Books for Collectors

Volume explores vintage children's outfits

by Leigh Elmore

For a nostalgic look at children's clothing from 1860 to 1920 pick up Darlings of Dress, a new release from Schiffer Publishing. The volume provides plenty of examples of children's costume and accessories through historic images, vintage catalogs, and more are included as well as a handy glossary of vintage fashion terms otherwise lost to the ages.

Darlings of Dress by Norma Shephard reveals diverse cultural influences on the manufacture and design of children's clothing. More than 300 historic photographs, fashion plates, and selections from vintage catalogs and magazines, plus 115 color images, show examples of costume and accessories.

See infants in period dress plus school-aged and teen fads and trends. Learn about the history of clothing use and development, fabric types, conservation and storage of textiles, and artistic inspiration, all arranged by decade. All types of clothing are represented, including christening gowns, boys' breeches, knickerbockers, sack suits, swimwear, underwear, bloomers, blouses, fur, feather boas, frocks, sailor suits, uniforms, collars, belts, capes, hoods, lingerie, dresses, sweaters, cardigans, overalls and and many more. Whether you are interested in clothing children wore in 1920 or to church in the Victorian era, this reference is a fun and evocative collection.

About the Author

Norma Shephard is the founder and director of the Mobile Millinery Museum & Costume Archive. Her use of fashion artifacts as cultural story blocks to prompt the telling of costume related tales, myths and legends turn audience members into folklore informants eager to share their own reminiscences. In 1985, Shephard earned a Canadian Achiever's Award for entrepreneurship and since founding her museum in 1999, has penned and photographed Accessorizing the Bride: Vintage Wedding Finery through the Decades (Schiffer Publishing); 1,000 Hats (Schiffer Publishing); In Step with Fashion: 200 Years of Shoe Styles (Schiffer Publishing); Lingerie: Two Centuries of Luscious Design (Schiffer Publishing); and Dear Harry: The Firsthand Account of a World War I Infantryman (Volumes Publishing).



Hollywood influenced an entire genre of residential design

The new release, Storybook Style: America's Whimsical Homes of the 1920s by Arrol Gellner and Douglas Keister, traces a uniquely American architectural style back to a near-forgotten Hollywood set designer.

Storybook style, fairy tale, Disneyesque, Hansel and Gretel – these are all synonyms for what is surely the most delightful residential style of the 20th century. With their romantic evocation of faraway lands and eras, storybook homes were created by architects and builders with a flair for theater, a love of fine craftsmanship, and above all a sense of humor – attributes that make them especially endearing to the jaded modern eye.

The storybook style was born on the back lots of Hollywood in the 1920s, where brilliant set designers first learned to evoke the exotic architecture of medieval Europe and the Middle East. Movie-going Americans became fascinated with these settings, and architects and builders were quick to capitalize on this enthusiasm. The whimsical style soon spread from coast to coast, and the unforgettable results are portrayed here.

About the authors

Arrol Gellner is a practicing architect, long-time syndicated columnist, and regular blogger on architectural topics. For almost 20 years he has used his column and blog, "Architext," to transport the discussion of architecture from its frequently pretentious plane into the realm of everyday experience. His architectural practice includes residential, commercial, and institutional work. He also maintains an office near Shanghai, China, where he spends his summers indulging a penchant for heat and humidity.

Douglas Keister has authored or co-authored over three dozen books on historic architecture, earning him the title of "America's most noted photographer of historic architecture." His works include the popular "painted ladies" books on Victorian architecture, the seminal series of books on bungalows (The Bungalow, Inside the Bungalow, Outside the Bungalow), six books on funerary architecture, four books on vintage trailers, and the award-winning bilingual children's book Fernando's Gift. He has also authored four novels.

About the publisher

Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. is a family-owned, independent publisher of high-quality books based in Atglen, PA. Since 1974, Schiffer has published thousands of titles on the diverse subjects that fuel readers' passions. From its traditional subjects of antiques and collectibles, arts and crafts, and military history, Schiffer has expanded its catalog to publish books on contemporary art and artists; architecture and design; food and entertaining; the metaphysical, paranormal and folklore; and pop and fringe culture, as well as books for children. Visit to explore its backlist of more than 5,800 titles.

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