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26/04/2019: A Victorian Lady’s Guide to Fashion and Beauty

by Mimi Matthews
Published by Pen and Sword Books

Elegant cover with pastels of cream, pink and shades of sepia. Illustrated with coloured pictures, this incredibly informative book gives a good idea of fashion between 1840 to the end of the century.

It provides information on clothing, varying activities for women of the time including horse riding, formal occasions and even what was worn on holiday. The restrictive and confining designs are a far cry from today’s fashions!

Aside from the fascinating aspects of fabric choice, needlework techniques and research undertaken for the cosmetics available at the time, this book would make a brilliantly helpful research companion for writers and artists focusing on that era. Reviewed by Sarah Banham www.loveofbooks.co.uk for Pen and Sword

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