Fashion Design Industry, Clothing & Dress History, Textiles.
About 500 free Textile Fabrics books. Books include: A Guide to Textiles, Fabrics, The Craftsman in Textiles, Textiles, Miracle Fabrics, Fabric Guide for People Who Sew, Navajo and Hopi Weaving Techniques, Textiles from Mexico, Traditions Spinning and Weaving in Canada, American textiles, African Fabric Crafts, New Traditions in Navajo Weaving, French Textiles from 1760 to the Present, Fabric Sewing Guide, America’s Fabrics, African Textiles, Textile Fabrics and their Selection, Dictionary of Textiles, Mexican Textiles, Textiles of Southeast Asia, and many more. Textiles textbook, the textile book, books on textile industry,
About 100 free books about textile design. Titles include: Japanese Silk Designs in Full Color, Thai Textiles, Nepalese Textiles, A Handbook for Designers, Full-Color Historic Textile Designs, more.
About 80 free books about textile printing. Titles include: Textile Designs, America’s Printed & Painted Fabrics, How to Print T-Shirts, Textile Screen Printing, Fabric Printing, Block Printing, more.
About 320 free Textile Industry books at Archive.org. Books include: The Textile Industry, The Quebec Textile Industry in Canada, Encyclopedia of Textiles, Handwoven Textiles of Early New England, Dictionary of Textiles, Textile Fabrics, Fashion and Textiles Careers, Fashion and Textiles; an Overview, Indian Blankets and their Makers, Textiles and Apparel in the Global Economy, Modern Textiles, Turkestan and its Textile Crafts, Chinese Patterned Silks, World Textiles, the Textile Arts, and many more. Principles of textile finishing, textile design books, clothing and textiles books, books on textile industry.
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This Hathi Trust collection contains 130 books and other documents published from the mid-19th Century to the late 20th Century. Subjects include sewing, the textile industry, garment worker union members, needlework, manuals for sewing machines, and journals for people in the clothing business.
About 300 free Clothing Trade books. Books include: Start Your Own Clothing Store, Fashion for the People, The Clothing Workers in Philadelphia, Making Global Trade Work for People, The Future of World Trade in Textiles and Apparel, and more.
Barker, A. F.
Van Nostrand 1922 Dewey Dec. 677
Includes chapters on: The History of the Textile Industries; The Mercerized and Artificial Fibres; The Dyeing of Textile Materials; Silk Throwing and Spinning; The Cotton Industry; The Linen Industry; The Woolen Industry; The Principles of Weaving; The Principles of Spinning; The Principles of Designing and Colouring; The Worsted Industry; The Tapestry and Carpet Industry; The Wool, Silk, Cotton, Flax, etc Growing Industries. Textile fabrics.
Buel, Elizabeth Cynthia Barney
Litchfield, CT: 1903 Dewey Dec. 677
After a history of spinning from antiquity to colonial times, the author provides a detailed description of processing flax for spinning, and includes other material on home cloth production in the northeastern U.S. in the colonial era. Spinning, Spinning-wheel, Women — History.
A few additional books and useful videos are at our page Making Cloth and Clothing on the Frontier
as Practiced by the Pioneers of Central Illinois and Demonstrated by Pioneer Men and Women at Meetings of the McLean County Historical Society
Bloomington, Il: 1912 Dewey Dec. 677
A small booklet with a description of the processes and equipment used for spinning in frontier Illinois. Flax, wool, spinning.
Also Adapted to Those Engaged in Wholesale and Retail Dry Goods, Wool, Cotton, and Dressmaker’s Trades
Dooley, William Henry
Heath 1912 Dewey Dec. 677
“Practical, untechnical book, describing processes of manufacturing wool, silk, cotton and linen
goods. Appendix contains practical directions for testing goods. More technical and comprehensive is Barker’s Textiles (Van Nostrand, 1910).” – A.L.A.Catalog 1904 – 1911. The author was in charge of the First Industrial School for Boys and Girls in Massachusetts, and intended this mainly as an introductory guide for students or others entering the textiles or allied trades. Textile industry, Textile fabrics, textile textbook, textile science book, books on textile industry.
Ellis, Asa Jr.
Brookfield, MA: Merriam 1798 Dewey Dec. 667
An American handbook from the end of the 18th century for making and using dyes for coloring fabric. The author wrote that the procedures described here could be used in the home as well as by professionals. Dyes and dyeing–Early works to 1800. Principles of textile finishing, textile dyeing books.
with an Introductory Account of its Rise and Progress in Ancient and Modern Times. For the Use of Manufacturers and Others
Gilroy, Clinton G.677
NY: Baldwin 1844 Dewey Dec.
An extensive, detailed work from the 1840s that covers techniques and equipment used historically for all the textile arts mentioned in the chapter headings. Numerous drawings throughout. Chapter headings are: -Introduction, -Plain Weaving, -Tweeling, -Weaving Double Cloth, -Figured Weaving, -Carpeting, -Lace Manufacture, -Spooling, Warping and Sizing, by Power, -Plain Weaving, by Power, -Fancy Weaving, by Power, -Figured Weaving, by Power.
A few additional books and useful videos are at our page Making Cloth and Clothing on the Frontier
including observations on spinning, dyeing and weaving. Also an account of the pastoral life of the ancients, their social state and attainments in the domestic arts. Handbook of textile fibres, textiles textbook.
Gilroy, Clinton G.
Harper & Brothers 1845 Dewey Dec. 677
Historical processes described here were collected from all over the world, particularly from ancient times. It is divided into four parts:
1. Ancient History of Silk. This includes chapters on fibers similar to silk.
2. Origin and Ancient History of the Sheep. This includes chapters on goats-hair, beavers-wool, camels-wool and camels-hair.
3. Ancient History of the Cotton Manufacture. This includes material on cotton spinning and weaving procedures, from ancient times to the 19th century.
4. Ancient History of the Linen Manufacture. This includes material on the use of flax, hemp and asbestos. Fibers, Linen, Agriculture — History, Sericulture, Sheep, Wool, Silk, Cotton.
A College and Normal School Text Preliminary to Fabric Study and a Reference for Teachers of Industrial History and Art in Secondary and Elementary Schools
Kissell, Mary Lois
NY: Macmillan 1918 Dewey Dec. 677
This textbook is divided into two parts: Yarn Making and Cloth Making, and covers a variety of processes used throughout history for both. The Yarn Making section explains the principles of spinning and describes the following “spinning types”. There are numerous illustrations and there appears to be a bibliography at the end of every subsection, and another at the end of the book. Spinning types are: -Hand Spinning, – Grasped Hand Spindle, – Supported Hand Spindle, – Suspended Hand Spindle, – Jersey and Asiatic Wheels, – Saxony Wheel, – Jenny Frame, – Water Frame, – Hand Mule, – Self-Acting Mule, – Flyer, Cap and Ring Spinning Frames
Weaving types are: -One-Beam Loom, -Weighted Warp Loom, -Two-Bar Loom, -Frameless Two-Bar Loom, -Two-Beam Loom, -One-Shaft Treadle Loom, -Two-Shaft Treadle Loom, -Perfected Hand Loom, -Draw Loom, -Jacquard Loom, -Plain Power Loom. Textile fabrics — Study and teaching, Textile industry, Spinning — Study and teaching, Weaving, Weaving — Study and teaching.
Montgomery, Florence M.
Norton 1984 Dewey Dec. 677
“The book offers an overview of textiles in America, based on years of research, that is unmatched in scope. Imported textiles played a central role in the lives of American colonists. The most-imported commodity, and a highly valued one, textiles were used for bedding, bed curtains, clothing, household linens, window curtains, upholstery, and floor covering. This book illustrates samples from collections around the world, as well as drawings and engravings of the time. Its dictionary-style entries depict the myriad household uses for textiles in the period.” -Publisher. Textile fabrics — History — United States — Dictionaries.
Thames & Hudson 2003 Dewey Dec. 677
“Mary Schoeser’s groundbreaking book presents a chronological survey of textiles around the world from
prehistory to the present, exploring how they are made, what they are made from, how they function in society and the ways in which they are valued and given meaning. ‘World Textiles’ is an invaluable introduction to this vast and fascinating subject for makers, designers, textile and fashion professionals, collectors and students alike.” -Book Cover.
“Arranged roughly into chronological periods, the book details technique, materials, and designs and puts them in historical and cultural context.” Libr J. Design / Textile & Costume, Textile industry — History, Textile fabrics — History.
Tryon, Rolla Milton
Chicago: University of Chicago 1917 Dewey Dec. 677
Chapter headings are: -Factors affecting Household Manufactures in the Colonies, -The Status of Household Manufactures in the Colonies, -A Quarter-Century of Developments, 1784-1809, -A Year’s Output of the Family Factory (includes household manufactures in every state and territory, and household textile manufactures), -The Products of the Family Factory (wearing apparel, textile supplies, household implements, utensils, furniture, farming implements, building materials, general supplies), -The Transition from Family- to Shop- and Factory-Made Goods, -The Passing of the Family Factory, -Bibliography
Chapter 6, “The Products of the Family Factory”, contains a section entitled “Wearing Apparel and Household Textile Supplies” on pages 190-216. Included here are explanations of all the processes involved in home production of linen, woolen and cotton textiles. There is also a discussion of other products used in wearing apparel on the frontier, such as leather and other animal skins, cattle and buffalo hair, and lint from nettles. Home labor, Manufacturing industries — History — United States.
Boston: Educational Publishing 1912 Dewey Dec. 677
Chapter headings are:
-The Flax Plant
-Processes of Manufacture
-Flax Culture and Linen Manufacture in the United States. Industries, Linen, Textile industry, Weaving, Textile fabrics, Spinning
Westview 1979 Dewey Dec. 677
TOC: Part 1: History of Materials and Methods: -Spinning and Raw Materials; -Fabric Construction; -Finish and Color for Textiles. Part 2: World Textiles: -Patterned Textiles of the Near East; -The Medieval Textile Industry in Southern Europe; -Textiles of the Far East; -Textiles in Northern Europe; -Textiles and Independence in Colonial America; -Industrialization and Textiles in Nineteenth Century America; -Fabrics of the American Southwest; -Fabrics of South and Middle America. Textile fabrics — History, Textile design — History, Textile crafts — History.
Wingate, Isabel B.
Fairchild 1979 Dewey Dec. 677
“Reference source for all branches of the industry. Includes entries on fibers, yarns, fabric construction, finishing and sale, inventors and developers, and government standards and regulations. Includes appendix of organizations involved with the textile industry.” NY Public Lib. Textile fabrics — Dictionaries, Textile industry — Dictionaries, Fashion & Accessories.
London: Henry Frowde 1921 Dewey Dec. 677
A volume in the series, “Oxford Technical Manuals”. Contents are:
-Introductory – -Cloth Formation by the Movements of the Weft Yarns – -Weaving Cloth on Simple Frames -Tray Looms
–The Preparation of Warps or Chains for the Loom –Beaming or Winding-on the Warp –Gobelin, Ardebil, and Oriental Fabrics –The Weaving of Persian Donegal , and Real Axminster Rugs and Carpets on Large Frames –Smaller Frames for Use in the Weaving of Tufted and other Fabrics. Weaving.
This collection of about 1,700 books 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, Survey of Historic Costume, Medieval Costume and Fashion, Complete History of Costume & Fashion, Concise History of Costume and Fashion, Costume History and Style, Costume Patterns and Designs, The Book of Costume, Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion, Fashion Dictionary, Vogue History of 20th Century Fashion, History of Fashion, History of Women’s Costume, History of Costume, Shoes Hats and Fashion Accessories, Costumes for the Stage, 50 Years of British Fashion, 18th Century Clothing, Fashion in Costume 1200-2000, Pictorial History of Costume, and many more.
About 280 free books about women’s clothing, 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, Harper’s Bazaar Fabulous at Every Age, What to Wear Where, Women’s Costume in Ontario (1867-1907), Bad Shoes and the Women Who Love Them, What Not to Wear, many more.
About 100 free books about men’s clothing. 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 .
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.
38 books at Hathi Trust published from the early 1800s to the mid-1900s on fashion and clothing. Includes histories of fashion and costume for England, America, and France.
About 2,400 free books on Fashion, Fashion Design, the Fashion Industry, and Careers in Fashion. Books include: Fashion, Fashion Buyer, Fashion Industry, Fashion Designer, Fashion Photographer, Fashion Design, Fashion China, High Fashion, Illustrated History of Fashion, The Fashion Industry, City Fashion Berlin, New York Fashion, Dictionary of Fashion and Fashion Designers, Fashion Design Course, Fashion Art for the Fashion Industry, Fashion Careers Guidebook, Careers in Fashion Retailing, Fashion Merchandising, Fashion Advertising & Promotion, Fashion Culture and Identity, Fashion People, Atlas of Fashion Designers, Fashion Model, Hepster Fashion, Paris Fashion; a Cultural History, and many more.
About 330 Fashion Design free books 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.
About 1,300 free online Costume books. Books include: Historic Costume for the Stage, Costumes to Make, Theater Crafts Book of Costumes, Costume throughout the Ages, 5,000 Years of Fashion, Costumes and Clothes, Costume Design, Stage Costume Design, Children’s Costumes, History of English Costume, International Directory of Historical Clothing, 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, History of Costume, Two Centuries of Costume in America, Making Medieval Costumes, and many more.
About 10 free “Ethnic Costume” books. 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.
About 80 free online books on the subject of “Fashion History 20th Century”. 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, Fashion; a Canadian Perspective, Fashion in the ’30s, Collecting Fashion & Accessories, Fashion Source Book, Art Deco Fashion, Changing Styles in Fashion, Fashion Costume and Culture, Fashion from the Birth of Couture, 50 Years of British Fashion, 20th Century Teen Culture, History of Haute Couture, Clothing through American History, Women’s Costumes, Men’s Costumes, The 1920s Style, The 1920s & 1930s, The ’40s & ’50s, Fabulous Fashions of the 1980s, Modern French Couture, and many more.
Over 880 free online Jewelry books. 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.
Bigelow, Marybell S., and Kushino, Kay
Burgess 1979 Dewey Dec. 391
Origins of body coverings and Mesopotamian garments (prehistory-500 B.C.) — Costumes of Ancient Egypt (3700-500 B.C.) — Dress of Crete (3000-1400 B.C.) — Garb of the Greeks (1500-150 B.C.) — Dress of the Etruscans (1300-251 B.C.) — How the Romans looked (700 B.C.-A.D. 476) — Dark Ages and before (8000 B.C.-A.D. 1000) — Elegance of Byzantium (A.D. 330-1453) — More medieval modes (A.D. 1000-1499) — Renaissance elegance (1400-1600) — Opulence of the Baroque (1600-1700) — Elegance of the Enlightened Age (1700-1795) — From revolution to empire (1790-1815) — Romanticism and the Industrial Age (1815-1870) — Impressionism and the Edwardian Era (1870-1910) — Costumes of the modern age of change (1910-1939) — Costume revolutions of the recent past (1940-1970) — Summary: the later years coupled to the past (1930-1970). Clothing and dress — History, Costume — History, Fashion — History.
1950 – Present
Blanco F., Jose et al.
Greenwood 2008 Dewey Dec. 687
“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. The set also includes helpful timelines; resource guides listing web sites, videos, and print publications; an extensive glossary; and illustrations.” – Publisher. Clothing and dress — History — 20th century — United States, Clothing and dress — History — 20th century
Fairchild 1975 Dewey Dec. 391
“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. Costume — Dictionaries, Design / Fashion & Accessories, Clothing and dress — Dictionaries.
Checkmark 2001 Dewey Dec. 391
“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. Clothing and dress — History — Egypt, Fashion — History — Europe, Fashion — History, Costume — History.
The Towering World of Jimmy Choo: A Glamorous Story of Power, Profits, and the Pursuit of the Perfect Shoe
Crowe, Lauren Goldstein and Maceira de Rosen, Sagra
Bloomsbury 2009 Dewey Dec. 391
“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. Women’s shoes — Design — History — 20th century, Business, Fashion design — History — 20th century.
The Essence of Style: How the French Invented High Fashion, Fine Food, Chic Cafés, Style, Sophistication, and Glamour
DeJean, Joan E.
Free Press 2005 Dewey Dec. 391
“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? Why are diamonds the status symbol gemstone, instantly signifying wealth, power, and even emotional commitment?
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. Social Science / Popular Culture.
Earle, Alice Morse
Macmillan 1903 Dewey Dec. 391
Costume, United States — Social life and customs — To 1775.
Scribner 1896 Dewey Dec. 391
Costume — History — 18th century — Great Britain, Costume, Costume — Dictionaries — Great Britain.
Scribner 1898 Dewey Dec. 391
Men’s clothing — History, Costume.
Kelly, Clinton and London, Stacy
Three Rivers 2005 Dewey Dec. 391
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. Fashion, Clothing and dress; Psychological aspects.
Abrams 1969 Dewey Dec. 391
Vagaries of fashion through the ages presented for the general reader by a British scholar. Clothing and dress — History, Costume — History, Fashion — History, Costume.
Le Bourhis, Katell, ed.
Metropolitan Museum of Art 1989 Dewey Dec. 391
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 work accompanies a major exhibition at The Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art from December 12, 1989 to April 15, 1990. Clothing and dress — Exhibitions — History — 18th century — France — 19th century.
Contents: Costume in the Age of Napoleon – Jewels of the empire – Joseph Cardinal Fesch and the liturgical vestments of Lyon – Silk from Lyon during the empire – Uniforms in the Napoleonic era – The Emperor’s wardrobe
New Amsterdam 2000 Dewey Dec. 391
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. Clothing and dress — History — Europe, Fashion — History — Europe.
Oliver, Valerie B.
Greenwood 1996 Dewey Dec. 011
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. Fashion — Bibliography — United States, Costume, Clothing and dress — Bibliography — United States.
Contents: Guides to the literature — Encyclopedias — Histories of fashion and costume in the United States — Specific clothing and accessories — Psychological, sociological, and cultural aspects — Dictionaries — Specialized bibliographies — Indexing and abstracting services — Media — Research centers — Costume museums and collections — Professional organizations and related conference proceedings — Periodicals
ABC-CLIO 1994 Dewey Dec. 391
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. Appendixes cover terminology and the materials used in clothing. The excellent bibliographies in this classic work both document and encourage further reading.” -Am Libr. Indians of North America — Costume — Encyclopedias — Clothing.
Thames and Hudson 1986 Dewey Dec. 391
“A complete guide to English costume design and history” -Cover. Costume — History — Pictorial works — Great Britain, Costume design — History.
Wilcox, R. Turner
Dover 2004 Dewey Dec. 391
“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 many and varied 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.” -Publisher. Fashion — History — United States, Clothing and dress — History.