Victorian Fashion: Gossip (Godey's, March 1860)


Original, first-generation digital scan of an engraved fashion plate (in full color) from the March 1860 issue of Godey's Lady's Book in my personal collection. This image shows four Victorian ladies, two in evening dresses and two in walking dresses. Illustration has only been lightly retouched to retain authentic antique details. Colours remain bright and vibrant. Suitable as a framed print (perhaps for a sewing or crafts room), a cover for a card or a journal, or even as a background in a design project.

The description for the costumes (from left to right):

Fig. 1. -- Costume for full dress reception, wedding, or opera. Dress of peach blossom taffeta, the skirt covered by groups of pinked flounces; corsage round, and ornamented by macaroons of the silk; bell-shaped sleeves, cut open on the forearm, and confined by a lacing of ribbon, displaying a lace undersleeve terminating in ruffles at the wrist. Bonnet of rose-colored crape and blonde.

Fig. 2. -- Carriage dress, also suitable for dinner. Emerald green taffeta, covered by narrow flounces of black silk; the sleeve and corsage having narrow ruffles to correspond, set on in hollow box plaits; drooping bows on the front of the corsageof black taffeta ribbon and lace. Leghorn bonnet, lined with emerald green silk, with strings and plume of the same shade; a single line of blonde borders the face, instead of the inevitable bonnet cap.

Fig. 3. -- Walking-dress for a young lady. Dress and mantle of gray poplin, a lighter material than that was worn the past winter, and very well suited for travelling dresses; it is crossed by a silk bar or cord of black. Mantle trimmed by a broad ruche of the same, goffered on. Drawn hat of blue silk and ribbon ruches, the brim rolled slightly from the face. The whole costume is simple, new, and stylish.

Fig. 4. -- Walking-dress of dark stone-colored silk, chinée with black. The skirt is arranged with one deep flounce, headed by five narrow ones, all both bound and headed with crimson silk. The sleeves correspond in style. Shawl-shaped mantelet of the same. Chic bonnet, with rose-colored ribbon and flat black velvet loops.

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Victorian Fashion: How Do I Look? (Godey's, February 1860)


Original, first-generation digital scan of an engraved fashion plate (in full color) from the January 1860 issue of Godey's Lady's Book in my personal collection. This image of four Victorian ladies in their beautiful ballgowns has been minimally retouched to preserve authentic antique details. Colours remain bright and vibrant. Suitable as a framed print (perhaps for a sewing or crafts room), a cover for a card or a journal, or even as a background in a design project.

The description for the costumes (from left to right):

Fig. 1. -- Evening-dress of white silk, with two skirts; the lower one has a flounce of lace, headed by a puffing of silk, caught at intervals with sprays of crimson salvia; the upper skirt is in longitudinal puffs, finished in the same manner; puffed and pointed corsage trimmed with salvia; round wreath of the same for the hair.

Fig. 2. -- Evening-dress of rose-colored silk; the lower skirt trimmed with four straight flounces, or single folds of the silk, edged by a shell ruche of the same; the upper skirt has corresponding volantes arranged as a tunic to the right; low, pointed corsage, with Grecian folds, trimmed by a flounce and heading of lace, the fall is crossed at the bouquet de corsage, and is continued in graceful lapels. Round wreath of blush roses without foliage, as in bouquet de corsage.

Fig. 3. -- Dress for the opera. Material, gray moire, with ribbons of deep bright crimson sewn on flat. Opera cloak of white cashmere, trimmed by several rows of swan's-down; Olga sleeve, and graceful hood with tassel.

Fig. 4. -- Evening-dress of white silk, with triple flounces, very deep; under each flounce of white appears an alternating flounce of blue; the drapery of the corsage and the sleeves has the same feature. Wreath of blue convolvulus, with foliage and tendrils.

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Victorian Fashion: The Bride (Godey's, January 1860)


Original, first-generation digital scan of an engraved fashion plate (in full color) from the January 1860 issue of Godey's Lady's Book in my personal collection. This image of a Victorian wedding party has been minimally retouched to preserve authentic antique details. Colours are bright and vibrant. Suitable as a framed print (perhaps for a sewing or crafts room), a cover for a card or a journal, or even as a background in a design project.

The description from the book reads as follows:

The Bride's Toilet. -- Gored dress of thick white silk, sloped to the hips, the only ornament being flat bows of white satin ribbon, fastened by pearl buckles in the centre; these extend from the throat to the hem of the skirt. Veil of thulle. Wreath, mounted in the coronet form, of fine flowers, jessamine, and rose-buds.

From left to right:

Fig. 1. -- Dress of queen's purple moire; the skirt full and plain, ornamented by a tablier trimmed of black Chantilly lace, placed spirally on each side of the front breadth, and following the opening of the corsage around the throat. From the waist line to the hem of the skirt is placed a row of rosettes of silk and lace. Sleeves, quite tight at the shoulder, and widening a little to the parement or turned back cuff. Undersleeves and chemisette of point lace. Bonnet of white therry velvet with white plumes.

Fig. 2. -- Dress of steel blue and black Bayadere stripes on a white ground, suited, at this season, only at dinner, evening, or dress receptions. The sleeve is new, and extremely pretty; corsage plain, and in double points at the waist. Bonnet of white crape, with wreaths of bluish roses outside and in; strings of rose-colored ribbon.

Fig. 3. -- Dress of Azof green moire, made en surplis, or tending decidedly to one side, in the arrangement of the trimming, which consists of lappet ornaments in black lace; corsage open after the style of a vest, or en gilet.

Fig. 4. -- Robe or pattern dress, of steel blue silk, with a border and tablier front of velvet, a light shade of groseille, with a raised figure in black, and tassels of groseille at the end of each bar. The sleeves are quite tight, with caps and cuffs of the velvet. Bonnet of white crape. Clotilde veil of blonde.

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Victorian Fashion: A Seaside Sojourn (La Mode Illustreé, June 29, 1873)


A glamorous Victorian mother enjoying a brief respite on her oceanfront balcony with family and friends. This black and white engraving was originally published in the June 29, 1873 issue of La Mode Illustrée. High-res JPEG without a watermark can be found here.

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Victorian Fashion: Ladies in the Garden 2 (La Mode Illustreé, August 1, 1886)


A trio of young Victorian ladies in their summer dresses, chatting to each other as they stroll about the garden. This black and white fashion illustration was originally published in the August 1, 1886 issue of La Mode Illustrée. You can download the high-res JPEG without a watermark here.

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Edwardian Fashion: Ladies in Summer Straw Hats 3 (The Delineator, March 1903)


Vintage photos of ladies in straw hats (set 3 of 3) from the March 1903 issue of The Delineator. You can download the high-res JPEG by clicking once on the image, and then right-clicking to save to your computer.

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Edwardian Fashion: Ladies in Summer Straw Hats 2 (The Delineator, March 1903)


Vintage photos of ladies in straw hats (set 2 of 3) from the March 1903 issue of The Delineator. You can download the high-res JPEG by clicking once on the image, and then right-clicking to save to your computer.

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Edwardian Fashion: Ladies in Summer Straw Hats 1 (The Delineator, March 1903)


Vintage photos of ladies in straw hats (set 1 of 3) from the March 1903 issue of The Delineator. You can download the high-res JPEG by clicking once on the image, and then right-clicking to save to your computer.

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Victorian Fashion: Ladies in the Garden 1 (La Mode Illustreé, July 23, 1886)


Two young Victorian women in lovely summer dresses strolling around the garden. Both dresses were provided by Mme. Coussinet, located at rue Richer, 43 in Paris. This black and white fashion engraving was originally published in the July 23, 1886 issue of La Mode Illustrée. High-res JPEG without a watermark can be found here.

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Victorian Fashion: Lady in the Garden 6 (La Mode Illustreé, August 3, 1873)


A young Victorian lady gathering flowers from her garden to decorate her home. The lovely costume that she is wearing was supplied by Mme. Bréant-Castel, located at rue du Quatre-Septembre, 19 in Paris. This black and white illustration was originally published in the August 3, 1873 issue of La Mode Illustrée. High-res JPEG without a watermark can be found here.

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Edwardian Fashion: Ladies by the Seaside 1 (La Mode Illustreé, June 5, 1904)


A trio of Edwardian ladies strolling along a pier by the sea, dressed in the height of summer fashion. All the outfits were designed by Mlle. Louise Piret, located at rue Richer, 43 in Paris. This black and white fashion illustration was originally published in the June 5, 1904 issue of La Mode Illustrée. High-resolution JPEG without a watermark can be downloaded here.

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Victorian Fashion: Ladies in Spring Dresses 1 (La Mode Illustreé, April 25, 1886)


A pair of Victorian ladies in their Spring dresses out for a walk to pick early wildflowers. Both outfits were supplied by Mme. Coussinet, located at rue Richer, 43 in Paris. This black and white illustration was originally published in the April 25, 1886 issue of La Mode Illustrée, 129 years ago today! High-resolution JPEG without a watermark can be downloaded here.

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Victorian Fashion History: Ladies in Bonnets and Veils 1 (La Mode Illustreé, January 26, 1873)


A group of Victorian ladies in fanciful bonnets and veils of various styles. All accessories were supplied by Mme. Aubert, located at rue de la Victoire, 34 in Paris. This black and white illustration was originally published in the January 26, 1873 issue of La Mode Illustrée. High-res JPEG without a watermark can be found here.

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Food History: Victorian Recipe for Anise Cake (Young Ladies' Journal, February 1, 1898)


A Victorian recipe for anise cake from the February 1, 1898 issue of The Young Ladies' Journal. If you would like to download a high-recolution 4" x 4" @ 300 ppi copy of the printable recipe to use as a gift tag or novelty invitation card, you can click here.

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Victorian Fashion: Ladies in Spring Walking Dresses 1 (La Mode Illustreé, March 14, 1886)


Two Victorian ladies in walking dresses for the Spring. Both outfits (a stylish military-style on the left; a wool and muslin ensemble on the right) were supplied by Mme. Coussinet, located at rue Richer, 43 in Paris. This black and white illustration was originally published in the March 14, 1886 issue of La Mode Illustrée. If you like, you are welcome to download the high-res JPEG without a watermark here.

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Victorian Fashion: Steampunk-Worthy Promenade Costume (Frank Leslie's Lady's Magazine, January 1875)


A black and white fashion engraving from the January 1875 edition of Frank Leslie's Lady's Magazine. The following is a description from the publication:

Nos. 1 and 2 gives a front and back view of a promenade costume. The skirt is of black gros-grain silk, and is trimmed with a deep box-plaited flounce, each plait ornamented with a band of ribbon velvet. The overskirt is of gray cashmere, very long at the back, and undraped and arranged in a triple box-plait, which is sewed into the waistband, and the plaits laid evenly the full length of the skirt, and tacked in several places on the side, to keep them in position. The front is pointed, and is closed by buttons and buttonholes after being trimmed with a band of velvet, the trimming extending around the lower edges, and also up the centre of the back-breadths. Close-fitting basque-corsage, also of cashmere, belted at the waist, and trimmed with velvet to correspond with the overskirt, both the front and back of the corsage having a band of velvet laid evenly with those on the skirt, and ornamented with buttons. A sleeveless close-fitting jacket is added, made of black velvet, closed at the neck only, immediately under the standing collar. The amount of material required is twelve yards of black gros-grain silk, six yards of double-fold cashmere, and three yards of velvet. Black velvet hat, decorated with feathers and gros-grain ribbons, intermixed with velvet. To download the high-res 4" x 5" @ 300 ppi JPEG of the image above without a watermark, please click here.

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Victorian Fashion: Ladies Redecorating in At-Home Dresses (La Mode Illustreé, January 24, 1886)


Two Victorian ladies in their at-home dresses (plush purple with white speckles on the left, and of a luxurious vicuña on the right), discussing a wallpaper sample for the drawing room. This black and white illustration was originally published in the January 24, 1886 issue of La Mode Illustrée. To download the high-res JPEG without a watermark, please click here.

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Victorian Fashion: Visiting Costume (Frank Leslie's Lady's Magazine, December 1875)

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A black and white fashion engraving from my collection of Frank Leslie's Lady's Magazine, December 1875 issue. The magazine describes the dress thus:

Nos. 1 and 2 are illustrations showing the front and back of a visiting costume. The demi-train skirt is of olive-green faille, with the lower portion of the triple-plaited back-breadths trimmed with a deep half-plaited flounce, with a heading of small puffs and a stand-up ruffle, the sides and front-breadths being crossed with three gathered flounces -- the two first ones surmounted with rouleaux, and the third one with a succession of narrow folds. The long paletôt is of basket-woven plaid cloth of the same shade; the pointed fronts, trimmed with silk revers with velvet-faced corners, are confined by mold-covered buttons. The short back terminates under a bow and ends of wide sash ribbon, and the neck is decorated with a heart-shaped collar of silk, having a stand-up collar of velvet and velvet corners, from which depend two tassels. The sleeves are coat-shaped, with a deep flaring revers cuff of faille and velvet, and on each hip is a square-trimmed pocket. Three and a half yards of cloth, one yard of silk, a half a yard of velvet, and three yards of fringe will make this garment. Hat of olive-green velvet, trimmed with a silk scarf, a wing and flowers.

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