The Language of Fashion: Dictionary scans aal through blotch

The Language of Fashion: Dictionary scans aal through blotch

Here we go! I plan on scanning and posting this whole fashion dictionary, The Language of Fashion by Mary Brooks Picken (published in 1939). So far, only about 200 more pages to go 🙂

This starts with the letter a, and the first fashion term is: “aal. Dye, red in color. Obtained from root of the East Indian Shrub”. These first few pages go on to define such interesting things as amice (a rectangular piece of linen worn by clergy), Ascot ties, Arrowhead stitch, Baguette-cut stones, baldric, barrow coat (a type of swaddling worn by infants), beaver (see furs), bengaline fabric, bindings (of various sorts)… and this set of dictionary scans ends with blotch.

I hope that this helps you learn more about fashion. Some fashion terms are timely and others are timeless!

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