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Children's Fashions, 1860–1912: 1,065 Costume Designs from "La Mode Illustree" Paperback – July 5, 1994


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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (July 5, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486276155
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486276151
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 9.4 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,489,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael N. Ryan on April 20, 2007
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Funny thing, all I could think when I was reading through this was 'Hey Kids, if you think what your mothers are trying to put you in now stinks, this is what they would be putting you in back then'.

Considering what kids are wearing today, back then looks pretty good.

My only problem is this book does not show what work cloths of the time were like. Nor does it show ordinary cloths. Just the Sunday best.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ladyrose8303 on October 11, 2013
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I love this book!!! This is the only book I've ever found that is dedicated solely to 19th century children's fashions. Most of the patterns I've found for girls are pioneer dresses but with this book, you can see that with some modification(and patience) you can turn the adult fashions into girls outfits. It's been a little while since I've looked at the book but if I remember right, there is at least one page per year of the fashions. It's fun to see how they change from year to year. I highly recommend this book, especially if you are at your wits end trying to find pictures of childrens fashions like I was!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary In The Midwest on March 7, 2010
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I have owned this book for a number of years. As I sew for dolls this is quite a go-to book for young child and thus doll clothing. It is arranged by years of publication of the fashion plates so as to give a true idea of childhood fashion of each era. Love it.
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If you are interested in how childred were dressed in the last century this book is invaluable. It isn't overwhelming or stunning as similar books on the fashions were because the children's clothing was not especially beautiful. It is a wonderful resource, however and very informative.
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Much costume reference focuses on the garments of adult men and women, and up to a certain point in history this is accurate enough, but by the beginning of the 19th century clothing was being specifically designed for younger folks, even though to our eyes it often seems both impractical and unneccessarily ornamental. By the era of this book the concept of "children's clothes" was firmly established, and doubtless many mothers adapted the designs shown here on a simpler scale, whether for financial reasons or practical ones. An indispensable companion to Victorian and Edwardian Fashions from "La Mode Illustree" (Dover Fashion and Costumes), it provides detailed engravings of clothing for boys and girls of every age from infancy through the late teens, and portrays its young models at play, at parties, at school, indoors and out; there are even several pages of "fancy dress" (costume-party) suggestions, as well as many examples of girls' coiffures. One of the most valuable aspects of the book is that the captions give the ages for which the clothes are intended--an important tool given the sometimes not-quite-human portrayal of faces, especially in the earlier years of the era. Reproduction, though black-and-white, is sharp and clear, enabling a close study of the details that were so vitally important in Victorian dress. For anyone who needs to know how the youngest of our 19th-century ancestors dressed, this is an indispensable source.
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