Fashion and Costume Books

Pritchard, Frances: Clothing Culture: Dress in Egypt in the First Millennium AD (15485)

Whitworth Art Gallery 2006
large 4to paperback 154 pages F+ 1-75 gms
(Order reference 15485)

This is the first in-depth study of the Whitworth Art Gallery's acclaimed collection of clothing from post-Pharaonic Egypt, most of which was excavated between 1888 and 1923. The evolution of the shaping and cut of garments, especially tunics, cloaks and headwear, is traced from the late 3rd century, when Egypt was under Roman rule, to the 10th century, by which time it was an Arab state. The weaving and sewing skills of the era are brought into sharp focus, as well as the distinctive styles, decoration and colours of the clothes. Egypt in the first millennium AD was a rich cultural melting pot and this diversity was reflected in the dress of the people. The book is lavishly illustrated with specially-commissioned colour photographs and line drawings. Frances Pritchard is Curator (Textiles) at the Whitworth Art Gallery, The University of Manchester.