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Costume and Fashion Source Books

  • Costume and Fashion Source Books
  • Imprint: Chelsea House
  • Format: eBook
  • Status: Available
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Colonial America, Second Edition
Elizabethan England, Second Edition
The 1920s and 1930s, Second Edition
The 1950s and 1960s, Second Edition
The 1980s and 1990s, Second Edition
The American West, Second Edition
The Civil War
The Medieval World, Second Edition

Reviews and Awards

"...engaging...Each volume is profusely and gorgeously illustrated...This [set] meets the need for quality material about fashion history with competence and appeal."

School Library Journal

"...colorful...up to date...Highly Recommended."

Library Media Connection


The colorful Costume and Fashion Source Books set provides a fascinating reference for those who want to find out what people of a particular era wore. These accessible books bring to life the costumes and fashions of different eras of the past through the plays, movies, ballets, and reenactments or pageants set in those time periods. Context is provided on the time, place, and history to help students understand why certain clothing items were worn. Key elements of each costume are clearly identified and named, including all-important accessories, and practical information is given on how to make costumes and accessories with an authentic look and feel. Colors and fabrics used during the period are described, as well as suggestions for modern fabrics that can be substituted for the materials of the period. In every title, detailed full-page photographs and illustrations from historical figures and characters in representative plays, movies, and musicals show five to six generic costumes of the period that can be readily re-created for performances.

Special features include:

  • Photographs of actual performances that show characters in costume and stills from movies that depict the filmmakers’ interpretations of period clothes
  • Fact boxes that provide fascinating information about materials used, accessories worn, and clothing customs
  • Quotes from literature and plays that show the connotations of costume in that particular era and how clothing has indicated social status throughout the centuries
  • A timeline and summaries of plays, musicals, and movies that typify the era and its fashions.