With the aid of 220 illustrations arranged in chronological groups, from 1600 to the present, this book draws together the story of costume accessories to provide a detailed view of the history of dress. Extensive captions describe each accessory, revealing parallels in construction, cut, textiles and motifs between items as diverse as parasols and stockings. The accessories covered include shoes, hats, bags, gloves, purses, parasols, socks, stockings, jewellery, fans, shawls and scarves.