(This is an entry in the Annotated Bibliography.)
Hunnisett, Jean. Period Costumes for Stage & Screen: Patterns for Women’s Dress 1800-1909. London: Unwin Paperbacks, 1988.
This book, like its companion texts for outerwear, 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. It is instructional, with diagrams. It contains monochrome images. It contains a bibliography.
Also by Jean Hunnisett:
- Period Costumes for Stage & Screen: Patterns for Outer Garments, Book I: Cloaks, Capes, Stoles and Wadded Mantles
- Period Costumes for Stage & Screen: Patterns for Outer Garments, Book II: Dominos, Dolmans, Coats, Pelisses, Spencers, Calashes, Hoods and Bonnets