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Mantua

The Berg Companion to Fashion

Bloomsbury Academic, 2010

Encyclopedia entry

...The following definition of mantua was published in a book that recorded symbols for coats of arms and was compiled in 1688 by Randle Holme, a third-generation craftsman in that field. It is the earliest known definition of the style...

‘The art and mystery of mantua-making’

Pam Inder

Pam Inder is an independent scholar and was formerly Curator of Applied Arts at first Exeter and then Leicestershire Museums (specialising in dress history), after being an Assistant Curator at Birmingham City Art Gallery. She later taught at Staffordshire and De Montfort Universities. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Busks, Basques and Brush-Braid : British dressmaking in the 18th and 19th centuries

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2020

Book chapter

...Britain in the eighteenth century was a prosperous nation and that prosperity was built on trade. In the 1720s Daniel Defoe boasted she was ‘not only a trading country, but the greatest trading country in the world’.The Complete English...

‘I bought me a gowne’

Pam Inder

Pam Inder is an independent scholar and was formerly Curator of Applied Arts at first Exeter and then Leicestershire Museums (specialising in dress history), after being an Assistant Curator at Birmingham City Art Gallery. She later taught at Staffordshire and De Montfort Universities. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Busks, Basques and Brush-Braid : British dressmaking in the 18th and 19th centuries

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2020

Book chapter

...The customer experience Like their customers, dressmaking businesses came in all shapes and sizes. The grand shops in London’s Regent Street where wealthy women could while away the hours trying on bonnets and choosing fabrics...

‘About suppressing the women mantua-makers’

Pam Inder

Pam Inder is an independent scholar and was formerly Curator of Applied Arts at first Exeter and then Leicestershire Museums (specialising in dress history), after being an Assistant Curator at Birmingham City Art Gallery. She later taught at Staffordshire and De Montfort Universities. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Busks, Basques and Brush-Braid : British dressmaking in the 18th and 19th centuries

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2020

Book chapter

...In March 1706 in Durham, Isobel Wood gave evidence before the tailors’ guild on behalf of her mantua-maker daughter, Elizabeth Browne. ‘Mantoes is a forreigne invencion,’ said Isobel, ‘and brought from beyond sea, and not used in England...