By JoAnne Olian
Superb illustrations from a unprecedented resource supply actual perspectives of evolving Victorian models — from excessive necklines, elongated bodices, and outfitted bonnets to extravagant bustles. The meticulously reproduced plates comprise depictions of clothes, robes, and coats in addition to add-ons. A needs to for dress designers, cultural historians, and style lovers. creation. Captions.
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Striped silk dress with a plain waist and low neck, trimmed with a broad lace. Skirt has two flounces. Matching scarf. Silk hat. Fig. c. White muslin robe, colored silk embroidery. Low corsage with a deep yoke of shirred muslin. Full sleeves. Bonnet of white poult-de-soie. Fig. d. Dress of dark silk with a low neck; waist and skirt edged with a ruche in a novel manner. Matching shawl, edged with lace. Crepe bonnet. PLATE 10. MARCH 1842. Fig. a. Walking dress of poult-de-soie; skirt trimmed with two broad bias tucks headed with a narrow fringe matching the dress; body and sleeves tight; velvet scarf, piped in small vandykes of satin; matching small collar.
Additional apparel and accessories appeared in black and white, an “extension” or fold-out plate being a feature of every issue in Godey’s from 1861 and adopted by Peterson’s a few years later. Black and white illustrations of “cottages,” or slightly grander “villas” with floor plans, as well as sheet music, advice on household management, child care, gardening, and editorials endorsing causes dear to the editor’s heart completed the contents. Mrs. ” Later that year, immediately below a discourse on the progress of institutions of higher learning for women, the fashion column reported the latest news in accessories, fabrics, and coiffures.
Summer dresses. PLATE 15. JANUARY 1843. Fig. a. Dress of thibet merino with six braided tucks. Down the front is a large tuck, trimmed with braid. Fig. b. Dress of gros de Brazil, with seven flounces, each edged with a bias fold. Fig. c. Dress of embroidered white tarletane muslin. Fig. d. Open dress of Altapacca poplin, trimmed with silk cord. Fig. e. Dress of Turkish satin, pleats or folds down the front, caught at intervals with satin knots or clasps. Neck and sleeves trimmed with rich lace.
80 Godey's Full-Color Fashion Plates. 1838-1880 by JoAnne Olian