Underwear (Costume in Context)

Ruby, Jennifer

Published by B T Batsford Ltd, 1996
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Synopsis: Traces the history of underwear from Medieval times through the 1990s

From School Library Journal: Grade 7 Up. A look at the history of underwear from 1066 through the 1990s. Each two-page spread features black-and-white sketches and a text so personalized that every corset, stocking, undershirt, or pair of drawers is described in terms of its probable owner, noting the wearer's position in society. Even such items as overly padded Elizabethan codpieces or 19th-century "bust improvers" are described. The book is accurate and peppered with informational tidbits that add both humor and interest. For example, Ruby discusses how inflatable crinolines were punctured inadvertently by their wearers and tells of a woman whose low-cost bustle stuffed with bran became dinner for a donkey! There are a few minor grammatical errors, generally in the form of misplaced modifiers. Occasionally, the illustrations don't support the text. For instance, the section on Late Tudor dress describes how Lady Catherine's elaborately embroidered stomacher matches the inverted "V" of her gown; however, the "V" in the accompanying sketch is totally plain. Nevertheless, both the text and the detailed drawings will appeal to those interested in historic dress. Terms are either explained in context or defined in the glossary. An eight-page, full-color center inset shows how fashions of one era were adapted to later times. Ruby's work contains far more information than can be found in L. Rowland-Warne's Costume (Knopf, 1992), and its relaxed style will appeal to YAs interested in exploring the history of fashion or attempting to construct realistic undergarments for plays or models.?Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI
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Title: Underwear (Costume in Context)
Publisher: B T Batsford Ltd
Publication Date: 1996
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