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Fashion in detail : from the 17th and 18th centuries
Hart, Avril.
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Publication Information:
New York : Rizzoli, 2000.

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223 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 30 cm
Photographs of the Victoria and Albert's collection of historical dress, illustrating high fashion between 1600-1800.
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Originally published: London : V&A Publications, c1998.

"Paperback edition"--T.p. verso.
Stitching, seams, quilting and cording -- Gathers, pleats and looped drapery -- Collars, cuffs and pockets -- Buttons -- Trimmings -- Applied decoration -- Slashing, pinking and stamping -- Knitting, lace and openwork -- Stomachers -- Gloves and shoes.
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GT585 .H37 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize
GT585 .H37 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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This sumptuously illustrated book offers the first up-close view of the richness and variety of historical dress of the 17th and 18th centuries. Drawn from the Victoria and Albert Museum's world-famous collection, these garments display skills that are now lost, yet continue to inspire today's leading designers. Much of the finery seen here is too fragile to be on permanent display, or its detail too intricate to be captured in conventional photography. Jacobean blackwork, neoclassical tambour work, exquisite stitching, and knife-sharp pleats are pictured in stunning photographs, alongside such unusual techniques as stamping, pinking, and slashing--many of which are rarely employees in the modern world, as they require labor-intensive handwork impossible to replicate by machine. With line drawings showing the construction of the complete garment and a text that sets each in the context of its time, this book is a visual feast for all fashion lovers, and an essential resource for curators, collectors, students, costumers and designers.

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Library Journal Review

Hart, a former assistant curator in the Department of Textiles and Dress at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and North, the deputy curator of the department, combine straightforward text describing some 160 rare garments from the Victoria and Albert collections with line drawings illustrating the construction of the garments. The magnificently detailed color photographs are what make this volume stand out from similar titles. Fabrics, colors, styles, and unusual sewing techniques long lost to the modern fashion industry are carefully documented. A brief glossary of terms proves helpful, although a few terms were not listed. This book is a treasure trove for fashion design students and costume designers alikeÄthe garments discussed and illustrated here are frequently too fragile or too vulnerable to bright light ever to be displayed publicly. Recommended for larger academic and public libraries and collections specializing in fashion or costume design.ÄP. Steven Thomas, Central Michigan Univ. Lib., Mt. Pleasant (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.