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19th-Century Fashion Reading List


Amnéus, C, A Separate Sphere: Dressmakers in Cincinnati's Golden Age 1877-1922, Lubbock, 2003

Barbey D'Aurevilly, Jules (tr. George Walden), Who's a Dandy: Dandyism and Beau Brummell, London, 2002

Breward, C, The Hidden Consumer: Masculinities, Fashion and City Life 1860-1914, Manchester University Press, 1999

Buck, A Victorian Costume and Costume Accessories, Herbert Jenkins, 1961, and Ruth Bean, 1985

Byrde, P, Nineteenth Century Fashion, London, Batsford, 1992

Byrde, P, Jane Austen Fashion: Fashion and Needlework in the Works of Jane Austen, Ludlow, 1999

Coleman,E A, The Opulent Era: Fashions of Worth, Doucet and Pingat London, Thames & Hudson in association with Brooklyn Museum, 1989

Cunningham, PA, Reforming Women's Fashion, 1850-1920, Kent Ohio, 2003

Cunnington, CW &P, English Women's Clothing in the 19th century, Faber and Faber 1938, 1958, Dover reprint, 1992

Cunnington, CW & P, Handbook of English Costume in the 19th Century, Faber and Faber, 1970

Fischer, G V, Pantaloons and Power: A Nineteenth-Century Dress Reform in the United States, Kent, 2001

Foster, V, A Visual History of Costume: The Nineteenth Century, Batsford, 1984

Gernsheim, A, Fashion and Reality 1840-1914, Faber, 1963; reprinted as Victorian and Edwardian Fashion: A Photographic Survey, Dover, 1981

Ginsburg, M, Victorian Dress in Photographs, Batsford, 1982/1988

Harvey, J, Men in Black, London, 1995

Kidwell, C B & Christman, M C, Suiting Everyone: The Democratization of Clothing in America, Washington 1974

Kidwell, C B & Steele, V, Men and Women: Dressing the Part, London 1989

Lambert, M, Fashion in Photographs 1860-1880, Batsford, in Association with the National Portrait Gallery, 1991

Levitt, S, Fashion in Photographs, 1880-1900, Batsford, in Association with the National Portrait Gallery, 1991

Levitt, S, Victorians Unbuttoned: Registered Designs for Clothing, Their Makers and Wearers, 1839 -1900 ,London, George Allen & Unwin 1986

Levitt, S & Tozer, J, Fabric of Society: A Century of People & Their Clothes 1770-1870, Wales, 1983

De Marly, D, The History of Haute Couture 1850-1950, Batsford 1980

Newton, S M, Health, Art and Reason: Dress Reforms of the Nineteenth Century, London, 1974

Perrot, P, Fashioning the Bourgeoisie: A History of Clothing in the 19th Century, Princeton, 1994

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

Ribeiro, A, Ingres in Fashion, New Haven & London, Yale University Press 1999

Severa, J, Dressed for the Photographer: Ordinary Americans and Fashion, 1840-1900, London, 1995

Simon, M, Fashion in Art: The Second Empire and Impressionism,  Paris, 1995

Tarrant, N, The Rise and Fall of the Sleeve1825-1940, Royal Scottish Museum, Edinburgh 1983

Taylor, L, Mourning Dress: A Costume and Social History, London, 1983

Taylor, L & Wilson, E, Through the Looking Glass: A History of Dress From 1860 to the Present Day, BBC, London, 1989

Walkley, C, Dressed to Impress: 1840-1914, London, 1989

Walkley, C & Foster, V, Crinolines and Crimping Irons; Victorian Clothes: How They Were Cleaned and Cared For, Peter Owen, 1978

Wichard, R & C, Victorian Cartes-de-Visit, Shire 1999

Zakim, M, Ready-Made Democracy: A History of Men's Dress in the American Republic, 1760-1860, Chicago, 2003

Exhibition catalogues

le Bourhis, K, The Age of Napoleon: Costume From Revolution to Empire, 1789-1815, Metropolitan Museum, New York, 1989

Breward, C, Ehrman, E, & Evans, C, The London Look: Fashion From Street to Catwalk, Museum of London 2004

Cheltenham Art Gallery, Simply Stunning: The Pre-Raphaelite Art of Dressing, Cheltenham,1996

Goldthorpe, C, From Queen to Empress: Victorian Dress 1837-1877, Costume Institute, Metropolitan Museum, New York 1988

Kyoto Costume Inst., Evolution of Fashion 1835-1895; Clothing That Attracted the Imagination of Japan, Kyoto, 1980

Kyoto Costume Inst., Revolution in Fashion: European Clothing 1715-1815, New York,1990


Carter, A, Underwear: The Fashion History, Batsford 1992

Cunnington, C W & P, History of Underclothes, Michael Joseph, 1951

Ewing, E, Dress and Undress, Batsford, 1978

St Laurent, C, A History of Ladies' Underwear, Michael Joseph, 1968

Shep, R.L, Corsets: A Visual History, Mendocino CA, 1993

Steele, V, The Corset: A Cultural History, New York, 2001

Summers, L, Bound to Please: A History of the Victorian Corset, Berg, 2001

Tobin, S, Inside Out: A Brief History of Underwear National Trust 2000

Warren, P, Foundations of Fashion: The Symington Corsetry Collection 1860-1990, Leicestershire, 2001

Waugh, N, Corsets and Crinolines, London, 1954/1995

Specialised types of dress

Cunnington, C W & Lucas, C, Occupational Costume in England; from the Eleventh Century to 1914, 1967

Cunnington, P, Costume of Household Servants From the Middle Ages to 1900, London, 1974

Cunnington, P & Mansfield, A, English Costume for Sports and Outdoor Recreations From the 16th to the 19th Centuries, London, 1969

Recreational and Sporting Costume, London, 1969

Ewing, E, Women in Uniform, London, 1975

Hiley, M, Victorian Working Women, Gordon Fraser, 1979

Landsdell, A, Occupational Costume and Working Clothes, 1776-1976, Shire Album 27, Aylesbury, 1977

de Marly, D, Working Dress: A History of Occupational Clothing, London, 1986

Stevenson, S & Bennett, H, Van Dyck in Check Trousers: Fancy Dress in Art and Life 1700-1900, Edinburgh, 1978

Cut & construction

Arnold, J, Patterns of Fashion; Englishwomen's Dresses c.1660-1860, London, 1964/1972

Arnold, J, Patterns of Fashion: Englishwomen's Dresses c.1860-1940, London, 1966/1972

Bradfield, N, Costume in Detail, 1730-1930, Kent, Eric Dobby Publishing, 2003

Gordon, S. S, Turn-of-the-Century Fashion Patterns and Tailoring Techniques (New York, Dover Publications 2000).

Harris, K (ed), Authentic Victorian Dressmaking Techniques. (New York, Dover Publications 1999).

Holding, T.H, Late Victorian Women's Tailoring: The Direct System of Ladies' Cutting (1897) (R. L. Shep 1997).

Hunnisett, J, Period Costume for Stage and Screen: Patterns for Women's Dress 1800-1909, Players Press, 1991

Hunnisett, J, Period Costume for Stage & Screen: Patterns for Outer Garments, Book I: Cloaks, Capes, Stoles and Wadded Mantles, California, 2000

Waugh, N, The Cut of Men's Clothes: 1600-1914, London, 1968

The cut of Women's Clothes 1600-1930, London, 1968

Industry & consumerism

Adburgham, A, Shops and Shopping, 1800-1914, Allen and Unwin, London 1964

Burman, B (ed), The Culture of Sewing (Oxford, Berg, 1999).

Garfield, S, Mauve: How One Man Invented a Colour that Changed the World Faber & Faber 2000.

Howarth, S, Henry Poole Founders of Savile Row: The Making of a Legend Honiton, Bene Factum Publishing 2003.

Walker, R, The Savile Row Story, London Prion 1988

Walkley, C, The Ghost in the Looking Glass: The Victorian Seamstress, Peter Owen, London 1981

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