Period Costume Design
Qto. 30 pages in manuscript with wide margins, to which are affixed 16 sketch drawings. Berlin, 1931. Berufsschule für Schneiderinnen [School for Seamstresses]. The work of an astute and artistic student, Frälein Margarete Gericke, who attended the School for Seamstresses in Berlin 1931. All text is in German. Exercise journal with grid leaves for drawing, blue paper boards. Covers faded, name label tattered, otherwise in very good condition, internally crisp with immaculate drawings, each protected with tissue guard. Together with two certificates of completion following each semester, issued and stamped by the school, signed by the director and educator, 31 March and 30 August respectively, measuring 21x15cm. A further five school certificates from secondary education also present, five folio leaves completed in manuscript, signed, dated and stamped. The journal and certificates are housed in a large portfolio, 23x36cm.
Fourteen historical eras, each with one or two remarkably elegant and detailed sketch drawings of women’s period costume, placed alongside a manuscript description of its features, fabrics, and the like. Corsets, bonnets, dramatic accessories, fine embellishments, and luxurious fabrics can be seen throughout history in this unique chronicle of period clothing.
Some of the periods examined and illustrated include Egyptian costume as early as 5000 BC, richly patterned silk gowns of the Byzantine Empire, fine and ornate dresses of the Middle Ages in Europe, aristocratic court dresses worn at the turn of the eighteenth century, the exquisite high fashion known as Rococo brought about by the French in the Age of Enlightenment, the informal revolutionary styles which welcomed the nineteenth century, and finally representations of the Victorian Era.