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Over the years I have read many enjoyable books related to fashion and costume and society. Your local library may have some of them, but some will be out of print. You can check out internet web book sites and I am sure you will find many that satisfy your needs. My favourites are in bold below. Those listed here were used as initial resources when writing the main historical aspects of the website.


Adburgham, Alison., (1964), Shops and Shopping, London, Allen & Unwin Ltd.

Arnold, J, (1964) Patterns of Fashion: Englishwomen's Dresses and their Construction, Volume 1, c.1660-1860 Wace.

Arnold, J, (1972) Patterns of Fashion: Englishwomen's Dresses and their Construction, Volume 2, c.1860-1940 MacMillan.

Angelogolou, M., (1970), A History of Make Up, London, Studio Vista Ltd.

Bell, Q., (1976), On Human Finery, London.

Broby-Johansen, B., (1968), Body and Clothes, Faber & Faber Ltd.


Boucher, François, (1996) A History of Costume in the West. London. Thames and Hudson Ltd.

Brogden, J., (1971), Fashion Design, Studio Vista.

Byrde, Penelope (1992) Nineteenth Century Fashion, Batsford, London

Buxbaum, G (Editor) (1999) Icons of Fashion in the 20th Century, Prestel, Munich.

Carter, Ernestine., (1975), 20th Century Fashion, Eyre Methuen Ltd.

Christie, Agatha., (1977), An Autobiography, Glasgow, Fontana Books Ltd.

Collier, G., (1929), Harlequinade, Tonbridge Printers.



Colville, John., (1977), The New Elizabethans, Collins.

Cooper, W., (1971), Hair - Sex, Society, Symbolism, London, Aldus Books Ltd.

Cunnington, C, W and P. (1970), A Handbook of English Costume in the C19th. Faber.

Edwards, Robb and Anne., (1977), The Queen's Clothes. Rainbird Publishing Group.

Ewing, Elizabeth., (1971), Fashion in Underwear, London, Batsford Ltd.

Ewing, Elizabeth., (1974), History of 20th Century Fashion, London, Batsford Ltd.

Fisher, Graham and Heather., (1964), Elizabeth, Queen and Mother.  Robert Hale Ltd.

Fisher, Graham and Heather., (1971),  The Crown and The Ring.  Robert Hale Ltd

Fisher, Graham and Heather., (1976), The Queen's Life.  Robert Hale Ltd

Flugel, J.C., (1966), The Psychology of Clothes, Hogarth Press Ltd.

Garland, Madge., (1962), Fashion, Penguin Books Ltd.

Grosvenor, Peter and McMillan, James., (1973), The British Genius. J. M. Dent

Gunn, F., (1973), The Artificial Face, Newton Abbott, David & Charles Ltd.

Hartnell, Norman., Silver and Gold, (1955), Evans Brothers.

Hill, M. H., and Bucknell, P. A. , (1967), The Evolution of Fashion, London, Batsford.


Howell, Georgina., (1975), Vogue - Six Decades of Fashion, Allen Lane.

Hughes, M. V., (1978), A London Home in the 1890s. Oxford U.P.

Ireland. Patrick John.  Introduction to Fashion Design Batsford.

Ireland. Patrick John.  Fashion Design Illustration. Batsford.

Irwin, J., (1955), Shawls, London, V & A Museum, HMSO.

Ironside, Janey., (1973), Janey, Michael Joseph Ltd.

König, R., (1973), The Restless Image, Allen & Unwin Ltd.

Lady's Realm 1904-1905, (1972), London, Arrow Books Ltd.

Laird, Dorothy., (1959), How the Queen Reigns, Hodder and Stoughton.

Laver, J., (1966), The Age of Optimism, Weidenfeld & Nicholson.

Laver, J., (1969), A Concise History of Costume, London, Thames & Hudson Ltd.

Laver, J., (1969), Modesty in Dress, William Heinemann Ltd.

Leslie, A., (1972), Edwardians in Love, London, Hutchinson & Co., Ltd.

Mackrell, A, (1997) An Illustrated History of Fashion. 500 years of Fashion. Batsford Costume Books.

McGregor, (1904), The Household Physician, The Gresham Publishing Company.

McMillan, J., (1978), The Way We Were 1900-1914. London, William Kimber.

Moore, D, Langley, (1949) The Woman in Fashion. Batsford.

Newton, S. M., (1974), Health, Art, Reason, John Murray Ltd.

North, P. J., (1973), Sociology, London, Longman Group Ltd.

Nowell-Smith, S., (1965). Edwardian England, London.

Nunn, Joan (2000) Fashion in Costume 1200-2000, Herbert Press.

O'Hara, Georgina (1986) Fashion and Fashion Designers, Thames and Hudson Ltd, London.

Peacock, J, (1994) 20th Century Fashion the Complete Sourcebook, Thames and Hudson Ltd London.

Peacock, J, (2000) Fashion Accessories. The Complete C20th Source Book, Thames and Hudson Ltd London.

Peacock, J, (1997) The 1950s ,Thames and Hudson Ltd London.

Peacock, P., (1972), Buttons for the Collector, Newton Abbott, David & Charles Publishers Ltd.

Pike, E. R., (1969), Human Documents of the Age of the Forsytes, Allen & Unwin Ltd.

Poulton, R., (1977), Kings and Commoners, 1901-1936, Worlds Work Ltd.

Priestley, J. B. , (1970), The Edwardians, W. Heinmann Ltd.

Princess Marie Louise, (1956), My Memories of Six Reigns, Evans Bros. Ltd.

Pringle. P., (1975), Fashion, In Focus Books/Nelson. Raverat, G., (1957).

Period Piece, Faber & Faber Ltd. Rees, G., (1969), St. Michael, London, Weidenfeld & Nicholson, Ltd.

Ribeiro, A. (1986) Dress, Art and Morality. Batsford.

Roach, M. E., (1965), Dress, Adornment and the Social Order, N. York, Wiley and Sons Ltd. Strata of Society, (1974), V & A Publication.

Roach, M. E. & Eicher, J. B., (1973), The Visible Self, New Jersey, Prentice-Hall.  

Scarisbrick, (1989) Jewellery. London. Thames and Hudson Ltd.

Fashion Drawing - The Basic Principles. (1993) Anne Allen and Julian Seaman. Batsford.

Seaman, Julian, (2001) Foundation In Fashion Design Illustration. Batsford

Seaman, Julian, Fashion Illustration. Batsford.

Seaman, Julian, Professional Fashion Design. Batsford.

Thompson, P., (1977), The Edwardians, Paladin.

Tozer, J. and Levitt, S. (1983) Fabric of Society: A Century of People and Their Clothes 1770- 1870. Laura Ashley Publications.

Tweedsmuir, S., (1966), The Edwardian Lady, Duckworth & Co.

Veblen, T., (1957), The Theory of the Leisure Class, Allen & Unwin Ltd.

Waugh, N. (1954) Corsets and Crinolines.

Waugh, N., (1973), The Cut of Women's Clothes, Faber & Faber Ltd.

Whiteman, (1978), Looking Back At Fashion 1901-1939, EP Publishing Ltd.

Willett-Cunnington, Dr. C. (1952) Englishwomen's Clothing in the Present Century, Faber & Faber Ltd.

Wilcox, (1963), Five Centuries of American Costume, London, Charles & Black.

Wilson, E. and Taylor, Lou. (1989) BBC Books London Yarwood, (1955), English Costume, Batsford, Ltd.

Amy de la Haye and Cathie Dingwall, with photography by Daniel McGrath. (1996). Surfers Soulies Skinheads and Skaters - Subcultural Style From the Forties to the Nineties. Victoria and Albert Museum.

Other - Personal collection of written evidence, teaching/lecture notes, costume plates, photographs, magazines and memorabilia.

Weston, Pauline (1979) Dissertation.  A Comparative Study Between the Edwardian Hostess and the Edwardian Seamstress.

Weston, Pauline (1978) Dissertation. H. R. H. Queen Elizabeth II - The Splendour of Regal Wear.


  • The Sunday Times
  • The Times
  • The Guardian
  • New Society
  • The Sunday Strand
  • The Sunday Express
  • Ackermann's Repository of the Arts
  • Butterick Patterns
  • Cabinet Des Modes
  • Chic Parisien
  • The Englishwoman's Domestic Magazine Galeries
  • Des Modes Godey's Costume Plates Heideloff's Gallery of Fashion
  • Harrods' Catalogue Journal des Modes Journal Fur 
  • Fabrik Manufaktur Le Magasin Des Familles La Mode
  • La Mode Artistique
  • La Mode Illustrée
  • Le Beau Monde
  • La Belle Assemblée
  • Le Conseiller Des Dames Et Des Demoiselles
  • Le Follet
  • Le Moniteur De La Mode
  • Queen Magazine
  • The Young Ladies Journal
  • Weldon's Illustrated Dressmaker

Various current and past fashion magazines including:-

Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Company, Elle, Essentials, Eve, Glamour, Good Housekeeping, Harpers, In Style, Marie Claire, Options, New Woman, Prima, Red, She, Tatler, Vanity Fair, Woman's Journal, Woman and Home, Woman's Own, Woman, Burda.

This information is constantly changing. can take no responsibility for any loss you may incur as a result of using the information here.

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