Travel back in time with this captivating book of drawings of historically accurate fashions from the time of Queen Elizabeth 1, done by Melinda Camber Porter when she was an eight-year-old student at the City of London School for Girls. Inspired by the Elizabethan reference work of Dion Clayton Calthrop, Melinda Camber Porter created a 2nd grade school report illustrating an array of costumes and clothing spanning the years 1558 -1603. The resulting work demonstrates what a young artist can achieve when applying their talent and focus. As well as inspiring young artists to take up their pens, it will appeal to all young people with a love of fashion. In addition, it provides accurate visuals of Elizabethan costumes.
The text of the book is most likely also taken from the same reference work entitled English Costume Painted and Described by Dion Clayton Calthrop. There can be few connoisseurs of early English costume history who are not familiar with his name. Also included are photographs and documents from the City of London School for Girls.
“Fashion in the Time of Queen Elizabeth I (1558-1603)” by Melinda Camber Porter is a remarkable book and a product of a great deal of work. We will put a copy in our school Library.” - Ena Horrop, Headmistress, The City of London School for Girls
“Melinda sets the reader out on a fascinating journey discovering how babies finally escaped the medieval practice of swaddling clothes; how both boys and girls adopted the Northern European fashion of ankle-length garments and starched aprons; then as young adults displayed the changing fashions such as the breeches and trunks of the day.” – from the foreward by Robbie Lyle, a classmate of Melinda Camber Porter’s at Oxford University