AB: Buck – Victorian Costume

(This is an entry in the Annotated Bibliography.)

Buck, Anne. Victorian Costume and Costume Accessories. Revised 2nd ed. Carlton, England: Ruth Bean, 1984.

This is one of the definitive mid-twentieth century works on costume, originally published in 1961. It was written by a well-respected museum curator and is widely cited in other books on costume. Like other books of the period, its images are monochrome, and tend to be small. The topic is fairly large for a relatively small book, and many remarks and generalizations about changes in fashion are made without any specific citations. The organization is somewhat confusing, and the book is lacking in much information or imagery for the earliest portion of the Victorian period. However, as a general overview of Victorian fashion, particularly high fashion, this book remains a decent resource, and contains a good balance of images: period paintings, period photographs, period magazine and newspaper illustrations, and photographs of extant garments and textiles, including some where antique garments are actually photographed on models. The book is not instructional. It contains monochrome images. There is a bibliography.

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