Each period in the history of costume has produced its own characteristic line and silhouette, derived from a cut and construction which varies considerably from age to age. Here are patterns taken from actual dresses, many of them rare museum specimens, illustrated by sketches of the dresses. There are notes on the production of women's dress, with references to early technical books and journals, together with diagrams from some of them. Numerous illustrations show the dresses as worn complete with their hairstyles, jewelry, decorations and accessories.
"Most useful. . . Recommended."-"Times Education Supplement "Serious and beautifully illustrated."-"Observer "A definitive work. . . Highly recommended."-"Library Journal "Rewarding to anyone interested in the history of women as people."-"Christian Science Monitor "The method is impeccable, the presentation flawless and the information fascinating. The scaled cutting diagrams are readily useable."-"Educational Theatre Journal