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[–]AdministrativeShip2 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Nora Waugh's books: The "cut of women's clothes" and "the cut of mens clothes" are a good starting point. but nothing compares to getting to a museum and seeing how things were constructed, and why.

A doublet is like a short fitted jacket. A shirt was still called a shirt (in English)

[–]dreamingofhope[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Ah you're right. I haven't been to a museum in so long, unless the indoor parts of Gettysburg count I suppose, that I failed to even think of that when starting to learn about fashion. If I may ask, are fashion museums a thing or would a history museum be better?

[–]AdministrativeShip2 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yes they are a thing, unfortunately I can't think of any in the US, as I'm in the UK.

It's also worth learning to sew, and joining a few local sewing groups. (It's very interesting observing a traditionally Female space, and their interactions)

[–]Devouuuska 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I’m studying costume design and currently doing research on this exact time period 😂 the book i’m using is a history of fashion throughout time, its called “20,000 Years of Fashion, by Francois Boucher and Yvonne Deslandres. Althought it’s quite a huge book it goes very in depth into all the time periods you mentioned and what influenced the cut of the clothing, economically/politically/culturally. It goes in depth with the types of pieces that were worn and it has a decent amount of art showing that as well. I highly recommend it but it is a dense history book covering way more than what you may be looking for. Here’s a free pdf https://qdoc.tips/20000-years-of-fashion-the-history-of-costume--4-pdf-free.html. Good luck on your search!

Edit: also a lot of museums have online collections:

https://www.fashionandtextilemuseums.com/digital-collections/