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The Chronicle of Western Costume

From the Ancient World to the Late Twentieth Century

John Peacock


‘The definitive guide to the history of western costume’ Antiques Info


Here, in more than one thousand full-colour illustrations, is the history of Western costume, from ancient Egypt to Paris fashion. John Peacock’s meticulous drawings are organized in chronological sections and accompanied by detailed descriptions of each figure, including the individual items of costume shown and the many types of fabric, cut, pattern and colour that have been used over the centuries. An illustrated glossary gives additional information on technical terms.

The Chronicle of Western Costume is the unrivalled reference work on its subject. No student or designer in the performing arts, costume and fashion enthusiast, collector or social historian will want to be without it.

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'This amazing book is a wonderful resource for designers and costume makers, or those interested in the history of fashion ... the clear and detailed illustrations together with an illustrated glossary of technical terms make it an indispensable reference for fashion students'
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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 28.0 x 20.3 cm

Extent: 224 pp

Illustrations: 1000

Publication date: 22 August 2019

ISBN: 9780500284476

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.