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Aloha Attire: Hawaiian Dress in the Twentieth Century
by Linda B. Arthur
Book Description: Over the years, various garments have become increasingly popular collectible items as they grant insight into the cultures in which they were made. Collectors who love the sand, sun, and surf will delight in this extraordinary guide to handsome Hawaiian clothing. Filled with over 460 beautiful photos, this book gives a historical account of Hawai`i's fashion industry and its effect on the Western world. Unique island designs, exotic fabrics, and traditional garments--including the holoku and mu`umu`u--are all included within this spectacular display of Hawaiian paradise. Generations of tourists to Hawai`i will enjoy the explanations of clothing designs unique to the islands, and designers will find this an invaluable and inspiring reference tool.
Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.; 0 edition (October 1, )
ISBN: 0764310151 

Art Deco Fashion
Art Deco Fashion
by Suzanne Lussier
Book Description: From flapper dresses to feathers, fashion exploded during the Roaring '20s, when clothes became a symbol of a more liberated lifestyle and epitomized the glamour and youthful excitement of the Jazz Age. Hemlines and waistlines slowly crept toward each other as the motto for style--and life--became "Anything Goes!" In ART DECO FASHION the world of Hollywood and F. Scott Fitzgerald comes to life in images of beaded evening dresses for dancing the Charleston; sporty outfits for golf, tennis, and swimming; and clothes designed for traveling in luxury liners, trains, or in streamlined cars. Accented with posters, photographs, and images from fashion magazines of the era, this sumptuous volume presents a thorough and stunning review of Deco fashion.
Hardcover from Bulfinch
Art Deco Hair: Hairstyles of the 1920s and 1930s
by Daniela Turudich
Listed under Hairstyles

Blueprints of Fashion : Home Sewing Patterns of the 1950s
by Wade Laboissonniere 
Book Description: During the 1950s, many women used their sewing skills to recreate the incredibly feminine styles that were adapted into commercial sewing patterns. The 1950s saw renowned designers such as Lanvin, Fath, Schiaparelli, and Givenchy licensing their names and designs to pattern companies in record numbers: designers from Paris to New York to Hollywood can be accounted for in the pattern catalogs of the 1950s. Any woman who could sew could have the latest designer styles for a fraction of the cost. Using over 600 color photos, this informative and enjoyable text outlines the beginnings of the huge pattern industry, its evolution, and continuation through the 1950s. Numerous examples of pattern-related ephemera are pictured along with different types of fashions--from dresses to separates to evening gowns to lingerie. Also included are accessories, needlework, gifts, and toys. This is an invaluable guide for all who are interested in sewing or designing.
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.;

After a Fashion: How to Reproduce, Restore, and Wear Vintage Styles
by Frances Grimble, Deborah Kuhn (Illustrator)
Publisher: Lavolta Pr; 2nd edition

Clothing & Accessories from the '40s, '50s, & '60s: A Handbook and Price Guide
by Jan Lindenberger
from Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 0764300237
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Collector's Guide to Vintage Fashions Identification and Values
by Kristina Harris 
Paperback: 208 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.36 x 10.98 x 8.41 
Publisher: Collector Books; (December )

Costume and Fashion: A Concise History, Fourth Edition (World of Art)
by James Laver
(Paperback -- July 29, )

Costume Jewelry Identification and Price Guide
by Harrice S. Miller (Author)
Book Description: Popularized by Coco Chanel in Paris during the 1920s, costume jewelry -- from the inexpensive to the extravagant -- has come into its own, creating a skyrocketing market for both investors and collectors. This guide covers it all, from Coro, Eisenberg, and Trifari to Miriam Haskell and Joseff. Complete with the latest prices, descriptions, and fascinating histories of the most famous manufacturers, it provides new and essential information for every collector: 

Collectible Fashions of the Turbulent 1930s
by Ellie Laubner
Book Description: This book provides a sweeping study of the clothing of the 1930s. Garments of all kinds, from the intimate to the most formal, the flamboyant to the practical, for women, men and children, are displayed and discussed in detail. Accessories including jewelry, hats, and handbags are also explored. Even uniforms used for work, band, and cheerleading are found in this inclusive work. More than 600 color photographs spread the 1930s fashion world out before you. An historical overview explains the turbulent 1930s and the economic depression that so affected every aspect of daily life. Values for the garments and accessories are found in the captions. Finally, a glossary, bibliography, and index round out this fascinating presentation. Designers, historians, and fashion-conscious consumers will find this an indespensible reference.

Cowboys & the Trappings of the Old West
by William Manns, et al
Listed under Cowbow Gear

Dress in Ireland
Dress in Ireland
by Mairead Dunlevy
Paperback: 192 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.39 x 10.87 x 8.56 
Publisher: Collins Pr; (January 31, ) 
ISBN: 1898256845 
Dressing Up Vintage
Dressing Up Vintage
by Tracy Tolkien
Covering 50 years of fashion history, Dressing Up Vintage examines times past and what women wore in response to them. Starting with the '40s and the somber mannish suits worn during WWII, Dressing Up Vintage takes us through the beaded cardigans of the '50s, the mod explosion of the '60s, the '70s disco and wrap-dress rage, the broad-shouldered power suits of the '80s, and ends up with an understandably short chapter on the '90s and the popularity of the grunge look and retromania. 

Spying and collecting vintage wear takes the same skill and competitive edge as does collecting fine art or antiques. Author Tracy Tolkien, owner of a very successful vintage shop in London, has been honing her hunting skills for many years and shares them with us in this thoroughly researched, entertaining book. She explains why certain fashions came into being and why they are now collectible. Did you know corsets came back into style because of Dior's wasp-waisted dresses? Tolkien also gives hints on where to find the best vintage wear (there's a long list of shops in the back of the book, both American and British) and what to look for (labels, tears, staining). "One of the best, often overlooked, sources though is probably out there in your own backyard," she says, "tucked away in the darkest corners of your friends' and relatives' wardrobes." Each section is filled with examples of vintage fashions, including hats, gloves, shoes, and costume jewelry. 

An interesting journey into our fashion past--great finds and faux pas all--Dressing Up Vintage could be helpful to the beginning collector and just plain fun for those who like to browse, shop, and heed the words of mini-making mogul Mary Quant: "Fashion allows you to be what you want. You can dress the part and--my God, it happens!" --Dana Van Nest -

Everyday Fashions of the Sixties: As Pictured in Sears Catalogs
by Joanne Olian (Editor), Roebuck and Company Sears
Paperback: 96 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.40 x 11.92 x 8.99 
Publisher: Dover Pubns; (December )
ISBN: 0486401200 

Miller's Collecting Fashion & Accessories
by Carol Harris, Madeleine Marsh (Editor)
Hardcover: 160 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.74 x 9.53 x 7.81
Publisher: Mitchell Beazley;
ISBN: 1840002123

Old Lace and Linens Including Crochet : An Identification and Value Guide
Maryanne Dolan
Listed under Lace & Tatting

Oro Plata: Embroidered Costumes Of The Bullfight
by Daniele Carbonel, Pedro Soler, Peter Muller
Listed under Bullfighting

Preserving Textiles : A Guide for the Nonspecialist
by Harold F. Mailand, Dorothy Stites Alig
Book Description:
Preserving Textiles: A Guide for the Nonspecialist offers guidance on how to properly store, clean, and display everything from wedding gowns to woven wall-hangings. It also explains how to clean textiles to prevent damage, how to store fabrics using appropriate techniques, and how to display historical costumes and art objects using museum "tricks of the trade." Also included are recommendations for lighting, climate control, and other environmental factors. Preserving Textiles includes a glossary of terms, a bibliography, and a list of suppliers and recommended materials.

The 96-page book is generously illustrated with drawings and photographs, including 10 color photographs. The book was written by Dorothy Stites Alig, conservator of textiles at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and Harold F. Mailand, former textiles conservator at the IMA and now in private practice. 
Paperback: 96 pages 
Publisher: Indianapolis Museum of Art; (November 1, ) 
ISBN: 0936260718

Vintage Clothing 1880-1980 : Identification and Value Guide
Maryanne Dolan
Though the text is minimal and the illustrations are black and white, Vintage Clothing is packed with ideas for costume designers, clothing collectors and restorers, and even experienced home sewers who'd like to incorporate some historic flair into their designs. Using a combination of period fashion illustrations, old photographs, contemporary photos of period clothes, and detailed captions, the volume traces the evolution of a century of clothing styles. Although not as nicely produced as many other costume/fashion history books, the sheer variety and number of details on every page make it a worthwhile reference. Also included are estimates of the outfits' worth in today's market.

The Vintage Fashion Directory: The National Sourcebook of Vintage Fashion Editors at Streamline Press
by Daniela Turudich
Book Description: From corsets and bell bottoms to Pucci and Givenchy, this comprehensive sourcebook provides information on the stores where vintage looks can be found. Written for both die-hard vintage collectors and those simply in need of powder-blue ruffled tuxedos for the prom, it offers not only listings of stores from coast to coast, but tips on which stores specialize in particular eras and those that carry the best genuine items. Covering every state, metropolitan area, and even some out-of-the-way places, it offers easy-to-navigate maps for finding the stores that are usually only known by word of mouth. Complete with addresses, contact information, and price and quality ratings, this guide is an indispensable tool for the vintage fashion aficionado.
Publisher: Streamline Press;

Vintage Fashions for Women: The 1950s & 60s
by Kristina Harris 

Vintage Hats & Bonnets 1770-1970 : Identification & Values
by Susan Langley, John Dowling (Photographer)

Your Vintage Keepsake: A Costume Society of America Guide to Costume Storage and Display
by Margaret T. Ordonez

Vintage Wedding: Simple Ideas for Creating a Romantic Vintage Wedding
by Daniela Turudich
Book Description: This informative guide to planning a period wedding provides the bride-to-be with historic photos and images of wedding fashions and decorating ideas from each decade of the early 20th century. Complete with color photos of period wedding attire and modern period-inspired designs, it also includes guidelines for seasonal attire, formal and informal wedding wear, proper accessories, bridal bouquets, and boutonniere trends. Decorating ideas include color charts, schemes, and flower arrangements,...
Paperback: 144 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.40 x 7.37 x 7.98
Publisher: Streamline Press; (April 1, )
ISBN: 1930064020

The Costume Collector's Companion 1890-1990
by Rosemary Hawthorne 
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Antique & Vintage Clothing: A Guide to Dating & Valuation of Women's Clothing 1850 to 1940
by Diane Snyder-Haug 
Publisher: Collector Books;
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Costume in Detail : 1730-1930
by Nancy Bradfield
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Valuable Vintage: The Insider's Guide to Identifying and Collecting Important Vintage Fashions
by Elizabeth Mason
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Your Vintage Wedding: Unique Ideas and Inspiration for Today's Bride
by Nancy L. Eaton
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Collecting Vintage Fashion & Fabrics (Instant Expert)
by Pamela D. Smith 
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Care of Clothes
by Jane Ashelford 
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