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C18th ladies posh frocks

Posted: Wed Feb 08, 2006 7:59 pm
by lilymae
if i'm doing this incorrectly please bear with me :? Does anyone know of any good books on posh frocks from 1780 to 1810? I'm not just looking for styles, but fabrics and colours used. Were there any colours that couldn't be used? I've a few books that are helpful with styles and fabrics of informal dresses but not posh. I'm doing a project on women of means (well probably men of means too) during the late 1700's. Thanks loads. PS. actually does anyone know of any good books about this period? Thanks again.X

Posted: Wed Feb 08, 2006 9:28 pm
by Wina McPod
Try any of the folllowing :

Historical Fashion in Detail - The 17th and 18thc
by Avril Hart and Susan North - Beautiful colour pictures and text detailing fabric / stitches etc etc, men's and womens.

The Gallery of English Costume (Picture book vol 2) Women's Costume, The 18thc, published for the art galleries commitee of the corproration of Manchester.

I'm sure Janet Ryan does a vey good one, which shows how to make up patterns but I have lent it out - I'm sure someone will fill in the blanks.

For fabric types / patterns / designs, Silk Designs of the 18thc from the V & A Museum is excellent.

Happy hunting

Posted: Wed Feb 08, 2006 9:59 pm
by Mark P.
This seems like a question for 'tailordrews'.
A cross post in the costume section may get further useful responses.


loads of thanks

Posted: Thu Feb 09, 2006 11:50 am
by lilymae
thanks to both of you - i'm off C18th posh frock hunting now.Xx

Posted: Fri Feb 10, 2006 1:01 am
by Tuppence

You might try the costumer's manifest website at

Also just checked my shelves, and the following books may be of help:

Fashion from the 18th century to the 20th century - The collection of the kyoto costume institute (published by taschen)

Dress in 18th Century England - Anne Buck (out of print, I think)

Costume and Fashion - james laver

patterns of fashion 1, c. 1660 - 1860 - janet armold

the cut of women's clothes 1600 1930 - norah waugh

a visual history of costume: the 18th century - aileen ribeiro (out of print)

costume in detail 1730 - 1930 - nancy bradfield

english women's clothing in the 19th century - c willet cunnington (for the last 10 years - covers the 19th c. in decades, going through each year by year)


Posted: Mon Feb 13, 2006 11:40 am
by Tod
Tuppence do you trade?

Posted: Tue Feb 14, 2006 12:26 pm
by lilymae
tuppence, thanks loads. will visit website you suggested and thanks for book titles.xx

Posted: Wed Feb 15, 2006 4:20 am
by Tuppence
Tuppence do you trade?
When I have to!! :D
usually at the ORM and the odd event or two during the season.

make clothes


Posted: Wed Feb 15, 2006 1:53 pm
by Tod
Do you know if the Kyoto book you mention has an ISBN number?

Posted: Wed Feb 15, 2006 3:25 pm
by Karen Larsdatter
Tod wrote:Do you know if the Kyoto book you mention has an ISBN number?

Posted: Wed Feb 15, 2006 5:45 pm
by Nigel
Dont buy ot full price it was remaindered

Iam off to town this weekend and I'll pick you up a copy if you want one

Can get it to you through Cpl Price


Posted: Wed Feb 15, 2006 9:06 pm
by Tod
Hi Nige, any idea how much?

Posted: Thu Feb 16, 2006 1:46 am
by Tuppence
Re ISBN, there are a couple of different ones, for different editions - either in one or two volumes.

Mine is the two-volume edition, isbn 3-8228-4099-8 (being seriously sad, I just went and got it!!! :lol: )

there are some awfully nice frocks and suits in it.

and the late 20th century wooden corset is interesting :shock:

can't remember how much mine was - about a tenner I think :?: , but that was a while ago, so might have changed if they have any left.