Early-Mid 18thC Women's Costume

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Early-Mid 18thC Women's Costume

Postby sally » Fri Aug 05, 2011 11:36 am

I have a vague desire to make a set of everyday women's clothing for the early-mid 18thC to fill in a gap in my wardrobe. Are there any particularly recommended books, websites or resources out there that I should be looking at? An initial whizz through google brings up loads from the second half of the century, but I fancy something a shade earlier. I will of course keep researching, but if there are already any good picture collations, kit guidelines, recommended patterns etc, then that would be most helpful 8-)

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Re: Early-Mid 18thC Women's Costume

Postby Shadow7cat » Fri Aug 05, 2011 4:06 pm

Janet arnold, "Patterns of Fashion 1660-1860"

Jean Hunnisett "Period Costume for Stage and Screen 1500-1800"

Nancy Bradfield "Costume in Detail"

Norah Waugh "Cut of Women's Clothes" (and Men's for Gareth)

Linda Baumgarten "Costume Close Up"

Sharon Ann Burnston "Fitting and Proper"

Both those are American

In fact go to my web site Links page, where there are more!


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Re: Early-Mid 18thC Women's Costume

Postby Grymm » Wed Aug 10, 2011 12:37 pm

The Dress of the People by John Styles ISBN-10: 0300121199 ISBN-13: 978-0300121193
Most of the others deal with posh kit.
Trawling through Hogarth (I've stuck the URL in too as the pics are large and don't autosize here like on other boards)

and Cornelius Troost paintings/etchings

is good too.
For later 18thC Welsh womens clothing (pre Lady Thingy and the tall hat n tartan 'national dress' thing) Julius Cesaer Ibbetson did some nice studies and the styles depicted aren't that far off the mid century stuff




Or mail me and I'll point you towards some of the other refs I have =o)

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Re: Early-Mid 18thC Women's Costume

Postby Lady Willow » Sat Jun 16, 2012 6:36 pm

It's always worth looking at paintings by Chardin. French, but very good on detail.

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