Illustrated Encyclopedia of World Costume
From the headgear of the ancient Greeks and Etruscans to Elizabethan farthingales and modern footwear, this authoritative resource presents a comprehensive history of clothing and accessories. It covers every world culture with 650-plus entries in alphabetical order that define and describe designs, materials, accessories, and manufacturing techniques, placing them in historical perspective and tracing the development of tastes and the recurrence of motifs.
More than 2,100 black-and-white drawings include 110 full-page plates of costume drawings, in addition to eight pages of color illustrations. "Amazingly enough, there is an illustration for almost every item," noted Choice magazine, adding, "the text is a model for this type of reference work, a good summary for the knowledgeable and a mine of information for the novice." A detailed index makes it easy to locate garments from any era.
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ancient ancient Egypt ankle apron band became belt blouse bobbin bobbin lace bodice bonnet boots breeches buttons Byzantine dress caftan centre chemise cloak cloth coat coiffure collar coloured corset costume cotehardie cotton crinoline decorated draped dress early edges eighteenth century embroidered embroidery English especially Etruscan Europe fabric Falling band farthingale fashionable fastened feminine fibres French front garment gloves gold gown hair head-dress hips hood hose houppelande Indian jacket jewelled jewellery knitted lace ladies later leather linen liripipe machine material metal Middle Ages Minoan neck neckline nineteenth century onwards ornamented padded pattern petticoat pleated ribbon Roman round sash satin seventeenth century sewn shirt shoes shoulder silk silver sixteenth century skin skirt sleeves Spanish stitch stockings striped style suit teenth century thread trimming trousers tunic twentieth century usually veil velvet waist waistcoat warp wear weft women wool woollen wore worn woven