Accessories of Dress: An Illustrated Encyclopedia (Dover Fashion and Costumes)

Accessories of Dress: An Illustrated Encyclopedia (Dover Fashion and Costumes)

Language: English

Pages: 608

ISBN: 0486433781

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Drawing upon a vast number of historical sources, the authors of this useful reference have created an entertaining account of the forms of personal adornment men and women have used throughout the ages to enhance their wearing apparel. From hats, veils, wigs, and cosmetics, to cravats, shawls, shoes, and gloves, to walking sticks, handbags, fans, and furs, the engaging commentary displays the humor and personal charm of the many-sided story of accessorized apparel. 644 figures and 59 plates.

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over or under the breeches by points, and then each was further confined by a garter below the knee. Being wide above the knee and loosely held by points, a much-admired bagging effect over the garter was produced. These elaborate effects led to the later fashion of wearing drooping valances of lace and lawn about the knee. Figure 373. Though silk hose were the sine qua non of fashion, after 1680 the cotton stocking came into favor. This was made in England and chiefly supplied by the stocking

military effect” which was the key phrase in women’s fashions. Side supporters followed front supporters, and these were in popular demand. Figure 389. They were made in a number of attractive colors—yellow, red, pink, lavender; and also black and white. The introduction in the nineties of a rubber-covered metal button added a new feature which has persisted to the present day. Figure 388. Early Elastic Front Supporter Twentieth Century Though from year to year there have been some changes in

trousers grew longer, they were fitted at the ankle, sometimes provided with buttons, and a strap passing under the shoe arch held each leg in place. Figure 396. From the early days of the nineteenth century to the present, gaiters have held a modest place among accessories of dress. At times they have been short, again they have lengthened into fashionable leggings so generally worn with knickerbockers. This was another influence of the popular sport world, an influence which so quickly

upon the location of moles. Regardless of that, whatever may have been the origin of the patch, women of the seventeenth century started a vogue for it which grew to such proportions that its reign fills a full page in the history of dress. 1600-1800 In France, patches of black taffeta were cut in various shapes—stars, moons, crowns, and other eccentric forms—and given as many unusual names. Figure 112. The “coquette” was placed on the lip, the “roguish” on the nose, the “impassioned” at the

popular were these little bags that they were worn by both men and women throughout the period of the late Middle Ages. In addition, the dagger was looked upon as a very important detail in the dress of men, and later gave way to the custom of wearing the sword at the hip. Each of these accessories, the belt, the dagger, and the sword guard was a chef-d’æuvre of the goldsmith’s art. Later, in the fourteenth century, one’s favorite book was often attached to the girdle, and many early drawings

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