The book contains detailed drawings of men, women, and children wearing examples of clothing from every period. Some of the most eye-catching trends in costume history are featured, including knights' armor from the thirteenth century, the exaggeratedly pointed shoes worn in the fifteenth century, and the curled and powdered wigs of the eighteenth century. Each costume, whether worn by an Egyptian queen, a medieval court jester, or a schoolmistress in the Old West, is meticulously drawn and concisely described. Every historical period is covered, from the Ancient World to modern times, spanning a broad array of groups, from servants and laborers to nobility and royalty, and every aspect of fashion, including shoes, hats, and other accessories, plus jewelry and hairstyles.
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.