AB: Baumgarten – Costume Close-Up

(This is an entry in the Annotated Bibliography.)

*Baumgarten, Linda, and John Watson, with Florine Carr. Costume Close-Up: Clothing Construction and Patterns 1750-1790. Williamsburg, Virginia: The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, 2000. In association with Quite Specific Media Group Ltd., New York and Hollywood.

This is an excellent resource for mid to late 18th century clothing research and reproduction, and also quite relevant to early 19th century clothing reproduction, particularly in reproducing such slowly-evolving items as pockets, shifts, men’s shirts, or cloaks. Also, many of the foundational concepts of the book are useful to wider periods of clothing study, though many of the same concepts are also included in Baumgarten’s What Clothes Reveal. It is instructional, including many patterns. It contains both color and monochrome images. It contains information on sources for illustrations as well as endnotes. I personally own this book, and would highly recommend it.

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