Victorian Fashion: Mantelet in Vicuña (La Mode Illustreé, October 5, 1873)

A Victorian lady dressed in a mantelet made of vicuña, considered the world's rarest fabric, so luxurious that the Wall Street Journal says coming in contact with it might cause you to "...for a moment, think seriously about blowing your children's college funds." This black and white illustration was originally published in the October 5, 1873 issue of La Mode Illustrée. To download the high-res JPEG, click once on image to expand, then right-click to save to your computer.

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Keywords: 1873, 19th century, antique, Belle Époque, costume, engraving, fashion illustration, French, ladies, La Mode Illustrée, mantelet, Parisian, Victorian, vintage