Patterns of Fashion 4: The Cut and Construction of Linen Shirts, Smocks, Neckwear, Headwear and Accessories for Men and Women C. 1540-1660

Patterns of Fashion 4: The Cut and Construction of Linen Shirts, Smocks, Neckwear, Headwear and Accessories for Men and Women C. 1540-1660

The cut and construction of linen shirts, smocks, neckwear, headwear and accessories for men and women c. 1540 - 1660: Cut and Construction ... Neck and Headwear, Etc., C. 1540-1660 No. 4

No one interested in the history of dress, from art historians to stage designers, from museum curators to teachers of fashion and costume, can function effectively without Janet Arnold's "Patterns of Fashion" series, published by Macmillan since 1964.

Since her untimely death in 1998, admirers of her work have been waiting, with increasing impatience, for the promised volume devoted to the linen clothes of the Elizabethan and early Stuart periods, a companion to her previous volume on tailored clothes of the same era.

Planned and partly prepared by Janet herself, and completed by Jenny Tiramani, Janet's last pupil, no other book exists that is dedicated to the linen clothes that covered the body from the skin outwards. It contains full colour portraits and photographs of details of garments in the explanatory section, as well as patterns for 86 items of linen clothing, which range from men's shirts and women's smocks, from superb ruffs and collars to boot hose and children's stomachers.

Beautifully produced, it is an invaluable guide to both the history and the recreation of these wonderful garments.

Title:Patterns of Fashion 4: The Cut and Construction of Linen Shirts, Smocks, Neckwear, Headwear and Accessories for Men and Women C. 1540-1660
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780333570821
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    Patterns of Fashion 4: The Cut and Construction of Linen Shirts, Smocks, Neckwear, Headwear and Accessories for Men and Women C. 1540-1660 Reviews

  • SterlingSpider

    The Patterns of Fashion series is pretty much the grail of historical costuming from the Renaissance onward and this last (sadly posthumously published) book in the series actually blows the preceding...

  • Rebecca Huston

    Finally -- this is the one in the series that I have been looking forward to. Those into renaissance clothing need this one. And it is the best instructions for making ruffs that I have found yet. ...

  • Sue

    I'll never look at their elaborate costumes the same. The rich people would commission fancy garments, then pose for their portraits. All done by hand, this is probably what the very rich were doing w...

  • Adam Zabell

    A great reference, but not the kind of book I'll read cover to cover....

  • Kathely

    EXCELLENT RESOURCE!!!...