The Collector's Book of Dolls' Clothes: Costumes in Miniature, 1700-1929 - Dorothy S., Elizabeth A. & Evelyn J. ColemanNew York: Crown Publishers, Inc., 1975, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Edges of the dust wrapper somewhat frayed, more so to the edges of the lower panel. Text complete, clean and tight.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Colour photographs; Black & white drawings; Tables; Patterns; Glossary; 2-column text mainly, 3-column text (in part);
From the cover: “A historical survey of the original clothes worn by the dolls made in France, Germany, and the English-speaking countries from 1700 to 1929, a documented chronological record, almost a social history of childhood itself — all these and more are contained in this indispensable book: The Collector’s Book of Dolls’ Clothes.
Presented here is a wealth of highly desirable, largely inaccessible information for all doll collectors and aficionados of doll art. The Colemans have devoted seven years of meticulous research to the preparation of this fine volume, making it a worthy companion to their highly respected Collector’s Encyclopedia of Dolls, which has become a bible for doll collectors in the United States and Europe.
Dolls dressed in their original clothes are one of the best sources of information for not only doll collectors but also students of costume. Often, dolls’ clothing represents what people actually wore more closely than any other historical record. In many instances, carefully preserved dolls’ clothes are the only complete wardrobes available for a particular historical period. In years long gone, clothes for dolls also served as important educational tools; hence, their history gives the reader an insight into the way children were brought up.
The authors present their findings chronologically, each chapter beginning with a summary of the main characteristics and the innovations of that particular period and a notation of the major changes from the preceding period. The clothing, discussed according to the age and sex represented by a doll, includes commercially and homemade garments, and also professionally made costumes-dresses and suits for various occasions, even headwear, outerwear, underwear, and footwear.
More than 800 dolls, many with complete wardrobes of their original clothes, are shown in the informative colour and black and white illustrations and some hundred or so excerpts from contemporary catalogues. The correct clothes for specific types of dolls at specified times are noted, so that now a doll in its original clothes can be dated far more precisely than has previously been possible; unmarked dolls in commercial clothes can be more readily identified too.
A special feature of this invaluable book is a pattern section that enables the reader to reproduce accurately more than 400 doll garments. A complete glossary and a bibliography will also prove useful. Collecting miniature objects, another popular hobby about which little has heretofore been written, is covered here in considerable detail by an extensive presentation of doll-sized miniature accessories.
Comprehensive and thoroughly documented, The Collector’s Book of Dolls’ Clothes is a must for all libraries, museums, and educators, for students of costume, and for doll collectors both here and abroad.”