Historical Fashion in Detail: The 17th and 18th Centuries

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  • Title: Historical Fashion in Detail: The 17th and 18th Centuries
  • Author: Avril Hart Susan North
  • ISBN: 9780810966086
  • Page: 318
  • Format: Paperback
  • This sumptuously illustrated book offers the first up close view of the richness and variety of historical dress of the 17th and 18th centuries Drawn from the Victoria and Albert Museum s world famous collection, these garments display skills that are now lost, yet continue to inspire today s leading designers.Much of the finery seen here is too fragile to be on permanentThis sumptuously illustrated book offers the first up close view of the richness and variety of historical dress of the 17th and 18th centuries Drawn from the Victoria and Albert Museum s world famous collection, these garments display skills that are now lost, yet continue to inspire today s leading designers.Much of the finery seen here is too fragile to be on permanent display, or its detail too intricate to be captured in conventional photography Jacobean blackwork, neoclassical tambour work, exquisite stitching, and knife sharp pleats are pictured in stunning photographs, alongside such unusual techniques as stamping, pinking, and slashing many of which are rarely employees in the modern world, as they require labor intensive handwork impossible to replicate by machine.With line drawings showing the construction of the complete garment and a text that sets each in the context of its time, this book is a visual feast for all fashion lovers, and an essential resource for curators, collectors, students, costumers and designers.

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    1. What an amazing book!One of the best in it's field, a must read for everyone who loves fashion or wants to be a photographer!All the photographs carried every tiny detail of the textures and the colorsTruly mesmerising I felt that i could really touch the textiles of the dresses! And the details about every little thing or the ways they used to make clothes were just perfectI also enjoyed very much the part about shoes and gloves.It was informative but in a good way I felt the knowlegde from thi [...]

    2. I love Victorian fashion (minus the wired skirts), and this book covers a lot of that type of style, so it was really interesting to me. Full of photographs, yet also holding a lot of historical facts, this book is really worth reading.

    3. Exquisite. The detailed work shown in this wonderful book published by the Victoria and Albert Museum is truly exquisite. So much so, that every page took my breath away and I was constantly shaking my head in amazement. How was it possible that in an age without the mod cons of the coming Industrial era, detail like this was possible in someone's lifetime? That dresses and gowns, cloaks and gloves, jackets and men's doublets etc, were all being created to this level of intricacy and with relati [...]

    4. Exquisite photos and information, however, there is more about 18th century fashion than the 17th - so be aware of this! (Well worth buying anyway).

    5. Beautiful, but a bit frustrating. This book *only* shows details, and only one area of detail per outfit. So one might look at a gown and want to see detail of the pleating, but the detailed photo available is of the bows on the bustle. Although it wouldn't be out of place in the costumer's bookshelf, it's somewhat more of an art book than a costuming book. The detail is exquisite and helpful to the costumer, but the overall usefulness of the book is limited.

    6. I read through this book about 3 times in the first hours of owning it. Love it! My only complaint is that you do not get photographs of the entire garments, but the close ups with the side diagrams are very helpful!

    7. The pictures are so splendid. This book is a piece of masterpiece for anyone who is doing research or just wants to learn about the fashion of the seventeenth and eighteenth century. I love the beautiful pictures and even more the explanations Hart and North provided about each piece.

    8. I love these books as they are so detailed. Beautiful pictures and detailed close-ups. And a wealth of information on the clothing as well.

    9. These clothes are absolutely beautiful. The detail is amazing, although I do wish the photos included full images of the garments.

    10. I love this book and I have kept it in a highly accessible place so that I open it often and look at the photographs of the garments. It seems like a brilliant concept to me. Only fragments of the garment are displayed but the way that they are presented draws your attention directly to the amazing skill and beauty of the workmanship in the garment. There are pages of pleats, of cuffs, of buttons, of collars. And every piece comes with a line drawing of the garment so that you can imagine it in [...]

    11. The detail is fasinating. Everything was done by hand. Includes the waistcoats that Beatrice Potter painted for the Taylor of Glouster story. Unfortunately, the entire garment is not shown except as a line drawing. Several of the articles are also described by Janet Arnold. Between the two books, a good idea of the garment is obtained. All the pictures in the V&A book are in color. All of Arnold's are in b&w.

    12. This book details extant garments in the Victoria and Albert Museum from the 17th and 18th centuries. Each object has a close-up shot with a useful description. Many pieces also have complete line drawing. Students of historic embroidery will appreciate the detail in the clothing. This book should be read while browsing the V&A collections website as there are very few overall photos of the garments.

    13. What a spectacular book. The photographs perfectly show the details. There are small sketches to show the garment and small descriptions to explain the detail being shown in the photo. The entire garment is not shown and while it would have been nice to see, the book is really about the smaller aspects of the clothing construction and I didn't find it an issue.

    14. Absolutely beautiful photographs. The detail is amazing. The clothing is amazing, especially when you consider that it was done completely by hand. The stitching is so perfect and even. The embroidery is stunning. It makes me wish that I could live long ago for a few days and experience wearing clothing like that. We have nothing even close to that in beauty and detail in current times.

    15. I bought this book at the Victoria & Albert Museum to read on the plane when we were immigrating to the US from England. The photographs are gorgeous. My only reservation is the same as many other readers have - I would like to see some of the outfits in full view as well as bits of them

    16. Just got this in the mail- Shows photos of the stuff and diagrams of how it was constructed- Will definitely come in handy!!!!

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