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Full-Color Victorian Fashions: 1870-1893 Paperback


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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; First Edition edition (January 18, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486404846
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486404844
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 9.2 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,747,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 12, 2000
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Full-Color Victorian Fashions is excellent. The book is exactly what I was looking for. There are a few pages of history, but mainly the book is pictures of victorian fashions. I have other books that deal with the in-depth history of fashion, but when you are wanting to "picture" what types of colors they might have used, the trims, etc. this book becomes very useful. In this case a picture is worth a thousand words.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Victoria L. Hardy on March 26, 2005
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This book contains a variety of rare hand-colored plates from French Victorian fashion magazines. The plates are glorious: they're full of detail and really give a good idea of what the clothes looked like, from fur-trimmed winter outfits to cool outfits for high summer, everyday walking dresses to evening and ball dresses, children's clothes, hats, and more. Most of the plates also have detailed descriptions, including the hats as well as the dresses. As a bonus some of the prints are oddly droll and amusing, such as a July 1887 print of seaside costumes depicting a little girl shoveling sand at the feet of one of the elegant ladies, who looks down tolerantly. Another rather startling print for fall 1891 hunting outfits depicts two ladies holding guns, with a dead pheasant, rabbit, and birds lying at their feet.

However, the book suffers from one unfortunate flaw: several years are missing entirely, including 1872, 1873, 1876, 1879-1881, 1883-1886, 1889, and 1890. The styles changed a lot between some of these years, too. It leaves the slim, just slightly bustled 1882 styles juxtaposed with the huge, jutting bustle of 1887, and the still-full bustle and plain sleeves of 1888 jump right to the bustle-less bell skirt and high gathered mutton sleeves of 1891. On the other hand, some years are given particular focus with several pages of plates, including 1870, 1871, 1878, 1887, and 1888.

If you want to learn about Victorian fashions in depth, this book would work best as a complement to a large black-and-white compilation such as Stella Blum's "Victorian Fashions from Harper's Bazaar".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Deborah MacGillivray HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 4, 2005
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What would romance writers do without Dover and their marvelous historical books? These books and even era paper dolls are inexpensive, and yet, thorough works that really can put you into the period. This book is stunning. Full color 9 ¼ x 12 ¼ inch plate rather than just a book, these are suitable for framing. Each drawing is two or three ladies in costumes, often with child/children in magnificent costumes of the Victoria era.

Done is seasonal wear, it covers everything from ball gowns to a stroll in the park. There is a corresponding section that has a details analysis of the clothing, item by item. It starts out going year by year, but then jumps a bit missing some. So while this is a super reference book, you really need Blum's Victorian Fashion from Harper's Bazaar 1867-1898 as well.

High recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 7, 2008
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I sew costumes for a living, and this has a profusion of breathtaking illustrations that made me want to sew them all!! Personally, I'm a fan of pictures, rather than a lot of explanation because I use modern methods of construction in all of my sewing. This book showed corsets and accessories, jackets and bustles!! It was everything I wanted! If you're a period nazi or serious about reenacting, you might want to get a book with more words to read, as this has....about none. However, if you like to drool over the serious sex appeal of Victorian Fashion, check this one out!
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By googly pie on February 2, 2013
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I really like this. Nice pics, but doesn't have all years. I think this is a very valuable resource for the seamstress.
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