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The Cut of Women's Clothes

1600-1930

By Norah Waugh

Routledge – 1987 – 394 pages

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    978-0-87830-026-6
    January 6th 1987

Description

Each period in the history of costume has produced its own characteristic line and silhouette, derived from a cut and construction which varies considerably from age to age. Here are patterns taken from actual dresses, many of them rare museum specimens, illustrated by sketches of the dresses. There are notes on the production of women's dress, with references to early technical books and journals, together with diagrams from some of them. Numerous illustrations show the dresses as worn complete with their hairstyles, jewelry, decorations and accessories.

Reviews

"Most useful. . . Recommended." -- Times Education Supplement

"Serious and beautifully illustrated." -- Observer

"A definitive work. . . Highly recommended." -- Library Journal

"Rewarding to anyone interested in the history of women as people." -- Christian Science Monitor

"The method is impeccable, the presentation flawless and the information fascinating. The scaled cutting diagrams are readily useable." -- Educational Theatre Journal

"For more than 30 years Norah Waugh lectured and taught practical work in the Theatre Department of the Central School of Art and Design, London . . . Words cannot describe the completeness of this text. 75 cutting diagrams, 54 tailors' patterns and 71 plates of illustrations are so well aligned and explained that accuracy of both historical choice and technical construction can readily be achieved . . . A necessity for costume departments, its inclusion of delightful comments by `contemporary sources' makes the book pleasant reading for anyone." -- Choice: Books for College Libraries

"When did long and slender replace static curves? Why didn't France ever adopt the mantua, which was all the rage in Spain? What impact did `ready-made' have on fashion? What did the growing independence of women in the late 1800s and beyond have on women's, and men's dress?." -- News Advocate

Name: The Cut of Women's Clothes: 1600-1930 (Hardback)Routledge 
Description: By Norah Waugh. Each period in the history of costume has produced its own characteristic line and silhouette, derived from a cut and construction which varies considerably from age to age. Here are patterns taken from actual dresses, many of them rare museum specimens,...
Categories: Theatre & Performance Studies