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Fashions August 1842

LATEST PARIS FASHIONS. {from the The New York Visitor and Lady's Album} Bonnets there is but little change in ; they are not worn quite so forward as last month; the crowns are a little raised, and the brims shorter. The most fashionable are those of lace, crape lisse, tule, and plain and fancy rice straw. Poult de soi is mostly used for drawn bonnets. Mantelets And Scarfs, of cashmere and silk, are not so generally worn as those of muslin and lace. Those of richly embroidered China silk are very fashionable. Shot silks...Continue Reading

Fashions July 1842

SUMMER FASHIONS. {from the The New York Visitor and Lady's Album} Morning Dress.--Striped foulard robe; the bodice quite high, tight to the shape, and the front ornamented in a novel style with silk cord. Demi-long sleeves, made tight except at the elbow, below which they terminate, displaying a long undersleeve of muslin puffs. The skirt is trimmed on each side of the front, and round the border, with two deep tucks, each surmounted by a trimming composed of cord. Light green silk bonnet; a small shape, trimmed with ribbon to correspond, and a white...Continue Reading

Fashions June 1842

LATEST PARIS FASHIONS {from the The New York Visitor and Lady's Album} Selected from the French and English Monthlies, brought by the Steamer Acadia. Hats.--The only alteration in hats is that the crown inclines a little more forward, and the brims spread out more on the temples, to show as much of the hair as possible. Drawn Capotes are very fashionable, composed of shot Gros de Naples* of the many and varied colours for the Spring, ornamented with rows of notched ribbon, arranged over each drawing. The strings are composed of the same material,...Continue Reading

Fashions December 1881

Fig. 1.--(301).--The Daisy Ball Toilette, for a young lady. It may be made of pink alpaca, satin, or silk; trimmed with blonde lace. The body of polonaise is frilled and gathered at waist, front, and back, and at the shoulders. The skirt is well draped in front and back, edged with blonde and trimmed with ribbons. The underskirt consists of a tablier laid in deep pleats. The sides and back are formed of numerous plisse' flounces. It will require 14yds.alpaca; 5yds. blonde; 8 yds. ribbon. Fig. 2.--(302).--Theatre and Dinner Costume of black velvet and...Continue Reading

Fashions December 1881

Back view of above plate. Fig. 1.--(298.)--The Alicia Promenade Costume, of brown cachemire, trimmed with embroidery worked on the material: this toilette is very pretty; both at back and front the jacket is made long, and is buttoned to the bottom of skirt: it is trimmed with collar, revers, and puffed sleeves. The overskirt is well draped in front; at back the retrousse' forms a pouff over a deep plaited underskirt. Quantities required : 14 yards cachemire ; if a separate trimming is used, 14 yds. embroidery will be required ; 12 buttons. Fig....Continue Reading

Men and Women Fashions January 1844

This colorful fashion plate found in the Graham's American Monthly Magazine of January 1844. I haven't run across too many plates that feature men's fashion's at all let alone alongside women's. GENTLEMAN'S DRESS Fig. 1.--The entirely new style of coats with standing collar--vests of buff cassimer--pants dark brown, with stripe. LADY'S EVENING DRESS Fig. 2.--A dress of white satin, trimmed with volants of broad white lace. Paletot of dark violet velvet, edged all round with sable; cape, collar, and loose long sleeve, all bordered with sable; the backs of the open sleeve being closed...Continue Reading

Victorian Dress For A Little Girl

From the Lady's Home Magazine of 1858. This is a charming costume for a miss. It is of pink silk, delicately tinted as a rose leaf. The skirt is composed of six flounces, the upper one forming a sort of basquine to the waist. These flounces are button-holed on the edges in small scallops, and embroidered in tiny rose buds. The waist is plain, and open to the bodice, disclosing a stomacher composed of puffings of white Swiss, separated by bands of rich needlework insertion. Each side of the stomacher is finished with lapelles...Continue Reading

Fashions May 1842

LATEST PARIS FASHIONS {from the The New York Visitor and Lady's Album} Selected from the French and English Monthlies, brought ,by the Steamer Britainnia. Walking Dresses. -- In promenade dresses the skirts are quite plain, while the corsages are tight, and a little busques*. Many dresses are made high up to the throat; and with regard to the sleeves they differ materially in the shape; but the most remarkable are les manches a caitles, or, as you would call them, tubes, having the appearance of scales ; another plan is, having the sleeves fulled...Continue Reading

Victorian Shoes in the Making

Different regions were known for wanting different characteristics in shoes. For example in the United States the Northerner liked shoes that were comfortable, neat but also stylish. The southerner was known to desire a pair that were fancy and handsome. Then the westerners would demand a shoe that had solidity and fullness to deal with the rough terrain. There were many resources were put into the shoes of Victorian times. There were the herds roaming on the Western plains or in their backyard that provided leather. The hemlock and oak that help to tan...Continue Reading

Edwardian Hats - October 1902

Fashionable Edwardian Hats from October 1902. Here are the descriptions of the hats above, which are numbered: No. 1. -- This hat in the becoming toque shape is made of shaded Autumn foliage with berries intermingled, and a bow of velvet in a shade to harmonize with the predominating tone in the foliage is at the back against the brim. No. 2. -- A large hat made of black velvet and black Chantilly lace is here shown. The crown is low and formed of the velvet, while the wide brim of velvet is softly...Continue Reading

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1820-1829

1830-1839

1840-1849

Fashions August 1842

LATEST PARIS FASHIONS. {from the The New York Visitor and Lady's Album} Bonnets there is but little change in ; they are not worn quite so forward as last month; the crowns are a little raised, and the brims shorter. The most fashionable are those of lace, crape lisse, tule, and plain and fancy rice straw. Poult de soi is mostly used for drawn bonnets. Mantelets And Scarfs, of cashmere and silk, are not so generally worn as those of muslin and lace. Those of richly embroidered China silk are very fashionable. Shot silks...Continue Reading

Fashions July 1842

SUMMER FASHIONS. {from the The New York Visitor and Lady's Album} Morning Dress.--Striped foulard robe; the bodice quite high, tight to the shape, and the front ornamented in a novel style with silk cord. Demi-long sleeves, made tight except at the elbow, below which they terminate, displaying a long undersleeve of muslin puffs. The skirt is trimmed on each side of the front, and round the border, with two deep tucks, each surmounted by a trimming composed of cord. Light green silk bonnet; a small shape, trimmed with ribbon to correspond, and a white...Continue Reading

Fashions June 1842

LATEST PARIS FASHIONS {from the The New York Visitor and Lady's Album} Selected from the French and English Monthlies, brought by the Steamer Acadia. Hats.--The only alteration in hats is that the crown inclines a little more forward, and the brims spread out more on the temples, to show as much of the hair as possible. Drawn Capotes are very fashionable, composed of shot Gros de Naples* of the many and varied colours for the Spring, ornamented with rows of notched ribbon, arranged over each drawing. The strings are composed of the same material,...Continue Reading

Men and Women Fashions January 1844

This colorful fashion plate found in the Graham's American Monthly Magazine of January 1844. I haven't run across too many plates that feature men's fashion's at all let alone alongside women's. GENTLEMAN'S DRESS Fig. 1.--The entirely new style of coats with standing collar--vests of buff cassimer--pants dark brown, with stripe. LADY'S EVENING DRESS Fig. 2.--A dress of white satin, trimmed with volants of broad white lace. Paletot of dark violet velvet, edged all round with sable; cape, collar, and loose long sleeve, all bordered with sable; the backs of the open sleeve being closed...Continue Reading

Fashions May 1842

LATEST PARIS FASHIONS {from the The New York Visitor and Lady's Album} Selected from the French and English Monthlies, brought ,by the Steamer Britainnia. Walking Dresses. -- In promenade dresses the skirts are quite plain, while the corsages are tight, and a little busques*. Many dresses are made high up to the throat; and with regard to the sleeves they differ materially in the shape; but the most remarkable are les manches a caitles, or, as you would call them, tubes, having the appearance of scales ; another plan is, having the sleeves fulled...Continue Reading

1850-1859

Fashions for December - 1856

Exactly 150 years ago this was the fashion for December Click on image to enlarge FIGURE 1 is a dress of rich light-blue taffeta, with flounces of velours epingle, representing tangled beds of roses, in their natural colors. The berthe and sleeves are similar in design, but narrower. The berthe forms epaulettes on the shoulders, and meets in a point about the mid-depth of the corsage, which is pointed. The skirt is full, with three flounces, of which only the upper one appears in the figure. Upon the edge is woven a narrow fringe, and...Continue Reading

1860-1869

1870-1879

1880-1889

Fashions December 1881

Fig. 1.--(301).--The Daisy Ball Toilette, for a young lady. It may be made of pink alpaca, satin, or silk; trimmed with blonde lace. The body of polonaise is frilled and gathered at waist, front, and back, and at the shoulders. The skirt is well draped in front and back, edged with blonde and trimmed with ribbons. The underskirt consists of a tablier laid in deep pleats. The sides and back are formed of numerous plisse' flounces. It will require 14yds.alpaca; 5yds. blonde; 8 yds. ribbon. Fig. 2.--(302).--Theatre and Dinner Costume of black velvet and...Continue Reading

Fashions December 1881

Back view of above plate. Fig. 1.--(298.)--The Alicia Promenade Costume, of brown cachemire, trimmed with embroidery worked on the material: this toilette is very pretty; both at back and front the jacket is made long, and is buttoned to the bottom of skirt: it is trimmed with collar, revers, and puffed sleeves. The overskirt is well draped in front; at back the retrousse' forms a pouff over a deep plaited underskirt. Quantities required : 14 yards cachemire ; if a separate trimming is used, 14 yds. embroidery will be required ; 12 buttons. Fig....Continue Reading

1890-1899

1900-1909

Edwardian Hats - October 1902

Fashionable Edwardian Hats from October 1902. Here are the descriptions of the hats above, which are numbered: No. 1. -- This hat in the becoming toque shape is made of shaded Autumn foliage with berries intermingled, and a bow of velvet in a shade to harmonize with the predominating tone in the foliage is at the back against the brim. No. 2. -- A large hat made of black velvet and black Chantilly lace is here shown. The crown is low and formed of the velvet, while the wide brim of velvet is softly...Continue Reading

1910-1919

Men's Fashions

Men and Women Fashions January 1844

This colorful fashion plate found in the Graham's American Monthly Magazine of January 1844. I haven't run across too many plates that feature men's fashion's at all let alone alongside women's. GENTLEMAN'S DRESS Fig. 1.--The entirely new style of coats with standing collar--vests of buff cassimer--pants dark brown, with stripe. LADY'S EVENING DRESS Fig. 2.--A dress of white satin, trimmed with volants of broad white lace. Paletot of dark violet velvet, edged all round with sable; cape, collar, and loose long sleeve, all bordered with sable; the backs of the open sleeve being closed...Continue Reading

Decline of the Paper Collar.

It is hardly twenty-five years since the advent of the paper collar. Prior to that time the average man wore neck-gear made from linen fabric, or was content to go without collars, except on Sundays and legal holidays. Then the collar was frequently built in with the shirt and worn with a loose, limp and decidedly comfortable manner. The mechanic going to his daily work despised collars altogether, and in order to see an aggregation of white linen, stiffly starched and held about the neck with satin stocks, it was necessary to attend church or...Continue Reading

Children's Fashions

Victorian Dress For A Little Girl

From the Lady's Home Magazine of 1858. This is a charming costume for a miss. It is of pink silk, delicately tinted as a rose leaf. The skirt is composed of six flounces, the upper one forming a sort of basquine to the waist. These flounces are button-holed on the edges in small scallops, and embroidered in tiny rose buds. The waist is plain, and open to the bodice, disclosing a stomacher composed of puffings of white Swiss, separated by bands of rich needlework insertion. Each side of the stomacher is finished with lapelles...Continue Reading

Women's Fashions

Victorian Shoes in the Making

Different regions were known for wanting different characteristics in shoes. For example in the United States the Northerner liked shoes that were comfortable, neat but also stylish. The southerner was known to desire a pair that were fancy and handsome. Then the westerners would demand a shoe that had solidity and fullness to deal with the rough terrain. There were many resources were put into the shoes of Victorian times. There were the herds roaming on the Western plains or in their backyard that provided leather. The hemlock and oak that help to tan...Continue Reading

The Manufacture of Cloth Buttons.

The Manufacture of Cloth Buttons. THE history of this manufacture is a subject of sufficient interest to claim a place in our pages, although we can hardly agree with the writer of the following, when he says that iron of the required character can not be manufactured in this country. We lately gave an account of sheets of iron so thin that they were used instead of letter-paper, and we may here add that they were remarkably tough and flexible. Of course it would be an easy matter to give them any required degree of...Continue Reading

Dress Goods.

IT seems as if there could be nothing new in fabrics, so great has been the variety before; but beautiful new goods, with soft twills, fine diagonal reps, rough surfaces, and wrought figures lie temptingly on every counter. Cashmere will not be quite so fashionable this season as it has been, notwithstanding its wonderful capacity for wear. A fresh material called camel?s hair cashmere takes its place for street suits. This resembles both its namesakes, having the hairiness of the one and the twill of the other, with a degree of thickness between the two....Continue Reading