- Greetings!Sorry for the cross-post, but DH is trying to order these books, and i'd like to gather some opinions before the mailman gets here, please:The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Costume and Fashion, Revised Edition: From 1066 to the Present. By Jack Cassin-Scott.andDress and Decoration of teh middle Ages by Henry Shaw.Anyone have any experience of these two?ThanksGerita
- Gerita wrote:
>The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Costume and Fashion, Revised Edition: From 1066to the Present. By Jack Cassin-Scott.
Dress and Decoration of the middle Ages by Henry Shaw.
>I haven't seen the other book, but the Cassin-Scott book is a coffee-table book, no
>Anyone have any experience of these two?
more. My husband bought it for me, and while I certainly appreciate the thought, I
wouldn't dream of using the book! It starts in 1066, giving over a grand total of 21 pages
(mostly 16th century) to our period, with the other 9/10ths of the book devoted to much
later fashions. Worse yet, the artwork seems to be a colourized version of Braun &
Schneider and the like, with many details missing or simply wrong. Glancing through, I
find his 14th century dandy wearing knee-garters, incorrectly identified in the blurb as
chains for holding up his shoe tips. Garters or shoe-chains, however, they must be
merely tacked on to his hose, as they consist only of the bow and dangly bit! He's
listed as wearing a "houppelande or PELICAN" (my emphasis). His lady is wearing a
hat I've only seen in the 15th century, a big gaudy necklace, and her undergown is
called a "cotehardie". Without getting into whether this term was ever actually applied
to women's clothes, I think everyone agrees it was a top layer, a type of surcote
(sur-cote, a garment meant to be worn over the cote, or first fashion layer).
I hope your husband hasn't ordered this book yet!
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