Hardbound, 361 pg. Survey of Historic Costume is a basic text for readers who want an overview and chronology of costume, discussing the dress of each era within its historical, cultural and economic contexts.
Phyllis G.Tortora is Professor Emerita at Queen's College, where she was department chair for 17 years, teaching historic costume and furnishings, and textiles. Among the textbooks of which she is the author or co-author are Survey of Historic Costume and Fairchild's Dictionary of Textiles, 7th edition. Her professional memberships include the International Textiles and Apparel Association, the Costume Society of America and the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. She serves as a consultant to the Historic Costume Collection of the Huntington Historical Society in Huntington, New York.