Historical Fudgery: Costume Research Edition

More in the HIstorical Research reblogging series:
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J. Kathleen Cheney

When I talked about Historical Resources last week, one of the things I spoke of was resources for costume detail. So here are some of my suggestions and links:

Costume Books:
100_1888
I actually own more than the ones shown here. But I wanted to show a few. The one on “Russian Elegance” and “Calico Chronicle” are the ones I paid Full Price (gasps!) for, because they were both newer and directly tied to something I was researching. I admit that I bought the rest used. I’m very partial to the work of John Peacock, by the way…

However, costume books tend to focus on the clothing of the wealthy–so keep that in mind while researching.

Catalogs:
100_1891
These are only useful if you’re researching some date after 1880 or so, but they are excellent for showing what the average guy or gal would wear. Off the Rack. Mail Order. Very useful…

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