurring motifs, and navigation bars help the researcher to travel the complex chronology of costume.

With authoritative narrative from leading experts in the history of costume, extraordinary contemporary quotes that reveal the impact of style in its day, detailed annotation, and an extensive glossary, the book provides a magnificent study of the rich vocabulary of style through the ages.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2008.
ISBN: 9780312383213
Characteristics: 352 p. :,ill. (chiefly col.) ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Leventon, Melissa


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Dec 30, 2019

Useful for those who have no knowledge of the subject. However, the information in this book comes from two books published in the 19th century and so the information is incomplete or even incorrect. Still useful.

Nov 03, 2017

This book would be a great reference for any costume designer who wants to be historically accurate. Also helpful if you enjoy reading historical content as it provides regionally specific information and drawings. I find it easy when reading to envision what I have seen in a movie but a conflicting time and space. I didn't read this straight through but focused on the sections appealing to me in this time and space.

Sep 25, 2017

Also covers body armor which is not indicated in the descriptions. Although the descriptions suggest it as a student source it is nice just for the casual reader of historic fiction which often makes obscure references to types of clothing which the reader might have no idea what the author is talking about.

100101_2827637 Jul 07, 2011

A lot of work went in to this book...back in the 1800's when the plates were first drawn. The are a lot of plates that state there are inaccurate in the designs and patterns and the stats to drag on a bit...but a good book for interested in the history of fashion.

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