Fashion in Detail: From the 17th and 18th Centuries
This sumptuously illustrated book showcases the richness and variety of historical dress of the 17th and 18th centuries. Drawn from the Victoria and Albert Museum's world-famous collection, these garments can be seen in close-up for the first time. Perfection is in the detail: Jacobean blackwork, neoclassical tambour work, decorative seams, exquisite stitching, knife-sharp pleats, and voluptuous drapery are pictured here, alongside more unusual techniques such as stamping, pinking, and slashing. This volume offers the opportunity to see rare, historic clothes in greater detail than is normally possible. Many of these pieces are too fragile to be on permanent display, while significant garments such as the wedding suit of James II, with its intricate silver embroidery, cannot be exposed to bright light. This gallery of exquisite photographs, with line-drawings showing the construction of the complete garment, and a text that sets each in the context of its time, is a visual feast for all fashion lovers, and an essential resource for curators, collectors, students, and designers.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
A Fantastic book! Worth buying just for the beautiful pictures of clothing and embroidery! This book focuses more on parts of clothing and accesories rather than the full thing. It has drawn up pictures of the full clothing pieces, but does not have the whole picture. Still an absolute Gem of a book, that has furthered my desire to collect old clothing.
Fashion in detail: from the 17th and 18th centuriesUser Review - Book Verdict
Hart, a former assistant curator in the Department of Textiles and Dress at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and North, the deputy curator of the department, combine straightforward text describing some 160 rare garments from the Victoria and Albert collections with line drawings illustrating the construction of the garments. The magnificently detailed color photographs are what make this volume stand out from similar titles. Fabrics, colors, styles, and unusual sewing techniques long lost to the modern fashion industry are carefully documented. A brief glossary of terms proves helpful, although a few terms were not listed. This book is a treasure trove for fashion design students and costume designers alike--the garments discussed and illustrated here are frequently too fragile or too vulnerable to bright light ever to be displayed publicly. Recommended for larger academic and public libraries and collections specializing in fashion or costume design.--P. Steven Thomas, Central Michigan Univ. Lib., Mt. Pleasant