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For a couple of years now I have been very grateful to Archivia Vintage Fashion & Textiles for the post Useful Vintage, Antiques and Collectibles Resource Links.  Please explore this wonderfully comprehensive list!

I also want to share this book list created by Leila of Corsets and Crinolines, including her notes on the books. She is particularly interested in, and knowledgeable about, antique clothing and lingerie. She has an amazing collection! My own favorite books are toward the end of this post.

19TH CENTURY AND EDWARDIAN COSTUME

1897 Sears Roebuck Catalog (reprint)

1901 Eaton’s Catalog (reprint)

1908 Sears Roebuck Catalog (reprint)

Madeleine Brant
-The Etiquette of Dress

K.B. Brett
-Women’s Costume in Early Ontario
-Women’s Costume in Ontario, 1867-1907 (Royal Ontario Museum books)

Penelope Byrde
-Jane Austen Fashion

Nancy Villa Bryk
-American Dress Pattern Catalogs, 1873-1909: Four Complete Reprints

Virginia A.S. Careless
-Responding to Fashion, The Clothing of the O’Reilly Family (One of my FAV books about the Vancouver museum acquisition of the O’Reilly family’s clothing along with photos of the family in the clothes, etc.)

Eileen Collard
-Clothing in English Canada Circa 1867-1907

C. Willett Cunnington
-English Women’s Clothing in the Nineteenth Century
-The History of Underclothes
-The Perfect Lady (A rare book showing clothing from the author’s own collection on live models)

Priscilla Harris Dalrymple
-American Victorian Costume in Early Photographs

Alison Gernsheim
-Victorian and Edwardian Fashion: A Photographic Survey

Madeleine Ginsburg
-Victorian Dress in Photographs

Kristina Harris
-The Child in Fashion: 1750-1920
-Victorian & Edwardian Fashions for Women, 1840-1919
-Victorian Fashion in America: 264 Vintage Photographs

Talbot Hughes
-Old English Costumes, A sequence of fashions through the 18th and 19th centuries. (A VERY rare book from the 1910s showing clothing from the V&A when it first opened it costume gallery on real people. Edwardians in antique clothing, how wonderful!!!)

O. Henry Mace
-Collector’s Guide to Early Photographs (How to date antique photos by clothing, etc)

Doris Langley Moore
-The Woman in Fashion (Fabulous book written in 1949, showing clothing dating from 1800 up to 1920 from her own collection shown on her celebrity friends!)

JoAnne Olian
-Victorian and Edwardian Fashions from “La Mode Illustree”

Jacqueline Beaudoin-Ross
-Form and Fashion, Nineteenth Century Montreal Dress (McCord Museum book)

Linda Setnik
-Victorian Costume for Ladies

Catherine Smith and Cynthia Greig
-Women in Pants (Fascinating history of women in the 19th century who wore trousers and why. Loaded with antique photos!)

J.A.E. Wood
How to Make a Dress (1897) (An original rare book on how to make a leg-o-mutton sleeve dress). 

20TH CENTURY VINTAGE FASHION

John Peacock
-The Complete Fashion Sourcebook

Jonathan Walford
-Forties Fashion: From Siren Suits to the New Look
-Ready to Tear: Paper Fashions of the 60s

Christa Weil
-It’s Vintage Darling, How to be a clothes connoisseur

ANTIQUE AND VINTAGE CLOTHING PRICE GUIDES

LaRee Johnson Bruton
-Ladies’ Vintage Accessories

Maryanne Dolan
-Vintage Clothing 1880-1980: Identification and Value Guide

Carol Harris
-Miller’s Collecting Fashion & Accessories

Kristina Harris
-Collector’s Guide to Vintage Fashions: Identification and Values

Diane Snyder-Haug
-Antique & Vintage Clothing: A Guide to Dating & Valuation of Women's Clothing 1850 to 1940

Rosemary Hawthorne
-The Costume Collector’s Companion 1890-1990

Kyle Husfloen
-Antique Trader Vintage Clothing Price Guide

Susan Langley
-Vintage Hats & Bonnets 1770-1970: Identification & Values 

GENERAL HISTORY OF COSTUME AND FASHION OVER THE CENTURIES

Nigel Arch and Joanna Marschner
Splendour At Court (A lovely book showing what was worn at court over the centuries)

Jane Ashelford
-The Art of Dress: Clothes and Society 1500-1914 (National Trust museum book)

Karen Baclawski
-The Guide to Historic Costume (Chock full of photos and reference numbers to clothing and accessories held in UK museums)

Talbot Hughes
-Old English Costumes, A sequence of fashions through the 18th and 19th centuries. (A VERY rare book from the 1910’s showing clothing from the Victoria & Albert museum when it first opened its costume gallery, on real people. Edwardians in antique clothing, how wonderful!!!)

Keith Jopp:
-Corah of Leicester 1815- 1965 (The history of the famous knitwear company in Leicestershire)

Carl Kohler
-A History of Costume

James Laver
-Costume and Fashion: A Concise History

National Geographic, Swimsuits, 100 Years of Pictures.

Mary Brooks Picken
-A Dictionary of Costume and Fashion

Lynn Schnurnberger
-Let There Be Clothes

The Kyoto Costume Institute
-Fashion: A History from the 18th to the 20th Century

Shelley Tobin
-Marriage a la Mode, Three Centuries of Wedding Dress (National Trust book)

L.Rowland-Warne
-Costume (Dorling Kindersley Eyewitness Guides) 

HATS, SHOES AND ACCESSORIES

LaRee Johnson Bruton
-Ladies’ Vintage Accessories

Valerie Cumming
-The Visual History of Costume Accessories

Carol Belanger Grafton
-Shoes, Hats and Fashion Accessories: A Pictorial Archive, 1850-1940

Susan Langley
-Vintage Hats & Bonnets 1770-1970: Identification & Values

Althea MacKenzie
-Hats and Bonnets: From Snowshill, One of the World’s Leading Collections of Costume and Accessories of the 18th and 19th Centuries
-Shoes and Slippers: From Snowshill, One of the World’s Leading Collections of Costume and Accessories of the 18th and 19th Centuries

Alan and Gillian Meredith
-Buckles
-Buttons

Jonathan Walford
-The Seductive Shoe (THE BEST book on shoes!)

CHILDREN’S ANTIQUE & VINTAGE CLOTHING

Elizabeth Ewing
-History of Children’s Costume

Kristina Harris
-The Child in Fashion: 1750-1920

Anna MacPhail
-The Well-Dressed Child: Children’s Clothing, 1820-1940

LINGERIE

Bonnie Holt Ambrose
-The Little Corset Book: A Workbook on Period Underwear

Michael Colmer
-Whalebone to See-Through, A History of Body Packaging

C. Willett Cunnington
-The History of Underclothes

Elizabeth Ewing
-Dress and Undress: a History of Women’s Underwear

Peter Farrer
-Tight Lacing, A Bibliography of articles and letters concerning stays and corsets for men and women. Part 1, 1828- 1880.

Beatrice Fontanel
-Support and Seduction: The History of Corsets and Bras

Rosemary Hawthorne
-Bras: A Private View
-Knickers: An Intimate Apprasial
-Stockings and Suspenders

David Kunzle
-Fashion & Fetishism: Corsets, Tight-Lacing and Other Forms of Body-Sculpture (contains adult material but interesting history!)

Tanya Marcuse
-Armor and Undergarments

Gilles Neret
-1000 Dessous (A wonderful pictorial history of underwear right up to the 1980s but does contain pornographic images due to the nature of underwear and undressing!)

Jill Salen
-Corsets: Historical Patterns & Techniques

R. L. Shep
-Corsets: A Visual History

Valerie Steele
-The Corset: A Cultural History

Shelley Tobin
-Inside Out, A Brief History of Underwear (National Trust book)

Philip Warren
-Foundations of Fashion, The Symington Corsetry Collection 1860-1990 (Leicestershire Museum book)

Norah Waugh
-Corsets and Crinolines

COSTUME CONSTRUCTION

Bonnie Holt Ambrose
-The Little Bodice Book: A Workbook on Period Bodices
-The Little Corset Book: A Workbook on Period Underwear

Janet Arnold
-Patterns of Fashion 1: 1660-1860
-Patterns of Fashion 2: Englishwomen’s Dresses and Their Construction C.1860-1940

Norah Waugh
-Corsets and Crinolines

MUSEUM PUBLICATIONS

Jane Ashelford
-The Art of Dress: Clothes and Society 1500-1914 (National Trust museum book)

K.B. Brett
-Women’s Costume in Early Ontario
-Women’s Costume in Ontario, 1867-1907 (Royal Ontario Museum books)

Virginia A.S. Careless
-Responding to Fashion, The Clothing of the O’Reilly Family (One of my FAV books about the Vancouver museum acquisition of the O’Reilly family’s clothing along with photos of the family in the clothes, etc.)

Jacqueline Beaudoin- Ross
-Form and Fashion, Nineteenth Century Montreal Dress (McCord Museum book)

The Kyoto Costume Institute
-Fashion: A History from the 18th to the 20th Century

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
-Man and The Horse (History of riding wear of the ages)

The Museum of Costume, Assembly rooms, Bath
-Authorised Guide

Shelley Tobin
-Inside Out, A Brief History of Underwear (National Trust book)

Shelley Tobin
-Marriage a la Mode, Three Centuries of Wedding Dress (National Trust book)

Philip Warren
-Foundations of Fashion, The Symington Corsetry Collection 1860-1990 (Leicestershire Museum book)



Some favorite books not listed above


I have literally a hundred books on my wish list, and so I'm sure there are more recommendations to come.

Caroline Rennolds Milbank
-New York Fashion: The Evolution of American Style (My one most necessary book, as inspiration, American designer history, and visual reference)

Georgina Howell
-In Vogue: Sixty Years of International Celebrities and Fashion from British Vogue (This book covers 1918 to 1978, the year it was published. You can see the evolution of style year by year.)

Melody Fortier
-The Little Guide to Vintage Shopping: Insider Tips, Helpful Hints, Hip Shops

Jonathan Walford
-Shoes A-Z: Designers, Brands, Manufacturers and Retailers

Everyday Fashions As Pictured in Sears Catalogs (I have and can recommend the 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s)

Cally Blackman
-100 Years of Fashion Illustration

These were highly recommended by colleagues of mine (and have just been added to my very long wish list):

Harold Koda Richard Martin
-Flair: Fashion Collected by Tina Chow

Harriet Worsley
-In Vogue: Sixty Years of International Celebrities and Fashion from British Vogue Decades of Fashion (This book was published in 2000, and may be an update to the Howell that I mentioned above)

Nicole Jenkins
-Love Vintage (I know and greatly respect Nicole...I'm dying to read her book!)

If you have a favorite link not on Archivia’s list, or a favorite vintage clothing book...please leave a comment and let us know.


Happy exploring! 


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