Victorian Fashions 1890-1905 (英語) ペーパーバック – 1989/8/1
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Hazel Ulseth and Helen Shannon have written several doll dressmaking resource books over a number of years. Among their most popular are Costume Cameos 1 through 5, A Handbook for Doll Costumers, and Creating Fur Teddy Bears: Mink and Fake Fur. Ulseth and Shannon have contributed many doll and Teddy Bear costume and making project to Doll Reader and Teddy Bear and friends magazines. They frequently give workshops on doll costuming and teddy bear making at large toy and doll shows throughout the country.
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The images are taken from popular fashion magazines of the time, such as the Delineator, along with pattern catalogs, such as McCall's and Butterick. Most are black-and-white, but there is a collection of color plates included. Many of the fashion plates come with a complete description, including what fabrics and colors were originally used. Many show both the front and back of the garment, which is invaluable for historic costumers. A wide variety of dresses are shown, including separate skirts and bodices, plus evening gowns, tea and house dresses, afternoon and walking gowns, and so forth. There are a lot of little girls' dresses---this was a downside for me, as I'm only interested in ladies' historical fashions, but if you like to dress antique dolls, you'll find the children's fashions invaluable. For some reason, the book also comes with a pattern for a classic dropped-waist dress for an antique doll.
I will subtract a star because of the large number of girls' fashions, which I found disappointing. It would have been nice if the book had more sportswear, too, such as bathing suits, cycling outfits, etc., since these became popular during the 1890s. In general, though, this is a fantastic resource for anyone studying historic costuming. Highly recommended for students of fashion history, historic costumers, film or theater costume designers, or anyone who wants to learn more about a bygone era.