On this page we present a selection of introductory and special literature on historical costumes, uniforms and traditional costumes.

Fashion and Costumes History

  • Beukel, Dorine van den: A Pictorial History of Costume. Amsterdam: Pepin Press 1998 Boehn, Max von: The fashion. A cultural history from the Baroque to Art Nouveau. Edited by Ingrid Loschek. 2 volumes. Munich: Bruckmann 1989 (4th revised edition).
  • Bruhn, Wolfgang / Tilke, Max: Costume history in pictures. An overview of the costumes of all times and peoples from antiquity to modern times, including the national costumes of Europe and the costumes of non-European countries. Tubingen: Ernst Wasmuth 1955.
  • Fukai, Akiko (Project leader and text): The Kyoto Costume Institute Collection. A history of fashion from the 18th to the 20th century. Cologne: Taschen 2002.
  • Hansen, Henny Harald: Knaur’s costume book. The costume history of all time. Translated from the Danish by Wolf Heinrich von der Mülbe. Munich/Zurich: Droemersche Publishing House 1954.
  • Harms, Ingeborg: Martyrdom of Beauty. about fashion as a fetish. In: Merkur 656 (December 2003), pp. 1100-1110.
  • Hollander, Anne: Suit and Eros. A history of modern clothing. Berlin: Berlin Publishing House 1995.
  • Klein, Ruth: Encyclopedia of Fashion. Three millennia of European costume design. Baden-Baden: Woldemar Klein Publishing House 1950.
  • Lehnert, Gertrud: History of fashion in the 20th century. Cologne: Koenemann 2000 : Fashion. Cologne: Dumont 2003.
  • Lischka, Gerhard Johann (ed.): Mode-Kult Köln: Wienand-Verlag 2002.
  • Loschek, Ingrid: Fashion in the 20th Century. A cultural history of our time.
  • Munich: Bruckmann 1978 : Fashion. seduction and necessity. Structure and strategy of appearance changes. Munich: Bruckmann 1991.
  • : Reclam’s fashion and costume dictionary. Stuttgart: Philipp Reclam Jr. 1999 (4th, revised and expanded edition).
  • Fashion of the Century. Chronicle of fashion from 1900 to today. Munich: Battenberg 2001.
  • : The fashion designers. A dictionary from Armani to Yamamoto. Munich: Beck 2002 (2nd, expanded edition).
  • Mentges, Gabriele/Nixdorf, Heide (eds.): Textile, body, fashion Dortmund series on cultural-anthropological studies of textiles. Berlin: Edition Ebersbach.
    • Volume 1: Vol.1 time.cuts: Cultural constructions of clothing and fashion. 2001  
    • Volume 2: Cult Textiles: In the Near East and in Judaism. 2001  
    • Volume 3: Textile Design: Voysey, Endell, Berger. 2002  
    • Volume 4: Movement – Language – Materiality: Cultural Manifestations of Textiles. 2003 
  • Poschardt, Ulf: Adjust. Hamburg: Rogner & Bernhard 1998.  
  • Racinet, Auguste: The Complete Costume History. From Ancient Times to the 19th Century. (Reprint of the original 1888 edition.) Köln: Taschen 2003.  
  • Seeling, Charlotte: The Century of Designers. 1900-1999. Cologne: Koenemann 1999.  
  • Thiel, Erika: History of the costume. European fashion from the beginnings to the present. Berlin: Henschel Publishing House Art and Society 1985.  
  • Vinken, Barbara: Fashion after fashion. Frankfurt/M.: Fischer 1993. 

Traditional Costumes  

  • Harrold, Robert/Legg, Phyllida: Folk Costumes of the World. Revised and enlarged edition London: Blandford 1999.  
  • Karsten, Uwe: German traditional costumes. Herrsching: Manfred Pawlak Pubishing House 1980.  
  • Kretschmer, Albert / Rohrbach, Karl: The traditional costumes of the peoples. From the beginning of history to the 19th century. Leipzig: Bibliographic Institute Adolph Schumann 1906.  
  • Kretschmer, Albert: The big book of folk costumes. With an introduction by Hans H. Hofstätter. Eltville am Rhein: Rheingauer Publishing House 1982.  
  • Rattelmüller, Paul Ernst: The folk costume in Bavaria. Dachau: Publishing house “Bayerland” 1997. Scherer, Hedi/Perkonig, Friedrich: Customs and costumes in Austria. With a traditional costume by Josef Ringler. Innsbruck/Vienna/Munich: Tyrolia Publishing House 1937. 


  • Funcken, Liliane and Fred: Historical Uniforms. Munich: Mosaic publishing house.  
    • Volume 1: 18th Century. French Guards and Infantry. British and Prussian infantry. 1977.  
    • Volume 2:. French, British and Prussian cavalry and artillery. Infantry, cavalry and artillery of the rest of Europe. 1978  
    • Volume 3: Napoleonic Period 1. French regiments of the line, British, Prussian and Spanish troops of the First Empire period. 1978  
    • Volume 4: Napoleonic Period 2. French Imperial Guards, Allied troops, Swedish, Austrian and Russian armies at the time of the First Empire. 1979  
    • Volume 5: 19th Century 1:1814-1850: France, Britain, Prussia. infantry, cavalry, technical troops and artillery. 1982  
    • Volume 6: 19th Century 2: France, Great Britain, Germany, Austria, Russia. infantry, cavalry, technical troops and artillery. 
  • Knötel, Herbert/Sieg, Herbert: Color manual of uniform customers. Adapted to the state of research and supplemented by Ingo Prömper. Augsburg: Bechtermünz 1996. 
    • Volume 1: The development of the military costume of the German states, Austria-Hungary and Switzerland up to 1937.
    • Volume 2: The development of military costumes in European and non-European countries up to 1937. 
  • City of Krefeld/German Textile Museum (ed.): According to rank and status. German civilian uniforms in the 19th century. An exhibition in the German Textile Museum March 24 to June 23, 2002. Krefeld 2002.  
  • Toman, Karel: The soldier through the ages. translated by Lucian Wichs. Prague: Artia; Hanau/M.: Dausien 1964.  
  • Windrow, Martin/Embleton, Gerry: The Uniforms of North America from 1665 to the Present. Stuttgart: Motorbuch Publishing House 1975. 

Bridal Fashion  

  • Cox, Caroline: Bridal Couture. From Grace Kelly to Vivienne Westwood. Munich: Christian 2002. 


  • Roetzel, Bernhard: The gentleman. Manual of classic men’s fashion. Cologne: Koenemann 1999. 


  • Loschek, Ingrid: Symbolism and History. Munich: Bruckmann 1993.  
  • Wilcox, Claire: Fashions & Designs in the 20th Century. Niedernhausen/Ts.: Bassermann’sche Publishing Bookstore 1998.  
  • Durian-Rees, Saskia: From the Late Middle Ages to the Present. Munich: Hirmer/Bavarian National Museum 1991.  
  • O’Keefe, Linda: A tribute to sandals, slippers, heels. Cologne: Könemann 2004 (new edition). 


  • Charles Roux, Edmonde: Coco Chanel. One life Frankfurt/M.: Fischer Paperback 1990.  
  • Morand, Paul/Chanel, Coco: The Art of being Chanel. Conversations with Coco Chanel. Munich: Schirmer/Mosel 2003.  
  • Mulvagh, Jane: Vivienne Westwood. “The lady is a punk”. Munich: List paperback publishing house 2001. 

Wilcox, Claire: Vivienne Westwood. London: A&C BLACK; V&A Publications 2004.