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Eighteenth-Century French Fashions in Full Color Paperback – May 1, 1982

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 79 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; First edition (May 1, 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486243311
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486243313
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 9.2 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #895,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By K. Maxwell on August 7, 2001
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Stella Blum has selected plates of 18th century fashion from the Metropolitan Museum's collection and reproduced them here in full colour.
You certinally don't get all the plates produced in the 18th century but what you get is a helpful and representitive selection. This is one of the few books where you can see actual colour plates all reproduced in a sequence like this.
If you have any interest in 18th french fashion this book is both [inexpensive] and invaluable.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By jenny la fleur on February 23, 2005
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A lovely collection of 64 period fashion plates from Galerie des Modes. The plates cover the years from 1778-1787 and give a good representation of French high fashion in the years leading up to the French Revolution. The plates include court gowns, undress gowns, stays, day ensembles, riding habits, children's frocks and more. Complete with translated descriptions of each outfit and a decent glossary of terms.

Drool-worthy does not begin to describe in the goodies contained within. This lovely and inexpensive resource is a must for anyone interested in late century fashions. Get one for research and one to take apart and frame for your sewing room walls.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Colonial Girl on June 21, 2012
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I will start by saying I didn't buy this from Amazon.com but rather directly from Dover Publications. So for those who've had trouble buying this book, it can be obtained. I'd also like to comment that the "review" section is not the place to air your troubles or to rate the seller. Please stick to a review of the book in order to help other readers. With that said, on to my review...

This book is one that I keep on my reference shelf and is wonderful in that the plates are in full color and are reproduced from the original 18th century French fasion plates. Most of them are from the latter part of the 18th century (1780s/90s) which is not quite the time period I'm interested in (I'm more interested in the 1750s through early 1770s), but they are gorgeous examples nonetheless. I especially enjoyed the fact that several of the plates depict Queen Marie Antoinette herself whose wardrobe I'd kill to have. I found it a little tedious having to flip back and forth to the text to read about each plate--I would've prefered a page of text next to the image. However, there's so much "eye candy" with the images, that it didn't bother me that greatly. If you're interested in historic clothing and the 18th century in particular, I fully recommend this book. For those of you who've owned the Pleasant Company version of the later American Girl Felicity Merriman doll, I believe her "town fair" outfit was reproduced exactly from one of the plates (plate 4) in which a little girl can be seen wearing an outfit identical even down to the color scheme (minus the neck ruff). As a Felicity owner and lover, that was very interesting for me to see.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bodicia on June 25, 2014
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Full Color copies of prints from the period 1778-1787. Good reference for the costumer and could be fun when framed and added to a sewing room. There are 64 prints from the original "Galerie des Modes". As usual Dover does it very well.
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An amazing peek into the fashions of 1778-87! Any scholar of late 18th century pre-Revolutionary French life, and it goes without saying, clothing, as well as the historical re-enacting enthusiast, should do well to study the pages within this book. Alas, since Dover Publications has it out-of-print, it is a rare find (I did beg the company for a copy for years), but if by chance you find it at a used book store, grab it! It is well worth the investment. A treat for the eyes, makes history come to life, and encourages you to wonder... how did people wear those lovely headdresses?

I should also say that this book is invaluable for crafting -- color copying the fashion plates are perfect for decoupage, or to simply frame a favorite single image, even make several into a pattern for any imaginable use. This book should go back into print! There is just as much interest today in these glorious fashions as there is the delectable Victorians of the late 19th century. I adore it.
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