A review of upper class female fashion from 1800 to 1927 written by Doris Langley Moore, who first exhibited her historic collection of women's clothes in Eridge Castle in 1955, subsequently donating them to Bath city Council in 1955 to form the nucleus of the Fashion Museum based in Bath. The author has dragooned an impressive cast of society belles into modelling the historic costumes demonstrated in the book. Used hardback in good condition with d/j in fair condition. General external wear to the book, with bumped corners of the boards and slight wear at the top and bottom of the spine. Gilt title etc on spine bright and clear. Internally with darkening to the front free endpaper and slight browning to the rear free endpaper. A dedication from the author on the ffe : " With the author's good wishes September 1951". Otherwise clean internally with sound binding. The d/j, whilst largely intact (not price clipped), is generally worn with tears on the folds and top and bottom of the spine. Small bits are missing from the top and bottom of the spine. It is also discoloured with age and has grubby handling marks throughout. Tipped in is some correspondence from the author, signed by the author, on the subject of the Museum of Costume at Eridge Castle. There are also two newspaper articles about the museum, one from Picture Post of 21 April, 1951, and one from The Sunday Times from June 5, 1955. There is a further article from The Evening Standard marked 1934, concerning the appalling costs of dressing debutants in this day and age (the early thirties).