The Costumer's Bookstore: Bargain and Low-Cost BooksBargain and Low-Cost Books
Karl Kohler. My all time favorite bargain, this book has patterns, photos of antique garments, and intelligent text, all at one of the lowest prices for a costume book on the market. It covers Western costume from the age of the Bog People to about 1850, with very strong sections on Renaissance and Late 18th Century dress. The book has B&W versions of the pictures on
Color plates of original 18th Century costumes from Karl Kohler's Kostumekunde along with patterns of several of these costumes, plus others in various eras.
- Cesare, Vecellio. The first great costume book written (or to be more accurate, drawn), this work is absolutely indispensable for costuming Shakespeare or Ren Faires. It is most interesting in that it shows not only contemporary European Renaissance dress, but also what these same Europeans thought was the modern dress around the world, as well as Medieval and Ancient dress. This book is probably the closest image of what costuming in Shakespeare's stage would have looked like, since plates in it are suspiciously close to the costumes shown in the Titus Andronicus drawing.
, Albert Racinet. One of the greatest collections of costume illustrations ever produced (c1870-80), the accuracy of detail and subtlety of color make these secondary source illustrations as reliable as the originals. Covers clothing in all periods and countries known at the time, with an unusual level of respect and appreciation of the beauties of traditional dress in all cultures. To see many illustrations from Racinet, see
Plates from le Costume Historique.
Braun and Schneider. Lots of 19th Century detailed B&W plates of costume history from ancient times to 1850. Very strong in the historic and traditional clothing of countries that don't often get found in books (Poland, Persia, Russia, etc.) To see the color versions of these plates go to online. Because the hand coloring of the plates was often fanciful or inconsistent, the B&W version is in many ways preferable., Herbert Norris. Still the single best book for English costume 1066-1485. A long out of print classic, heavily geared towards the needs of Shakespeare productions and people doing English History plays. Norris' books have long been hunted through antiquarian booksellers by serious costumers, and only recently have been reprinted in their entirety. Many images from this book can be seen on online.
, Herbert Norris. Covers clothing in Europeprior to 1066. Also excellent.
A History of Costume
Vecellio's Renaissance Costume Book : All 500 Woodcut Illustrations from the Famous Sixteenth-Century Compendium of World Costume
Historical Encyclopedia of Costumes
The History of Beads : From 30,000 B.C. to the Present (Paperback) Historic Costume in Pictures.
The History of Costume
Fashions of the Regency Period Paper Dolls
Medieval Costume and Fashion
The Cotehardie & Houppelande Homepage
Ancient European Costume and Fashion
Authentic Everyday Dress of the Renaissance : All 154 Plates from the 'Trachtenbuch'
Medieval Costume in England and France : The 13th, 14th and 15th Centuries
Ancient European Costume and Fashion
The History of Underclothes The History of Underclothes
Ancient Egyptian Fashions
Greek and Roman Fashions
Costumes of the Greeks and Romans
Medieval Costumes Paper Dolls
Colonial and Early American Fashions
Everyday Dress of the American Colonial Period Coloring Book
Eighteenth Century French Fashion Plates in Full Color
English Costume from the Seventeenth Through the Nineteenth Centuries
Colonial Fashions Paper Dolls
Ancient Egyptian Costumes Paper Dolls
Ancient Greek Costumes Paper Dolls
Masterpieces of Women's Costume of the 18th and 19th Centuries
Everyday Dress of Rural America 1783-1800 : With Instructions and Patterns
Thomas Jefferson and His Family : Paper Dolls in Full Color
Elite Fashions Catalog, 1904 (Dover Pictorial Archive Series)
Women's Fashions of the Early 1900s : An Unabridged Republication of 'New York Fashions, 1909'
Men's Fashion Illustrations from the Turn of the Century
Medieval Fashions Coloring Book
Gothic Costumes Paper Dolls
Altman's Spring and Summer Fashions Catalog, 1915
Victorian to Vamp: Women's Clothing 1900-1929
Pattern Designing for Dressmakers
Wedding Fashions 1862-1912 : 380 Costume Designs from 'LA Mode Illustree'
Victorian and Edwardian Fashions from 'LA Mode Illustree
The Gibson Girl and Her America : The Best Drawings
American Family of 1900-1920 : Paper Dolls in Full Color
Ziegfeld Follies Paper Dolls in Full Color
Everyday Fashions 1909-1920 As Pictured in Sears Catalogs
Erte's Theatrical Costumes in Full Color
Fashion Drawings and Illustrations from Harper's Bazar
Erte's Fashion Designs : 218 Illustrations from Harper's Bazar, 1918-1932
Poiret Fashion Review Paper Dolls
Edwardian Costumes Paper Dolls
Victorian and Edwardian Fashion : A Photographic Survey
Fashion Accessories: The Complete 20th Century Sourcebook
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Traditional African Costumes Paper Dolls
Women's Wear of the 1920's: With Complete Patterns
1920S Fashions from B. Altman & Company
Collectible Fashions of the Turbulent 1930s
Fashions of the Early Twenties : The 1921 Philipsborn's Catalog (Dover Books on Fashion)
Great Fashion Designs of the Twenties Paper Dolls in Full Color
Glamorous Movie Stars of the Thirties : Paper Dolls
Authentic French Fashions of the Twenties :
413 Costume Designs from L'Art Et LA Mode
Everyday Fashions of the Twenties As Pictured in Sears and Other Catalogs
Everyday Fashions of the Thirties As Pictured in Sears Catalogs