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Book Review: Patterns of Fashion 5

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Book Review: Patterns of Fashion 5

Patterns of Fashion 5: The Content, Cut, Construction, & Context of Bodies, Stays, Hoops, & Rumps, c. 1595-1795, was released last month by the School of Historical Dress, which houses the Janet Arnold Archive. This is probably one of the most anticipated historical dress books to be published in years, and certainly the most important volume on stays to be published in decades--maybe ever.  Does it live up to the hype? Oh, yes.  The School had a tall order: to honor the late Janet Arnold's legacy, to expand upon her research, and to hold true to the aim and theme...

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Out Today: The American Duchess Guide to 18th Century Dressmaking

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Out Today: The American Duchess Guide to 18th Century Dressmaking

It's a big day in the costuming world! The highly anticipated new costuming book, The American Duchess Guide to 18th Century Dressmaking, is out today from Page Street Publishing. You can buy it from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc, or directly from American Duchess (where you can even get signed copies, and/or buy shoes AT THE SAME TIME, yesss).  Abby and Lauren shared some secret sneak peeks with me earlier this year, and I have been so excited for this addition to the costumers' library ever since. I even accidentally pre-ordered TWO copies in my excitement, haha!This book really does...

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