Beautiful, but a bit frustrating. This book *only* shows details, and only one area of detail per outfit. So one might look at a gown and want to see detail of the pleating, but the detailed photo available is of the bows on the bustle. Although it wouldn't be out of place in the costumer's bookshelf, it's somewhat more of an art book than a costuming book. The detail is exquisite and helpful to the costumer, but the overall usefulness of the book is limited.