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Children's Costume

The Complete Historical Sourcebook

John Peacock

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A comprehensive and detailed history and sourcebook of every kind of children's clothing from antiquity to the present day


Here, in over 1,000 specially drawn illustrations, is the most comprehensive and detailed history and sourcebook of children’s costume ever published. John Peacock charts the development of every kind of clothing, for boys and girls, from antiquity to the present day.

Reproduced in meticulous detail and full colour are a host of examples: medieval tunics and fur-trimmed hats; miniature seventeenth-century gowns; pretty printed cotton dresses of the nineteenth century; right down to the denim and sportswear of our own time. Also included are special pages showing infants’ frocks, children’s headgear and children’s accessories.

Neatly arranged in six chronological sections, the pictures are accompanied by full descriptions, including details of all fabrics, trimmings, accessories, headgear and footwear. An invaluable reference section contains a concise bibliography and an at-a-glance time chart summarizing the development of children’s costume throughout the centuries.

This encyclopaedic survey, with its gorgeously colourful and detailed illustrations, is destined to become the unrivalled reference work in its field, indispensable to any fashion enthusiast, designer, student or collector.

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Book Details

Format: PLC (with jacket)

Size: 27.0 x 25.0 cm

Extent: 160 pp

Illustrations: 1045

Publication date: 10 August 2009

ISBN: 9780500514887

Contents List

Introduction • From ‘Little Adults’ to Children: 1500 BC – AD 1833 The Invention of Childhood: 1834–1866 • Nineteenth-Century Confidence: 1867–1899 • The Dawn of the Twentieth Century: 1900–1933 • Into Modern Times: 1934–1966 • From ‘Children’ to ‘Little Adults’: 1967–Present Day

About the Author

John Peacock has worked as a fashion and costume designer and lecturer in fashion history. He was for several years senior costume designer for BBC Television, and is the author of many books on costume.