New Reference Book: What People Wore When

By - Research & Instruction Librarian October 15th, 2009

Lura Sanborn – Reference Librarian

What People Wore When: A Complete Illustrated History of Costume edited by Melissa Leventon, St. Martin’s Press, 2008.

Find it in Ohrstrom at: REF 391 L57W

Presented geographically (Egypt, Italy, India, et al.), area fashions are then presented chronologically, often spanning several centuries.  Color drawings are included throughout.

Images are accompanied by brief text descriptions including: Knights, 11th Century [England]; Campaign Wig [France, 1650-1780], Samurai Woman, [Japan, 19th Century].

The final 30 pages of the volume is divided into two sections.  The first focuses on Western clothing details (sleeves, doublets, hose, et al) from 1300-1800.  The second section focuses on Western accessories (footwear, belts, hairstyles, et al.).

Helpful for: Humanities IV, Humanities V, Fashion Enthusiasts, Art

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