V&A Seventeenth-Century Women's Dress Patterns Book 1 exhibition catalogue

Seventeenth-Century Women's Dress Patterns Book 1

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This detailed and handsome book from the V&A's fashion collections presents dress patterns, construction details, embroidery and making instructions for fifteen garments and accessories from a seventeenth-century woman's wardrobe including waistcoats, a mantle, gloves and a hat.

Full step-by-step drawings of the construction sequence are given for each garment to enable the reader to accurately reconstruct them. There are scale patterns of each garment and scale diagrams for making linen and metal thread laces, silk braids and embroidery designs. Multiple photographs of the objects, close-up construction details and the groundbreaking use of x-ray photography reveal the hidden elements of the clothes, the precise number of layers and the stitches used inside. 

Visually exciting, technically precise and easy-to-follow, the book is a unique resource for costume designers, dress and social historians, students, and fashion enthusiasts alike.

  • Author: Susan North, Curator of Fashion 1550-1800 at the V&A
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Date published: April 2011
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1851776313
  • Product Dimensions: 27.0 x 30.5 cm

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