If a book straddles more than one century or style of fashion, it might be under the ‘General’ sub-heading. I have about three quarters of the books here, so this list reflects my interests.


*The Art of Dress – Jane Ashelford

*A History of Costume in the West – Francois Boucher

*The Fine Art of Fashion: An Illustrated History – Julian Robinson

*Fashion: A History from the 18th to the 20th Century – The Collection of the Kyoto Institute. 2 Vols

*Fashion: The Ultimate Book of Costume and Style

*Fashioning Fashion: European Dress in Detail 1700-1915 – Takeda & Spilker

*Underwear in Detail – Eleri Lynn

*Buttons: a Passementerie Workshop Manual – Gina Barrett

*Seventeenth and Eighteenth-Century Fashion in Detail – Avril Hart & Susan North

*400 Years of Fashion – (Natalie Rothstein)

*The Cut of Women’s Clothes: 1600~1930 – Norah Waugh

*The Cut of Men’s Clothes 1600~1900 – Norah Waugh 

*Pattern of Fashion 1: Englishwomen’s Dresses and their Construction c.1660~1860 – Janet Arnold

*Patterns of Fashion 2: Englishwomen’s Dresses and their Construction c.1860~1940 – Janet Arnold

*Patterns of Fashion 3: The Cut and Construction of Clothes for Men and Women c.1560~1620 – Janet Arnold

*Patterns of Fashion 4: The Cut and Construction of Linen Shirts, Smocks, Neckwear, Headwear and Accessories for Men and Women

*Accessories for Men and Women c.1540~1660 – Janet Arnold

*Period Costume for Stage and Screen: 1500~1800 – Jean Hunnisett

*Victorian & Edwardian Fashions for Women: 1840-1919 – Kristina Harris

*The Dictionary of Needlework: 1882 – Caulfeild & Saward

*Whitework – Techniques and 188 Designs – Carter Houck

*Underwear: The Fashion History – Alison Carter

*Fabric of Society: A Century of People and their Clothes 1770~1870 – Tozer & Levitt

*Creating Historical Clothes: Pattern Cutting from Tudor to Victorian Times – Elizabeth Friendship

*Lace in Fashion: From the Sixteenth to the Twentieth Centuries – Pat Earnshaw

*Understanding Fashion History – Valerie Cumming

*Costume in Detail: 1730~1930 – Nancy Bradfield

*Wedding Fashions: 1860~1980 – Avril Lansdell

*Everyday Dress 1650~1900 – Elizabeth Ewing

*The History of Underclothes – Willett & Cunnington

*The Art of English Costume – C.W. Cunnington

*What Clothes Reveal – Linda Baumgarten

*Muslin – Sonia Ashmore

*Russian Elegance: Country and City Fashion – Yefimova & Aleshina

*Fabrics and Fashions: Studies in the Economic and Social History of Dress – N.B. Harte 

*The Empire’s New Clothes: A History of the Russian Fashion Industry – Christine Ruane 

*Magnificence of the Tsars: Men’s Dress at the Imperial Russian Court – Amelekhina and Blakesley

*Mourning Dress: A Costume and Social History – Lou Taylor

Pre 1500s:-

*Encyclopedia of Dress and Textiles in the British Isles c.450-1450 – Owen-Crocker, Coatsworth and Hayward

*Medieval Clothing and Textiles (Volumes 1-9) – Netherton & Owen-Crocker

*Norse Clothing Patterns – Ostergard et al

*The Medieval Tailor’s Assistant: Making Common Garments 1200~1500 –Thursfield et al

*Textiles and Clothing: 1150~1450 Finds from Medieval Excavations in London – Crowfoot et al

*Fashion in the Middle Ages – Margaret Scott


*Fashion and Fiction: Dress in Art and Literature in Stuart England – Aileen Ribiero

*Clothing Culture, 1350-1650 – Editor Catherine Richardson

*Dressing up: Cultural Identity in Renaissance Europe – Ulinka Rublack

*Dressing the Elite: Clothes in Early Modern England – Susan Vincent 

*The Tudor Tailor: Reconstructing Sixteenth-Century Dress – Mikhalia & Malcolm-Davies

*The Queen’s Servants: Gentlewomen’s Dress at the Accession of Henry VIII – Caroline Johnson 

*Glasgow Museums Seventeenth Century Costume – Rebecca Quinton

*Elizabethan Stitches: A Guide to Historic English Needlework – Carey & Carey 

*In Fine Style: The Art of Tudor and Stuart Fashion – Anna Reynolds

*Seventeenth Century Women’s Dress Patterns (Dress Pattern 1) – Jenny Tiramani 

*Seventeenth Century Women’s Dress Patterns (Dress Pattern 2) – Jenny Tiramani

*Women’s Costume: 1600-1750 – Zillah Halls (London Museum)


*Dress in France in the Eighteenth Century – Madeline Delpierre

*Dress in Eighteenth Century England – Anne Buck

*Handbook of English Costume in the Eighteenth Century – CW and P Cunnington

*Elegant Art: Fashion and Fantasy in the Eighteenth Century – Edward Maeder

*Dress in Eighteenth Century Europe: 1715~1789 – Aileen Rebeiro 

*Barbara Jonhson’s Album of Fashion & Fabrics – Natalie Rothstein

*Everyday Dress in Rural America, 1783~1800 – Meredith Wright

*Costume Close-Up: Clothing Construction and Pattern 1750~1790 – Baumgarten, Watson & Carr

*Eighteenth Century Embroidery Techniques – Gail Marsh

*Embroidered with White – Heather Toomer

*The Art of Dress: Fashion in England and France: 1750-1820 – Aileen Rebeiro  

*Eighteenth Century Costume in the National Museums and Galleries of Merseyside – Pauline Rushton

*The Dress of the People: Everyday Fashion in Eighteenth Century England – John Styles

*The Beau Monde: Fashionable Society in Georgian London – Hannah Greig


*The Taylor’s Complete Guide; or a Comprehensive Analysis of Beauty and Elegance in Dress. London, 1796 – Anon.

*Fashion in the Time of Jane Austen – Sarah Jane Dowling

*Ackermann’s Costume Plates: Women’s Fashions in England 1818~1828 – (Stella Blum)

*Nineteenth Century Fashion in Detail – Lucy Johnston

*Regency House Party – Lucy Jago

*The Making of Pride and Prejudice – Birtwistle & Conklin (BBC)

*Napoleon and the Empire of Fashion 1795~1815 – Barreto & Lancaster

*Catalogue of the Costume Collection: Part Two 1800-1830 – Daphne Bullard

*French Fashion Plates of the Romantic Era in Full Colour – Judy Johnson 

*Baby Wore White: Robes for Special Occasions 1800~1910 – Heather Toomer

*White Embroidered Costume Accessories the 1790s to 1840s – Heather Toomer

*Fashions in the Era of Jane Austen – Jody Gayle

*The Lady’s Stratagem: A Repository of 1820s Directions for the Toilet, Mantua Making, Stay-Making, Millinery & Etiquette – Frances Grimble

*The Workwoman’s Guide, Containing Instructions in Cutting Out and Completing Articles of Wearing Apparel, by a Lady (1840).

*The Rise and Fall of the Sleeve: 1825~1840 – Naomi Tarrant

*Ladies’ Clothing in the 1830s – Sarah Mitchell

*Fashions and Costumes from Godey’s Lady’s Book 1837~ 69 – (Stella Blum)

*Reconstruction Era Fashions 1867~1868 – Frances Grimble

*Harper’s Bazar – 1867~1898 – (Stella Blum)

*Victorian Fashions Vol II 1890-1905 – Hazel Ulseth and Helen Shannon

*Authentic Victorian Fashion Patterns: A Complete Lady’s Wardrobe {1890s} – (edited by Kristina Harris)

*Victorian Costume for Ladies: 1860-1900 – Linda Setnik

*Butterick’s 1892 Metropolitan Fashions – (Stella Blum)

*Nineteenth Century Embroidery Techniques – Gail Marsh

*Period Costume for Stage & Screen: Patterns for Women’s Dress 1800~1909 – Jean Hunnisett

*English Women’s Clothing in the Nineteenth Century – C.Willett Cunnington

*A Visual History of Costume in the Nineteenth Century – Vanda Foster

*The Perfect Lady – C. Willett Cunnington

*Victorian and Edwardian Fashion: A Photographic Survey – Alison Gernsheim

*Fashions of the Gilded Age: (Volumes 1+2) 1887~1882 – Frances Grimble

*Bustle Fashions 1885~1887 – Frances Grimble

*The Elements of Modern Dressmaking For the Amateur and Professional Dressmaker – Jeanette E. Davis (pub 1894 US)

*A Practical Method of Dress Cutting – E.M.F. Carlisle (pub 1899)

*The Ladies’ Tailor Complete Instructor – Louis, Hughes and Storey  (pub 1892 US)

*The Parisian Tailor System: Complete Instructor and Practical Guide to Ladies’ Tailoring – Paul A. Fourier (pub US 1895)

*The Keystone Jacket and Dress Cutter – Hecklinger (pub US 1895)

*The Keystone System. A Textbook on Cutting and Designing Ladies’ Garments – Hecklinger (pub US 1891)


*Paris Fashions: The Art of Deco Style of the 1920s – Madeleine Ginsburg

*The Voice of Fashion: 79 Turn of the Century Patterns with Instructions and Fashion Plates – Frances Grimble

*The Edwardian Modiste – Frances Grimble

*Vintage Fashion Sourcebook – Baxter-Wright, Clarkson, Kennedy and Mulvey

*The House of Worth: Portrait of an Archive 1890~1956 – Amy de la Haye & Valerie D. Mendes 

*Mrs Tinne’s Wardrobe: A Liverpool Lady’s Clothes 1900~1940 – Pauline Rushton 


*Waisted Efforts: An Illustrated Guide to Corset Making – Robert Doyle

*Corsets and Crinolines – Norah Waugh

*The Basics of Corset Building: A Handbook for Beginners – Linda Spark

*The Corset: A Cultural History – Valerie Steele

*Corsets: Historical Patterns & Techniques – Jill Salen

*Stays and Body Image in London: The Stay Making Trade 1680~1810 – Lynn Sorge-English  

*Support and Seduction: A History of Corsets and Bras – Beatrice Fontanel

*Foundations of Fashion: The Symington Collection 1860~1990 – Philip Warren


*The Victorian Tailor – Jason Maclochlainn

*Vintage Couture Tailoring – Thomas von Nordheim

Costume Accessories {including Millinery}:-

*Shawls, Stoles and Scarves – Alice Mackrell

*Bags and Purses – Vanda Foster

*Gloves – Valerie Cumming

*Umbrellas and Parasols – Jeremy Farrell

*The Visual History of Costume Accessories – Valerie Cumming

*Embroideries from Snowshill – Althea Mackensie

*Buttons and Trimmings from Snowshill – Althea Mackensie

*Hats and Bonnets from Snowshill – Althea Mackensie

*Shoes and Slippers from Snowshill – Althea Mackensie

*Victorian Costume and Costume Accessories – Anne Buck

*The Handbook of Millinery to which is Appended an Essay on Corset Making – Mary J.Howel

Children’s Clothing:-

*Children’s Clothes – Clare Rose

*Clothes and the Child: A Handbook of Children’s Dress in England, 1500-1900 – Anne Buck

Rural Clothing:-

*Rural Costume – Oakes and Hill

*Rural Life in Victorian England – G.E. Mingay

*Seasons of Change: Rural Life in Victorian and Edwardian England – Sadie Ward

Dress Reform:-

*Health, Art & Reason: Dress Reformers of the 19th Century – Stella Mary Newton

Collecting Antique Textiles:-

*Collecting Textiles – Patricia Frost

General Sewing Books Good for Costume:-

*The Art of Manipulating Fabric – Colette Wolff

*Mounting and Using Lace – Jean Withers

*Dorset Feather Stitchery – Olivia Pass

*Ribbonwork: The Complete Guide – Helen Gibb


*A Dictionary of Lace – Pat Earnshaw

*The Identification of Lace – Pat Earnshaw

*An Introduction to Lace – Gabrielle Pond

*Pillow Lace: A Practical Handbook – Mincoff & Marriage

*The Techniques of Bobbin Lace – Pamela Nottingham

*Antique Lace: Identifying Types and Techniques – Heather Toomer

History of Textiles:-

*Textiles: A History – Fiona McDonald

*Textiles: The Art of Mankind – Mary Schoeser

Primary Sources- Letters/Diaries:-

*Jane Austen’s Letters – edited by Deirdre Le Faye

*The Private Life of an Elizabethan Lady: The Diary of Lady Margaret Hoby, 1599-1605 – edited by Joanna Moody

*The Diaries of Charlotte Grove – Vol I (1811-18), Vol II (1819-26), Vol I (1828-37), Vol II (1839-58)

*Memoirs of a Highland Lady by Elizabeth Grant (19th century)