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Elegant French Fashions of the Nineteenth Century Paperback – July 10, 1997

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French

About the Author

JoAnne Olian is a former curator of the costume collection at the Museum of the City of New York and the author of numerous books on the history of fashion.
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  • Paperback: 52 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (July 10, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486298191
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486298191
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 9.3 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,895,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I found this beautiful picture book of French Fashions from the 19th century an absolute delight.
The pictures are excellently drawn, in FULL COLOR, and filling an entire page. Most of the pages show two ladies in lovely costumes from the period.
The brief text either explains the occasion for which the dress would be worn, or the materials and fabric of the gown.

There is always a bit of background color behind the ladies so they are not on a stark white page, yet the background does not, in any way detract from the ladies and their apparel.

There are more detailed explanations of each of the gowns featured , listed and numbered, at the front of the book.

There are also a couple of pages featuring various bonnets and hats for spring and winter wear.
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This is a very interesting book. It is almost every colored plate published in La Mode Illustree over the course of one year- 1886. The plates cover every season and almost every activity. There are dinner dresses, seaside dresses, afternoon dresses and riding costumes. The season changes can be seen in style and color of fabrics and trims. It's a fascinating look at a year in a fashion magazine, but it is important to know it covers only one year. This is not an overview book, but rather a close up of a brief time in fashion. In some ways, that makes it more interesting because it provides an in-depth examination of that year, but the title of the book is a little misleading.
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For anyone interested in Victorian sewing and costume design, this is a great book to have around for reference. The colors are vibrant, and the author does a great job on the descriptions for each of the plates in the book. While the book states this is fashion of the 19th Century, it would probably be better to say Fashion of 1886 since that is they year all the plates are taken from.
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This is a softcover book of great bustle fashions from Victorian time La Mode Illustree magazine. Pictures are really nice, big and with rich colors. Very happy that there are no black-and-white illustration in this editon, they all are colored!!! I recommend this book for any Victorian bustle fashion enthusiast! Lovely illustrations and fashion plates!
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