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

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

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 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.

Title:Historical Fashion in Detail: The 17th and 18th Centuries
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780810966086
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    Historical Fashion in Detail: The 17th and 18th Centuries Reviews

  • Mari?ina

    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 color...

  • Terri

    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 m...

  • Andrea Zuvich

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

  • Margie

    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 ava...

  • Raisa

    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 beauti...

  • Maer

    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 a...

  • Simone Vd stadt beaney

    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....

  • Pancha

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

  • Cindy Tan

    I had the ebook because of the cover - how gorgeous is that corset?Unfortunately, I find that this book was very niche... which I do not blame..It is perfect for costume designers, but I can say it mi...

  • Charles

    Absolutely gorgeous book, wonderful reference for details in fashion from this period. ...