history of the feminine costume of the world, from the year 5318 B.C. to our century.

Collection History

The tradition of collecting contemporary practical works relating to the business and industry of a particular field, as well as to its design and aesthetics, began with the Astor Library, one of NYPL's founding institutions. The works grouped in this presentation were routine contemporary acquisitions of their day, welcomed into the collections not only in anticipation of their immediate utility, but also in expectation of their future historical role as source documents for future historians and designers. Among the special items featured here are manufacturers' catalogs containing real fabric swatches along with sketches showing how the new prints and weaves could be fashioned into seasonably stylish garments.


The history of apparel manufacturing parallels the invention of factory sewing machines and the rise of a middle class to appreciate and acquire multiple articles of ever updated clothing. Coming from two complementary library divisions, the catalogs and histories in this digital presentation, which will grow over time, provide a window into the daily practices and design resources of one of the few manufacturing industries that still thrive in New York City. Recognizing the significance of the 9,000 volumes in SIBL's textile industries collection, the National Endowment for the Humanities recently funded a two-year project to film the entire, predominantly black-and-white, holding .

Collection Data

The history of the feminine costume of the world, from the year 5318 B.C. to our century.
Giafferri, Paul Louis de (b. 1886) (Author)
Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1926 - 1927
Place Term: New York
Publisher: Foreign Publications
Library locations
Shelf locator: MMC+ Giafferi
Clothing & dress
Costume -- History
Ownership : John Shaw Billings Memorial Fund

Content : Covers bound separately at the back of each volume.

Content : Translation of: L'histoire du costume feminin mondial de l'an 5318 avant J.C. a nos jours. CONTENTS. - I. China, Japan, Egypt, Assyria - II. Persia, India, Greece, Rome, Orient. - III. Rome, Gaul, Europe, France, Northern countries - IV. Great Britain, Latin countries, Central Europe, The three Americas, The primitive races.

Statement of Responsibility: Paul Louis de Giafferri
Type of Resource
Still image
RLIN/OCLC : NYPY867021962-B
NYPL catalog ID (B-number) : b12210504
UUID: 66ebbe10-c617-012f-4a17-58d385a7bc34
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