The Dictionary of Fashion History

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- What is an earthquake gown?
- Who wore eelskin masher trousers?
- What did the word "dudes" mean in the 16th century?

A Dictionary of English Costume by C. Willett Cunnington, Phillis Cunnington and Charles Beard was originally published in 1960. A monumental achievement and encyclopaedic in scope, it was a comprehensive catalogue of fashion terms from the mid-medieval period up to 1900. It was reissued and updated several times, for the last time in 1976. For decades it has served as a bible for costume historians. The Dictionary of Fashion History completely updates and supplements the Cunningtons' landmark work to bring it up to the present day.

Featuring additional terms and revised definitions, this new edition represents an essential reference for costume historians, students of fashion history, or anyone involved in creating period costume for the theatre, film or television. It also is fascinating reading for those simply interested in the subject.

Clear, concise, and meticulous in detail, this essential reference answers countless questions relating to the history of dress and adornment and promises to be a definitive guide for generations to come.

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As a student of fashion myself, I found this book a wonderful read. Learning about all the history of where today's most common items and trends come from helped me understand and draw inspiration from the past. This is a must read for any fashion designer, or simple those who love fashion.
I'd also recommend Classic Chic: Music, Fashion, and Modernism for those who liked this book.

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About the author (2010)

Valerie Cumming is formerly Chairman, The Costume Society (2004-2009), and Deputy Director and Chief Curator, Museum of London.

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