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Books about American 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!

  • Hersh, Tandy and Charles. Cloth and Costume, 1750 to 1800, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. Carlisle, PA: Cumberland County Historical Society, 1995. [ISBN 0-9638923-2-0]
    A volume representing a tremendous amount of research on original garments and textiles, and household inventories of the period. Great photos and wonderful, and useful charts and tables! [No image currently available]
    Cloth and Costume, 1750-1800: Cumberland...
  • Earle, Alice Morse. Two Centuries of Costume in America, 1620-1820. New York: Macmillan, 1903. Reprinted, Rutland, VT: Tuttle, 1971. [ISBN 0-8048-0969-0]

    A classic, two volume set, with lots of basic information. Consider its age in the history of costume research. If you are suspect of anything, try to find other resources to add to the information.

  • McClellan, Elisabeth. History of American Costume, 1607-1870. New York: Tudor Publishing, 1937. [Originally published 1904, has been reprinted numerous times.]

    A large work, one of the classics!

  • Warwick, Edward, and Henry Pitz and Alexander Wyckoff. Early American Dress, the Colonial and Revolutionary Periods. New York: Benjamin Blom, 1965.

    Lots of basic categories, including children, the frontier, Quakers, etc. Cross check information with other sources.

  • Wilcox, R. Turner. Five Centuries of American Costume. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1963.

    Squeezes a long time period into a little book, so there is little in-depth information, but a good thing to look at, especially for theatrical ideas.