Medieval Costume in England and France: The 13th, 14th, and 15th Centuries

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Carefully researched, meticulously detailed account of the style and construction of period costumes. Includes descriptions and illustrations of royal apparel, elaborate ecclesiastical dress and vestments, academic and legal garments, and civilian dress of all classes. Also discusses jewelry, armor, textiles, embroidery and hairdressing.

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Carefully researched, meticulously detailed account of the style and construction of period costumes. Includes descriptions and illustrations of royal apparel, elaborate ecclesiastical dress and vestments, academic and legal garments, and civilian dress of all classes. Also discusses jewelry, armor, textiles, embroidery and hairdressing.

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Describes the style and construction of royal raiment, ecclesiastical vestments, academic and legal robes, and civilian dress for all classes. Also discusses related subjects such as jewelry, textiles, armor, and hairdressing. Over 350 black-and- white line drawings of complete costumes, decoration, and patterns are taken from contemporary illustration and sculpture. Includes a glossary without pronunciation. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486290607
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 4/11/1996
  • Series: Dover Fashion and Costumes Series
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 475,242
  • Product dimensions: 5.64 (w) x 8.22 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Table of Contents

I. THE CONSTRUCTION OF THIRTEENTH-CENTURY COSTUME
    Early Examples
    Mid - Century Types
    Later Thirteenth-Century Types and Hoods
II. REGAL COSTUME IN THE THIRTEENTH CENTURY
III. AN INTRODUCTION TO ECCLESIASTICAL COSTUME AND THAT OF THE RELIGIOUS ORDERS
    The Eucharistic Vestments in Detail
    Costume of the Religious Orders
IV. CIVILIAN DRESS OF THE THIRTEENTH CENTURY
V. ARMOUR IN THIRTEENTH CENTURY AND DETAILS FROM METAL ORNAMENTS
    Thirteenth-Century Armour
VI. THIRTEENTH-CENTURY ORNAMENT AS APPLIED TO TEXTILES AND EMBROIDERIES
    Patterned Skills of the Thirteenth Century
    Thirteenth-Century Embroideries
VII. THE STYLE AND CONSTRUCTION OF FOURTEENTH-CENTURY COSTUME
    The Style
    The Construction of Costume
    Out-door Garments
    Headgear and Hair-dressing
VIII. REGAL AND ECCLESIASTICAL COSTUME IN THE FOURTEENTH CENTURY
    Regal Costume
    Examples of Ecclesiastical Costume
IX. CIVILIAN DRESS OF THE FOURTEENTH CENTURY
    Early Fourteenth Century
    Middle Fourteenth Century
    Working-Class Costume
    Late Fourteenth Century
X. ARMOUR IN THE FOURTEENTH CENTURY AND DETAILS FROM METAL ORNAMENTS
XI. FOURTEENTH-CENTURY ORNAMENT CHEIFLY CONSIDERED AS APPLIED TO WOVEN MATERIALS AND EMBROIDERIES
    Patterned Silks of the Fourteenth Century
    Embroidery Patterns
XII. THE STYLE AND CONSTRUCTION OF FIFTEENTH CENTURY COSTUME
    The Style
    The Construction of Costume
XIII. "REGAL, ECCLESIASTICAL AND ACADEMIC COSTUME"
    Regal Costume
    Ecclesiastical Costume
    Non-Eucharistic Vestments
    Academic Costume
    Legal Costume
XIV. CIVILIAN DRESS OF THE FIFTEENTH CENTURY
    Period I. Transitional
    Period II. Early Fifteenth Century
    Period III. Late Fifteenth Century
    Period IV. Transitional to the Sixteenth Century
XV. ARMOUR IN THE FIFTEENTH CENTURY AND DETAILS FROM METAL ORNAMENTS
XVI. FIFTEENTH-CENTURY ORNAMENT AS APPLIED TO WOVEN MATERIALS AND EMBROIDERIES
  GLOSSARY OF MEDIEVAL TERMS FOR COSTUME
  BIBLIOGRAPHY
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2000

    Great resource

    Houston's book was one of the first I read about medieval costumes in Europe, and I've referred to it time and time again. The best thing about this book is that the garments/illustrations are taken directly from historical resources, which can be verified through other means. The book covers noble, middle class, and peasant costume, as well as ecclesiastical (sp?) garments. I'm not interested in religious garments, but the other sections of the book more than make up for their inclusion! If you're looking for scale patterns or construction details, look elsewhere. However, if you are looking for info about the changes in fit and silhouette over the years, as well as detailed diagrams of jewelry and fabric patterns, this book is fabulous.

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