Alternate titles for the Persona series:
- The Police are Useless
- Main Characters Are Defined by How Much They Don’t Follow School Dress Codes
- Let’s Talk About Murder!
- Saving Innocent Lives Can Wait; Have You Studied For Midterms?
- All It Takes to Solve Life Problems is Someone Who Doesn’t Talk Much
- Holy Shit, I Have A WHAT Inside Me?!
- I Art Thou, and Thou Art Life Therapist
So my historical costuming resources list from 2011 was less than a page long- I’m not saying that I’ve learned a lot in the past three years, but this list is now sitting pretty at a solid nine pages. Whew. And people wonder why I want to redo this damn series.
This list is by no means an exhaustive one- it’s a list of (primarily western) historical fashion resources, both online and offline, that is limited to what I know, own, or use! It’s a work in progress, and I’m definitely hoping to expand on it as my knowledge base grows. First things first, how about a little:
ADVICE FOR RESEARCHING HISTORICAL FASHION
- Read, and read about more than just costuming. Allowing yourself to understand the cultural and historical context surrounding the clothing of a particular region/period can be invaluable in sussing out good costume design. Looking at pictures is all well and good, but reading about societal pressures, about construction techniques, daily routines, local symbolism, whatever else will really help you understand the rhyme and reason behind costuming from any given context.
- Expand your costume vocabulary. When you’re delving into a new topic, costuming or otherwise, picking up new terminology is essential to proper understanding and furthering your research. Write down or take note of terms as you come across them- google them, look up synonyms, and use those words as a jumping off point for more research. What’s a wire rebato? How does it differ from a supportasse? Inquiring minds want to know.
- Double-check your sources. Especially on the internet, and double especially on tumblr. I love it, but it’s ground zero for rapidly spreading misinformation. Books are usually your safest bet, but also take into account their date of publication, who’s writing them- an author’s biases can severely mangle their original source material.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Do everything you can to find out information on your own, but feel free to reach out to people with more specialized areas of knowledge for help! Be considerate about it- the people you’re asking are busy as well- but a specific line of questioning that proves you’re passionate and that you respect their subject matter expertise can work wonders.
Okay, onto the links!
It’s impossible to overstate the importance of getting off the internet and looking into books! God bless the internet, but books are (generally, this isn’t a rule) better-researched and better-sourced. Bibliographies also mean each individual books can be a jumping off point for further research, which is always a fantastic thing.
Remember- owning books is awesome and you should absolutely assemble your own library of resources, but LIBRARIES. Libraries. You’ll be surprised to find what books are available to you at your local library.
GENERAL / SURVEYS
- British Costume from Earliest Times to 1820
Fine book with lots of first hand sources, but be wary of the photography in the book- reproduction costumes and thus somewhat less reliable. Though hilarious.
- Corsets and Crinolines
Norah Waugh’s invaluable survey of corsetry and corset patterns- used the world ‘round by modern corsetieres.
- Costume in Detail: Women’s Dress 1730-1930
Elaborate line drawings/diagrams of extant period garments! A fantastic survey.
- Cut of Men’s Clothes
PDF available online! Patterns for men’s period garments.
- Cut of Women’s Clothes
Patterns for women’s period garments.
- Greenwood Encyclopedia of Clothing Through World History
This is a library find, unless you have a pretty three hundred bucks lying around- a great, general resource.
- A History of Costume
A lot of good text and info, to be taken with a grain of salt. Be wary of any reconstructions and or “supposed” patterns that aren’t directly based on extant garments or firsthand accounts.
- Fashion (Taschen 25th Anniversary)
A survey of the Kyoto Costume Institute’s fashion collection- broad but beautiful. On every fashion student’s bookcase.
- Fashion: The Definitive History of Costume and Style
Great overview of fashion history from the Smithsonian and DK publishing.
- The History of Costume: From the Ancient Mesopotamians Through the Twentieth Century
Broad costume survey, second edition.
- What People Wore: 1,800 Illustrations from Ancient Times to the Early Twentieth Century
this is one of those “I am putting this here because I used it a ton when I was younger” but man, mixed bag. Really cool survey to browse through, but also work that is a copy-of-a-copy-of-a-copy in most instances and thus not necessarily trustworthy as a resource.
- What People Wore When: A Complete Illustrated History of Costume from Ancient Times to the Nineteenth Century for Every Level of Society
A collection of Racinet and Hottentoth’s costume plates from the 19th century. A beautiful survey but, since these are later illustrations, to be taken with a grain of salt.
Patterns fo Fashion books
Detailed, hand-drawn diagrams of historical fashion, inside and out. Pretty amazing stuff.
- Patterns of Fashion: The Cut and Construction of Clothes for Men and Women, C.1560-1620
- Patterns of Fashion 1: Englishwomen’s Dresses & Their Construction C. 1660-1860
- Patterns of Fashion 2: Englishwomen’s Dresses & Their Construction C. 1860-1940
- Patterns of Fashion 4: The Cut and Construction of Linen Shirts, Smocks, Neckwear, Headwear and Accessories for Men and Women C. 1540-1660
Fashion in Detail books
Not what you want if you’re looking for photos of entire costumes- note the “in detail” bit up there. Just a beautiful series, and great reference for all the little things you might miss otherwise. The V&A has an amazing fashion collection, and it’s great to see them share it with the world.
- Nineteenth Century Fashion in Detail
- Seventeenth and Eighteenth-Century Fashion in Detail
- Underwear: Fashion in Detail
- World Dress: Fashion in Detail
The one non-western entry in the series.
- Fashioning Fashion: European Dress in Detail, 1700 - 1915
LACMA’s response to the V&A’s series mentioned above, also an invaluable resource for historical fashion detail.
Oh my, it’s past 12am again—
I’ll GIF P3 PV07 tomorrow or whenever—I’ll have to redo my recording of the PV because my screen recorder failed on me towards the latter half of the recording. Oh well.
I’ll tackle the rest of the replies tomorrow as well. Hopefully I won’t be home too late from work!
Though… it depends, as I have several things I’d like to take care of before I go on a mini-hiatus from Thursday to Saturday. We’ll see, I guess.
In any case, good night, everyone. See you around whenever, I suppose!
Oh, you’re very much welcome!
I hope you had some extra Apple Gels handy, in any case.
As for the insert images, there’s a grand total of two for Jade’s side of the novel. I guess we’ll include them in the final translation post, whenever that might be. :)
I’ve been following the read tag and a translation would be incredibly appreciated. Abyss, Jade/the Keterburg bunch and backstories are quite relevant to my interests : D
Oh wow, I wasn’t aware anyone followed that tag. I hope you guys aren’t tired of my nonsense yet, ahaha. *laughs nervously*
In any case, I hope you’ll find future updates enjoyable! Glad to hear that people are interested in it, ehe.
I would be so very very interested in this translation! Jade is probably my favourite Tales character ever, and the backstory of the Keterburg bunch is some of the most interesting scenario writing the series has ever turned out. I’ve been replaying the 3DS Abyss remake this year and it’s been so much fun the second time around.
More canon means more fodder for fanart and doujinshi, too! Especially of the Peony/Jade variety. 8D
I wish the game touched on their backstory a bit more, but ahh, I’m glad there’s something like Shiro no Ashita: Jade Balfour to give us an idea of how things were back in the day!
Ahaha, I don’t really know about the latter as our main source for doujinshi probably have read the thing already, but if the content of this helps artists and writers overseas, then why not, I suppose.
Speaking of Peony/Jade, I don’t think you guys will be disappointed in the way of that, as with Jade/Dist fans. Though I personally don’t ship him with anyone, I suppose there’s enough fuel for either—if you squint, I guess. xD
I love reading character back stories, regardless they are my favourites or not. The game itself never has enough of those and these stuff are always only available in Japanese
Indeed. I’ve been on a hunt for such official material in an effort to understand my favorite character better, and it’s rather unfortunate that a lot of these material remain untranslated. Since I unfortunately do not understand enough of Nihongo myself, having Eirlys guide me through this (well, more like she’s driving the boat herself while I stare out into the ocean and point at distracting things like seagulls pooping overhead or something along those lines) has been very, very helpful in my quest to know more about the enigma that is Jade Curtiss.
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