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The Costumer's Manifesto: Books on Costume and Social Life of 1980to Now
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The Costumer's Manifesto: '''Objects of Desire:'''
  
'''Books on Costume and Social Life of 1980 to Now'''
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Expensive and/or Hard to find Books we all wish we had (aka "The Costumer's Xmas List")
  
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Janet Arnold, the late, lamented goddess of costume research did this detailed study of every surviving garment, wardrobe record and portrait of Queen Elizabeth I, where she attempted wherever possible to match up the garments and portraits with the detailed wardrobe accounts kept by the government of the day. The only complaint to be found is that few of the pictures are in color. This large format book is considered the apex of detailed, stringent costume research work. An online
  
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(Japanese Street Fashion)
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by Betty Kirkie and Issey Miyake has a detailed history of this pioneer of bias cutting, along with many patterns, diagrams and photos of Vionnet's best work.
  
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an artist's riff on the history of dress makes this a decadent little pop up book for adults who drool over fine clothing and fine bookmaking.
  
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A yummy book based on a yummy exhibit Yummy exhibition catalog of the LA County Art Museum's most memorable exhibit. Each chapter is an individual essay on a related topic by an expert in the field, from period movement and dance to embroidery to 18th Century textile designs and more, lavishly illustrated in color & B&W.
  
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Set and Costume Designs for Ballet and Theater Alexander Schouvaloff (I've got it! Courtesy of my Mom finding out I was a footnote in it. Shouvaloff used to be the V&A curator of Theatre Prints, then the first curator of the new Theatre Museum in London. This means all his books are filled with prints few folks have had access to until recently, plus an amazing degree of research and scholarship on the artist's involved. ALL his books are OofD's, not just this one.)
  
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, Alexander Schouvaloff.
  
[[File:AmazonBooks6The1980s.jpg|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0500280762/thecostumersmani| The 1980S (Fashion Sourcebooks)]]  The 1980S (Fashion Sourcebooks)
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is a big heavy stack of color photos of details and overviews of great couture garments of the 20th century, with a bit of text and binding to glue it together. The pictures are the thing, and there are lots of them.
  
[[File:AmazonBooksTherrymugler.gif|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1575441055/thecostumersmani| Thierry Mugler : Fashion Fetish Fantasy]]  Thierry Mugler : Fashion Fetish Fantasy
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Norah Waugh (The pre-Janet Arnold historic pattern goddess, Waugh made triple duty books that included 1/3 patterns from antiques, 1/3 patterns from historic books, and 1/3 writing from contemporary sources on clothing at the time. Despite their expense, these books are really must-haves, especially this one that has the many patterns for men's clothing during the period covered).
  
[http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000006QK2/thecostumersmani]
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Norah Waugh (ditto what I said above, save only that Janet Arnold has superceded this book's preeminence with her own.)
  
[http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000006QK2/thecostumersmani|Biography - Calvin Klein]
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Also by Norah Waugh, with history and patterns.
  
[[File:AmazonBooksSergelutens.gif|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/2843230667/thecostumersmani| Serge Lutens]]  Serge Lutens
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Valery M. Garrett (Highly illustrated, and high on drool factor)
  
[[File:AmazonBooksFashion.jpg|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0792264169/thecostumersmani| Fashion]]  Fashion
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Lavish gorgeous and amazing. Memorable pieces of Wearable art from the 1970's-1990's. All color large format, just add legs and it is your coffee table...
  
[[File:AmazonBooks9Viviennewestwood.jpeg|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0810966220/thecostumersmani| Vivienne Westwood]]  Vivienne Westwood
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Lois Sherr Dubin (Hardback version with fold out chart) (The "Bible" on beads in a gleaming, huge color coffee table book version, without anything missing. If you can't possibly afford it, get the shorter
  
[[File:AmazonBooks9Backinthedays.jpeg|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1576871061/thecostumersmani| Back In The Days]] Back In The Days
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[[ManifestoStoreBookscheap#beads| paperback version]], but if you can afford it the bead chart alone makes this version the most useful bead book ever produced.)
  
[[File:AmazonBooks920yearsofstyle.jpeg|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0060723025/thecostumersmani| 20 Years of Style: The World According to Paper]]  20 Years of Style: The World According to Paper
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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 in essence, how to reproduce costumes in this period in such a way as to make them indistinguishable from originals.
  
[http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00005N7XA/thecostumersmani| Paper [MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION]]
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Jean Hunnisett, another volume like the above.  
  
[[File:AmazonBooks9Amerfamilyof1980s.jpeg|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0486430529/thecostumersmani| American Family of the 1980s Paper Dolls]]  American Family of the 1980s Paper Dolls
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Jean Hunnisett, Kathryn Turner (Illustrator), another volume like the above.
  
[[File:AmazonBooks9Wheredidyougetthose.jpeg|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1576871797/thecostumersmani| Where'd You Get Those? New York City's Sneaker Culture]]  Where'd You Get Those? New York City's Sneaker Culture
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R. I. Davis A very similar book to the above, covering Menswear 1600-1800. I've just got my copy and it is a total drool-fest, with patterns, photos and text showing period reality, and film/theatre designs that attempt to interpret that reality.
  
[[File:AmazonBooks10Eveningdress.jpeg|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0847826481/thecostumersmani| Evening Dress]]  Evening Dress
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Same author, same idea...
  
[[File:AmazonBooks9Sneakers.jpeg|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1844429423/thecostumersmani| Sneakers]]  Sneakers
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Photos and text on the costume objects that The Metropolitan Museum of Art acquired during the 1990's.
  
[[File:AmazonDvdFashiondvdautwint2004.jpeg|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0007WC8EM/thecostumersmani| Fashiondvd - Menswear Autumn - Winter 2004-2005 Fashion]]  Fashiondvd - Menswear Autumn - Winter 2004-2005 Fashion
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Yummy detailed photos of museum garments of the 17th and 18th Centuries. One of the less expensive drool objects to be found, it nonetheless is full of color pictures and clear tiny diagrams.
  
[[File:AmazonDvdFashdvddaywearparis2005.jpeg|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0009KAJBG/thecostumersmani| FashionDVD - Daywear Paris 1 - Spring / Summer 2005]]  FashionDVD - Daywear Paris 1 - Spring / Summer 2005
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, Jane Ashelford.Photos from collections held by the National Trust (UK), with an interesting narrative showing how these items relate to and illuminate British social history. Another bargain full of great pictures and interesting text.
  
[[File:AmazonDvdFashdvdhautecouturwinter2004.jpeg|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0007W6T9M/thecostumersmani| Fashiondvd - Haute Couture Autumn - Winter 2004-2005 Fashion]]  Fashiondvd - Haute Couture Autumn - Winter 2004-2005 Fashion
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This tasty paperback has lots of great photos of early museum originals inside, despite it's rather plain, modernist cover.
  
[[File:AmazonDvdFasdvdeveningwearmilan2004.jpeg|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0007UZTHW/thecostumersmani| Fashiondvd - Eveningwear Milan Autumn - Winter 2004-2005 Fashion]]  Fashiondvd - Eveningwear Milan Autumn - Winter 2004-2005 Fashion
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by Janet Arnold the late, great, goddess of us all. Patterns from museum originals drawn on a 1/8" grid to 1/8 scale, plus line drawings and construction details telling you exactly how the beasts went together. Great scholarship put into a form that has instant application to reproducing costumes for theatre or reenactment in real life.
  
[[File:AmazonDvdFashdvddayparis1autumn2004.jpeg|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0007V1S6M/thecostumersmani| Fashiondvd - Daywear Paris 1 Autumn - Winter 2004-2005 Fashion]]  Fashiondvd - Daywear Paris 1 Autumn - Winter 2004-2005 Fashion
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See above.
  
[[File:AmazonDvdMastersoffashion.jpeg|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00008E1MS/thecostumersmani| DVD: Masters of Fashion]]  DVD: Masters of Fashion
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Like the above, but further off the diving board. Includes men's patterns too, plus photos and essays on the clothes. You know this woman was truly devoted to her research the moment you start reading about the damage to the original costumes caused by the messy fact that most were once grave clothes.
  
[[File:AmazonDvdSwissfashiondesign.jpeg|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0002TG2OC/thecostumersmani| DVD: Swiss Fashion Design]]  DVD: Swiss Fashion Design
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Issey Miyake is the pattern drafting god of our time. In this book a notable modern photographer shows his best examples of his work in their best light.
  
[[File:AmazonBooks6Ultimatebarbiefasdollsticker.jpg|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0789466686/thecostumersmani| The Ultimate Barbie Fashion Dolls Sticker Book]]  The Ultimate Barbie Fashion Dolls Sticker Book
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Designs by one of the most avant-garde theatre and film designers of our time.
  
[[File:AmazonBooks6Clothesofthemodernworld.jpg|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0872266672/thecostumersmani| Clothes of the Modern World]]  Clothes of the Modern World
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Hand drawn pictures show details of women's clothing construction that can't be made clear in photos. Invaluable tool for museum professionals and vintage clothing collectors to "date" garments by details of sewing construction, also useful for people who want to replicate clothes to a high degree of exactitude.
  
[[File:AmazonBooks8Thesupermodernwardrobe.jpeg|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0810965879/thecostumersmani| The Supermodern Wardrobe]]  The Supermodern Wardrobe
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the big fat book with more information and pictures per inch than any other. I blame this one for having got me into costumes in the first place.
  
[[File:AmazonBooks6Fashionclothingearly80s.jpg|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0764308769/thecostumersmani| Fashionable Clothing from the Sears Catalogs: Early 1980s (Schiffer Book for Collectors and Designers.)]]  Fashionable Clothing from the Sears Catalogs: Early 1980s (Schiffer Book for Collectors and Designers.)
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==Product Links==
  
[[File:AmazonBooks61980s.jpg|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0004723120/thecostumersmani| 1980s]]  1980s
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[[File:AmazonBooks10Dangerousliasons.jpeg|link=http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0300107145/thecostumersmani| Dangerous Liaisons : Fashion and Furniture in the Eighteenth Century (Metropolitan Museum of Art Publications)]]  Dangerous Liaisons : Fashion and Furniture in the Eighteenth Century (Metropolitan Museum of Art Publications)
  
[[File:AmazonMagazinesVanityfair.jpg|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00005NIPX/thecostumersmani| Vanity Fair [MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION]]]  Vanity Fair [MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION]
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[[File:AmazonBooksQueenelizabethswardrobeunlocked.jpg|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0901286206/thecostumersmani| Queen Elizabeth's Wardrobe Unlock'd: The inventories of the Wardrobe of Robes prepared in July 1600, edited from Stowe MS 557 in the British Library, MS LR 2/121 in the Public Record Office, London, and MS V.b.72 in the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington DC]]  Queen Elizabeth's Wardrobe Unlock'd: The inventories of the Wardrobe of Robes prepared in July 1600, edited from Stowe MS 557 in the British Library, MS LR 2/121 in the Public Record Office, London, and MS V.b.72 in the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington DC
  
[[File:AmazonMagazinesVogue.jpg|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00005N7TG/thecostumersmani| Vogue [MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION]]]  Vogue [MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION]
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[http://www.thrednedlestrete.com/research/JanetArnold.htm|Janet Arnold Biography]
  
[[File:AmazonBooks2Irvingpenregards.gif|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0821226290/thecostumersmani| Irving Penn Regards the Work of Issey Miyake : Photographs 1975-1998]]  Irving Penn Regards the Work of Issey Miyake : Photographs 1975-1998
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[http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1851774408/thecostumersmani| Nineteenth-Century Fashion in Detail]
  
[[File:AmazonBooks2Isseymiyakemakingthings.jpg|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/390824708X/thecostumersmani| Issey Miyake : Making Things]]  Issey Miyake : Making Things
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[[File:AmazonBooks2Madelinevionnet.jpg|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0811819973/thecostumersmani| Madeleine Vionnet]]  Madeleine Vionnet
  
[[File:AmazonBooks2Isseymiyakeuniverse.jpg|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0789301172/thecostumersmani| Issey Miyake (Universe of Fashion)]]  Issey Miyake (Universe of Fashion)
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[[File:AmazonBooks10Dressingagalaxydvd.jpeg|link=http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/081095964X/thecostumersmani| Dressing a Galaxy: The Costume of Star Wars Limited Edition with DVD]]  Dressing a Galaxy: The Costume of Star Wars Limited Edition with DVD
  
[[File:AmazonBooks4Colors1to13.jpg|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0810904144/thecostumersmani| Colors : Issues 1 to 13 by Tibor Kalman]]  Colors : Issues 1 to 13 by Tibor Kalman
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[[File:AmazonBooks10Dressingagalaxy.jpeg|link=http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0810965674/thecostumersmani| Dressing a Galaxy : The Costumes of Star Wars]]  Dressing a Galaxy : The Costumes of Star Wars
  
[[File:AmazonMagazinesGq.jpg|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00005N7QI/thecostumersmani| GQ [MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION]]]  GQ [MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION]
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[[File:AmazonBooksFashionalalmodepopup.jpg|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0789305070/thecostumersmani| Fashion a La Mode : The Pop-Up History of Costumes and Dresses]]  Fashion a La Mode : The Pop-Up History of Costumes and Dresses
  
[[File:AmazonBooks2Radicalfashion.jpg|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0810965887/thecostumersmani| Radical Fashion]]  Radical Fashion
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[[File:AmazonBooks10Artandfashion.jpeg|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0713488735/thecostumersmani| Art and Fashion : The Impact of Art on Fashion and Fashion on Art]]  Art and Fashion : The Impact of Art on Fashion and Fashion on Art
  
[[File:AmazonBooks2Visionariesinterviews.jpg|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0810965895/thecostumersmani| Visionaries : Interviews With Fashion Designers]]  Visionaries : Interviews With Fashion Designers
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[[File:AmazonBooks10Artwear.jpeg|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0500285373/thecostumersmani| Artwear: Fashion and Anti-Fashion]]  Artwear: Fashion and Anti-Fashion
  
[[File:AmazonMagazinesGlamour.jpg|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00005N7QC/thecostumersmani| Glamour [MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION]]]  Glamour [MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION]
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[[File:Books2BookcoversAnelegantart.jpg|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/9999883605/thecostumersmani| An Elegant Art : Fashion and Fantasy in the Eighteenth Century]]  An Elegant Art : Fashion and Fantasy in the Eighteenth Century
  
[[File:AmazonBooks2Visionairesfash2000.jpg|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0789301024/thecostumersmani| Visionaire's Fashion 2000 : Designers at the Turn of the Millennium]]  Visionaire's Fashion 2000 : Designers at the Turn of the Millennium
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[[File:AmazonBooksArtofballetsrusses.gif|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0300074840/thecostumersmani| The Art of Ballets Russes : The Serge Lifar Collection of Theater Designs, Costumes, and Paintings at the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut]]  The Art of Ballets Russes : The Serge Lifar Collection of Theater Designs, Costumes, and Paintings at the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut
  
[[File:AmazonBooks2Visionariesfash2001.jpg|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0789303574/thecostumersmani| Visionaire's Fashion 2001 : Designers of the New Avant-Garde]]  Visionaire's Fashion 2001 : Designers of the New Avant-Garde
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[[File:AmazonBooks2Artofhautecouture.jpg|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0789200228/thecostumersmani| The Art of Haute Couture]]  The Art of Haute Couture
  
[[File:AmazonBooksBritishfashdes.gif|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/048641048X/thecostumersmani| British Fashion Designers : Paper Dolls]]  British Fashion Designers : Paper Dolls
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[http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0878300252/thecostumersmani| Cut of Men's Clothes : 1600-1900,]
  
[[File:AmazonBooksUnmistakablymackie.gif|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0789303736/thecostumersmani| Unmistakably Mackie : The Fashion and Fantasy of Bob Mackie]]  Unmistakably Mackie : The Fashion and Fantasy of Bob Mackie
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[[File:AmazonBooksThecutofwomensclothes.jpg|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0878300260/thecostumersmani| The Cut of Women's Clothes, 1600-1930]]  The Cut of Women's Clothes, 1600-1930
  
[[File:AmazonBooksViviennewestwood.gif|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0789301156/thecostumersmani| Vivienne Westwood (Universe of Fashion)]]  Vivienne Westwood (Universe of Fashion)
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[[File:AmazonBooksCorsetsandcrinolines.jpg|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0878305262/thecostumersmani| Corsets and Crinolines]]  Corsets and Crinolines
  
[[File:AmazonBooksVersache.gif|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0789300907/thecostumersmani| Versace (Universe of Fashion)]]  Versace (Universe of Fashion)
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[[File:AmazonBooksChineseclothingillustrated.gif|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0195864263/thecostumersmani| Chinese Clothing : An Illustrated Guide, ]]  Chinese Clothing : An Illustrated Guide,
  
[[File:AmazonBooksFruits.jpg|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0714840831/thecostumersmani| Fruits]]  Fruits
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[[File:AmazonBooksArttowear.jpg|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0896596648/thecostumersmani| Art to Wear]]  Art to Wear
  
[[File:AmazonBooks3Fruits.jpg|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0714840831/thecostumersmani| Fruits]]  Fruits
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[[File:AmazonBooksThehistoryofbeadsfrom30000.gif|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0810907364/thecostumersmani| The History of Beads : From 30,000 B.C. to the Present ]]  The History of Beads : From 30,000 B.C. to the Present
  
[[File:Books2BookcoversGreatfashdesigns1980s.jpg|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0486400743/thecostumersmani| Great Fashion Designs of the Eighties : Paper Dolls (Paper Doll Series)]]  Great Fashion Designs of the Eighties : Paper Dolls (Paper Doll Series)
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[[File:AmazonBooksPeriodcostforstageandscreen1.gif|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0887346537/thecostumersmani| Period Costume for Stage & Screen : Patterns for Women's Dress, Medieval-1500]]  Period Costume for Stage & Screen : Patterns for Women's Dress, Medieval-1500
  
[[File:Books2BookcoversGreatfashdesigns90s.jpg|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0486413314/thecostumersmani|Great Fashion Designs of the 90's : Paper Dolls]] Great Fashion Designs of the 90's : Paper Dolls
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[[File:AmazonBooksPeriodcostforstageandscreen2.gif|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0887346103/thecostumersmani| Period Costume for Stage & Screen : Patterns for Women's Dress 1500-1800, ]] Period Costume for Stage & Screen : Patterns for Women's Dress 1500-1800,
  
[[File:AmazonBooksFashionsofadecade1990s.jpg|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0816024723/thecostumersmani| Fashions of a Decade : The 1990's (Fashions of a Decade Series)]]  Fashions of a Decade : The 1990's (Fashions of a Decade Series)
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[[File:AmazonBooksPeriodcostforstageandscreen3.gif|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/088734609X/thecostumersmani| Period Costume for Stage & Screen : Patterns for Women's Dress, 1800-1909,]]  Period Costume for Stage & Screen : Patterns for Women's Dress, 1800-1909,
  
[[File:AmazonBooksChristianlacroix.gif|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0789301210/thecostumersmani| Christian Lacroix (Universe of Fashion)]]  Christian Lacroix (Universe of Fashion)
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[[File:AmazonBooksMens17thand18thcent.jpg|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0887346375/thecostumersmani| Men's Seventeenth & Eighteenth Century Costume : Cut and Fashion]]  Men's Seventeenth & Eighteenth Century Costume : Cut and Fashion
  
[[File:AmazonBooksArttowear.jpg|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0896596648/thecostumersmani| Art to Wear]] Art to Wear
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[http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0887346650/thecostumersmani| Period Costume for Stage and Screen : Patterns for Outer Garments: Cloaks, Capes, Stoles and Wadded Mantles]
  
[[File:AmazonBooksWeddingfashionpaperdolls.gif|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/048627635X/thecostumersmani| Wedding Fashion Paper Dolls]]  Wedding Fashion Paper Dolls
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[[File:AmazonBooksOurnewclothes.gif|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0810965402/thecostumersmani| Our New Clothes : Acquisitions of the 1990s]]  Our New Clothes : Acquisitions of the 1990s
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[[File:AmazonBooksFashionindetail17th.gif|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/084782151X/thecostumersmani| Fashion in Detail : From the 17th and 18th Centuries]]  Fashion in Detail : From the 17th and 18th Centuries
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[[File:AmazonBooksArtofdress.gif|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0810963175/thecostumersmani| The Art of Dress : Clothes and Society, 1500-1914]]  The Art of Dress : Clothes and Society, 1500-1914
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[[File:AmazonBooks2Hautecoutureandpret.jpg|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/9040092907/thecostumersmani| Haute Couture & Pret-A-Porter : Mode 1750-2000]]  Haute Couture & Pret-A-Porter : Mode 1750-2000
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[[File:AmazonBooksPatternsoffashion1.gif|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/089676026X/thecostumersmani| Patterns of Fashion 1: Englishwoman's Dresses and Their Construction: c.1660-1860]]  Patterns of Fashion 1: Englishwoman's Dresses and Their Construction: c.1660-1860
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[[File:AmazonBooksPatternsoffashion2.gif|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0896760278/thecostumersmani| Patterns of Fashion 2 : Englishwomen's Dresses and Their Construction C.1860-1940]]  Patterns of Fashion 2 : Englishwomen's Dresses and Their Construction C.1860-1940
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[[File:AmazonBooksPatternsoffashion15601620.gif|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0896760839/thecostumersmani| Patterns of Fashion : The Cut and Construction of Clothes for Men and Women C1560-1620]]  Patterns of Fashion : The Cut and Construction of Clothes for Men and Women C1560-1620
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[[File:AmazonBooks2Irvingpenregards.gif|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0821226290/thecostumersmani| Irving Penn Regards the Work of Issey Miyake : Photographs 1975-1998]]  Irving Penn Regards the Work of Issey Miyake : Photographs 1975-1998
  
[http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1579651127/thecostumersmani| Men of Color : Fashion, History, Fundamentals]
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[[File:AmazonBooksEikoonstage.jpg|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0935112537/thecostumersmani| Eiko on Stage]] Eiko on Stage
  
[[File:AmazonBooksPrincessdianaprincecharlespaper.gif|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0486249611/thecostumersmani| Princess Diana and Prince Charles Fashion Paper Dolls in Full Color]]  Princess Diana and Prince Charles Fashion Paper Dolls in Full Color
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[[File:AmazonBooksCostumeindetail1730.jpg|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0896762173/thecostumersmani| Costume in Detail : 1730-1930]]  Costume in Detail : 1730-1930
  
[http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0399523790/thecostumersmani| Stylenoir : The First How-To Guide to Fashion Written With Black Women in Mind]
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[[File:AmazonBooks20000yearsoffashion.jpg|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0810916932/thecostumersmani| 20,000 Years of Fashion : The History of Costume and Personal Adornment]]  20,000 Years of Fashion : The History of Costume and Personal Adornment

Revision as of 01:32, 23 January 2014

The Costumer's Manifesto: Objects of Desire:

Expensive and/or Hard to find Books we all wish we had (aka "The Costumer's Xmas List")

Janet Arnold, the late, lamented goddess of costume research did this detailed study of every surviving garment, wardrobe record and portrait of Queen Elizabeth I, where she attempted wherever possible to match up the garments and portraits with the detailed wardrobe accounts kept by the government of the day. The only complaint to be found is that few of the pictures are in color. This large format book is considered the apex of detailed, stringent costume research work. An online

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by Betty Kirkie and Issey Miyake has a detailed history of this pioneer of bias cutting, along with many patterns, diagrams and photos of Vionnet's best work.

an artist's riff on the history of dress makes this a decadent little pop up book for adults who drool over fine clothing and fine bookmaking.

A yummy book based on a yummy exhibit Yummy exhibition catalog of the LA County Art Museum's most memorable exhibit. Each chapter is an individual essay on a related topic by an expert in the field, from period movement and dance to embroidery to 18th Century textile designs and more, lavishly illustrated in color & B&W.

Set and Costume Designs for Ballet and Theater Alexander Schouvaloff (I've got it! Courtesy of my Mom finding out I was a footnote in it. Shouvaloff used to be the V&A curator of Theatre Prints, then the first curator of the new Theatre Museum in London. This means all his books are filled with prints few folks have had access to until recently, plus an amazing degree of research and scholarship on the artist's involved. ALL his books are OofD's, not just this one.)

, Alexander Schouvaloff.

is a big heavy stack of color photos of details and overviews of great couture garments of the 20th century, with a bit of text and binding to glue it together. The pictures are the thing, and there are lots of them.

Norah Waugh (The pre-Janet Arnold historic pattern goddess, Waugh made triple duty books that included 1/3 patterns from antiques, 1/3 patterns from historic books, and 1/3 writing from contemporary sources on clothing at the time. Despite their expense, these books are really must-haves, especially this one that has the many patterns for men's clothing during the period covered).

Norah Waugh (ditto what I said above, save only that Janet Arnold has superceded this book's preeminence with her own.)

Also by Norah Waugh, with history and patterns.

Valery M. Garrett (Highly illustrated, and high on drool factor)

Lavish gorgeous and amazing. Memorable pieces of Wearable art from the 1970's-1990's. All color large format, just add legs and it is your coffee table...

Lois Sherr Dubin (Hardback version with fold out chart) (The "Bible" on beads in a gleaming, huge color coffee table book version, without anything missing. If you can't possibly afford it, get the shorter

paperback version, but if you can afford it the bead chart alone makes this version the most useful bead book ever produced.)

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 in essence, how to reproduce costumes in this period in such a way as to make them indistinguishable from originals.

Jean Hunnisett, another volume like the above.

Jean Hunnisett, Kathryn Turner (Illustrator), another volume like the above.

R. I. Davis A very similar book to the above, covering Menswear 1600-1800. I've just got my copy and it is a total drool-fest, with patterns, photos and text showing period reality, and film/theatre designs that attempt to interpret that reality.

Same author, same idea...

Photos and text on the costume objects that The Metropolitan Museum of Art acquired during the 1990's.

Yummy detailed photos of museum garments of the 17th and 18th Centuries. One of the less expensive drool objects to be found, it nonetheless is full of color pictures and clear tiny diagrams.

, Jane Ashelford.Photos from collections held by the National Trust (UK), with an interesting narrative showing how these items relate to and illuminate British social history. Another bargain full of great pictures and interesting text.

This tasty paperback has lots of great photos of early museum originals inside, despite it's rather plain, modernist cover.

by Janet Arnold the late, great, goddess of us all. Patterns from museum originals drawn on a 1/8" grid to 1/8 scale, plus line drawings and construction details telling you exactly how the beasts went together. Great scholarship put into a form that has instant application to reproducing costumes for theatre or reenactment in real life.

See above.

Like the above, but further off the diving board. Includes men's patterns too, plus photos and essays on the clothes. You know this woman was truly devoted to her research the moment you start reading about the damage to the original costumes caused by the messy fact that most were once grave clothes.

Issey Miyake is the pattern drafting god of our time. In this book a notable modern photographer shows his best examples of his work in their best light.

Designs by one of the most avant-garde theatre and film designers of our time.

Hand drawn pictures show details of women's clothing construction that can't be made clear in photos. Invaluable tool for museum professionals and vintage clothing collectors to "date" garments by details of sewing construction, also useful for people who want to replicate clothes to a high degree of exactitude.

the big fat book with more information and pictures per inch than any other. I blame this one for having got me into costumes in the first place.

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Dangerous Liaisons : Fashion and Furniture in the Eighteenth Century (Metropolitan Museum of Art Publications) Dangerous Liaisons : Fashion and Furniture in the Eighteenth Century (Metropolitan Museum of Art Publications)

Queen Elizabeth's Wardrobe Unlock'd: The inventories of the Wardrobe of Robes prepared in July 1600, edited from Stowe MS 557 in the British Library, MS LR 2/121 in the Public Record Office, London, and MS V.b.72 in the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington DC Queen Elizabeth's Wardrobe Unlock'd: The inventories of the Wardrobe of Robes prepared in July 1600, edited from Stowe MS 557 in the British Library, MS LR 2/121 in the Public Record Office, London, and MS V.b.72 in the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington DC

Arnold Biography

Nineteenth-Century Fashion in Detail

Madeleine Vionnet Madeleine Vionnet

Dressing a Galaxy: The Costume of Star Wars Limited Edition with DVD Dressing a Galaxy: The Costume of Star Wars Limited Edition with DVD

Dressing a Galaxy : The Costumes of Star Wars Dressing a Galaxy : The Costumes of Star Wars

Fashion a La Mode : The Pop-Up History of Costumes and Dresses Fashion a La Mode : The Pop-Up History of Costumes and Dresses

Art and Fashion : The Impact of Art on Fashion and Fashion on Art Art and Fashion : The Impact of Art on Fashion and Fashion on Art

Artwear: Fashion and Anti-Fashion Artwear: Fashion and Anti-Fashion

An Elegant Art : Fashion and Fantasy in the Eighteenth Century An Elegant Art : Fashion and Fantasy in the Eighteenth Century

The Art of Ballets Russes : The Serge Lifar Collection of Theater Designs, Costumes, and Paintings at the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut The Art of Ballets Russes : The Serge Lifar Collection of Theater Designs, Costumes, and Paintings at the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut

The Art of Haute Couture The Art of Haute Couture

Cut of Men's Clothes : 1600-1900,

The Cut of Women's Clothes, 1600-1930 The Cut of Women's Clothes, 1600-1930

Corsets and Crinolines Corsets and Crinolines

Chinese Clothing : An Illustrated Guide, Chinese Clothing : An Illustrated Guide,

Art to Wear Art to Wear

The History of Beads : From 30,000 B.C. to the Present The History of Beads : From 30,000 B.C. to the Present

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

Period Costume for Stage & Screen : Patterns for Women's Dress 1500-1800, Period Costume for Stage & Screen : Patterns for Women's Dress 1500-1800,

Period Costume for Stage & Screen : Patterns for Women's Dress, 1800-1909, Period Costume for Stage & Screen : Patterns for Women's Dress, 1800-1909,

Men's Seventeenth & Eighteenth Century Costume : Cut and Fashion Men's Seventeenth & Eighteenth Century Costume : Cut and Fashion

Period Costume for Stage and Screen : Patterns for Outer Garments: Cloaks, Capes, Stoles and Wadded Mantles

Our New Clothes : Acquisitions of the 1990s Our New Clothes : Acquisitions of the 1990s

Fashion in Detail : From the 17th and 18th Centuries Fashion in Detail : From the 17th and 18th Centuries

The Art of Dress : Clothes and Society, 1500-1914 The Art of Dress : Clothes and Society, 1500-1914

Haute Couture & Pret-A-Porter : Mode 1750-2000 Haute Couture & Pret-A-Porter : Mode 1750-2000

Patterns of Fashion 1: Englishwoman's Dresses and Their Construction: c.1660-1860 Patterns of Fashion 1: Englishwoman's Dresses and Their Construction: c.1660-1860

Patterns of Fashion 2 : Englishwomen's Dresses and Their Construction C.1860-1940 Patterns of Fashion 2 : Englishwomen's Dresses and Their Construction C.1860-1940

Patterns of Fashion : The Cut and Construction of Clothes for Men and Women C1560-1620 Patterns of Fashion : The Cut and Construction of Clothes for Men and Women C1560-1620

Irving Penn Regards the Work of Issey Miyake : Photographs 1975-1998 Irving Penn Regards the Work of Issey Miyake : Photographs 1975-1998

Eiko on Stage Eiko on Stage

Costume in Detail : 1730-1930 Costume in Detail : 1730-1930

20,000 Years of Fashion : The History of Costume and Personal Adornment 20,000 Years of Fashion : The History of Costume and Personal Adornment

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