Saturday, February 15, 2020

Yet Another New Resource

While exploring a post on Instagram, I found myself looking at the updated Medieval Dress and Textiles Society webpage and found out, from this page, that there is an Association of Dress Historians. This association, under the patronage of Aileen Ribeiro, publishes a scholarly journal called the Journal of Dress History, which contains articles primarily focused on historical clothing topics relating to fashions of the last 250 years.

Each issue of the Journal (except for the first few) is at least 200 pages, and Professor Emeritus Ribeiro herself has been a contributor.  Best of all, part of the Association's mission is that the Journal of Dress History is "circulated solely for educational purposes, completely free of charge and not for sale or profit." The first issue was published in 2017, and the 10 issues that have been published to date may all be downloaded for free on the Association's website, here.

Here are some papers from the Journal that may be of interest.  They are illustrated, some lavishly:
Alexander, Kimberly S. and Alison Fairhurst.  Treasures Afoot:  Shoe Stories from the Georgian Era.  (Volume 3, Issue 2, Summer 2019, page 87).

Gurr, Alice.  The Trench Coat:  Fashioning British Gender Identities in War and Peace, 1851-1930.  (Volume 3, Issue 1, Winter 2019, page 5).

Fairhurst, Alison.  Women's Shoes of the Eighteenth Century: Style, Use and Evolution.(Volume 1, Issue 2, Autumn 2017, page 25).
Middleton, James.  Their Dress Is Very Different:  The Development of the Peruvian Polleta and the Genesis of the Andean Chola.  (Volume 2, Issue 1, Spring 2018).
Each issue also includes a substantial section of detailed reviews of new books on historical clothing; that feature alone is definitely worth the time of costumers and historians interested in the period or periods discussed.

I'm not sure when I'll get the opportunity to read these issues as there is a lot of material here, but I look forward to doing so, and I invite all of you to join me.


  1. Oooh, Georgian shoes! Do not need more projects... must resist temptation...

    1. You are so much braver than I, Stella; the mere thought of making my own shoes scares me!