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Books about 18th century costume

  • de Marly, Diana. Dress in North America, The New World 1492-1800. New York & London: Holmes & Meier, 1990. [ISBN 0-8419-1199-1]

    A fascinating book, tying social and political history together with costume history! Helps a lot to understanding changes in dress and reasons for changes. A "good read", cover to cover, as they say!

  • Delpierre, Madeleine. Dress in France in the Eighteenth Century. New Haven & London: Yale University Press, 1997. [ISBN 0-300-07128-0]
    A newer book, discussing female, male and children's clothing, underwear and accessories, clothes for special occasions, uniforms and working class, and more.  cover
    Dress in France in the Eighteenth Century
  • Buck, Anne. Dress in Eighteenth Century England. New York: Holmes & Meier, 1979. [ISBN 0-8419-0517-7]

    Discusses Court to servants and common people, buying and making clothes, fabrics, etc.

  • Ribeiro, Aileen. Dress in Eighteenth Century Europe, 1715-1789. London: Batsford, 1984. [ ISBN 0-7134-4650-1]

    Breaks the period into three main time periods and fashion trends. Discusses acquiring goods and costs of fashions. Also a chapter on fantasy and fancy dress for carnivals and masquerades.