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Medieval Costume and How to Recreate It
Dorothy Hartley
0486429857
December 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
This unique reference classifies the clothes and accessories of the 12th through the fifteenth centuries along social lines. Garments of every type, from the wardrobes of peasants and nobility, appear in over 200 period illustrations and patterns. Helpful advice covers: choosing fabrics, placement of seams, draping and folding garments, how to walk and dance in voluminous attire, and methods of storage. Unabridged republication of the classic 1931 edition. 203 black-and-white illustrations.


Alligators, Old Mink and New Money: One Woman's Adventures in Vintage Clothing
Alison Houtte
0060786671
November 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
For fashion lovers, flea market fanatics and thrift store junkies, this book is the perfect find. Former fashion model Alison Houtte, with the help of her sister, journalist Melissa Houtte, offers an enthusiastic memoir of her family's obsession with fashion, her early days as a model and her second career as owner of Hooti Couture, a Brooklyn boutique specializing in vintage clothing. Houtte's chatty manner and anecdotal storytelling style give the book a quick pace, as she visits country auctions and estate sales looking for the perfect items for her loyal and eclectic clientele. Throughout, she weaves in shopping tips for amateurs and admits mistakes she's made through the years (like the time she priced a jacket by Bonnie Cashin, best known for dressing Ingrid Bergman, at a mere $150, compared with its true...


This Old Quilt
Margret Aldrich
0896587487
Oct 2005
Paperback
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Crafting Traditions
"When it comes to sheer inspiration, you’ll hardly find a better companion to keep by your side . . . .!"

The Quilter
". . . satisfies the soul . . . . a wonderful book to curl up with and enjoy, especially for those who value quilting’s history."

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Fashions of the Regency Period Paper Dolls
Tom Tierney
0486293351
September 1996
Paperback
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Book Description
2 attractive dolls, 30 elegant costumes—all carefully researched and accurately rendered—reveal what the well-dressed English were wearing nearly two centuries ago. Wardrobes include chemises, Empire-style gowns, spencers (very short jackets), frock coats, trousers, hats, boots, shawls and much more.


Civil War Uniforms Coloring Book
Peter F. Copeland
0486235351
July 1985
Paperback
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Book Description
Accurate representations of period apparel depict 21 Confederate uniforms, 24 Union uniforms, different ranks, states, units; historical figures include Ulysses S. Grant, Robert E. Lee, David G. Farragut, and others—shown in color on covers. Descriptive captions.


Great Costumes from Classic Movies Paper Dolls
Tom Tierney
0486427722
June 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
This handsome collection pays tribute to seven great Hollywood designers: the three mentioned in the subtitle plus Travis Banton, Jean Louis, Irene, and Orry-Kelly. Two female figures (with separate attachable heads for each star) model exquisite gowns created for Vivien Leigh (Gone with the Wind), Lana Turner (Ziegfield Girl), Marlene Dietrich (Shanghai Express), Bette Davis (Jezebel and All About Eve), Rita Hayworth (Gilda), and Gloria Swanson (Sunset Boulevard), among others. Dover Original. 2 dolls and 30 full-color costumes on 16 plates.


Fashions and Costumes from Godey S Lady S Book
Stella Blum
0486248410
July 1985
Paperback
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Book Description
Over 400 striking fashion designs from rare issues of Godey’s Lady’s Book (1837-1869)—the most influential women’s magazine of the period. Introduction and captions. 435 designs, 42 in full color.


Erte's Theatrical Costumes in Full Color
E. Erte
048623813X
November 1979
Paperback
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Book Description
Fan-bearing slave girl, worshipper of Horus, wife of a Russian boyar, and 46 other costumes (1911–75). 49 plates in full color. Captions.


Everyday Fashions of the Thirties as Pictured in Sears Catalogs
Stella Blum
048625108X
Aug 1986
Paperback
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Book Description
Over 130 fully illustrated pages from Sears catalogs record what men, women, children wore throughout 1930s. 133 pages of black-and-white illustrations. Publisher's Note.


Aloha Shirt: Spirit of the Islands
Dale Hope
1582700346
September 2000
Hardcover
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From Booklist
Cultural icon and bon vivant Homer Simpson has opined that the only people who wear Hawaiian shirts are gay guys and big, fat party animals. Hope and Tozian put the lie to Homer in a lush, loving look at aloha shirts and the industry that provides them. Part fashion history, part cultural exploration, the marvelously well illustrated tome examines the rise of Hawaii's image as a tourist's paradise, a perception engineered by far-sighted folks intent on making a buck. After reviewing competing claims as to who "invented" the aloha shirt, Hope and Tozian delve into the manufacturers that made it a perdurable icon of carefree relaxation. Amidst all the knockout threads on display, they sprinkle color pictures of vintage labels and the coconut buttons the authentic shirts sported. Languidly informative and pretty as a hula...


Ancient Egyptian, Mesopotamian & Persian Costume
Mary G. Houston
0486425622
Dec 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
Clothing was hardly a practical necessity in North Africa and what is today the Middle East. Often a luxury item in these warm, humid climates, it became more essential as people's lives improved socially and economically. But even then, the drapery was light and tended to accent the body's shape rather than conceal it. The first part of this profusely illustrated and scrupulously researched text examines the evolution in apparel worn by Egyptian royalty, priests, musicians, manual workers, the military, and foreigners (as depicted by Egyptian artists). Two additional sections consider clothing worn in ancient Mesopotamia and Persia, focusing largely on Sumerian, Babylonian, and Assyrian styles. Over 250 illustrations, drawn in the artistic style of the period, are accompanied by flat patterns showing the cut of the...


Renaissance Fashions
Tom Tierney
0486410382
February 2000
Coloring Book
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Book Description
A handsome collection of 45 finely detailed, ready-to color illustrations—sure to appeal to costume historians, designers and colorists alike—depicts clothing styles from every social class of the 15th and 16th centuries. Includes portraits of an Italian peasant couple in wedding dress, children of a German royal family garbed in velvet and accompanied by a soberly dressed nanny, an English lord and lady in riding outfits, and much more. Informative captions accompany each illustration.


Collector's Guide to Vintage Tablecloths
Pamela Glasell
0764316168
Aug 2002
Paperback
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Ohio Is My Dwelling Place
Sue Studebaker
0821414534
Nov 2002
Paperback
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American Quilt: A History of Cloth and Comfort 1750-1950
Roderick Kiracofe
1400080967
September 2004
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
This is something that an overcrowded market actually needs: not just another do-it-yourselfer's patchwork quilt guide, Kiracofe's ( Homage to Amanda: 200 Years of American Quilts ) ambitious survey takes stock of American quilting's causes and effects. And, naturally, he recognizes the story of quilt lineage as social, involving members of families or communities in work that was practical, durable, and aesthetically satisfying. Kiracofe goes into detail, addressing what fabrics and dyes, as well as patterns, were used at different points in American history; the role of slaves in Southern quilting, and African American quiltmaking styles; the effect of westward expansion on quilt supply and demand; and the craze for the "Oscar" quilt (featuring a sunflower motif) following a much-publicized visit to the U.S. in...


Dating Fabrics: A Color Guide
Eileen Jahnke Trestain
0891458840
August 1998
Paperback
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From Library Journal
In dating antique quilts, fabric identification takes on paramount importance. This practical handbook compiled by Trestain, an experienced quilt appaiser, includes photos of more than 1000 color fabric swatchesmany from the authors collectioncovering the period from 1800 to 1960. Trestain devotes a chapter to each of six different eras: pre1830, the settling of the West, the first centennial, the turn of the century, the Roaring Twenties, the Depression, and World War II. She prefaces the fabric swatches for each period with historical background and information about print styles, colors, and quilts of the period. This should appeal to quilt show visitors, fabric collectors, and quilt and vintage clothing collectors and is an essential purchase for textile collections and large public libraries.Copyright 1999...


Designs by Erte

0486233979
Dec 1976
Paperback
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Book Description
310 fabulous line drawings and 14 Harper's Bazar covers, 8 in full color. Erté’s exotic temptresses with tassels, fur muffs, long trains, coifs, more. "Imaginative and colorful...A fascinating glimpse into the development of fashion."--Arts Review (London).


Erte's Fashion Designs

048624203X
Nov 1981
Paperback
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Book Description
Splendid selection of 210 black-and-white inventions from legendary designer’s productions for Harper’s Bazar, 1918–32. Also, 8pp. of full-color covers, originals now prized collector’s items. Captions. Publisher’s Note.


The Fashionista Files: Adventures in Four Inch Heels and Faux Pas
Melissa de la Cruz
0345463285
August 2004
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Cruz and Robinovitz, the effusive authors of How To Become Famous in Two Weeks or Less, now offer a combination of a self-help guide for 20-something, Cosmo-guzzling women and an ode to their own oh-so-fabulous lives. According to the authors, the road to divahood can be arduous, but following their advice will help guide the way (or at least ensure that readers are wearing the right clothes while they make their attempt). The book has chapters on building a "fashionista closet," becoming a smart shopper and using make-up wisely, and brings readers up to speed on chic cocktail conversation (for example, any fashionista worth her salt knows how to talk the talk when it comes to A-list destinations, Pedro Almodóvar’s oeuvre and the lessons of kabbalah). For readers who don’t have the patience to...

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