Today some small, but lovely 1867 plates from a journal called Pariser Moden, which I had not seen before (one more thing to search while out prowling for source material!). I especially love these (as some of you may guess) because they show ladies and gentlemen rather than only the ladies. 19th century women certainly wanted their men to look good and oversaw at least some aspects of their dress (and certainly in the lower classes made all their husband's and sons' clothes). So knowing what a fashionable man should look like in the ideal was important. Click to see a little more detail. Unfortunately the scans were pretty small. I found them on a fabulous French website here.
One hundred and thirty-seven years ago, this is what ladies were ogling in the fashion mags (in this case, The Englishwoman's Domestic Magazine). I especially love the colors on the blue dress (I'd look pretty good in that). The silhouettes were changing dramatically at this time as the hoops were out and the bustles were on their way in. One of the more flattering styles of the last half of that century, I think, though those skirts could be pretty tight!
Just a quickie for Fashion Plate Friday! This one was originally published in Le Follet (a Paris magazine), in November of 1839.
Love the green dressing/smoking gown with the red lining and cap ~ also the little gold slippers. The other two gents are wearing evening clothes (at left), and (at right) what looks like a typical day-to-evening frock (more casual than the dinner tails).
Aside from the clothes, I really love the ghosted-in room decor: the fireplace, candelabra, etc.
Click on the image to see more details!
Today, just a lovely fashion plate from the February 1862 edition of Le Follet.
I absolutely adore the purple gown with the black sleeves. It looks deliciously sumptuous! Click on the image to see the details better. I like the black gown too, but the copper/brown underskirt seems strange to me (though it does match the muff).
Winter styles have always appealed to me more than other seasons. And the girl's matching blue booties are also awesome.
I have been suffering from computer woes this past week, alas, but hoping things will improve shortly.
To tide you over, here's a lovely fashion plate of children's clothing from October of 1875 (source uncertain, unfortunately). I haven't come across a lot of fashion plates for children, which makes this one interesting. Mostly children wore rather amorphous dresses until they were about 7 or 8 years old, then they generally wore miniature versions of whatever was fashionable for adults.
Love the colors: the blue shiny stripes and the gold/coppery combination. It seems I have not posted much from this era, which is interesting since it's so smack-dab into Reconstruction-era America, but maybe I have just been saving this stuff for when I get there. I feel right now like I will never get out of the 1850s. Gotta move this ahead quicker!
Click to see the detail on the pattern of the blue dress ~ it's is amazing! This is from Review de la Mode from 1880 and the colors are wonderfully preserved!
As much as I am itching to get out of the 1850s in my own work, I have to be patient. But it's exciting to see all the beautiful styles to look forward to. The late 1970s and early 1880s remain my favorite period in fashion; dresses were flattering without the craziness of the enormous bustle-to-come. Lovely wedding gown too, I should add.
This plate comes from the Los Angeles Public Library collection.
Today, a lovely piece from the French ladies' magazine Le Monde Elegant. This is the plate from July, 1877 (the late 70s and early 80s are probably my favorite eras in terms of 19th century clothing. The crazy-wide hoops are gone and the enormous ridiculous bustles haven't yet become vogue.
I got this image from the University of Washington fashion plate collection, which is a pretty cool site with lots of neat plates to explore (everything from the Empire period through the Edwardian period).
Just a quick update before a weekend in which I hope to have actually paper dolls to post for you! These are some fabulous hats from the French magazine La Saison (1885). These are lovely examples of the typical excess of hair/head accessories in this era: lots of ribbons, bows, lace, feathers, and flowers. Bonnets were long gone and these toppers made excellent stages for all sorts of flights of fancy (including actual whole birds). Will have to find an example of a "birded" hat for you.
Height was the "height" of fashion in the mid-1880s with women's hair and hair accessories jacking upward in amazing ways. Fashionable hair and hats would not come back down until the turn of the century.
Just some random lovely fashion plates today (want to keep things going here, though still no sign of me getting any closer to acquiring a new scanner). In the meantime, enjoy these lovelies. While I don't know the original source of the one down below (found it randomly on an internet search, the one posted here to the left is from the magazine Le Follet from The Costumer's Manifesto (a site with some nice fashion plates!).
I chose both of these because they show some fashionable men's clothing (which by now you all must know I am a bit obsessive about). Not that I don't love women's clothing as well. I just think men's fashions from the 19th century are equally fascinating and more interesting than generally represented.
Both of these plates show men in the wide-skirted long frocks of the 1840s-50s, with colorful vests and contrasting trousers (usually of a pale color like dun, dove, or gray). Cravats and lapels were wide, while waists were narrow. It was during the 60s that men's corsets fell out of fashion as the popular silhouette became less waspish. Small feet have always been considered beautiful and like most fashion plates, here are a bunch of people trotting about on tiny little pointed shoes. Men's footwear, in reality, was a bit less extreme than what is depicted here
For fashion plate Friday I have two lovely things to offer from two distinct periods.
The first, to the left is from the Revue de la Mode (obviously a French fashion journal) from it appears to be 1886 (that seems right given the style of the bustles ~ my eyesight is kinda killing me at this point so it'shard to read the tiny faded print in the lower left.
I love the gold and green dress most, but the evening gown with the satin or velvet bodice and then the contrasting gold overskirt and purplish flowers. It works, I guess, but this is one of those places where I just know my sense of color is "off". I would never imagine deliberately making such a combination!
The other image for the day comes from 1837 and shows various women in evening or mourning dress. Because mourning was such a huge part of the culture, it's always interesting to see how women tried to make it fashionable as well (within reason, of course ~ ostentation would have been grossly boorish).
It's also interesting to note that black was actually popular in fashion during various periods, which helped alleviate it of its reputation for being the color of mourning. Though we still associate it with funerals today, it's also known as common party or cocktail wear: that "little black dress" for any and all occasions.
This is where you can find original paper dolls to download and print.
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