Seventeenth and Eighteenth-Century Fashion in Detail

Seventeenth and Eighteenth-Century Fashion in Detail

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Seventeenth and Eighteenth-Century Fashion in Detail by Avril Hart, Susan North, Leonie Davis

Now available from Abrams, this popular book offers a rare, close-up look at the exquisite, labor-intensive details seen in fine historical clothing. Perfect decorative seams, minute stitching, knife-sharp pleats, and voluptuous drapery-all are here, alongside more unusual techniques such as stamping, pinking, and slashing. Most of these effects cannot be replicated by machine, yet many of today's fashion designers take their inspiration from the past, adapting these details to a more contemporary idiom, and to the realities of modern manufacturing. Drawing from the Victoria and Albert Museum's world-famous collections, the book contains a gallery of exquisite photographs, accompanied by clear line drawings showing the construction of the complete garment and a text that sets each in the context of its time. This book will appeal to anyone interested in fashion, historical costume, or textile history, from cut and construction to fabric and trimmings.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781851775675
Publisher: V & A Publications
Publication date: 04/28/2009
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 11.70(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Avril Hart is an expert in historical dress. Her published work includes Englishmen's Fashionable Dress: 1600-1799, Ties, and Fans. Susan North is Curator, Department of Furniture, Textiles and Fashion, at the V&A.

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Deb_Haynes_Swider More than 1 year ago
Anyone with a love of the 18th century will drool over the many detailed photos and illustrations in this book. Those who Rendezvous often painstakingly work to recreate the fashion of the period. Though these fashions are more fitting for the drawing room, the lines and details can be translated into dressing for the common man as the lines of each of the garments are included for reference. Fans of embroidery will enjoy this book as well because of the close up photographs of actual 18th century clothing and embroidery techniques. It's eye candy for lovers of history and good design alike!
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