AB: Cunnington – English Women’s Clothing

(This is an entry in the Annotated Bibliography.)

Cunnington, C. Willett. English Women’s Clothing in the Nineteenth Century. London: Faber and Faber Ltd., 1937.

A very dated but charming book, which was an early attempt to organize, categorize, and understand women’s clothing of the 19th century, not long after the close of that period. Organized by decade and then by subcategory, the book also helpfully lists prices, but much of the theoretical analysis is very dated at this point. Not fantastically useful, but worth looking at if readily available. It is also available in a later reprint from Dover, which does not have any color images. It is not instructional. It contains mostly monochrome images but the original version also contains some color photograph plates.

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