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Books on 16th and 17th Century Costume & Culture | History of Fashion Design

Books on 16th and 17th Century Costume & Culture

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510m2qNrsQL Queen Elizabeth’s Wardrobe Unlock’d: The inventories of the Wardrobe of Robes prepared in July 1600, edited from Stowe MS 557 in the British Library, MS LR 2/121 in the Public Record Office, London, and MS V.b.72 in the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington DC Janet Arnold, the late, lamented goddess of costume research did this detailed study of every surviving garment, wardrobe record and portrait of Queen Elizabeth I, where she attempted wherever possible to match up the garments and portraits with the detailed wardrobe accounts kept by the government of the day.  The only complaint to be found is that few of the pictures are in color.  This large format book is considered the apex of detailed, stringent costume research work.

41K6SJGRM2L Patterns of Fashion 1: Englishwoman’s Dresses and Their Construction: c.1660-1860 by Janet Arnold the late, great, goddess of us all.  Patterns from museum originals drawn on a 1/8″ grid to 1/8 scale, plus line drawings and construction details telling you exactly how the beasts went together.  Great scholarship put into a form that has instant application to reproducing costumes for theatre or reenactment in real life.

A1dC4nfF9IL Patterns of Fashion : The Cut and Construction of Clothes for Men and Women C1560-1620 Like the above, but further off the ping board.  Includes men’s patterns too, plus photos and essays on the clothes.  You know this woman was truly devoted to her research the moment you start reading about the damage to the original costumes caused by the messy fact that most were once grave clothes

512RKJWTBQL The Funeral Effigies of Westminster Abbey (includes a section by Janet Arnold)

41ipKoEv7DL Dressing Renaissance Florence: Families, Fortunes, and Fine Clothing

511OEMqZ5xL Queen Elizabeth I Paper Doll

61RT5NsKlOL Gallery of Late-Seventeenth-Century Costume : 100 Engravings

51ETdSZ0gaL French Baroque and Rococo Fashions

31QUff+A0RL Louis XIV and His Court Paper Dolls

41voJA1YSIL Dressing the Elite : Clothes in Early Modern England

514Y5S1DT5L A Brief History of the Tudor Age

51SXY0VCQEL Trippingly on the Tongue

51UvOEB5IJL European Costume and Fashion 1490-1790

512IX77VnkL Medieval and Renaissance Dances for Recorders, Dancers, and Hand Drums

51761N0FD3L Shakespeare’s Kitchen : Renaissance Recipes for the Contemporary Cook

51D2SQ9GQQL Plucked, Shaved & Braided: Medieval and Renaissance Beauty and Grooming Practices 1000-1600

510NmcRR1YL Period Costume for Stage & Screen : Patterns for Women’s Dress 1500-1800, Jean Hunnisett, Kathryn Turner (Illustrator) Worth every penny of it’s hefty price tag, this book is high on scholarship, illustrations, easy to understand text and diagrams, and is one of the best, most detailed how-to manuals for costumers ever written. I had been working as a costumer for almost 20 years when I first saw this book and still, I’d say lots of it’s techniques were a revelation. It shows in essence, how to reproduce costumes in this period in such a way as to make them indistinguishable from originals.

51KOCbZd4iL Renaissance Clothing and the Materials of Memory (Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture, 38)

51fxQCBdsJL A Drizzle of Honey: The Life and Recipes of Spain’s Secret Jews

51-2PmZmsNL Blackwork Embroidery

81z6YfXZ8RL Renaissance Patterns for Lace and Embroidery; An Unabridged Facsimile of the ‘Singuliers Et Nouveaux Pourtraicts’ of 1587.

51SSYQX0QCL Creating Personas

418807PTZ2L Traveling Dysshes; Or, Foods for Wars, Peace, and Potlucks

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41VJ8BE9PYL Fooles and Fricassees : Food in Shakespeare’s England

513vlKyl05L Design Your Own Coat of Arms

518RFKRh6ZL Past into Present : Effective Techniques for First-Person Historical Interpretation

51RQ1SMQSHL Authentic Everyday Dress of the Renaissance : All 154 Plates from the ‘Trachtenbuch’

4188999D1PL Costumes and Scripts in the Elizabethan Theatres

51YY3JXER7L The Stage Designs of Inigo Jones: The European Context

51xhwX5x2jL The Honest Courtesan: Veronica Franco, Citizen and Writer in Sixteenth-Century Venice (Women in Culture and Society)

51HQADWERAL The Book of the Courtesans: A Catalogue of Their Virtues

englishcostumeearlymidage English Costume from the Early Middle Ages Through the Sixteenth Century

51FXSAE0C6L English Costume from the Seventeenth Through the Nineteenth Centuries

41AJ4KXVJEL Methods and Practice of Elizabethan Swordplay

51sljzSfgML American Family of the Pilgrim Period Paper Dolls in Full Color

81FPoNFW7mL European Civil and Military Clothing : From the First to the Eighteenth Century

4130G1VFDZL The Various Styles of Clothing

21H+8dOYUqL Tailor’s Pattern Book 1589 : (facsimile) by Juan de Alcega, translation Jean Pain & Cecilia Bainton. A connoisseur’s lust-object; includes a complete facsimile of the original, plus translation, definition of terms, and a scholarly treatise on tailoring in the 16th Century.

81ruEZ-1CNL Blackwork

51URjf+mPcL Renaissance Fashions

41OQkXf+IoL The Worth of Women: Wherein Is Clearly Revealed Their Nobility and Their Superiority to Men (The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe)

513lPvQV4jL Elizabethan Costumes Paper Dolls

51gj25IUjiL Great Characters from Shakespeare Paper Dolls

61DYV6E0SZL Elizabethan Treasures : The Hardwick Hall Textiles

5111cWNE Men’s Seventeenth & Eighteenth Century Costume : Cut and Fashion

thedevilscloth The Devil’s Cloth (European Perspectives: A Series in Social Thought and Cultural Criticism)

71A8MeZg1hL Tudor and Elizabethan Fashions

51HGf6UJDgL Historical Fashion in Detail: the 17th and 18th Centuries

51+Kd3n4oZL Tudor Costume and Fashion, Herbert Norris. A long out of print classic, heavily geared towards the needs of Shakespeare productions and people doing English History plays. Norris’ books have long been hunted through antiquarian booksellers by serious costumers.

61MQ829747L Vecellio’s Renaissance Costume Book : All 500 Woodcut Illustrations from the Famous Sixteenth-Century Compendium of World Costume; Cesare, Vecellio. The first great costume book written (or to be more accurate, drawn), this work is absolutely indispensable for costuming Shakespeare or Ren Faires. It is most interesting in that it shows not only contemporary European Renaissance dress, but also what these same Europeans thought was the modern dress around the world, as well as Medieval and Ancient dress. This book is probably the closest image of what costuming in Shakespeare’s stage would have looked like, since plates in it are suspiciously close to the costumes shown in the Titus Andronicus drawing.

51S3F0DCGZL Where Queen Elizabeth Slept & What the Butler Saw : Historical Terms from the Sixteenth Century to the Present

5103836VM7L The Writer’s Guide to Everyday Life in Renaissance England : From 1485-1649

91KCsB1oWNL The English Housewife

51RWJ9HTQBL Sallets, Humbles & Shrewsbery Cakes: A Collection of Elizabethan Recipes Adapted for the Modern Kitchen

51YkJUM8zBL Daily Life in Elizabethan England

514enStO2qL The Tudor Housewife

612ZR7XEZAL What Life Was Like in the Realm of Elizabeth : England, Ad 1533-1603 (What Life Was Like Series)

A Visual History of Costume : The Sixteenth Century, Jane Ashelford. Lots of mainly B&W reproductions of paintings with concise scholarly histrory, intended for the theatre costumer intent on greater historical accuracy.

613kf0GAEIL Henry VIII and His Wives Paper Dolls

Dress in the Age of Elizabeth I; Jane Ashelford. Lots of mainly B&W reproductions of paintings with concise scholarly histrory. Longer, and a bit more in-depth on the Elizabethan period than the above two series books, it is obvious that this is the must-have one for any historical recreationist intent on wowing their friends at Ren Faire.

51PAK3R2JML Italian Renaissance Costumes Paper Dolls (Paper Doll Series)


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