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Costume Research
and Bibliography


Wool Winder

The Wool Winder,
by John-Baptiste Greuze, 1758-1759
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We are very interested in costume research, and encourage those interested in costuming to also do their own research, whether it be for developing a character for living history, for theater, or for museum exhibits and collections.

Some of the books we recommend for study are included here, as a jumping off point to your research.

Some of these will be available at your local library, or a library in a larger city near you, or a university or college library. However, if you are unable to find a copy, talk with your Reference Librarian at your local library to learn about inter-library loan, which allows you to get books from other libraries, if they are available for circulation.

It is a good idea to keep a list or index card file (database, for those computer wizards) of the books that you have looked at, including the full title, author, year published, publisher, city of publication, and ISBN number if available. If you make any photocopies for your own reference file from a book, be sure to document the source of the photocopy with the above information, or you will not be able to tell others how to find the same information, or where you got the information. Documenting your source makes the information retraceable, and is a valuable tool for you in developing your period clothing. Undocumented sources have very little value in backing up your reasons for making or wearing a particular garment, or using particular accessories.

If you are a serious costume historian, you may wish to learn more about the
Costume Society of America.

Bibliography of Costume Books
We will occasionally add to our book lists for you! Please check back again to see if we have added any!
Some of these books are linked to Amazon.com, where you may learn more about them 
and/or purchase them.