An essential for anyone who needs to know the minute details of style, cut, ornament, color notes, trimming, of costume through the ages. This is the most complete single volume on the subject that I have seen, illustrated with 1100 line drawings, accompanies by full captions which supply the color notes and details the drawings cannot show. From the point of view of the modern, it will date rapidly; we need perspective to see ourselves historically. In tracing the development through the centuries and through Europe, the Near East and America, Miss Wilcox has used all conceivable sources, including medals, coins, tapestries, sculpture and painting, murals, and the usual written and printed records. The text is more than simply the ""descriptive notes"" indicated in the jacket blurb. In itself it provides a running history and chronology and commentary on the development of the mode in men's and women's costumes in civil life. An invaluable reference book for stage, screen, artists, designers, writers and so on.