Five Centuries of American Costume

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Courier Corporation, 2011 - Antiques & Collectibles - 207 pages
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This profusely illustrated study focuses on more than 500 years of clothing styles worn by people of the Americas — from animal hides in the 9th century to suits for both sexes in the mid-20th century. A brief, introductory chapter describes and depicts the everyday wear of Vikings, Mayans, Aztecs, Incas, and principal North American Indian tribes. Subsequent sections are devoted to the many and varied costumes of the Spanish, Portuguese, English, French, German, and Scandinavians who came after them. Military uniforms from the 16th to the mid-20th century are also portrayed, and civilian dress for men, women and children is reviewed during the same five centuries.

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Five centuries of American costume

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This 1963 volume offers drawings of clothing from the Norsemen through the 1960s. The outfits are both military and civilian for both sexes. In addition to the more than 400 illustrations, Wilcox offers short chapters detailing the changes in fashion through the centuries. Read full review

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Really good. Lots and lots of hand-drawn pictures of both men and women from Norsemen to Eskimos to European military to women's military uniforms from WWII to fashion of the 40s. There's a broad sweep with both sexes well represented in a variety of situations. Read full review

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Wilcox was a student of general history, design, and costume, aller her life. She lived in Paris, Munich, and London for varying periods.

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