AB: Hunnisett – Period Costumes…Outer Garments II

(This is an entry in the Annotated Bibliography.)

Hunnisett, Jean. Period Costumes for Stage & Screen: Patterns for Outer Garments, Book II: Dominos, Dolmans, Coats, Pelisses, Spencers, Calashes, Hoods and Bonnets. Studio City, California: Players Press, Inc., 2003.

This book, like its companion texts, is an extremely useful theatrical costuming text with good period shaping, but sized for an “average” modern figure, and with streamlined, simplified, theatrical construction techniques. Despite its looseness with historical accuracy and gaps, it is a very useful resource, especially for filling in the blanks between other resources; it is often recommended by historical costumers, but with reservations. This volume offers a variety of types of fitted and semi-fitted outerwear garments, including headwear, whereas the first volume offers loose-fitting types of outerwear. Note that the bonnets included are wadded fabric hood type winter bonnets, as well as fabric calashes, and nothing about straw or buckram millinery is included. It is instructional, with diagrams. It contains monochrome images. It contains a bibliography.

Also by Jean Hunnisett:

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