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JanF | Posted in Feedback on Threads on

Anyone read Fashion -The Collection of the Kyoto Costume Institute – Taschen – ISBN 3 – 8228 – 1206-4 ?

Just tried to send a message to the Editor to recommend it – It has the most delicious photos of Costume from C18th. to C20th. but I think I lost the message in the ether somewhere!

For illustrations for the back of the mag it would be great – however I suppose copyrite would be a problem.

this book was given to me as a pressie – from my daughter – and she has one for herself – just to look at!

i think it is excellent – and I would be interested to know what others on the Gathering Discussion thought of it – I think for those who love the illustrations at back of Threads which we rave over – it is an excellent book for your shelves/coffee table – or work space (which is where I have it!)

Anyone got it?



  1. AmberE | | #1

    thanks Jan---I'll check it out!

  2. JennyNZ | | #2

    I have this book and it is very good.  The version I have is unfortunately soft covered so I wrap it to protect it in the book shelf.

    I also have another good historical reference book, which is called something like "17th & 18th Century costume history", its in my opinion even better for detail as it breaks down the outfits complete with line drawings to illustrate the boning.


    1. JanF | | #3

      Hi - Is it by Nancy Bradfield? I have one of hers - Costume in Detail, but it deals with 1730 - 1930 only but with good drawings etc.

      I also use Janet Arnold's Patterns of Fashions which are good for detailing how the patterns are shaped - but they are as original - so sizing is a problem - ok if you can use them to start with and then develop  to todays sizes.

      thanks JAn

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