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Free Clothing and Dress Books PDF – Collection

This collection of free clothing and dress fashion books pdf on the Internet Archive includes Fashion, Clothing, and Costume History. Books include: Historical Encyclopedia of Costume, Historic Dress in America 1607-1800, Five Centuries of American Costume, Complete History of Costume & Fashion, Costume History and Style, Costume Patterns and Designs, The Book of Costume, Costumes for the Stage, 50 Years of British Fashion, 18th Century Clothing, and many more.

Free Women’s Clothing Books PDF – Collection

Free women’s clothing fashion books pdf, and books on style, and fashion. Some books: Woman’s Guide to Style, What You Wear Can Change Your Life, Dress Thin! 330 tips, New Women’s Dress for Success, Career Chic: what every woman should know about getting ahead in style, The Sensual Dresser, Dressing Nifty after Fifty, Bad Shoes and the Women Who Love Them, What Not to Wear, many more.

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Free Men’s Clothing Books PDF – Collection

Free men’s clothing books pdf. Titles include: Color for Men, 365 Style and Fashion Tips for Men, A Well-Dressed Gentleman’s Pocket Guide, A Gentleman’s Wardrobe, Fashion Design Illustration: Men, Men’s Fashion in the 20th Century, more.

Vintage Clothing Guides – Collection

16 books at HathTrust on clothing, from about 1930-1960. Includes home economics textbooks, fashion guides, an other books related to the selection, care and wearing of clothing.

Fashion and Free Fashion Industry Books PDF – Collection

Free fashion industry books pdf and books on Fashion, Fashion Design, and Careers in Fashion. Books include: Fashion, Fashion Buyer, Fashion Industry, Fashion Designer, Fashion Photographer, Fashion Design, Fashion China, High Fashion, Fashion Design Course, Fashion Advertising & Promotion, Fashion Culture and Identity, Atlas of Fashion Designers, Fashion Model, Hepster Fashion, Paris Fashion; a Cultural History, and many more.

Free Fashion Design Books PDF – Collection

Free Fashion Design books pdf from the Internet Archive. Some books: The Great Fashion Designers, The Visual Dictionary of Fashion Design, Dressmakers of France, The Supermodern Wardrobe, Fashion Makers Fashion Shapers, The Theory of Fashion Design, Costume Design and Making: a practical handbook, Elegantly Frugal Costumes, Women I have Dressed (and Undressed), Handbook of Costume Drawing, Techno Fashion, many more.

Free Costume Books PDF – Collection

Free Costume fashion history books pdf. Books include: Historic Costume for the Stage, Costumes to Make, Theater Crafts Book of Costumes, Costume throughout the Ages, 5,000 Years of Fashion, Stage Costume Design, Children’s Costumes, History of English Costume, Folk Costumes of the World, Costumes of the Greeks and Romans, Historic Dress in America, How to Make Historic American Costumes, Folk Costumes of the World, Making Medieval Costumes, and many more.

Free Ethnic Costume Books PDF – Collection

Free Ethnic Costume books pdf. Some books: Ethnic Folk Costumes in Canada, Ethnic Dress, A Pictorial History of Costume, Bulgarian Folk Costumes, Dress Clothing of the Plains Indians, Belly Dance Book, Folk Costumes of the World, Dress and Ethnicity: change across space and time, Make Your Own Japanese Clothes, the Worldwide History of Dress, The 1960s and 1970s, more.

Free Fashion History 20th Century Books PDF – Collection

Free Fashion History 20th Century books pdf. Books include: Vogue History of 20th Century Fashion, Guinness Guide to 20th Century Fashion, History of 20th Century Fashion, A History of Fashion and Costume, 100 Years of Art & Fashion, Collecting Fashion & Accessories, Men’s Costumes, The 1920s Style, The 1920s & 1930s, The ’40s & ’50s, Fabulous Fashions of the 1980s, Modern French Couture, and many more.

Free Jewelry Books PDF – Collection

Over 800 Jewelry books pdf. Some books: The Art of Jewelry Design, Buying Jewelry: everything you need to know, Junk Box Jewelry, Jewelry through the Ages, 50 Years of Collectible Fashion Jewelry 1925-1975, Creating Beaded & Wire Earrings, Marketing and Selling Your Handmade Jewelry, Making Fantastic Jewelry, Jewelry & Accessories: beautiful designs to make and wear, Jewelry of the Ancient World, Crafting Turquoise Jewelry, many more.

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Making Faces

Author: Aucoin, Kevyn
Turtleback 1999

ISBN: 0-316-28686-9

Kevyn Aucoin, America’s preeminent makeup artist, shares his secrets, explaining not only the basics of makeup application and technique but also how to use those fundamentals (sometimes in unconventional ways) to create a wide range of different looks. Making Faces features step-by-step directions, instructional full-color sketches, and a gallery of noncelebrity transformations, as well as fabulous images of stars and supermodels as you’ve never seen them before.


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Fashion in History: Western Dress, Prehistoric to Present

Author: Bigelow, Marybell S., and Kushino, Kay
Burgess 1979

ISBN: 0-8087-2800-8

Fashion history books pdf. Chapters: Origins of body coverings and Mesopotamian garments — Costumes of Ancient Egypt– Dress of Crete — Garb of the Greeks — Dress of the Etruscans — How the Romans looked — Dark Ages and before — Elegance of Byzantium — More medieval modes — Renaissance elegance — Opulence of the Baroque — Elegance of the Enlightened Age — From revolution to empire — Romanticism and the Industrial Age — Impressionism and the Edwardian Era — Costumes of the modern age of change — Costume revolutions of the recent past (1940-1970) — Summary: the later years coupled to the past (1930-1970).


The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Clothing through American History: 1900 to the Present, Vol 2

1950 – Present

Author: Blanco F., Jose et al.
Greenwood 2008

ISBN: 978-0-313-35855-5

Fashion history books pdf for clothing in America. Vol 1 is not available online. Vol 2 covers 1950 to the beginning of the 21st century. “This fascinating reference set provides two levels of information: descriptions of styles of clothes that Americans have worn and, as important, why they wore those types of clothes… The first half of each volume provides four chapters that each examine the impact that political and cultural events, arts and entertainment, daily life, and family structures have on fashion. The second half of each volume describes the important and everyday fashion and styles of the period, decade by decade, for women, men, and children.” – Publisher.


Bobbi Brown Pretty Powerful

Author: Brown, Bobbi
Chronicle Books 2012

ISBN: 978-0-8118-7704-6

From Bobbi Brown, world-famous makeup artist, Pretty Powerful is a new kind of makeup manual that starts with who you are, rather than how you look. Bobbi interviews dozens of real women, celebrities, and athletes about what beauty means to them and shows, step-by-step, how to achieve each look. Along the way, she shares her trade secrets for striking eyes, youthful skin, pretty lips, and perfect brows for any age, skin color, or beauty type. Brimming with hundreds of stunning makeover ideas, recommendations for the best tools and products, inspiring beauty stories, and expert tips.


Fairchild’s Dictionary of Fashion

Author: Calasibetta, Charlotte
Fairchild 1975

ISBN: 87005-133-4

“Fairchild’s Dictionary of Fashion presents clothing terminology from both historical and contemporary viewpoints. It is an invaluable tool for those interested in various aspects of fashion: designers seeking business in theater, film, opera, and TV production; newspaper, magazine, and advertising writers and editors; retailers, buyers, and salespeople.” -Publisher.


The Secrets of Fashion Drawing

Author: Chapman, Noel and Cheek, Judith
Arcturus 2014

ISBN: 978-1-78212-641-6

Drawing is the primary skill for anyone considering a career in fashion design. Peeking behind the scenes to discover how the industry works, this book: addresses the language of fashion, its origins and uses, takes a fascinating trip through the world of color, examining its significance in fashion, explores drawing styles and presentation methods, and features the experiences and inspirations of real-life fashion professionals.


The Complete History of Costume & Fashion, from Ancient Egypt to the Present Day

Author: Cosgrave, Bronwyn
Checkmark 2001

ISBN: 0-8160-4574-7

“A definitive guide to the history of clothing and fashion. Featured are hundreds of major trends in historical context; discussion of social significance and implications; trivia; spotlights on accessories, makeup, hair, and footwear. Illustrated with more than 300 photos and drawings. Periods covered include: The Ancient Egyptians, Greece and Rome, Middle Ages, Early Renaissance, Sixteenth Century, Eighteenth Century, Nineteenth Century, Twentieth Century.” -Book cover.


The Towering World of Jimmy Choo: A Glamorous Story of Power, Profits, and the Pursuit of the Perfect Shoe

Author: Crowe, Lauren Goldstein and Maceira de Rosen, Sagra
Bloomsbury 2009

ISBN: 978-1-59691-391-2

“The story of a London society girl named Tamara Mellon who launched one of the most talked about luxury brands in the world. More than simply a well-told tale of glamorous, troubled people, The Towering World of Jimmy Choo taps into America’s seemingly insatiable appetite for luxury goods and examines an industry that has experienced explosive growth in just the past decade.” -Publisher.


The Essence of Style: How the French Invented High Fashion, Fine Food, Chic Cafés, Style, Sophistication, and Glamour

Author: DeJean, Joan E.
Free Press 2005

ISBN: 978-0-7432-6413-6

“What makes fashionistas willing to pay a small fortune for a particular designer accessory — a luxe handbag, for example? Why is it that people all over the world share the conviction that a special occasion only becomes really special when a champagne cork pops — and even more special when that cork comes from a bottle of Dom Pérignon?
One of the foremost authorities on seventeenth-century French culture provides the answer to these and other fascinating questions in her account of how, at one glittering moment in history, the French under Louis XIV set the standards of sophistication, style, and glamour that still rule our lives today.” -Publisher.


The Pocket Stylist: Behind-the-Scenes Expertise from a Fashion Pro on Creating Your Own Look

Author: Farr, Kendall
Penguin 2004

ISBN: 1-592-40041-8

A celebrity fashion stylist draws on the insider tricks and techniques of her trade to help women create their own fashion look, with practical advice on selecting the right wardrobe, from how to take one’s true measurements to ensure the right fit and when to use a tailor to the best fabrics, trendy versus classic fashions, lingerie, and accessories.


The Fashion Designer Survival Guide: Start and Run Your Own Fashion Business

Author: Gehlhar, Mary
Kaplan 2008

ISBN: 978-1-4277-9710-0

Mary Gehlhar, author, industry authority, and consultant to hundreds of designers, including Zac Posen, Twinkle by Wenlan, Rebecca Taylor, and Cloak, gives readers behind-the-scenes insights and essential business information on creating and sustaining a successful career as an independent designer. With advice from fashion luminaries including Donna Karan, Tommy Hilfiger, Cynthia Rowley, Diane von Furstenberg, and top executives from Saks Fifth Avenue and Barneys New York, the book addresses the latest trends in apparel and accessories.


Creative Careers in Fashion : 30 Ways to Make a Living in the World of Couture

Author: Hartsog, Debbie
Allworth 2007

ISBN: 978-1-58115-467-2

Fun and entertaining, Creative Careers in Fashion reveals how the fashion industry works—and explores the vast range of career opportunities in the field. Focusing on the most creative jobs, including accessory, costume, and fashion design, as well as make-up artists, wardrobe consultants, textile designers, and colorists, this book showcases the practical information that will help readers find the perfect job and get it. Included are details on salary ranges, educational and experience requirements, where jobs are located, and new trends.


Creating the Illusion: A Fashionable History of Hollywood Costume Designers

Author: Jorgensen, Jay and Scoggins, Donald L.
Running Press 2015

ISBN: 978-0-7624-5661-1

Presents the history of fashion on film, showcasing not only classic moments from film favorites, but a host of untold stories about the creative talent working behind the scenes to dress the stars from the silent era to the present day. Profiles 65 designers. This gloriously illustrated volume includes candid photos of the designers at work, portraits and wardrobe tests of stars in costume, and designer sketches.


In an Influential Fashion: An Encyclopedia of Nineteenth-and Twentieth-century Fashion Designers and Retailers who Transformed Dress

Author: Kellogg, Ann T. et al
Greenwood 2002

ISBN: 0-313-31220-6

Profiles 164 fashion designers and retailers from many countries who have had the most impact on American dress and culture from the late 19th century to the year 2000. Each entry introduces a fashion personality or retailer whose influence on the industry reflected societal, political, and/or economic change. Each entry describes the designer or retailer’s signature styles, with a keen emphasis on the designer’s contributions to American fashion design and culture.


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Dress Your Best: The Complete Guide to Finding the Style that’s Right for Your Body

Author: Kelly, Clinton and London, Stacy
Three Rivers 2005

ISBN: 0-307-23671-4

The hosts of the TV show “What Not to Wear”, “Clinton Kelly and Stacy London, offer spot-on fashion wisdom—with an attitude—in this fully illustrated, authoritative, and irreverent fashion guide to dressing your best for every occasion. Clinton and Stacy’s surefire method for boosting appearance rests on their belief that we can all win admiring glances by selecting clothes that play up our positives and create a balanced body shape.” – Publisher.


The Concise History of Costume and Fashion

Author: Laver, James
Abrams 1969

Vagaries of fashion through the ages presented for the general reader by a British scholar in a fashion history book pdf.


The Age of Napoleon: Costume from Revolution to Empire, 1789-1815

Author: Le Bourhis, Katell, ed.
Metropolitan Museum of Art 1989

ISBN: 0-87099-570-7

On the costume history of the period, the ecclesiastical and military garb, jewelry, silk weaving, Napoleon’s own wardrobe, and the influence of French fashions in America. This fashion history book pdf accompanies a major exhibition at The Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art from December, 1989 to April, 1990.


Fashion in Costume, 1200-2000

Author: Nunn, Joan
New Amsterdam 2000

ISBN: 1-56663-279-X

Joan Nunn’s detailed survey of costume in the Western world over the past eight centuries. She not only gives the reader a vivid visual impression of the clothes themselves, but also outlines the historical and social background and the changes in manufacturing techniques and fashionable life that have influenced the way costume has developed and the manner in which it has been worn. The book is illustrated throughout with hundreds of line drawings. This history of American and European costume covers men’s, women’s, and children’s dress, accessories and jewelry, fabrics, and color. Discusses how historical, social, economic, and artistic events influence fashion.


Tales from the Back Row: An Outsider’s View from Inside the Fashion Industry

Author: Odell, Amy
Simon & Schuster 2015

ISBN: 978-1-4767-4975-4

Cosmopolitan.com editor Amy Odell knows what it’s really like to be a young woman working in the fashion industry. Amy—funny and fearless—takes readers behind the stage of New York’s hottest fashion shows to meet the world’s most influential models, designers, celebrities, editors, and photographers. “Hilarious, insightful and smart. A must-read for anyone who wears clothes.” —Chelsea Handler.


Fashion and Costume in American Popular Culture: A Reference Guide

Author: Oliver, Valerie B.
Greenwood 1996

ISBN: 0-313-29412-7

Providing a convenient and unique look at fashion and costume literature and how it has developed historically, this volume discusses monographic and reference literature and provides information on periodicals, research centers, and costume museums and collections. Of interest to scholars, students, and anyone curious about the unique power clothing holds in our lives.


Encyclopedia of American Indian Costume

Author: Paterek, Josephine
ABC-CLIO 1994

ISBN: 0-87436-685-2

Paterek describes “the clothing used for everyday, war, rites, and ceremonies for men, women, and children in hundreds of tribes in diverse climates stretching over centuries. Well-organized text and 400 drawings and authentic photos plus the cultural essays prefacing the 10 regional groupings and each tribe put the costumes in historical, social, and geographic context.


Costume, 1066-1966

Author: Peacock, John
Thames and Hudson 1986

“A complete guide to English costume design and history” -Cover.


Style Clinic: How to Look Fabulous All the Time, at Any Age, for Any Occasion

Author: Reed, Paula
HarperCollins 2009

ISBN: 978-0-06-079354-8

Fashion’s best-kept secrets from London’s leading fashion authority. Knowing what works and what doesn’t, how and when to shop, how best to dress your body shape, and how to work an accessory like a styling pro will propel you on your way to fashion nirvana: the effortlessly chic set. With timeless tips and practical advice, fashion editor Paula Reed proves that you don’t have to have a big budget, a whole new wardrobe, or the latest fad to look great.


Fugitive Denim: A Moving Story of People and Pants in the Borderless World of Global Trade

Author: Snyder, Rachel Louise
Norton 2008

ISBN: 978-0-393-33542-2

Rachel Louise Snyder reports from the far reaches of the multi-billion-dollar denim industry in search of the people who make your clothes. From a cotton picker in Azerbaijan to a Cambodian seamstress, a denim maker in Italy to a fashion designer in New York, Snyder captures the human, environmental, and political forces at work in a complex and often absurd world. Neither polemic nor prescription, Fugitive Denim captures what it means to work in the twenty-first century.


Fashion: A Visual History from Regency & Romance to Retro & Revolution

Author: Stevenson, N. J.
St. Martin’s Griffin 2012

ISBN: 978-0-312-62445-3

A complete illustrated chronology of fashion from the 1800s to the present day. The start of the 19th century marks the dawn of the designer, a sartorial influence that became a star-studded industry. Fashion: A Visual History charts those points in time when distinctive styles that began as extravagances of the very rich permeated through well-dressed society until a cut of cloth or choice of accessory defined fashion.


Five Centuries of American Costume

Author: Wilcox, R. Turner
Dover 2004

ISBN: 0-486-43610-1

This profusely illustrated study focuses on more than 500 years of clothing styles worn by people of the Americas — from animal hides in the 9th century to suits for both sexes in the mid-20th century. A brief, introductory chapter describes and depicts the everyday wear of Vikings, Mayans, Aztecs, Incas, and principal North American Indian tribes. Subsequent sections are devoted to the costumes of the Spanish, Portuguese, English, French, German, and Scandinavians who came after them. Military uniforms from the 16th to the mid-20th century are also portrayed, and civilian dress for men, women and children is reviewed during the same five centuries.


Chinese Fashion: From Mao to Now

Author: Wu, Juanjuan
Berg 2009

ISBN: 978-1-84520-779-3

provides the first comprehensive account of modern Chinese fashion from 1978 to the present day. Offers an analysis of the development of the Chinese fashion industry as well as an analysis of the relationship between dress, gender, identity and consumption in contemporary China.


The Ellements of Personal Style: 25 Modern Fashion Icons on How to Dress, Shop, and Live

Author: Zee, Joe et al
Gotham 2010

ISBN: 978-1-592-40567-1

America’s hottest fashion magazine (Elle) blends expert advice with in-depth studies of twenty-five unique style icons, from Diane Von Furstenberg to Dita Von Teese to Alicia Keys, for personal style inspiration. Featuring twenty-five case studies of style icons that represent a wide range of tastes and backgrounds, The ELLEments of Personal Style brims with behind-the-scenes interviews, along with commentary on why each icon’s wardrobe works.


Open Access Fashion Textbooks

Open Access Fashion Textbooks

Open Access textbooks are licensed by authors and publishers to be freely used, and were published or updated in recent years. You may also find here other learning resources, such as course lesson plans.


20th Century Costume Pattern Design

Author: Jennifer K. Smith
Univ. of Florida 202

Learn flat pattern techniques as they apply to the design of 20th century clothing.


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21st Century Queer Fashion Brands

Author: Dana Goodin, Kelly L. Reddy-Best, Kyra Streck
Iowa State Univ. 2021

We conducted oral histories with 24 brands with questions ranging from their own personal histories to how and why they started the brand.


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Dress, Appearance, and Diversity in U.S. Society

Author: Kelly L. Reddy-Best
Iowa State Univ. 2020

This is a free textbook geared towards college-level courses about dress and identity.


Vintage Fashion Design Books

VINTAGE BOOKS – Fashion PDF

Vintage Fashion Books – Collection

38 books at Hathi Trust published from the early 1800s to the mid-1900s on fashion and clothing. Includes fashion history books pdf for England, America, and France.


Two Centuries of Costume in America, 1620-1820

Author: Earle, Alice Morse
Macmillan 1903 Dewey Dec. 391

ISBN: 0-486-22551-8

Costume, United States — Social life and customs — To 1775.


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Fancy Dresses Described; or, What to Wear at Fancy Balls

Author: Holt, Ardern
Scribner 1896 Dewey Dec. 391

Costume — History — 18th century — Great Britain, Costume, Costume — Dictionaries — Great Britain.


Gentlemen’s Fancy Dress: How to Choose it

Author: Holt, Ardern
Scribner 1898 Dewey Dec. 391

Men’s clothing — History, Costume.

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