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Costume 1066 to the Present

John Peacock

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An expanded and updated edition of John Peacock’s standard guide to English costume through the ages


This updated edition of John Peacock’s unrivalled collection of drawings ranges over eleven centuries of English historical costume.

More than a thousand illustrations, based on surviving garments and contemporary paintings and photographs, demonstrate the astonishing changes in men’s and women’s clothing over the centuries – from the simple tunics and gowns of the eleventh century to the petticoat breeches and ostrich-plumed hats of Charles II’s reign to the casual T-shirts and shorts of the present era.

The evolution of particular garments can easily be traced, from their origins through their fashionable epochs to their inevitable demise and resurgence. The book is divided into the reigns of the British monarchs, and the costumes have been chosen to reflect analogous developments in the United States and Europe.

Clear and detailed drawings, plus notes that pinpoint specific features such as fabric, decoration, accessories and cut, make each costume immediately comprehensible. Completely up to date, and with a new chart showing the main changes in fashion through the centuries, this is an essential reference for students of theatrical design and fashion, drama groups and anyone interested in the history of costume.

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Edition Type: Second revised edition

Size: 27.9 x 20.3 cm

Extent: 140 pp

Publication date: 10 April 2006

ISBN: 9780500286029

Contents List

Preface • The Costumes • Further Reading

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.