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The Little Guide to Vintage Shopping: Insider Tips, Helpful Hints, Hip Shops

by Melody Fortier

A Modern Guide to Vintage

 

Vintage clothing offers couture quality at a fraction of the price. But how can you spot a Dior original in a rack stuffed with Little Black Dresses? Vintage-clothing dealer Melody...


Medieval Costume, Armour and Weapons

by Eduard Wagner, Zoroslava Drobná & Jan Durdík

Accompanied by a scrupulously researched and well-documented text, over 400 royalty-free illustrations trace the evolution of clothing styles, armor, and weapons during the medieval period in Central Europe...


Illustrated Handbook of Western European Costume: Thirteenth to Mid-Nineteenth Century

by Iris Brooke

This valuable survey uses theatrical costumes as contemporary clues to the clothing that was in vogue throughout much of western Europe from 1260 to 1840. 176 black-and-white illustrations.


A Dictionary of Costume and Fashion: Historic and Modern

by Mary Brooks Picken

Compendium defines over 10,000 words associated with wearing apparel and fashion. From bateau necklines to trilbys and vamps, words are grouped alphabetically according to dress parts, fabrics, and other style...


Everyday Fashions of the Forties As Pictured in Sears Catalogs

by JoAnne Olian

What American men, women, and children wore in the 1940s, shown in 122 fully illustrated and captioned pages selected from rare copies of Sears catalogs. Reproduced in large format on high-quality glossy stock....


Authentic Victorian Dressmaking Techniques

by Kristina Harris

This vintage how-to manual — the first modern American sewing book — provided turn-of-the-century seamstresses with clear instructions for altering patterns, hand-sewing stitches, and creating shirt-blouses,...


The History of Underclothes

by C. Willett Cunnington & PhiIlis Cunnington

Fascinating survey of various undergarments worn by the English over six centuries. Well-documented, scholarly presentation enhanced with over 100 period illustrations depicting laced-up bodice of the 12th century,...


American Victorian Costume in Early Photographs

by Priscilla Harris Dalrymple

Over 280 rare photographs document "Sunday best" clothing from the 1840s to the 1890s. Bustles, pantalets, top hats, waistcoats, bowlers, other attire, as well as hairdressing and tonsorial styles.


English Women's Clothing in the Nineteenth Century: A Comprehensive Guide with 1,117 Illustrations

by C. Willett Cunnington

Remarkably thorough descriptions, information about hundreds of fashions: morning dresses, riding outfits, bridal gowns, more. Also millinery, footwear, etc. Based on contemporary sources. Indispensable for...


Bloomingdale's Illustrated 1886 Catalog

by Bloomingdale Brothers

Famed merchants' extremely rare catalog depicting about 1,700 products: clothing, housewares, firearms, dry goods, jewelry, and more. Invaluable for dating and identifying vintage items. Also, royalty-free graphics...


Victorian and Edwardian Fashion: A Photographic Survey

by Alison Gernsheim

Bonnets, capes, caps, shawls, bodices, and crinolines as people actually wore them from 1840 to 1914. More than 200 photos depict aristocrats and members of the middle class as well as celebrities.


The Mode in Hats and Headdress: A Historical Survey with 198 Plates

by R. Turner Wilcox

This stunningly comprehensive survey of hats and headgear from ancient Egypt to mid-20th century illustrates an astonishing range of styles — plumed turbans to modern homburgs, plus images of hairstyles, jewelry,...


Everyday Fashions of the Fifties As Pictured in Sears Catalogs

by JoAnne Olian

One-piece strapless bathing suits and dresses with plunging necklines for women; business suits with wide lapels for men; bluejeans and plaid shirts for girls; and much more. Over 300 black-and-white illustrations....


Classic French Fashions of the Twenties

by Atelier Bachwitz

This fine reproduction of a 1929 catalog features fashions for all occasions, with 54 color plates showcasing everything from chiffon promenade dresses to a white alpaca jumper and a silk-and-lace evening gown....


Gallery of Late-Seventeenth-Century Costume: 100 Engravings

by Caspar Luyken

Magnificent reproductions of 100 rare engravings from a much-imitated reference work depict with precision and elegance a wide range of social classes — from royalty and merchants to military officers and...


Ancient European Costume and Fashion

by Herbert Norris

Clothing styles from prehistory to A.D. 1066 displayed in over 160 illustrations. Draped robes of classical Greece, the apparel of a 10th-century Byzantine emperor, garments of peasants, as well as footwear,...


Western World Costume: An Outline History

by Carolyn G. Bradley

Well-illustrated view of Western dress, from prehistory to mid-20th century. Footwear, headgear, accessories, typical colors and materials for each era. 491 black-and-white illustrations.


Costume in Greek Classic Drama

by Iris Brooke

This work describes how performers were dressed in plays by Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, and explains how the actors' performances influenced the cut of their costumes. 53 black-and-white illustrations....


British Costume from Earliest Times to 1820

by Mrs. Charles H. Ashdown

Hard-to-find classic provides detailed, authentic coverage of British clothing (civil, royal, and ecclesiastic) from early Saxon era (ca. A.D. 460) to reign of King George III (1820).


Uniforms of the United States Army, 1774-1889, in Full Color

by H. A. Ogden

Richly colored, hand-tinted prints portray U.S. army uniforms, from fatigues to full dress. Absolutely authentic in their painstaking detail, the 44 plates depict all ranks in full regalia. Captions.