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10 books to boost your skills and career

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Our top 10 costume books to help you with study and professional practice.

There is a vast sea of books out there, each promising to teach you the techniques to become a master of your trade, but some have got to be better than others. 

We’re not sure if there are enough hours in an entire lifetime to work your way through every costume guide going. Which is why it’s helpful to have a preselected list to aid your decision making. After all, you need to save some time for the designing or making! 

At Kozzii, we thought we would help narrow down some of the choices. We used Goodreads’ handy list of the most popular costume books by their rating to compile our top ten:

1.) The Costume Technician’s Handbook: A Complete Guide for Amateur and ProfessionalRosemary Ingham, Liz Covey

2.) Costume Close-Up: Clothing Construction and Pattern, 1750-1790Linda Baumgarten, John Watson, Florine Carr

3.) Character Costume Figure Drawing- Tan Huaixiang



4.) Patterns of Fashion 1 Englishwomen’s Dresses & Their Construction C. 1660-1860Janet Arnold

5.) Couture Sewing Techniques Claire B. Shaeffer

6.) Costume Design: Techniques of Modern Masters- Lynn Pecktal

7.) Draping Period Costumes: Classical Greek to Victorian- Sharon Sobel

8.) Hollywood Sketchbook: A Century of Costume Illustration- Deborah Nadoolman Landis

9.) Patterns for Theatrical Costumes: Garments, Trims, and Accessories from Ancient Egypt to 1915Katherine Strand Holkeboer

10.) The Complete Costume History – Auguste Racinet

This list is by no means definitive, but definitely a good selection to start off your collection, or to provide a solid overview of the basics. 

There are of course plenty others out there and fantastic specialist books, covering all areas. 

Have you read one of these? Or perhaps you’ve got your own to recommendations or would like to do a review for us. Leave a comment or get in touch. 



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