18th-Century Fashion Reading List


Baumgarten Linda, What Clothes Reveal: The Language of Clothing Colonial and Federal America (New York, 2002)

Bissonnette Anne, Fashion on the Ohio Frontier 1790-1840 (Kent, 2003)

Buck Anne, Dress in Eighteenth Century England (London, 1980)

Cunnington C Willet and Phillis, Handbook of English Costume in the 18th Century (London, 1957)

Delpierre, Madeleine, Dress in France in the Eighteenth Century (London, 1997)

Hersch, Tandy and Charles, Cloth and Costume 1750-1800 Cumberland County Pennsylvania (Carlisle, 1995)

Ribeiro,  Aileen, A Visual History of Costume: The Eighteenth Century  (London, 1983)

Ribeiro,  Dress in Eighteenth Century Europe: 1715-1789 (London, 2002)

Ribeiro,  Fashion in the French Revolution (London, 1988)

Ribeiro,  The Art of Dress: Fashion in England and France 1750-1820 (London, 1995)

Roche, Daniel, The Culture of Clothing: Dress and Fashion in the Ancien Regime, (Cambridge, 1996)

Rothstein, Natalie, Barbara Johnson's album of styles and fabrics (London, 1987)

Tozer, Jane and Sarah Levitt, The Fabric of Society: A Century of People and Their Clothes 1770-1870 (Manchester, 1983)

Wrigley, Richard, The Politics of Appearance: Representations of Dress in Revolutionary France (Oxford, 2002)

Museum collections

Colonial Williamsburg, Eighteenth Century Clothing at Williamsburg (Virginia, 1986)

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

Gallery of English Costume, Picture Book Number Two: Women's Costume the 18th Century  (Manchester, 1954)

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

Zilla Halls, Women's Costume 1750-1800, Museum of London (London, 1972)

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

Rushton,  Pauline, 18th Century Costume in the National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside (Liverpool, 1999)

Exhibition catalogues

le Bourhis,  Katell, The Age of Napoleon: Costume From Revolution to Empire 1789-1815, (New York, 1989)

Kyoto Costume Institute, Revolution in Fashion: European Clothing 1715-1815 (New York, 1990)

Maeder,  Edward, An Elegant Art: Fashion and Fantasy in the Eighteenth Century  (Los Angeles, 1983)

Musée de la Mode et du Costume, Modes & Révolution (Paris, 1989)

Theory & literary references

Jones, Jennifer M, Sexing la Mode: Gender, Fashion and Commercial Culture in Old Regime France (Oxford. 2004)

Mackie Elaine, Market à la Mode: Fashion, Commodity and Gender in the Tatler and the Spectator (London, 1997)

Munns Jessica and Penny Richards, The Clothes That Wear Us: Essays on Dressing and Transgressing in Eighteenth-Century Culture (Newark, 1999)

Fashion plates

Blum, Stella, Eighteenth Century French Fashion Plates (London, 1983)

Costume Society, From Hollar to Heideloff: An Exhibition of Fashion Prints (1600-1812) (London, 1979)

Holland, Vyvyan, Hand-Coloured Fashion Plates 1770-1899 (London, 1987)

Langley Moore, Doris, Fashion Through Fashion Plates 1771-1970 (London, 1971)

Nevinson, John, The Origins and Early History of the Fashion Plate (Washington, 1967)

Cut & construction

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

Baumgarten, Linda and John Watson, Costume Close-Up: Clothing Construction and Pattern 1750-1790 (Williamsburg, 1999)

Bradfield, Nancy, Costume in Detail 1730-1930 (London 1981)

Brown, William, Thoughts on Men's Shirts in America 1750-1900 (Gettysburg, 1999)

Burnston, Sheila, Fitting & Proper: 18th Century Clothing from the Collection of the Chester County Historical Society  (Texas, 1998)

Parks Canada, Man's Coat 1730-1750: A Visual Guide to Cut and Construction (Ottawa, 1995)

Parks Canada, Lady's Gown 1730-1770, A Visual Guide to Cut and Construction (Ottawa, 1997)

Waugh, Norah, The Cut of Men's Clothes: 1600-1914 (London, 1994)

Waugh, Norah, The Cut of Women's Clothes 1600-1930  (London, 1987)


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

Ewing, Elizabeth, Dress and Undress: A History of Women's Underwear (London, 1989)

Steele, Valerie, The Corset: A Cultural History (New York, 2001)

Waugh, Norah, Corsets and Crinolines (London, 1972)

Industry & consumerism

Adburgham, Alison, Shopping in Style: London From the Restoration to Edwardian Elegance (London, 1979)

Backhouse, Alison, The Worm-Eaten Waistcoat (York, 2003)

Crowston, Clare Haru, Fabricating Women: The Seamstresses of Old Regime France, 1675-1791 (London, 2001)

Kowaleski-Wallace, Elizabeth, Consuming Subjects: Women, Shopping and Business in the Eighteenth Century  (New York, 1997)

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)

Gillespie, Charles C (ed), A Diderot Pictorial Encyclopaedia of Trade and Industry,  (London/New York, 1959)

McKendrick, Neil, John Brewer and J HPlumb, The Birth of a Consumer Society: the Commercialization of Eighteenth Century England  (London, 1982)

Sanderson, Elizabeth, Women and Work in Eighteenth-Century Edinburgh (London, 1996)

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