My Bookshelf

There’s no denying that as well as historical costuming, I love books. I’m a complete bibliophile. Sometimes it’s hard deciding whether I want to spend my ‘pocket money’ on fabrics and sewing supplies or on books. There’s something so magical about books and over the past couple of years, I have amassed quite a few books relating to historical costuming. Oops.

Below are the titles that currently reside on my bookshelf:

Patterns of Fashion 2 – Janet Arnold

Shoes, Hats and Fashion Accessories – Carol Belanger Grafton

Victorian Fashions – Carol Belanger Grafton

18th Century French Fashion Plates in Full Colour – Stella Blum

Fashions and Costumes From “Godey’s Lady’s Book” – Stella Blum

Paris Fashions of the 1890s – Stella Blum

Victorian Fashions and Costumes from Harpers Bazar, 1867-1898 – Stella Blum

Corsets and Codpieces – Karen Bowman

Costume in Detail: 1730-1930 – Nancy Bradfield

Metropolitan Fashions of the 1880s From the 1885 Butterick Catalog – Butterick Publishing Company

Fashion Plates: 150 Years of Style – April Calahan

Women’s Hats, Headdresses and Hairstyles – Georgine De Courtais

Making Victorian Costumes For Men – Sil Devilly

Men’s Fashion Illustrations from the Turn of the Century – Jean L Druesdow

In True Colonial Fashion: A Lively Look At What New Zealanders Wore – Eve Ebbett

How to Read a Dress – Lydia Edwards

How to Read a Suit – Lydia Edwards

Men’s Clothing and Fabrics in the 1890s – Roseann Ettinger

Full Colour Sourcebook of French Fashion – Pauquet Freres

Victorian and Edwardian Fashion: A Photographic Survey – Alison Gernsheim

Turn of the Century Fashion Patterns and Tailoring Techniques – S S Gordon

The Lady’s Stratagem – Francis Grimble

Bustle Fashions 1885-1887 – Francis Grimble

Directoire Revival Fashions 1888-1889 – Francis Grimble

Fashions of the Gilded Age, Volume 1 – Francis Grimble

Fashions of the Gilded Age, Volume 2 – Francis Grimble

The Voice of Fashion – Francis Grimble

56 Turn of the Century Fashion Patterns – Kristina Harris

Authentic Victorian Dressmaking Techniques – Kristina Harris

Keystone Jacket and Dress Cutter – Chas Hecklinger

Dresses and Dressmaking From the Late Georgians to the Edwardians – Pam Inder

Nineteenth Century Fashion in Detail – Lucy Johnston

Shoes: A Brief History – Lucy Johnston, Linda Woolley

Sporting Fashion: Outdoor Girls 1800 to 1960 – Kevin L. Jones, Christina M. Johnston, Kirstin Purtich

Bikes and Bloomers – Kat Jungnickel

Fashion History: From the 18th to the 20th Century – Kyoto Costume Institute

La Mode Illustree Fashion Plates in Full Colour – Florence Leniston

The Corset and The Crinoline – W B Lord

Underwear Fashion In Detail – Eleri Lynn

A Victorian Lady’s Guide to Fashion and Beauty – Mimi Matthews

Fashion Victims: The Dangers of Dress Past and Present – Alison Matthews-David

Edwardian Fashion – Daniel Milford-Cottam

La Mode Illustree: Elegant French Fashions of the Nineteenth Century – Joanne Olian

Victorian and Edwardian Fashions from La Mode Illustree – Joanne Olian

Everyday Fashions: 1909-20 As Pictured in Sears Catalogs – Joanne Olian

Regency Women’s Dress: Techniques and Patterns 1800-1830 – Cassidy Percoco

The Victorian Dressmaker – Izabela Pritchard

Dressed: Fashionable Dress in Aotearoa New Zealand 1840-1910 – Claire Regnault

Corsets: Historical Patterns & Techniques – Jill Salen

The Art of Fashion – Deb Salisbury

The Art of the Hoop – Deb Salisbury

The Art of the Mantua Maker – Deb Salisbury

Embellishments – Astrida Schaeffer

Bound & Determined: A Visual History of Corsets, 1850 – 1960 – Kristina Seleshanko

60 Civil War-Era Fashion Patterns – Kristina Seleshanko

Metropolitan Fashions of 1898 – Kristina Seleshanko (pre-ordered)

Edwardian Fashion – Kristina Seleshanko

British Working Dress – Jayne Shrimpton

Victorian Fashion – Jayne Shrimpton

The Corset – Valerie Steele

The American Duchess Guide to 18th Century Dressmaking – Lauren Stowell & Abby Cox

Inside The Royal Wardrobe: A Dress History of Queen Alexandra – Kate Strasdin

Fashioning Fashion: European Dress in Detail 1700-1915 – Takeda & Spilker

Racinet. The Complete Costume History – Francoise Tetart-Vittu

The Mode in Costumes – R Turner Wilcox

The Mode in Hats and Headdress – R Turner Wilcox

The Mode in Footwear – R Turner Wilcox

The House of Worth 1858-1954 The Birth of Haute Couture – Chantal Trubert-Tollu et al

Nineteenth Century Women’s Fashion – Felicity Warnes

Corsets and Crinolines – Norah Waugh

English Women’s Clothing in the Nineteenth Century – C Willet Cunnington

The History of Underclothes – C Willet Cunnington