What People Wore

What People Wore

1,800 Illustrations From Ancient Times to the Early Twentieth Century

Book - 1980
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Dover Pubns

Spanning nearly 5,000 years of clothing styles, this splendid sourcebook presents a fascinating panorama of wearing apparel, beginning with the ancient Egyptians and continuing through the early decades of the twentieth century.
Over 1,800 drawings — meticulously researched and accurately rendered by the author — depict garments ranging from diaphanous gowns of Egyptian royalty, ornate robes of Byzantine dignitaries, and elegant dresses worn by eighteenth-century Parisians, to picturesque outfits of American frontiersmen and the revolutionary 1930s wardrobe of the American flapper.
Here also are informal portraits of Byzantine commoners and religious figures, Elizabethans in lace collars and ruffs, upper-class Venetians, English dandies, and French gentlemen of the mid-eighteenth century as well as detailed illustrations of nineteenth-century New York farmers, western fur trappers, cowboys, mountain men, and lumberjacks, Klondike prospectors, Mississippi rivermen, and many more. A brief historical survey precedes the chronologically grouped illustrations of each period, and an overall list supplies the source for each drawing. A comprehensive reference for artists, designers, and social historians, this invaluable treasury will also intrigue anyone interested in the evolution of wearing apparel.


Fascinating panorama of styles — from diaphanous gowns of Egyptian royalty to 1920s wardrobe of the American flapper. The book is separated into three sections: "Costume of the Ancient World"; "European Costume"; and "American Costume."


Baker & Taylor
Uses 1,800 chronologically arranged line drawings to illustrate the types of clothing worn from ancient times to the early twentieth century.

Book News
Reprint of a reference originally published in 1952 (New York, Viking Press). Meticulously researched and rendered line drawings are grouped chronologically and identified. Includes sources and a bibliography. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Publisher: New York : Dover Publications, 1980, c1952
Edition: Dover ed
ISBN: 9780486281629
0486281620
Branch Call Number: 391.009 GOR
Characteristics: xiii, 269 p. :,ill. ;,31 cm.

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Feb 11, 2010

Interesting illustrations but I would have preferred a shorter time period with much larger illustrations. The pictures are very small.

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