80 Godey's Full-Color Fashion Plates. 1838-1880 by JoAnne Olian

By JoAnne Olian

Superb illustrations from an extraordinary resource offer real perspectives of evolving Victorian models — from excessive necklines, elongated bodices, and equipped bonnets to extravagant bustles. The meticulously reproduced plates comprise depictions of attire, robes, and coats in addition to components. A needs to for gown designers, cultural historians, and style fanatics. creation. Captions.

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Fig. c. Dress of white grenadine, figured with black. Triangular black-and-white ruffled silk insets on skirt, matching ruchings on corsage and on broad black silk band at waist. Leghorn hat. Fig. d. Cuir percale suit, with bands stamped to resemble guipure lace. Straw hat trimmed with poppies. Fig. e. Imperial blue silk dress, box-plaited ruffle at hem, headed by a quilling. Fancy trim of black lace insertion and velvet on skirt panels. Low neck, short-sleeved corsage with Figaro-style jacket of black lace.

Child’s dress of white figured alpaca, scalloped and bound with scarlet velvet; scarlet chenille embroidery. Full loops of scarlet velvet are on the sleeves and at the back of the dress. Fig. c. Black silk circle, trimmed with large jet beads and narrow black velvet piping. Bonnet of green silk, trimmed with black and white lace. Fig. d. Morning-robe of light cuir poplin, turned back with green silk facing, and trimmed around the skirt and on the corsage with a plait of chenille cord. Fine muslin, trimmed with a worked ruffle and rows of inserting.

Headdress of satin ribbon and flowers. PLATE 16. NOVEMBER 1843. Figs. , and d. Cloth mantles. Fig. c. Ermine mantle with matching muff. PLATE 17. JANUARY 1844. “Fancy Dresses of Four Nations, which we present this month. ” PLATE 18. MARCH 1844. Fig. a. Promenade dress of sea green pekin silk; very full skirt trimmed with two broad bias bands of green velvet. Tight corsage, closed down the front with a velvet band. Plain sleeve, loose over the elbow, where it is faced with a broad velvet band. Undersleeves of batiste, a tulle ruche at the throat.

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