The complete costume dictionary /

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Author / Creator:Lewandowski, Elizabeth J., 1960-
Imprint:Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2011.
Description:ix, 579 p., [32] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm
Subject:Clothing and dress -- Dictionaries.
Clothing and dress.
Reference works.
Format: Print Book
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ISBN:9780810840041 (cloth : alk. paper)
0810840049 (cloth : alk. paper)
Notes:Includes bibliographical references.
Summary:This one-of-a-kind publication is an invaluable resource for costume and fashion historians, textile preservationists, period re-enactors, and history and theater scholars, as well as theater professionals.
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Lewandowski (Midwestern State Univ., Wichita Falls, TX) provides a comprehensive overview of costume terminology from early to modern times. This dictionary is a welcome addition to standard dictionaries of clothing such as Ruth R. Wilcox's Dictionary of Costume (CH, Jul'71) and C. M. Calasibetta's Fairchild's Dictionary of Fashion (3rd ed., 2003; 2nd ed., CH, Oct'88, 26-0662). The dictionary is a compendium of more than 20,000 terms that include clothing, fabrics, accessories, fibers, and jewelry--just to mention a few. Each entry includes a time period, country of origin, and brief description. More than 300 black-and-white illustrations are included, and the bibliography is extensive. Appendixes list terminology in three ways: by country of origin, by type of word, and by time period of origin. This volume's global coverage--encompassing all countries and all centuries from ancient times to the present day--makes it unique. Unfortunately, the dictionary omits the pronunciation of terms. In any case, it deserves a place in all costume, design, museum, and theater collections. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers. A. Zanin-Yost Western Carolina University

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