Photography historian Alison Gernsheim first studied Victorian and
Edwardian fashion in order to be able to date photographs in her
collection. Of course the photos soon proved to be the best of all
fashion plates — authentic, detailed, as decorative and charming as top
fashion illustration. When united with identifications and descriptions
of the chief costume articles, and a commentary that includes childhood
memories of the period, the resulting history is doubly indispensable —
equally useful and delightful to serious and casual readers.
Styles and accoutrements came and went — moustaches, straw hats, bustles
and bodice line, petticoats, corsets, shawls and falsies, flounces,
ruffles, lace, and materials — satin, silk, velvet, woolen underwear,
full-length sable, and osprey feathers. Photographers are
identified where possible. Every photograph is captioned and annotated.
240 pages 6 1/2 by 9 1/4 in. Soft cover bound book
by Alison Gernsheim