A very extensive coverage, this too is a result of years of collecting and research on the part of the authors who have gathered material from every country and civilization and presented the changing dress of each land from earliest known costumes to modern times. Starting with ancient Egypt, the pattern- of a cross section of society from royalty to the poor for each principle period- is set for the of the book. Generally, each page is divided into three panels with each panel containing the costumes of a different social stratum, but often there will be a concentration on a particular part of dress- shoes or hats for example. Most of the illustrations are hand-drawn and colored copies or interpretations of source material; but there are occasional facsimiles of original drawings, paintings or sculpture. The hand drawn figures are awkwardly stiff and posed but the brilliancy of color and detail are enough to overcome this. Copious notes and about 4000 illustrations make this of excellent reference value and a good guide for commercial artists.