Items that existed in the period being studied. This
includes but is not limited to paintings, drawings,
sculpture, engravings, tapestries, illuminated Tailors Books,
effigies, and actual specimens of costumes.
If you, yourself, were allowed to view and touch an
extant piece of clothing, that piece of clothing is
the primary souce material.
Texts, re-drawings, and other media which present or
examine primary sources and use those sources to form
opinions and theories of the author. The more accurate
and educated the opinion, the better the secondary source.
Janet Arnold's work is an excellent example of a secondary
source; it presents primary source information with
These are such things as re-drawings of paintings,
someone's opinion of someone else's opinion, or any
other presentation of theories or opinions that does
not lean heavily on primary source material. Just because
someone published a book does not mean that they are
a good source.
An excellent example of this type of source are the
texts by Racinet and Peacock.