Paintings are valuable as the
wearers of costume are usually in a scenario from which a story can evolve.
A study of costume in painting helps the student to gain knowledge of
how dress was worn, the hang of the cloth and the assembly of accessories.
They often also highlight a typical room setting, accessories, interests
and mannerisms of the day. Paintings
can give insight into the lifestyle of particular strata of society in a given
era. Below is a list of galleries and museums that have examples related to
costume. You may see paintings in these museums which can be added to your list.
Please note this list was made in good faith some years
ago. Fashion-era cannot be responsible for display changes that may have
occurred in these galleries etc. If you are travelling to see a particular
picture it is your responsibility to check that the picture is available to view
at the venue stated.
Make your own list and study especially Tissot, Winterhalter, Lepape and
paintings which illustrate costume include the following:-
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