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Cut of Women’s Clothes

Norah Waugh

The Cut of Women’s Clothes by Norah Waugh has been for many years the definitive work of reference on fashion design, indispensable for teachers, students, dress designers, costume makers and enthusiasts alike.

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Norah Waugh’s book has, for many years, been the definitive work of reference for teachers and students of fashion design, for dress designers, for costume makers – and anyone who is seriously interested in the history and construction of women’s clothes.

Each period in the history of costume has produced its own characteristic line and silhouette, and the book includes numerous patterns taken from actual dresses, many of them rare museum specimens, illustrated by line sketches of the garments themselves. There are detailed notes on the production of women’s dress with diagrams from and references to early technical books and journals.


Norah Waugh lectured and supervised practical work on historical costume in the Theatre Department of the Central School of Art and Design in London. In the late 1930s she was in charge of costume at the London Theatre Studio run by Michel Saint-Denis.

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