What People Wore: 1,800 Illustrations from Ancient Times to the Early Twentieth Century

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Spanning nearly 5,000 years of clothing styles, this splendid sourcebook presents a fascinating panorama of wearing apparel, beginning with the ancient Egyptians and continuing through the early decades of the twentieth century.
Over 1,800 drawings — meticulously researched and accurately rendered by the author — depict garments ranging from diaphanous gowns of Egyptian royalty, ornate robes of Byzantine dignitaries, and elegant dresses worn by eighteenth-century Parisians, to ...

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Overview

Spanning nearly 5,000 years of clothing styles, this splendid sourcebook presents a fascinating panorama of wearing apparel, beginning with the ancient Egyptians and continuing through the early decades of the twentieth century.
Over 1,800 drawings — meticulously researched and accurately rendered by the author — depict garments ranging from diaphanous gowns of Egyptian royalty, ornate robes of Byzantine dignitaries, and elegant dresses worn by eighteenth-century Parisians, to picturesque outfits of American frontiersmen and the revolutionary 1930s wardrobe of the American flapper.
Here also are informal portraits of Byzantine commoners and religious figures, Elizabethans in lace collars and ruffs, upper-class Venetians, English dandies, and French gentlemen of the mid-eighteenth century as well as detailed illustrations of nineteenth-century New York farmers, western fur trappers, cowboys, mountain men, and lumberjacks, Klondike prospectors, Mississippi rivermen, and many more. A brief historical survey precedes the chronologically grouped illustrations of each period, and an overall list supplies the source for each drawing. A comprehensive reference for artists, designers, and social historians, this invaluable treasury will also intrigue anyone interested in the evolution of wearing apparel.

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Reprint of a reference originally published in 1952 New York, Viking Press. Meticulously researched and rendered line drawings are grouped chronologically and identified. Includes sources and a bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486281629
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 8/22/1994
  • Series: Dover Fashion and Costumes Series
  • Edition description: Dover ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 9.09 (w) x 11.98 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Table of Contents

"Eastern American Family, Early 1850s"
Introduction
PART I. COSTUME OF THE ANCIENT WORLD
  Greek Charioteer
  Egypt and the Near East
  Egyptian
  "Assyrian, Persian, Hebraic, and Cretan"
  Greece and Rome
  Greek
  Roman
  Byzantine
PART II. EUROPEAN COSTUME
  "Donor of "The Holy Lamb," after Van Eyck"
  The Medieval Period
  Historical Survey: Ninth Century through Thirteen Century
    Ninth to Eleventh Centuries
  History Survey: 1300-1485
    Fourteenth Century
    Fifteenth Century
    Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries
    Armor
    Armor
    "Henry VIII, after Holbein"
  The Tudor Period (1485-1603)
  Historical Survey: Early Tudor Period (1485-1558)
    "Early Tudor, c. 1500"
    "Early Tudor, c. 1505"
    "Early Tudor, c. 1525"
    "Middle Tudor, c. 1545"
  "Historical Survey, Late Tudor Period (1558-1603)"
    "Late Tudor, c. 1565"
    "Late Tudor, c. 1585"
    "Fashionable Lady, after Wenzel Hollar"
  The Seventeenth Century
  Historical Survey: Early Seventeenth Century (1600-1645)
    "Early Seventeenth Century, c. 1605"
    "Early Seventeenth Century, c. 1615"
    "Early Seventeenth Century, c. 1625"
    "Early Seventeenth Century, c. 1635"
    "Early Seventeenth Century, c. 1635 (after Van Dyck)"
    "Early Seventeenth Century, c. 1635"
  Historical Survey: Middle Seventeenth Century (1645-1665)
    "Middle Seventeenth Century, c. 1645 (after W. Hollar)"
    "Middle Seventeenth Century, c. 1645"
    "Middle Seventeenth Century, c. 1655"
  Historical Survey: Late Seventeenth Century (1665-1700)
    "Late Seventeenth Century, c. 1665"
    "Late Seventeenth Century, c. 1675"
    "Late Seventeenth Century, c. 1685"
    "Late Seventeenth Century, c. 1695"
    "Gay Parisians, after Debucourt"
  The Eighteenth Century
  Historical Survey: Early Eighteenth Century (1700-1745)
    "Early Eighteenth Century, c. 1705"
    "Early Eighteenth Century, c. 1725"
    "Early Eighteenth Century, c. 1735"
  Historical Survey: Late Middle Eighteenth Century (1765-1800)
    "Late Eighteenth Century, c. 1765"
    "Late Eighteenth Century, c. 1775"
    "Late Eighteenth Century, c. 1785"
    "Late Eighteenth Century, c. 1795"
    "Late Eighteenth Century, c. 1795 (after Debucourt)"
    "Late Eighteenth Century, c. 1795 (after Goya)"
    "Frenchman of the Second Empire, after Disderi"
  The Nineteenth Century
  Historical Survey: Early Nineteenth Century (1800-1845)
    "Early Nineteenth Century, c. 1805"
    "Early Nineteenth Century, c. 1805-1815"
    "Early Nineteenth Century, c. 1815"
    "Early Nineteenth Century, c. 1825"
    "Early Nineteenth Century, c. 1835"
  Historical Survey: Middle Nineteenth Century (1845-1865)
    "Middle Nineteenth Century, c. 1845"
    "Middle Nineteenth Century, c. 1855"
  Historical Survey: Late Nineteenth Century (1865-1895)
    "Late Nineteenth Century, c. 1865"
    "Late Nineteenth Century, c. 1865 (after photographs by Lewis Carroll)"
    "Late Nineteenth Century, c. 1865"
    "Late Nineteenth Century, c. 1875"
    "Late Nineteenth Century, c. 1885"
    Edwardian Englishman
  The Turn of the Century
  Historical Survey: The Turn of the Century (1895-1914)
    "Fin de Siècle, c. 1895"
    "Fin de Siècle, c. 1895 (after Toulouse-Lautrec)"
    "Fin de Siècle, c. 1895"
    "Early Twentieth Century, c. 1905"
    "Early Twentieth Century, c. 1914"
    "Early Twentieth Century, c. 1918"
PART III. AMERICAN COSTUME
  "Farmers, Cooperstown, New York"
  Eastern America: 1840-1880
  Historical Survey: 1787-1880
    "Eastern America, c. 1845"
    "Eastern America, c. 1855"
    Abraham Lincoln
    "Eastern America, c. 1860"
    "Eastern America, c. 1865"
    "Eastern America, c. 1875"
    Eastern America: 1880-1900
  Historical Survey: The Eighties and Nineties
    "Eastern America, c. 1885"
    Eastern America (after Eakins)
    "Eastern America, c. 1895 (after Byron)"
    "Eastern America, c. 1895"
    Fur Trapper
    The American Frontier: Across the Plains
    "Trappers and Mountain Men, c. 1835"
    "Frontiersmen, 1845-1855"
    "Frontiersmen, c. 1860"
    "Frontiersmen, c. 1865"
    "Lumberjacks, 1865-1890"
    "Frontiersmen, c. 1870"
  Plains Characters
  Historical Survey: The Plains and the Cowboy
    "Plains Characters, c. 1875"
    "Plains Characters, c. 1880"
    "Sod-House Pioneers, c. 1885"
    "Mississippi Rivermen, c. 1885"
    "Social Unrest, c. 1894"
    "The Hatfield Clan, c. 1895"
    "Plains Characters, c. 1895"
    "The Klondike, c. 1897"
    Cowboy
    The Cowboy
    "Cowboys, c. 1875"
    "Cowboys, c. 1880"
    "Cowboys, c. 1890"
    "Cowboys, 1900-1940"
    Cowboy Equipment
    Teddy Roosevelt
  The First Quarter of the Twentieth Century
  Historical Survey: 1900-1925
    "Urban Fashions, c. 1905"
    "Urban Fashions, c. 1910"
    "Urban Fashions, c. 1918"
    "Urban Fashions, c. 1920"
    "Urban Fashions, c. 1925"
"Bibliography: "Costume of the Ancient World" and "European Costume"
"Bibliography: "American Costume"
"Sources for "Costume of the Ancient World" and "European Costume"
"Sources for "American Costume"
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