Where the runway meets the street

A interesting book recommend for this Sunday. For those interested in the historical side of lingere pattern making, may we recommend Jill Salen’s latest work, Vintage Lingerie: Historical Patterns and Techniques . Consider it a reference book that should sit on the shelf next to the DPM camo book (not really pattern making, but patterns nonetheless). From the publisher:

From 1920s French knickers to 1950s pin-up brassieres, these fabulous vintage pieces chart the progression of lingerie over the last 120 years. The book covers a range of fascinating garments, including 1890s corsets, 1940s garter belts and basques, 1950s New Look girdles, brassieres, knickers and much more. The book includes 30 fully annotated working patterns alongside drawings, photographs and practical advice on any feature or alteration necessary for making up the garments. For any costume designer working on stage or screen, the historically accurate patterns are an essential for capturing the classic shapes of any period.”

Available now in the UK and coming to the USA in August 2011.

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