Posted tagged ‘Art Nouveau’

Fashion History Books

December 26, 2016

I got a notice of a price drop on a book on my wish list. While there another interesting book appeared on a similar subject so I bought these two books:

Art Nouveau Fashion by Clare Rose

Glasgow Museums Seventeenth Century Costume by Rebecca Quinton


Apparently Glasgow Museums are publishing a series of books on their various collections, much like the Victoria & Albert Museum did a range of books on their collections. This one also discusses embellishment and accessories as well as the main costume, which are two of my favourite topics regarding fashion.

I have a number of books on historical collections of fashion or textile design which I enjoy. Here is a list of titles from my collection:

Purse Masterpieces by Lynnell Schwartz

Textiles and Clothing 1150-1450 (Museum of London; Medieval Finds from Excavations in London: 4)

Costume and Fashion: A Concise History by James Laver; 4th ed., (Thames & Hudson World of Art series)

Medieval Dress and Fashion by Margaret Scott

Textile Designs: Two-Hundred Years Of European and American Patterns Organized by Motif, Style, Color, Layout and Period by Susan Meller and Joost Elffers

Textiles of the Arts and Crafts Movement by Linda Parry

Embroidered Textiles: A World Guide to Traditional Patterns by Sheila Paine

Silk Designs of the Eighteenth Century (V & A Museum); Claire Browne, ed.

Toile de Jouy: Printed Textiles in the Classic French Style by Melanie Riffel et al.

The Book of Silk by Philippa Scott

Dress in Detail from Around the World (V & A Museum)

A Separate Sphere: Dressmaker’s in Cincinnati’s Golden Age by Cynthia Amneus

Style and Splendor: The Wardrobe of Queen Maud of Norway 1896-1938 by Anne Kjellberg

Fashion: The Definitive History of Costume and Style, DK/Smithsonian

100 Dresses, The Costume Institute/The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Fashion: A History from the 18th to the 20th Century, The Collection of the Kyoto Costume Institute

Many of these are large books; the Kyoto Costume Institute books are huge and slipcased in a double set. They were on sale so I was lucky to find them. The Victoria & Albert Museum have many books on specific centuries and fashion that I missed out on before they went out of print.

Still, I am rather pleased that over the years I’ve gathered some really wonderful books on the subject, with two more coming to read and browse through and learn.





Art Nouveau Tarock Deck

November 30, 2008

I wanted to buy the Tarot Francais des Fleurs last year for Christmas but I had to stay within budget and I’d bought several other playing card decks. However, it is still available, so I ordered it for Christmas this year.

It is a reproduction of a deck first published in 1902 and the artwork on the cards is spectacular. The different flowers featured on the trump cards are based on drawings by E. Helle. The original is stored at the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris. (Where all good cards go.)

It reminded me so much of an old Royal Doulton plate I bought 22 years ago, so hopefully I can eventually track down the information on the plate too.


Various Cranes

November 19, 2008

I have a number of decks with cranes depicted in them, and I have a piece of clip art from the book Art Nouveau Designs by Pepin Press, that has a crane motif on a door panel.

I was messing around with the crane and decided to do one up in coloured pencil on a scrap of Arches 140 lb hard pressed watercolour paper. I was going for a complementary colour scheme of deep orange and blue and then added some fuchsia. I was using Prismacolor and Verithin pencils. Thank goodness for Verithins they are great for small details like this, nice and sharp and hard.


I like it, it has zip and I’m comparing it to a lovely crane card from my Bird Signs deck (this crane is shown with one of my hand collaged revamped playing cards.)


So a little dance with cranes. This got me to buy a lightbox after I’ve been wanting one for years and then I cleaned up my clip art books and tidied my drawing desk.

I’ve got this neat picture planned with a Biedermeier sofa on some more of this Arches paper that I like. I just need to get the graphite hardness/softness right. Then there is my picture of a walnut and rue plant and a suggestion of manuscript illumination.


I had a bunch of Country Living magazines going back 20 years and I had no room to store them any more, so I clipped all my favourite photos from them and keep a large reference file of furniture and decorative objects for artwork inspiration.