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English Costume

English Costume by Dion Clayton Calthrop
By: (1878-1937)

English Costume by Dion Clayton Calthrop is a comprehensive and informative book that provides a detailed look at the history of English fashion. With vivid descriptions and beautiful illustrations, Calthrop takes readers on a journey through time, exploring the evolution of clothing styles from the Middle Ages to the early 20th century.

One of the strengths of this book is the author's attention to detail and ability to bring the past to life through his writing. He not only discusses the clothing worn by different social classes, but also delves into the cultural and historical context that influenced fashion trends. Additionally, the book includes a wealth of illustrations that showcase the intricate details and craftsmanship of each garment.

While the book is certainly academic in nature, it is also engaging and accessible to readers with a general interest in fashion history. Calthrop's passion for the subject shines through in his writing, making English Costume a captivating read for anyone intrigued by the evolution of clothing styles over time.

Overall, English Costume is a must-read for fashion enthusiasts and history buffs alike. It offers a fascinating glimpse into the world of English fashion and provides valuable insights into the ways in which clothing has reflected and shaped society throughout the centuries.

Book Description:
The world, if we choose to see it so, is a complicated picture of people dressing and undressing. The history of the world is composed of the chat of a little band of tailors seated cross-legged on their boards; they gossip across the centuries, feeling, as they should, very busy and important. As you will see, I have devoted myself entirely to civil costume—that is, the clothes a man or a woman would wear from choice, and not by reason of an appointment to some ecclesiastical post, or to a military calling, or to the Bar, or the Bench. Such clothes are but symbols of their trades and professions, and have been dealt with by persons who specialize in those professions.


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