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View Resource Costume History Collection

Four books make up the rather elegant digital Costume History Collection at the Western Michigan University Library, and to pore through their pages is to experience the world of 18th and 19th century fashion. The books include designs from a Parisian women's magazine, color drawings of clothing of people of Persia, and a series of pattern diagrams. The Persian items are taken from the rather...
View Resource Blanche Payne Regional Costume Photograph and Drawing Collection

Professor Blanche Payne of the University of Washington traveled throughout the world on her own, during a time when it was quite rare for women to do so. In 1936 and 1937 she made extensive trips to countries including Albania, Bosnia, and the former Yugoslavia. Through photographs and illustrations she documented the folkways, indigenous costumes, and daily lives of various cultures. Her...