Costume Links

When up, it will contain scanned public domain costume patterns, books, and other items that are out-of-print or currently unavailable.

Costume Research areas online:


This is your best resource, as a museum provides what I call primary research items, either actual clothing or paintings/artifacts from the time period you are researching. No other research, even online, provides what seeing the actual garment or painting provides.

Many museums have one day a week that they are free of charge.


Costume Research Resources By Item:

Costume Pictures:

  • Bathing Costume
  • English Actors at the Turn of The Century
  • Crusades Costumes and Period Info

    Costume Rental Resources (Theatrical only, no Halloween)

    Online Pages of Costume Interest:


    Costume Reference Books

    Shortcut: [A-C] [D-H] [I-L] [M-N] [O-S] [T-Z]


    Bearing the dead : the British culture of mourning from the enlightenment to Victoria

    Esther H. Schor, published: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c1994. ISBN: 069103396X (acid-free paper)

    A Book of Costume/

    Milia Davenport

    A CENTURY OF COSTUME: 1883-1983. Brenda Buller Focht and H. V. Moses. 1983. ISBN 0-935661-09-3. Paper, 66 pp., 3 color plates, 36.

    Corsets and Crinolines/

    Norah Waugh

    Costume Design:

    Techniques of the Modern Masters/

    Lynn Pecktal

    Costume History and Style, 1/e. Douglas A. Russell, Stanford University. Copyright 1983 * 576 pp. * Cloth * ISBN: 0-13-181214-9

    The Costume Designer's Handbook/

    Liz Covey, Rosemary Ingraham

    The Costumer's Handbook/


    Costume in the Theatre/

    James Laver

    The Cut of Men's Clothes/

    Norah Waugh

    The Cut of Women's Clothes/

    Norah Waugh


    Dance : a very social history /

    by Carol McD. Wallace ... . New York : Metropolitan Museum of Art : Rizzoli, c1986. 128 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 30 cm. Catalog of an exhibition held at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, from Dec. 17, 1986 through Sept.6, 1987.

    Draping for Fashion Design/


    Dress from three centuries : Wadsworth Atheneum /

    compiled and with an introd. by J. Herbert Callister. Hartford, : Wadsworth Atheneum, c1976. 86 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm. sitske a husitske. Bibliography: p. 71-72

    Dressed to impress, 1840-1914 /

    Christina Walkley. London : B.T. Batsford, 1989. 120 p. : chiefly ill. ; 19 x 26 cm.

    Dressing the part; a history of costume for the theatre.

    New York, F. S. Crofts & Co., 1938. xii p., 1 ., 397 p. illus. 28 cm. Bibliography: p. 373-383.

    Eighteenth Century Costumes at Williamsburg/

    From the Neck Up/

    Denise Dreher

    Grading Techiniques for Modern Design/

    Price & Zamkoff

    The Golden Legend, Inc.

    -sellers of books on costume/fashion

    A History of Costume/

    Carl Kohler

    History of Costume/

    Blanche Payne


    In the presence of the dragon throne : Ch'ing dynasty costume(1644-1911) in the Royal Ontario Museum /

    by John E. Vollmer. Toronto : Royal Ontario Museum, 1977. 88 p. : chiefly ill. (part col.) ; 21 cm. Includes bibliography.

    Liturgical Vesture: Its Origins and Development

    Pocknee, Cyril Westminster, Maryland (UK): The Canterbury Press, 1961.


    The Magic Garment

    Principles of Costume Design/

    Rebecca Cunningham

    Medieval costume, armour and weapons, 1350-1450.

    Selected and illustrated by Eduard Wagner. Text by Zoroslava Drobna & Jan Durdik. Translated by Jean Layton. London, P. Hamlyn <1962, c1958> , 2 p. <383> plates (part col.) 35 cm. Translation of Kroje, zbroj a zbrane doby predhu

    The Mode in Costume/

    R. Turner Wilcox

    Moeurs, usages et costumes de tous les peuples du monde, d'apres des documents and authentiques et les voyages des plus recents;

    publie par Auguste Wahlen ... Bruxelles, Librairie historique-artistique, 1843-44. 4 v. col. plates. 27 cm. [I] Asie. 1843.--[II] Afrique-Amerique. 1844.--[III] Europe. 1844.--[IV] Oceanie. 1843.


    Raiment for the Lord's Service: A Thousand Years of Western Vestments

    Mayer-Thurman, Christa. Chicago: The Art Institute of Chicago, 1975.


    Textile Art in the Church Ireland

    Marion Nashville: Abingdon Press 1971

    Tarquin Books, U.K.

    The story of caps and gowns,

    by Helen Walters. Chicago, New York, E. R. Moore Company, 1939. 1 p. ., 14 p. illus., col. double pl. 25 cm.

    The Timetables of History

    A horizontal linkage of people and events/

    Twenty Thousand Years of Fashion/

    Francois Boucher

    Victorian and Edwardian Fashion A Photographic Survey/

    Alison Gernsheim


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