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Someday, whenI grow up I hope to make a book as cool as this nifty little volume of B&Wline drawings that show costumers how to easily and inexpensively replicateMedieval dress of all classes.

Jean Hunnisett, Kathryn Turner (Illustrator) Worth every penny of it's hefty price tag, this book is high on scholarship, illustrations, easy to understand text and diagrams, and is one of the best, most detailed how-to manuals for costumers ever written. I had been working as a costumer for almost 20 years when I first saw this book and still, I'd say lots of it's techniques were a revelation. It shows inessence, how to reproduce costumes in this period in such a way as to make them indistinguishable from originals.

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, 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.

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Western European Costume 13th to 17th Century; Iris Brooke, William-Alan Landes. Just line drawings and short text, but most useful for a beginning costumer who needs lots of clear pictures of a broad period of clothing. It's a pointless addition for someone who has nearly everything in the way of costume books, but for someone making a library of their first few books it provides lots of good information in an easy to comprehend form for a cheap price. Highly Recommended

Handbook of English Mediaeval Costume; C. Willett Cunnington. A classic, with line drawings mainly, but a very good Dover bargain edition with lots of info per dollar.

, 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.

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Ancient Greek, Roman & Byzantine Costume Ancient Greek, Roman & Byzantine Costume

Ancient Egyptian, Mesopotamian & Persian Costume Ancient Egyptian, Mesopotamian & Persian Costume

Encountering Medieval Textiles and Dress: Objects, Texts, Images Encountering Medieval Textiles and Dress: Objects, Texts, Images

Medieval Costume and How to Recreate It Medieval Costume and How to Recreate It

Period Costume for Stage & Screen : Patterns for Women's Dress, Medieval-1500 Period Costume for Stage & Screen : Patterns for Women's Dress, Medieval-1500

Medieval Tailor's Assistant: Making Common Garments 1200-1500 Medieval Tailor's Assistant: Making Common Garments 1200-1500

Byzantine Costumes Paper Dolls Byzantine Costumes Paper Dolls

Dress : Representations of Secular Dress

Dress in Anglo-Saxon England, Revised and Enlarged Edition

Anglo-Saxon Crafts (Revealing History (Paperback)) Anglo-Saxon Crafts (Revealing History (Paperback))

Ferdinand and Isabella Paper Dolls Ferdinand and Isabella Paper Dolls

Medieval Clothing and Textiles I (Medieval Clothing and Textiles) Medieval Clothing and Textiles I (Medieval Clothing and Textiles)

Clothes of the Ancient World (Dress Sense) Clothes of the Ancient World (Dress Sense)

On Divers Arts: The Foremost Medieval Treatise on Painting, Glassmaking, and Metalwork On Divers Arts: The Foremost Medieval Treatise on Painting, Glassmaking, and Metalwork

A Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Food: Processing and Consumption A Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Food: Processing and Consumption

Byzantine Fashions Byzantine Fashions

How to Distinguish the Saints in Art by Their Costumes, Symbols and Attributes How to Distinguish the Saints in Art by Their Costumes, Symbols and Attributes

The Art of the Catapult: Build Greek Ballistae, Roman Onagers, English Trebuchets, and More Ancient Artillery The Art of the Catapult: Build Greek Ballistae, Roman Onagers, English Trebuchets, and More Ancient Artillery

Church Vestments : Their Origin and Development Church Vestments : Their Origin and Development

Medieval Costume, Armour and Weapons Medieval Costume, Armour and Weapons

The Medieval Garden The Medieval Garden

Woven into the Earth: Textiles from Norse Greenland Woven into the Earth: Textiles from Norse Greenland

Viking Age Headcoverings From Dublin Viking Age Headcoverings From Dublin

Medieval Fabrications : Dress, Textiles, Clothwork, and Other Cultural Imaginings (The New Middle Ages) Medieval Fabrications : Dress, Textiles, Clothwork, and Other Cultural Imaginings (The New Middle Ages)

Tournaments : Jousts, Chivalry and Pageants in the Middle Ages Tournaments : Jousts, Chivalry and Pageants in the Middle Ages

Spend the Day in Ancient Rome : Projects and Activities that Bring the Past to Life Spend the Day in Ancient Rome : Projects and Activities that Bring the Past to Life

A Coloring Book of Ancient Greece A Coloring Book of Ancient Greece

Spend the Day in Ancient Greece : Projects and Activities that Bring the Past to Life Spend the Day in Ancient Greece : Projects and Activities that Bring the Past to Life

A Biblical Feast, Foods from the Holy Land A Biblical Feast, Foods from the Holy Land

The Houses of Roman Italy 100 B.C.-A.D. 250: Ritual, Space, and Decoration The Houses of Roman Italy 100 B.C.-A.D. 250: Ritual, Space, and Decoration

Route 66 A.D. : On the Trail of Ancient Roman Tourists Route 66 A.D. : On the Trail of Ancient Roman Tourists

Ancient Egyptian, Mesopotamian & Persian Costume

Historic Costume CD-ROM and Book : From Ancient Times to the Renaissance

Costume in Greek Classic Drama

Fashion: Bring the Past Alive With 30 Great Projects (Hands-On History Series) Fashion: Bring the Past Alive With 30 Great Projects (Hands-On History Series)

The Complete Roman Army The Complete Roman Army

Roman Military Clothing (1) 100Bc-Ad200 (Men-At-Arms 374) Roman Military Clothing (1) 100Bc-Ad200 (Men-At-Arms 374)

Ancient Roman Gardens Ancient Roman Gardens

The Philosopher's Kitchen : Recipes from Ancient Greece and Rome for the Modern Cook The Philosopher's Kitchen : Recipes from Ancient Greece and Rome for the Modern Cook

Spend the Day in Ancient Egypt : Projects and Activities That Bring the Past to Life (Spend The Day Series) Spend the Day in Ancient Egypt : Projects and Activities That Bring the Past to Life (Spend The Day Series)

Spend the Day in Ancient Greece : Projects and Activities that Bring the Past to Life (Spend The Day Series) Spend the Day in Ancient Greece : Projects and Activities that Bring the Past to Life (Spend The Day Series)

Spend the Day in Ancient Rome : Projects and Activities that Bring the Past to Life (Spend the Day Series) Spend the Day in Ancient Rome : Projects and Activities that Bring the Past to Life (Spend the Day Series)

Constructing Medieval Furniture: Plans and Instructions With Historical Notes Constructing Medieval Furniture: Plans and Instructions With Historical Notes

Creating Personas Creating Personas

Traveling Dysshes; Or, Foods for Wars, Peace, and Potlucks Traveling Dysshes; Or, Foods for Wars, Peace, and Potlucks

The Medieval Wedding Guide The Medieval Wedding Guide

Plucked, Shaved & Braided: Medieval and Renaissance Beauty and Grooming Practices 1000-1600 Plucked, Shaved & Braided: Medieval and Renaissance Beauty and Grooming Practices 1000-1600

Ultimate Sticker Book: Ancient Egypt Ultimate Sticker Book: Ancient Egypt

Ultimate Sticker Book: Greece and Rome Ultimate Sticker Book: Greece and Rome

Clothes of the Medieval World Clothes of the Medieval World

and Clothing : Medieval Finds from Excavations in London, c.1150-c.1450

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Accessories : Medieval Finds from Excavations in London

Ultimate Sticker Book: Castle and Knight Ultimate Sticker Book: Castle and Knight

TECHNIQUES OF MEDIEVAL ARMOUR REPRODUCTION: THE 14TH CENTURY TECHNIQUES OF MEDIEVAL ARMOUR REPRODUCTION: THE 14TH CENTURY

Ancient Egyptian Jewelry Ancient Egyptian Jewelry

Heraldry, Pageantry and Social Display in Medieval England Heraldry, Pageantry and Social Display in Medieval England

Companion to Medieval Arms and Armour Companion to Medieval Arms and Armour

The Art of the Anglo-Saxon Goldsmith: Fine Metalwork in Anglo-Saxon England: Its Practice and Practitioners The Art of the Anglo-Saxon Goldsmith: Fine Metalwork in Anglo-Saxon England: Its Practice and Practitioners

Women's Work : The First 20,000 Years : Women, Cloth, and Society in Early Times Women's Work : The First 20,000 Years : Women, Cloth, and Society in Early Times

Prehistoric Textiles Prehistoric Textiles

The Book of Looms : A History of the Handloom from Ancient Times to the Present

Egyptian Clothing (Studies in Textile and Costume History, Vol 2)

Would You Survive As an Ancient Greek?

How Would You Survive As an Ancient Roman?

Would You Survive As an Ancient Egyptian?

Discoveries: Castle at War

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Your Own Coat of Arms

Dress Accessories C.1150-C.1450: Medieval Finds from Excavations in London 3 (Medieval Finds from Excavations in London) Dress Accessories C.1150-C.1450: Medieval Finds from Excavations in London 3 (Medieval Finds from Excavations in London)

Shoes and Pattens Shoes and Pattens

Textiles and Clothing : Medieval Finds from Excavations in London, c.1150-c.1450 Textiles and Clothing : Medieval Finds from Excavations in London, c.1150-c.1450

Medieval & Early Renaissance Medicine: An Introduction to Knowledge and Practice Medieval & Early Renaissance Medicine: An Introduction to Knowledge and Practice

Taste of Ancient Rome

Roman Cookery : Ancient Recipes for Modern Kitchens

Ancient Rome (Costume Reference)

Ancient Egyptian Dances Ancient Egyptian Dances

Egyptian Hieroglyphics: How to Read and Write Them Egyptian Hieroglyphics: How to Read and Write Them

The Mediaeval Tournament The Mediaeval Tournament

Celtic Fashions

Costume in Greek Classic Drama

Historic Costume CD-ROM and Book : From Ancient Times to the Renaissance Historic Costume CD-ROM and Book : From Ancient Times to the Renaissance

Cleopatra Paper Doll Cleopatra Paper Doll

Designs

Egyptian Cut and Use Stencils

Medieval Costume and Fashion Medieval Costume and Fashion

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Ancient European Costume and Fashion Ancient European Costume and Fashion

Robes and Honor : The Medieval World of Investiture (The New Middle Ages) Robes and Honor : The Medieval World of Investiture (The New Middle Ages)

Ancient Egyptian Fashions Ancient Egyptian Fashions

Greek and Roman Fashions

Designs : 96 Different Copyright-Free Designs (Dover Electronic Clip Art Series)

Celtic and Medieval Display Fonts

Illustrations

and Renaissance Dances for Recorders, Dancers, and Hand Drums

The World of Roman Costume (Wisconsin Studies in Classics)

Costumes of the Greeks and Romans Costumes of the Greeks and Romans

Eyewitness: Knight Eyewitness: Knight

Eyewitness: Medieval Life Eyewitness: Medieval Life

European Civil and Military Clothing : From the First to the Eighteenth Century European Civil and Military Clothing : From the First to the Eighteenth Century

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Clothes Make the Man : Female Cross Dressing in Medieval Europe (New Middle Ages) Clothes Make the Man : Female Cross Dressing in Medieval Europe (New Middle Ages)

Medieval Costume, Armour, and Weapons Medieval Costume, Armour, and Weapons

The Art of Making Armour The Art of Making Armour

Medieval Furniture: Plans and Instructions for Historical Reproductions Medieval Furniture: Plans and Instructions for Historical Reproductions

Materials and Techniques of Medieval Painting Materials and Techniques of Medieval Painting

Pleyn Delit: Medieval Cookery for Modern Cooks Pleyn Delit: Medieval Cookery for Modern Cooks

Medieval Military Costume (Europa Militaria Special, 8) Medieval Military Costume (Europa Militaria Special, 8)

Textiles and Clothing : Medieval Finds from Excavations in London, c.1150-c.1450

of the Medieval World (Dress Sense)

British Costume from Earliest Times to 1820 British Costume from Earliest Times to 1820

Ancient Egyptian Costumes Paper Dolls Ancient Egyptian Costumes Paper Dolls

Ancient Greek Costumes Paper Dolls Ancient Greek Costumes Paper Dolls

Costume from the Early Middle Ages Through the Sixteenth Century

Clothes and Crafts in Roman Times (Clothes and Crafts in History) Clothes and Crafts in Roman Times (Clothes and Crafts in History)

Clothes and Crafts in Ancient Greece (Clothes and Crafts in History) Clothes and Crafts in Ancient Greece (Clothes and Crafts in History)

Costume of Ancient Egypt (Costume Reference)

Medieval Fashions Coloring Book Medieval Fashions Coloring Book

Gothic Costumes Paper Dolls Gothic Costumes Paper Dolls

The Devil's Cloth (European Perspectives: A Series in Social Thought and Cultural Criticism) The Devil's Cloth (European Perspectives: A Series in Social Thought and Cultural Criticism)

Medieval Cookbook

and Clothing : Medieval Finds from Excavations in London, c.1150-c.1450

Feasts : Medieval Cookery and Ceremony

Pleyn Delit : Medieval Cookery for Modern Cooks

Embroiderers (Medieval Craftsmen)

Outcasts : Signs of Otherness in Northern European Art of the Middle Ages (California Studies in the History of Art, No 32)

Art of Cookery in the Middle Ages

Art, Culture and Cuisine : Ancient and Medieval Gastronomy

Costume of the Classical World (Costume Reference)

Medieval Costumes Paper Dolls Medieval Costumes Paper Dolls

Medieval Feast

How Would You Survive in the Middle Ages

Medieval Costume in England and France : The 13th, 14th and 15th Centuries Medieval Costume in England and France : The 13th, 14th and 15th Centuries

English Costume from the Early Middle Ages Through the Sixteenth Century English Costume from the Early Middle Ages Through the Sixteenth Century

Tournaments : Jousts, Chivalry and Pageants in the Middle Ages Tournaments : Jousts, Chivalry and Pageants in the Middle Ages

Italian Renaissance Costumes Paper Dolls (Paper Doll Series) Italian Renaissance Costumes Paper Dolls (Paper Doll Series)

Dress in the Middle Ages Dress in the Middle Ages

Chaucer and Costume: The Secular Pilgrims in the General Prologue (Chaucer Studies, No 26) Chaucer and Costume: The Secular Pilgrims in the General Prologue (Chaucer Studies, No 26)

Fashion in the Age of the Black Prince : A Study of the Years 1340-1365 Fashion in the Age of the Black Prince : A Study of the Years 1340-1365

A History of Costume A History of Costume

and Huangbo : Ancient Colorants and Dyes (British Library Studies in Conservation Science, Vol 2)

"The Costumer's Manifesto"
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