Boston Public Library Fashion Plates

Culled from the Costume Society of America E-News:

On the Boston Public Library’s website, this online exhibit depicts rare and precious fashion plates from the Boston Public Library’s collection of 125 years of high fashion. Beginning in 1795 with dresses inspired by classical Greece and Rome, it ends in 1920 with fashions based on modern art principles of cubism and abstraction. The era of fashion plates came to an end in the 1930s with the rise of fashion photography. At the turn of the twenty-first century, fashion magazines, television, and the worldwide web convey fashion information to a larger audience than ever before. For details visit:
http://www.bpl.org/research/rb/fashion/index.htm

The images are divided into six groups, primarily chronologically, from 1795-1920. They include images from Parisian Fashion Magazines, including a few by George Barbier. They include Men’s fashion, Eastern and European influences, and much more. Here are a few favorites:

Illustration from Gallery of Fashion, 1798.

Illustration from Gallery of Fashion, 1798

 Illustration from La Mode Illustrée, 1875.

Illustration from La Mode Illustrée, 1875.

Illustration from Costume Parisien reprinted in Journal des Dames et Modes, 1825.

Illustration from Costume Parisien reprinted in Journal des Dames et Modes, 1825.

Illustration from Costume Parisien, 1823.

Illustration from Costume Parisien, 1823.

Illustration from Magasin des Demoiselles, 1880.

Illustration from Magasin des Demoiselles, 1880.

Illustration from Oriental Album, 1862.

Illustration from Oriental Album, 1862

In addition to these resources from the Boston Public Library, I’ve also recently been made aware of another online photographic resource for fashion historians (by fashion historians). The newly created, Gotham Patterns Original Images Blog (http://gothampatternsphotos.wordpress.com/) posts a new image from their personal collection (focused generally between the 1860s and 1880s. The front and back of the image is posted, along with a description of the clothing worn in the photographs. Here are a few samples:

From Gotham Patterns Image Blog

Feel free to let us know if you’ve come across a useful online resource for fashion historians.

Until Next Time,

Heather

www.fashionhistorian.net

Heather is a contributor to the newly released Greenwood Encyclopedia Clothing through American History, 1900 to the Present.



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