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Books about peasant or working costume

  • de Marly, Diana. Working Dress, a History of Occupational Clothing. New York: Holmes & Meier, 1986. [ISBN 0-8419-1111-8]
  • 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! Not specifically on working dress, but great for determining what would have been worn.

  • Ewing, Elizabeth. Everyday Dress, 1650-1900. London: B.T. Batsford, 1984, 1985. [ISBN 0-7134-3778-2]
  • Copeland, P.F. Working Dress in Colonial and Revolutionary America. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1977.

    Sketches of common people, re-drawn from contemporary sources. (This is a secondary source, unless you can find the original drawing/painting!)

  • Lansdell, Avril. Occupational Costume. Shire Album No. 27. Bucks, Great Britain: Shire Publications, 1977, 1984. [ISBN 0-85263-383-1]
  • Lansdell, Avril. The Clothes of the Cut - a history of canal costume. London: British Waterways Board, 197? or 198?. [ISBN 0-903218-09-7]
  • Pyne, William H. The Costume of Great Britain. Great Britain: William Miller, 1805, reprinted ed., British Costumes. Ware, Hertfordshire, Great Britain: Wordsworth Editions, 1989. [ISBN 1-85326-926-3]

Good costumed character illustrations, with descriptions of the characters and their occupation. Some costume details in text, but great illustrations and colors. People from all walks of life!

  • Pyne, William H. Rustic Vignettes for Artists and Craftsmen. New York: Dover, 1977.
     Reprinted sketches of William Pyne's, which were originally published c. 1805. Good for turn of the century - 1790-1820 era. Not a costume book, but lots of good ideas and scenes!   cover
    Rustic Vignettes for Artists and...
  • Williams-Mitchell, Christobel. Dressed for the Job, the story of occupational costume. Paulton, Bristol, Great Britain: Blanford Press, 1982.
  • 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.