Introduction Acknowledgements Image Credits List of Illustrations Acknowledgments DICTIONARY Bibliography List of Sources
First published in 1960, A Dictionary of English Costume was monumental in scope, providing a comprehensive catalogue of fashion terms from 900 to 1900. The Dictionary of Fashion History completely updates this landmark work to bring it up to the present day, with 200 colour images and another 50 key terms added in this new edition.
Valerie Cumming is currently Editor of Costume: The Journal of the Costume Society. She is a former Chairman of The Costume Society (2004-2009) and has worked with museums for many years as a curator, administrator and trustee.
Nearly forty years on [...] the volume reappears as The Dictionary
of Fashion History, skilfully enlarged and re-edited by Valerie
Cumming. Given fresh life and thorough coverage from 1900 through
the present day, the new dictionary is once again ready to prove
itself a trustworthy guide and companion to all those interested in
the absorbing study of clothing. -- Review of the first edition,
Ann Saunders, Editor of Costume 1967-2007
A welcome, needed update of an early landmark dictionary on dress; a must have for all who care about the A to Z of fashion. -- Review of the first edition, Joanne B. Eicher, Regents Professor Emerita at the University of Minnesota
Concise yet detailed, academic, and fabulous, it is truly a dictionary. The Dictionary of Fashion History is an essential purchase for any library serving patrons with an interest in fashion, clothing, art, history, theater, anthropology, or nearly any area of the social sciences. -- Review of the first edition, Library Journal
This new edition brings The Dictionary of Fashion History completely up date, immersing it within today's material culture approaches to fashion history. Above all, this edition is gloriously enhanced by Valerie Cumming's admirable choice of color images of precious surviving garments and accessories. -- Lou Taylor, Brighton University, UK
Comprehensive in range, well-illustrated in color, with helpful glossaries and a useful list of sources, this handy compendium is essential for the specialist and of interest to the general reader. An impressive achievement. -- Aileen Ribeiro, The Courtauld Institute of Art, UK.