Renaissance Costume Books
This bibliography is intended as a starting point for those wanting to
produce costumes for Renaissance dance. I've aimed towards well-reviewed,
in-print books with practical information on style, cut, and pattern.
Some are aimed are aimed at historical accuracy, some at practical production
of costumes, some at showing a variety of period styles in detail.
When the books are in print, I've linked them to amazon.com, which has
more detailed descriptions and reviews of the books, as well as secure
- Arnold, Janet:
Patterns of Fashion: The Cut and Construction of Clothes for Men and Women C1560-1620.
Drama Publishers, 1985. Oversize Paperback, 128 pages. ISBN 0896760839.
- de Alcega, Juan, Jean Pain, Cecilia Bainton:
Tailors' Pattern Book, 1589.
- Quite Specific Media Group Ltd., 1999.
Facsimile and translation into English if Libro de Geometria,
Pratica Y Traca, Madrid, 1589. Includes 135 cutting diagrams and
brief instructions for a constructing a wide variety of garments.
- Giles, Edward B.:
Art of Cutting and History of English Costume
- Grimble, Fran & Deborah Kuhn (illus.):
a Fashion: How to Reproduce, Restore, and Wear Vintage Styles
LaVolta Press, 1998. Paperback, 376 pages. ISBN 0963651730.
- Holkeboer, Katherine Strand:
Patterns for Theatrical Costumes : Garments, Trims, and Accessories from Ancient Egypt to 1915
Prentice Hall, 1984. reprint Drama Publishers 1993. 350 pages.
- Houston, Mary G.:
Medieval Costume in England and France : The 13th, 14th and 15th Centuries
London, 1939. Dover edition., 1996. Paperback, 228 pages.
- Hunnisett, Jean:
Period Costume for Stage & Screen, 1500-1800
Bell & Hyman, London, 1986. Players Press, 1991.
- Payne, Blanche:
The History of Costume : From Ancient Mesopotamia Through the Twentieth Century
2nd ed., Addison-Wesley, 1992. ISBN: 0060471417
- Peacock, John:
The Chronicle of Western Fashion : From Ancient Times to the Present Day
Harry N. Abrams, 1991. Paperback, 224 pages. ISBN: 0810939533.
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