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THEA 3070: History of Costume & Decor: Costume & Decor Images & Identification

Resources for research and identification of period costume and decor. Dr. Barbara Cox

Selected Books & DVD's

Theatre Costume and Decor Images and Identification

Theatre Costume and Decor Images and Identification


To find images of theatre costume and decor for research by historical period and identification, search these databases:
If accessing off campus, you will be asked for a your EUID and EUID password.

Historic Costume e-Books

Historic Costume E-Books


Use these highly illustrated e-books to find images of the costumes and clothing people were wearing in different historic periods.
To open the book, just click on the book cover or title and then the green "Find It" button.
*If you are accessing off campus, you will be asked for an EUID and EUID password before the book will open. 

Books for Images and the Identification of Costume and Decor

Costume and Decor Images: Books

The books listed below are full of images of costume and décor images by time period. Most of these books are located on the 3rd floor of the Willis Library. Click on the title of the book to see the location and call number.

Survey of Historic Costume
20,000 Years of Fashion (Boucher)
The Guide to Historic Costume
Encyclopedia of World Costume (Yarwood)
The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Costume and Fashion: from 1066 to the Present
Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion
The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Costume and Fashion 1550-1920
Encyclopaedia of Fashion
Esquire's Encyclopedia of 20th Century Men's Fashions
Evolution of Fashion
The Face of the Century: 100 Years of Makeup and Style
Fashion: From Ancient Egypt to the Present Day
Fashion in Costume, 1200-2000
Fashions in Hair (Corson)
Fashions in Makeup (Corson)
Men's Fashion: The Complete Source Book
20th Century Fashion
Contemporary Fashion
Visual History of Costume
More Costumes for the Stage
American Costume, 1915-1970: A Source Book for the Stage Costume
Costume on the Stage, 1640-1940
Architecture and Ornament: A Visual Guide
Elements of style: Encyclopedia of Interior Architectural Details, 1485 to Present
History of interior design & furniture: from ancient Egypt to 19th century Europe
World furniture; an illustrated history
Furniture: world styles from classical to contemporary
17th-century men's dress patterns, 1600-1630
How to read a suit: a guide to changing men's fashion from the 17th to the 20th century
Waistcoats: from the Hopkins collection c.1720-1950
Footwear: shoes and boots from the Hopkins Collection
Fashion in detail: from the 17th and 18th centuries
Historical pattern archive: women's clothing 1837-1969
The American duchess guide to 18th century dressmaking: how to hand sew Georgian gowns and wear them with style
The American duchess guide to 18th century beauty: 40 projects for period-accurate hairstyles, makeup and accessories
18th-century fashion in detail
Fashioning fashion: European dress in detail, 1700-1915

Costume and Decor Indenification and Images: Online

Costume and Decor Identification and Images: Online

The Costume Page

The Costumer’s Manifesto

Illustrated History of Furniture
Click on the descriptions to see the images.


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