Children's Costume The Complete Historical Sourcebook

John Peacock

The most comprehensive and detailed survey of Western children's historical clothing ever published—an invaluable resource for designers and historians.


John Peacock charts the development of every kind and style of apparel from earliest times to the present day, for both boys and girls. The hundreds of specially drawn illustrations reproduce in meticulous detail a host of examples from every era of children’s clothing: the fringed and tasseled outerwear of Eastern antiquity, medieval tunics and fur-trimmed hats, exquisite seventeenth-century miniature gowns, delicate nineteenth-century printed cotton dresses and slippers, and the denim sportswear of our own time. There are also special pages on children’s caps, hats, bonnets, berets, shoes, and more.

The specially drawn pictures are arranged in six chronological sections and accompanied by full descriptions that include details on fabrics, trimmings, and accessories. An invaluable time chart
summarizes the development of children’s clothes throughout the centuries.


No other recent illustrated book covers such a range of dates. Costumers and illustrators will in particular find this useful. Libraries and individuals should acquire it for the quality of its illustrations. Highly recommended

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John Peacock


John Peacock was Senior Costume Designer for BBC Television for many years. His many books include The Complete Fashion Sourcebook; Costume: 1066 to the Present; The Chronicle of Western Costume; Twentieth-Century Fashion; Fashion Since 1900; Fashion Accessories; Shoes; Men’s Fashion; Twentieth-Century Jewelry; and many others.