Costume 1066 to the Present

Costume 1066 to the Present

  1. John Peacock
  • ISBN 9780500286029
  • 27.90 x 20.30 cm
  • Paperback
  • 140pp
  • With over 1100 illustrations
  • First published 2006
‘The mandatory bible, not only for those who must source or design costumes for productions, but for every actor, director and producer in theatre … an essential reference’ – Amateur Stage
‘An indispensable aid to all designers’ – The Stage

This expanded and updated edition of John Peacock’s unrivalled collection of drawings ranges over eleven centuries of English historical costume.

More than a thousand illustrations, based on surviving garments and contemporary paintings and photographs, demonstrate the astonishing changes in men’s and women’s clothing over the centuries – from the simple tunics and gowns of the eleventh century to the petticoat breeches and ostrich-plumed hats of Charles II’s reign to the T-shirts and shorts of today.

Clear and detailed drawings, plus notes that pinpoint specific features such as fabric, decoration, accessories and cut, make each costume immediately comprehensible.

Completely up to date, and with a new chart showing the main changes in fashion through the centuries, this is an essential reference for students of theatrical design and fashion, drama groups and anyone interested in the history of costume.

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John Peacock has worked as a fashion and costume designer and lecturer in fashion history. He was for several years senior costume designer for BBC Television.