AB: Foster – Visual History of Costume

(This is an entry in the Annotated Bibliography.)

Foster, Vanda. A Visual History of Costume: The Nineteenth Century. London: B. T. Batsford Ltd., 1986.

A beautiful and well-organized selection of images, with wonderfully detailed captions going over the individual elements of costume in each image. The images are of a variety of source types, including paintings, drawings, engravings, fashion plates, cartoons, and photographs. The book is a good resource for a varied selection of excellent images of 19th century fashion and costume, particularly the high fashion of the wealthy. It is not instructional. It contains monochrome images as well as a small selection of color plates. It contains a select bibliography.

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