Just wrapped up How to Read a Dress by Lydia Edwards. It was such a treat. If you have any interest in women’s fashion or historic dress, this is a fun book to add to your collection.
And if you’re a novice in this area like I am, it’s a great primer. I now feel like I know which parts of a historic dress to notice, from bodice to skirt, sleeves, and trim.
The book is organized into chapters spanning specific periods from 1550-1600 to 1960-1970. Each spread introduces the dresses being featured and gives some historical background along with a short overview of the specific trends the dresses exemplify. We also get some commentary on who might’ve worn such a dress and what for—day, evening, wedding, etc.
Just looking at the fabrics is treat enough for me. I mean those stripes are …
And here’s the dress from the intro to the 1710-1790 section. Can you imaging wearing something like that?
One thing I really like about this book is the fun graphics. Each section begins with a page of silhouettes featured in the following pages.
My own pic – excuse the bad lighting:
The whole book is just so put together. I think I’m going to buy a copy just to have it as a resource. Also, if you’re interested in fashion history, Lydia Edwards’ Instagram account is a fun one to follow. She features a lot of dresses that aren’t in the book.
How fun is it to read a book with pictures?