Fashion and Family History

Fashion and Family History written by Jayne Shrimpton and published by Pen and Sword Books – £14.99 – Softcover – Pages 200

A highly illustrated guide to fashion for men, women and children from the 19th century and first half of the 20th century. A fascinating look into various styles to help date clothing in connection with researching family trees. We see how clothing has changed and adapted through the time for work, social gatherings, mourning, sportswear and for the poor. We also see how fashions changed for the age groups and also the class system, this book doesn’t just rely on the gentry. Also in the book we learn all about the care and treatment of clothing from the humble mangle to the basic washing and the machines that made the clothes.

An intriguing little book on a subject I hadn’t probably given much thought too, but then when you think about it we do look at clothing and style quite a bit without realising it. In my opinion we should probably look more at fashion and clothing and give it a bit more importance, because after reading through this book we all know quite a bit about the subject but we don’t give it the importance it deserves. The book was good in that it didn’t just look at the clothing and fashion, it also gave us an insight into the creation and care of the products too. This was a very good book indeed, a great read and well written, you can see there has been quite a bit of good research put into this probably underrated book. A really good read.

Ben Davidson

Hello, I have been studying all aspects of history for about 25 years. I have a BA History from the University of Bedfordshire. My historical areas of interest are anything really, but I specialise in 19th - 20th century Britain, America and Ireland. I am also strongly aligned with most military history, really enjoying WW2 and the US Civil War. Chuck in the king or queen and Bob's your uncle.

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