The Vintage Dress Series of books is intended to be a fashion history resource for vintage dancers,
reenactors, Victorian enthusiasts, actors and costume designers.
Vintage dancers recreate the dances and social customs of the 19th and early 20th centuries, currently the decades of most interest for
vintage dancers are the mid-19th century (1850s and 1860s), the late-19th century (1890s), and early-20th century or ragtime era
(1910s). The primary focus of my initial volumes draws its inspiration from these periods, with a particular emphasis on evening wear
as formal balls are such an important component of a vintage dancers life.
The volumes cover all aspects of an outfit from undergarments to accessories and have been produced with the goal of proving aid in the
designing accurately reproduced outfits. All of the illustrations are reproduced from original period publications in my own collection,
with occasional additions from the collections of others.
Ladies’ magazines flourished in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. During this time illustrations of ladies'
fashions were seen in abundance and the home dressmaking pattern was becoming more common. These magazines, books, and patterns are an
invaluable resource, for both their editorial content and advertisements.
The Vintage Dress Series books are filled with numerous images of vintage styles gathered from countless period magazines and books. The
fashions presented, show the wide range of styles worn in any given period and should enable everyone to find an outfit suitable to
their particular needs and tastes. Where available, the original text describing original color and trim selections has been included
with each illustration. Costume accessories, jewelry, hairstyles, and fashion forecasts are also covered to create a complete picture
of the time. My hope is that these volumes will prove to be a valuable resource on the bookshelves of reenactors, Victorian
enthusiasts, historians and designers.
Titles currently available in the Vintage Dress Series of books, published by Vintage
Republications currently available in the Vintage Dress Series of books, published by Vintage
Books Published by Others:
Vintage Dance CDs:
Titles on the wish list:
- Ladies' Evening Dress of the Ragtime Era
- Volume I (1909-1912)
- Volume II (1913-1916)
- Volume III (1917-1920)
- Civil War Era: Headwear, Undergarments, Outerwear
- Fancy Dress Costumes
- Bathing Costumes
- Fashions of the Bustle Era (1870s and 1880s)
- Wedding Fashions
- Gentlemen's Fashions