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Date: 12/1/12 11:37 AM

I'm trying to remember the name of a fairly classic book that I once consulted on dress history. The library I use (Library of Congress), is closed stacks, so I it would be difficult to just read the shelves It's mostly line drawings of various dresses, but the drawings were almost akin to anatomical plates-- showing how all the layers and hidden details fit together. Does anybody recall the title?

Also, if anybody knows of other libraries in the immediate are of Washington DC with world class costume collections, I'd appreciate it.
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Date: 12/1/12 8:33 PM

The only thing that comes to my mind is Madame Vionnet.

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Date: 12/1/12 9:04 PM

That is not much to go on, and maybe sort of like looking for a needle in a haystack. But go over here:

http://archive.org/search.php?query=history%20of%20costume

to the wayback machine/internet archive and cruise though a couple hundred of them over there, that you can actually just read on line, and maybe if you are really lucky one of those might be the same? If so, then you would know the name of it, later there in person possibly? Good Luck, but maybe depending on just how old it was, you might just hit upon it that way again even?
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Date: 12/1/12 9:11 PM

After a bit of googling, I think it's Nancy Bradfield's Costume in Detail 1730-1930

I recognized the style of illustration:

An 1872 bustle dress

A dress from the 1780s

And, I'm in luck; the LOC has several copies


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Date: 12/2/12 7:46 AM

You might like to check out the Janet Arnold ones. I can't think of the titles. A set of 3 or 4 (I had the set but it has vanished, maybe lent...).

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Date: 12/2/12 7:49 AM

Found the title on Amazon: 'Patterns of fashion'. 5 or so in the series.

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Date: 12/2/12 3:53 PM

Or it might be or you might like "The Voice of Fashion" or The Edwardian Modiste" both of those are by Francis Grimble and huge paper back books with actual drawing of garments in them, then drawings of all the pattern peices (to no particular size scale though but equal to each other in scale) and then you are supposed to use your skills to draft all the pieces out yourself to fit you instead. I have both of those books, I picked them up as a "impulse buy" at a sewing expo once. those two are both really neat, but they were a huge I think $90.00 just for each one of themThat was the impulse buy part of it for me!

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Date: 12/2/12 8:39 PM

Hmm. I've seen the Edwardian Modiste. I prefer to draft my patterns using an L Square and calculator, not scaled rulers. Perhaps my method of taking notes-- camera aimed at the page-- has biased me. Clearly a book to own, not to consult in the reading room.

I really do need to delve more carefully into the fashion journals of the period. Some are just pretty pictures, but occasionally there's an article on how to design a sleeve, or a new skirt.

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Date: 12/2/12 9:31 PM


For instance, this is from "The French Dressmaker", circa 1894.
The magazine waas largely composed of plates showing the latest "French" fashions.

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Date: 12/21/12 4:47 PM

So, I ordered Costume in Detail. It's a wonderful book

Here's how the author treats a 1892 wedding ensemble--and as there are 392 pages, with two to four pages per dress, there's quite a lot of variety.










(The uneven white coloration is an artifact of my camera-- the actual book is printed on good quality paper, and everything is perfectly legible)
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