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17th-Century Men's Dress Patterns 1600 - 1630

1600 - 1630


A definitive resource on 17th-century men’s dress patterns, presenting a wealth of new, bespoke imagery and building on the authors’ unrivalled level of expertise

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This book presents full step-by-step instructions for the making of early 17th-century men's clothes and accessories in a technically accurate, visually exciting and easy-to-follow format. Twelve garments - all historical pieces from the Victoria and Albert Museum's collections - are featured: a suit, three doublets and a cloak, as well as a felt hat, an embroidered nightcap and a plain nightcap liner, a pasteboard picadil, a sword girdle and hangers, a pair of mittens and a linen stocking. They have been analysed so that every aspect of the pattern is exact. Scale patterns and precise construction diagrams are accompanied by colour photography of the whole garment as well as an abundance of informative details and X-ray photographs that reveal the hidden structure of each piece, showing the precise number of layers and the types of stitches used inside. The methods and techniques of historical tailoring and plain sewing are shown in detail

The authors have some of the best historical tailoring skills in the world and have worked with world-renowned institutions such as the Globe Theatre in London, creating award-winning costumes for film, stage and television. This book is a unique resource for costume and fashion designers, fashion historians and students.

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Book Details

Format: PLC (no jacket)

Size: 27.0 x 30.5 cm

Extent: 176 pp

Publication date: 22 December 2016

ISBN: 9780500519059

Contents List

Foreword • Men’s wardrobes, 1600–30 • Clothing terms • Dressing men, c. 1600–30 • Tailoring the doublet • Sewing stitches • Embroidery stitches • How to use this book • The patterns • 1. Green silk velvet doublet • 2a. Doublet of slashed silk satin • 2b. Slashed silk satin trunk hose with canions • 3. Sword girdle and hangers • 4. Crimson silk grosgrain doublet • 5. Slashed doublet of stamped ivory silk satin • 6. Embroidered silk damask cloak • 7. Felt hat • 8. Silk satin picadil • 9. Embroidered linen nightcap • 10. Linen nightcap liner • 11. Crimson silk velvet mittens with embroidered tops • 12. Embroidered linen stocking • Select bibliography • Acknowledgments

About the Author

Melanie Braun is also Head of Wardrobe at the Nederlandse Reisopera, Enshede, the Netherlands.

Luca Costigliolo also teaches at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome.

Susan North is Curator of Fashion, 1550–1800, at the Victoria and Albert Museum. She co-curated ‘Style and Splendour: Queen Maud of Norway’s Wardrobe’ in 2005 and has published several books for the V&A.

Claire Thornton was the tailor for Mark Rylance as Richard III and Stephen Fry as Malvolio in the Shakespeare’s Globe / Sonia Friedman productions of Richard III and Twelfth Night on Broadway in 2015.

Jenny Tiramani was the Director of Theatre Design from 1997 to 2005 at Shakespeare’s Globe theatre, where she and Melanie Braun, Luca Costigliolo and Claire Thornton led its award-winning experiments in Shakespearean stage costume. In 2009 they founded the School of Historical Dress in London, where they all currently teach.

List of Contributors

Melanie Braun, Luca Costigliolo, Susan North, Claire Thornton, Jenny Tiramani, Henrietta Clare, Pip Barnard, Paul Robins