This innovative and breathtakingly detailed book from the V&A's fashion collections presents dress patterns, construction details, embroidery and making instructions for fifteen garments and accessories from a seventeenth-century woman's wardrobe. Book One in this exciting new series includes waistcoats and bodices, a mantle, gloves and a hat. Full step-by-step drawings of the construction sequence are given for each garment to enable the reader to accurately reconstruct them. There are scale patterns of each garment and scale diagrams for making linen and metal thread laces, silk braids and embroidery designs. Multiple photographs of the objects, close-up construction details and the groundbreaking use of x-ray photography reveal the hidden elements of the clothes, the precise number of layers and the stitches used inside. This new series will be essential reading for art historians, stage designers, museum curators, teachers of fashion and costume.
Susan North is Senior Curator in the V&A Fashion, Textiles and Furniture Department. Jenny Tiramani, Luca Costigliolo, Claire Thornton, Armelle Lucas and Christine Prentis, who produced the patterns for the book, were all members of the wardrobe team at Shakespeare's Globe between 1999 and 2005, where they researched and reconstructed Elizabethan and Jacobean clothing for Globe theatre productions. They are all founder members of The School of Historical Dress, a new venture established in 2010 to teach a practical object-based approach to the subject.