The Dictionary of Fashion History

By Valerie Cumming

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A Dictionary of English Costume by way of C. Willett Cunnington, Phillis Cunnington and Charles Beard used to be initially released in 1960. A huge success and encyclopaedic in scope, it used to be a finished catalogue of favor phrases from the mid-medieval interval as much as 1900. It was once reissued and up-to-date numerous occasions, for the final time in 1976. for many years it has served as a bible for dress historians.

The Dictionary of favor History thoroughly updates and supplementations the Cunningtons' landmark paintings to deliver it as much as the current day. that includes extra phrases and revised definitions, this re-creation represents an important reference for gown historians, scholars of style background, or an individual considering growing interval dress for the theatre, movie or tv. it's also attention-grabbing interpreting for these easily drawn to the subject.

Clear, concise, and meticulous intimately, this crucial reference solutions numerous questions with regards to the historical past of costume and adornment and grants to be a definitive consultant for generations to come.

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1817 for night, even though now not fullyyt exchanging evening-dress breeches till 1850. The closure used to be by means of small falls; from 1823 sometimes by way of fly-front closure, which turned normal after ca. 1840. See American trousers, Cossacks, Eelskin masher trousers, French bottoms, Gaiter bottoms, Pleated trousers, Railroad trousers, immediately trousers, Zouave trousers, Tight-slacks. interval: twentieth century onwards. the elemental form was once fastened however the width, the addition or now not of turn-ups, and the particular textile with which trousers have been made constructed over the a long time.

Mull muslin interval: nineteenth century. smooth, skinny muslin, now not silky; finer than nainsook. Mungo interval: nineteenth century. a material made up of disintegrated woollen rags, specially these hard-twisted and felted. See Shoddy. Muscord interval: seventeenth century. A woollen textile. Muscovite interval: 1884. “A good-looking thick corded silk. ” Muscovite velvet interval: 1883. Velvet brocade on a ribbed silk floor. Muser interval: sixteenth century. A spangle striking by means of a thread from the skin of a garment rather than being stitched down.

1838–1842. A single-breasted frock coat, the skirts brief and entire, frequently with no hip-buttons. Made with a really huge collar and one huge cape; scale down or flapped wallet at the hips; again vent with no pleats yet a tackover. Tail See educate. Tail clout interval: past due 16th–17th century. A baby’s serviette. Tail coat (M) interval: Mid-19th to early twentieth century. A colloquial utilization within the 1850s for the formal male coat with tails, specially cutaway or morning coats or swallow-tail coats. Tailleur (F) interval: past due nineteenth century to ca.

A material made in Norfolk, yet copying Flemish materials of silk or worsted; in Scotland, a kind of linen. Dorretteen interval: 1792. A silk and wool twist in skinny, invisible stripes; made in Norwich. Dorsetteen interval: 18th century. a cloth of worsted warp and silk weft. Double-faced interval: nineteenth century onwards. a cloth that's accomplished on either faces, hence permitting it to be made right into a garment which are worn within out with no extra adjustment. See Reversible garments. Dowlas interval: 16th–19th century.

The woolly protecting of a sheep or different long-haired animal, used to make clothing. within the later twentieth century the yank company, Malden generators, patented Polarfleece in 1979 for making into non-technical clothing, corresponding to light-weight sportswear. an identical enterprise patented Polartec to be used in technically hard stipulations. Florameda interval: seventeenth century. A “flowered or figured stuff” (Beck). Florence interval: fifteenth century. A woollen textile initially imported from Italy. interval: ca. 1840s. The identify denoted a corded barege or grenadine.

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