Historical fashion in detail: the 17th and 18th centuries
Now available from Abrams, this popular book offers a rare, close-up look at the exquisite, labor-intensive details seen in fine historical clothing. Perfect decorative seams, minute stitching, knife-sharp pleats, and voluptuous drapery--all are here, alongside more unusual techniques such as stamping, pinking, and slashing. Most of these effects cannot be replicated by machine, yet many of today's fashion designers take their inspiration from the past, adapting these details to a more contemporary idiom, and to the realities of modern manufacturing. Drawing from the Victoria and Albert Museum's world-famous collections, the book contains a gallery of exquisite photographs, accompanied by clear line drawings showing the construction of the complete garment and a text that sets each in the context of its time. This book will appeal to anyone interested in fashion, historical costume, or textile history, from cut and construction to fabric and trimmings.
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18th century bobbin lace bodice braid breeches buttonhole stitch centre back chain stitch chenille collar coloured silks cord couched curved decorative detail shows doublet draped dress coat early 17th-century embroidery English fabric falling band fashionable fasten floral sprigs fly fringe French knots front edges fustian garment Given by Miss glove ground hoop ivory silk jacket of linen James Master Janet Arnold knitting late 18th leather lined linen linen embroidered loops man's coat man's doublet man's waistcoat mantua men's metal thread motifs narrow neck padded pair panels passementerie pattern pink silk pleats pocket flaps polonaise printed cotton quilted ribbed silk rococo sack-back gown Samuel Richardson satin stitch shape shoe silk ribbon silk taffeta silk thread silver and silver-gilt silver spangles silver thread silver-gilt thread skirt slashed sleeve ruffles smock stomacher style taffeta tamboured tassels trimmed velvet waist waistline weft white satin whitework woman's jacket wooden core wool worn woven silk yellow