Elephant's Breath and London Smoke Book

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Elephant's Breath and London Smoke

Historical Color Names, Definitions, and Uses in Fashion, Fabric and Art (2nd Edition)

Edited By Deb Salisbury

Searching about the history of colors? 

This dictionary-type book covers color names, when and how they were used, what they looked like and background. Dye recipes, paint ingredients, language and commentary presented from period publications. 

Color names range from Aaz to Zulu Pink and include mourning colors, effects of artificial light on color, advice on wearing certain colors.

Fun research book presents entries first printed in English, American, Canadian and Australian publications from 1380 to 1922 focusing on women's fashion.


Great resource library addition for fashion historians, artists, re-enactors, scholars, writers, and those interested in learning more about colors in history with a focus of 19th century sources.

Book printed in paperback format with glossy cover. 210 pages. 8.5" x 11"

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