If it's a full size beautifully illustrated book and the content will be helpful in my research, then I will probably buy it- though I will look for the best price...
Some people collect pottery, and no one blinks an eye at how much they might pay for a teacup. I like costume books. :-)
So my most recent purchase came about via a post on Facebook by Rachel Knowles. Her blog, Regency History can be found here, and will be a useful starting resource for anyone wanting to find out more about this time period...
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I suppose you could consider Ackermann's the Regency version of today's Vogue, or Harper's Bazaar.
The book was inspired by romance author Candice Hern who has a large collection of Georgian and Regency antiques and a great selection of images and information on the objects on a section of her website, here.
I have a few favourites in the book. There's a lovely ball dress of April 1812- " A round Circassian robe of pink crape, or gossamer net, over a white satin slip, fringed full at the feet." The "peasant" bodice was clearly designed to show off the fuller bossomed woman...
And there's a fantastic "Spanish lappelled coat of fine orange Merino cloth", part of a Promenade Dress from January 1814 that I adore.
Mantles and capes, I would happily wear them today if they were made in my size.
So that's enough, or I'll be talking for days.
Do you have a favourite costume style - from any time period?