Historical Costume
Ancient Egyptian, Mesopotamian & Persian Costume
Ancient Egyptian, Mesopotamian & Persian Costume
Paperback      ISBN: 0486425622

Over 250 illustrations, drawn in the artistic style of the period, depict apparel worn by Egyptian royalty, manual workers, and military, as well as by ancient Sumerians, Babylonians, and Assyrians. Flat patterns show cut of the garments, enabling today's costumers to accurately reconstruct this apparel. A comprehensive archive.

Arms and Armor: A Pictorial Archive from Nineteenth-Century Sources
Arms and Armor
A Pictorial Archive from Nineteenth-Century Sources
Paperback      ISBN: 0486285618

Over thousands of years, man has developed an enormous variety of offensive and defensive weapons for use in battle as well as a vast array of armor and other protective devices. Now artists and illustrators can draw on this extensive archive for superb copyright-free illustrations of vintage arms, armor, and other battlefield paraphernalia.
Choose from a rich trove of over 750 illustrations compiled from rare nineteenth-century sources. Included are detailed, high-quality depictions -- arranged chronologically and, to some extent, geographically -- of suits of armor, chain mail, swords, halberds, spears, pikes, lances, crossbows, axes, daggers, helmets, shields, knives, small arms, and a host of other implements, along with scenes of battle, siege, jousts, soldiers, horses, and more.
Especially suitable for projects requiring a medieval or old-fashioned flavor, these illustrations reproduce extremely well. They will fill a myriad of needs for battle-related graphic art.

Auguste Racinet. the Costume History
Auguste Racinet. the Costume History
Hardcover      ISBN: 3836555409

Originally published in France between 1876 and 1888, Auguste Racinet's Le Costume historique was in its day the most wide-ranging and incisive study of clothing ever attempted. Covering the world history of costume, dress, and style from antiquity through to the end of the 19th century, the six volume work remains completely unique in its scope and detail.

This TASCHEN reprint presents Racinet's exquisitely precise color illustrations, as well as his delightful descriptions and often witty commentary. Spanning everything from ancient Etruscan attire to French women's couture, material is arranged according to Racinet's original plan by culture and subject. As expansive in its reach as it is passionate in its research and attention to detail, Racinet's Costume History is an invaluable reference for students, designers, artists, illustrators, and historians; and a rich source of inspiration for anyone with an interest in clothing and style.

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Chinese Fashions Coloring Book
Chinese Fashions Coloring Book
Paperback      ISBN: 0486420531

Over 1,000 years of Chinese fashions for men and women are featured in this exquisitely rendered coloring book -- from a strapless, high-waisted dress with a transparent outer robe worn during the Tang Dynasty (A.D. 618-907) to an elegant, knee-length sheath trimmed with floral applique (late Republic period).
Also included are ready-to-color images of a Tang Dynasty official wearing a flowing robe and a hat denoting his rank as a civil servant; military men of the Song Dynasty (960-1279) attired in boots, tunics, and trousers and sporting sheathed swords; two actors from the Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368) in lavishly embroidered robes; a musician of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644); a street vendor of the Ming Dynasty in a simple belted robe and trousers; young housemaids of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), wearing loose robes belted at the waist with colorful ties; a high official and his wife in elaborately embroidered robes and skirts of the Qing Dynasty; and two young women of the Republic period wearing delicately embroidered ankle-length skirts and loose-sleeved tops.
Captions describe each garment in a collection that will delight coloring book fans and enthusiasts of East Asian cultures.

Costuming for Film: The Art and the Craft
Costuming for Film
The Art and the Craft
Paperback      ISBN: 1879505800

Presents a guide to everything one needs to know to get started and work successfully in film costuming. This work covers such artistic matters as looking for work, the roles played by various members of the costume/wardrobe department, union membership and regulation, the on-set and off-set duties of all costume department members, and more.

Eighteenth-Century French Fashion Plates in Full Color: 64 Engravings from the
Eighteenth-Century French Fashion Plates in Full Color
64 Engravings from the "galerie Des Modes," 1778-1787
Paperback      ISBN: 0486243311

The Galerie des Modes has been called the "most beautiful collection in existence on the fashions of the eighteenth century." Published over a 10-year period, from 1778 to 1787, its plates were elegantly drawn, accurately engraved, and exquisitely hand colored by the most celebrated fashion artists of the era. This monument to costume illustration was reproduced by Emile L vy in Paris between 1911 and 1914. Here are 64 of the finest plates from the L vy edition, reproduced faithfully from the originals. Selected by costume historian Stella Blum, former Curator of Costumes at the Costume Institute of New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art, they offer a splendid representation of French fashion in the late eighteenth century.
The great social, economic, and political changes of the turbulent period that led to the Revolution in 1789 were reflected in its fashions: the influence on traditional women's costume of the dress of servants and country women; the exotic costumes of actresses; and the simpler, more practical English styles. Men's fashions were also affected by the English as well as by the exaggerated Italianate fashions sported by foppish "macaronis." Children's fashions include the one-piece mantelot, interesting as a forerunner of the attire of the sans-culottes. Special fashion terms, many of which have been obscured by time, are defined in a Glossary.

Erté's Fashion Designs
Erté's Fashion Designs
by Erte
Paperback      ISBN: 048624203x

Ert once designed a costume for Mata Hari. Sixty-seven years later, still creating, he designed costumes and sets for the 1980 Glyndebourne Festival's Der Rosenkavalier. In between (mostly in the '20s) he was the only top Paris designer illustrating his own haute couture, most of the illustrations appearing in Harper's Bazar. An earlier volume (Fashion Drawings and Illustrations from "Harper's Bazar" 0-486-23397-9) sampled some of Ert 's enormous contributions to that magazine; this is another collection of original designs from Ert 's triumphant Harper's Bazar period.
"He envisioned women," wrote Stella Blum, Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Curator, "not only as ultra-chic creatures for whom money was no object, but also as . . . music hall stars, Assyrian princesses, Egyptian queens. . . . Yet under this veil of fantasy the clothes and accessories Ert created reveal a sound construction that really works." Ert loves elaborate decoration, but hates meaningless ornament; these 218 illustrations show how he integrates all his pockets, pearls, cuffs, fur linings, jeweled tassels, and seamless dresses into thematic unity, and maintains a consistent ideal of fashion, by constant improvisation and inventive wielding of pure line. His firework color sense finds spectacular realization in 8 full-color reproductions of Harper's Bazar covers, all of which are now prized collector's items. In both black-and-white and color work, his sinuous, undulating line and decorative flair never fail, and show why his fashion design has not only returned to popular favor, but is being seen in museums and galleries along with his paintings and prints.
Over a career spanning the century, Ert has expressed his versatility in many forms; in these exquisite, delicate, theatrical miniatures (which will delight any lover of fashion history and graphics) he gives the very best of himself.

Everyday Fashions of the Fifties as Pictured in Sears Catalogs
Everyday Fashions of the Fifties as Pictured in Sears Catalogs
Paperback      ISBN: 0486422194

This scrupulously researched, meticulously rendered collection spotlights multiple generations of a family for each decade of the twentieth century. Apparel includes everything from ankle-length tennis outfits and men's formal wear of the 1910s to military outfits from both World Wars, high-fashion suits and dresses in the post WWI years, and wedding finery spanning several decades.
These immediately useable illustrations have a host of applications for fashion and costume designers, fashion historians, and anyone looking for fashion images to use in art and craft projects. Informative notes on the costumes complete an outstanding collection documenting nearly 100 years of costume history.

Fashion: The Collection of the Kyoto Costume Institute
Fashion
The Collection of the Kyoto Costume Institute
Hardcover      ISBN: 0760782024
Fashion in Underwear: From Babylon to Bikini Briefs
Fashion in Underwear
From Babylon to Bikini Briefs
Paperback      ISBN: 0486476499

This revealing book documents the design and manufacture of intimate apparel from the ancient world through the twentieth century. From as far back as 3000 B.C., it traces the development of what women wore beneath their outer clothing, including hoops, stays, petticoats, corsets, brassieres, and other foundation garments.
Fashion historian Elizabeth Ewing examines in detail the ways in which underwear reflects social influences, from women's emancipation and the introduction of new materials and methods of manufacture to the sexual motivation that underlies all fashion trends. Generously illustrated with Jean Webber's delicate line drawings, this excellent reference features a full bibliography and index. In addition to its value to professional historians and designers, it provides fascinating reading for all fashion lovers.