AB: Mitchell – Ladies’ Clothing of the 1830’s

(This is an entry in the Annotated Bibliography.)

*Mitchell, Sarah E. Ladies’ Clothing of the 1830’s; with Bibliographic Notes. Chatham, Virginia: Mitchells Publications, 2005.

This is an apparently self-published booklet that superficially touches on high fashion extremes of the 1830s. It contains a few charming fashion plate images in monochrome, but primarily it offers an array of period quotes. The period quotes seem to generally represent extreme views, and they are improperly contextualized. The author does not give the impression of being particularly knowledgeable about the time period, and the text is poorly organized. Altogether this is a very unhelpful, and even misleading, book. It contains inaccurate information about corsetry of a type common in under-researched costume books, misusing sources and perpetuating myths. It is not instructional. It contains monochrome images. It contains bibliographic notes, primarily for specific quotes rather than general information. I personally own this book, but I do not recommend it, and in fact would recommend avoiding it.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s