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17th-Century Fashion Reading List


Cumming, Valerie,  A Visual History of Costume: The Seventeenth Century. London, 1984.

Cunnington, C Willet and Phillis,  A Handbook of English Costume in the 17th Century. London, 1955.

Jones, Ann R and Peter Stallybrass, Renaissance Clothing and the Materials of Memory. Cambridge, 2000.

de Marly, Diana, Costume and Civilization: Louis XIV and Versailles. London, 1987.

Ribeiro, Aileen, Fashion and Fiction: Dress in Art and Literature in Stuart England. London, 2005.

Vincent, Susan, Dressing the Elite: Clothes in Early Modern England. Oxford, 2003.

Wardle, Patricia, For Our Royal Person: Master of the Robes Bills of King-Stadholder William III. Apeldoorn, Netherlands, 2002.

Museum collections

Halls, Zilla, Women's Costume 1600-1750, Museum of London. London, 1969.

Halls, Zilla, Men's Costume 1580-1750, Museum of London. London, 1970.

Hart, Avril and Susan North, Historical Fashion in Detail: The 17th and 18th Centuries. London, 1998.

Rangström, Lena, Modelejon Manligt Mode; Lions of Fashion: Male fashion of the 16th, 17th, 18th Centuries. Stockholm, 2002.

Cut & construction

Arnold, Janet, Patterns of Fashion; Englishwomen's Dresses c.1660 -1860. London, 1964.

Arnold, Janet, Patterns of Fashion: The Cut and Construction of Clothes for Men and Women 1560-1620. London, 1985.

Waugh, Norah, The Cut of Men's Clothes: 1600-1914. London, 1964.

Waugh, Norah, The Cut of Women's Clothes 1600-1930. London, 1968.


Cunnington, C Willet and Phillis, The History of Underclothes. London, 1951.

Ewing, Elizabeth, Dress and Undress: A History of Women's Underwear. London, 1978.

Waugh, Norah, Corsets and Crinolines. London, 1954.

Industry & consumerism

Adburgham, Alison, Shopping in style: London from the Restoration to Edwardian elegance. London, 1979.

Berg, Maxine and Helen Clifford, Consumers and luxury : consumer culture in Europe, 1650-1850. Manchester, 1999.

Crowston, Clare Haru, Fabricating Women: The Seamstresses of Old Regime France 1675-1791. Durham NC, 2001.

Lemire, Beverly, Fashion's Favourite: The Cotton Trade and the Consumer in Britain 1660-1800. Oxford, 1991.

Lemire, Beverly, Dress, Culture and Commerce: The English Clothing Trade Before the Factory, 1660-1800. London, 1997.

Spufford, Margaret, The Great Reclothing of Rural England: Petty Chapmen and Their Wares in the Seventeenth Century. London, 1984.

Weatherill, Lorna, Consumer Behaviour and Material Culture in Britain, 1660-1760. London,1988.


Gordenker, Emilie, Van Dyck and the Representation of Dress in Seventeenth Century Portraiture. Brepols, 2001.

Hearn, Karen, Marcus Gheeraerts II Elizabethan Artist in Focus. London, 2002.

Hearn, Karen, Nathaniel Bacon: Artist, Gentleman and Gardener. London, 2006.

Laroon, Marcellus, The Criers and Hawkers of London (1687), Edited by Sean Shesgreen. Stanford, 1990.

National Portrait Gallery, Painted Ladies: Women at the Court of Charles II. London, 2001.

National Portrait Gallery, Searching for Shakespeare. London, 2006.

Piper, David, The English Face. London, 1992.

Royal Academy, Anthony Van Dyck 1599-1641. London, 1999.

Tate Gallery, Dynasties: Painting in Tudor and Jacobean England 1530-1630. London, 1995.

V&A Museum,  Artists of the Tudor Court. London, 1983.

Harvey, Anthony and Richard Mortimer (eds) The Funeral Effigies of Westminster Abbey . London, 1994.

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