By Ingrid Mida, Alexandra Kim
The costume Detective is the 1st useful consultant to analysing model items, truly demonstrating how their shut research can improve and improve interdisciplinary learn. This obtainable booklet presents readers with the instruments to discover the hidden tales in clothing, taking off a gently built examine method particular to decorate, and supplying effortless to exploit checklists that advisor the reader throughout the technique.
Beautifully illustrated, the booklet comprises seven case reviews of stylish Western clothing – starting from an 1820s coat to a 2004 Kenzo jacket – that articulate the methodological framework for the method, illustrate using the checklists, and express how facts from the garment itself can be utilized to corroborate theories of costume or fashion.
This publication outlines a skillset that has, in the past, usually been handed on informally. Written in undeniable language, this e-book will provide any budding type historian, curator or researcher the data and self belief to examine the fabric in entrance of them effectively.
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Also, consider which measurements are most relevant to the research question, and include measurements that give a sense of scale (such as waist or bust measurements), especially if the garment lacks a size label. 10. Does the structure of the garment emphasize one part of the body? For example, the enormous gigot or leg-of-mutton sleeves of the 1890s provided emphasis to a woman’s shoulders, and also comparatively diminished her waist. CHAPTER 3 11. Is the garment machine-stitched, handmade or a combination of these methods?
Observation 12. How is the garment closed or fastened? Does it have a side/back/front zipper, or metal/plastic/self-fabric buttons, or other types of closure? 6). 7. 1890s. Private Collection. Photo by Ingrid Mida. 8. 1870s. 011. Photo by Ingrid Mida. 49 The choice of materials used to create a garment affects the drape, the line, and the shape and appearance of the garment itself. 9), leather, paper, or wood. Knowledge of the unique characteristics of the textile or material used in creating a garment or accessory can greatly assist with a close analysis.
CN Tower jumpsuit uniform, 1976. 003 Photo by Jazmin Welch. 4. 5. 1900. 050. Photo by Ingrid Mida. 1900. 048. Photo by Ingrid Mida. CONSTRUCTION Observing how a garment has been constructed is invaluable in dating artifacts, as well as in offering clues as to the cultural beliefs related to gender and identity, since the structure of a garment can emphasize certain parts of the body. It is useful to be aware of the developments in technology that altered construction practices, such as the adoption of sewing machines and steel hoops in the mid-nineteenth century.