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.