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Product Details

  • Series: Dover Pictorial Archive
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (January 22, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486401030
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486401034
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 9 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #646,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book presents more than 2,000 illustrations of shoes, hats, and fashion accessories reproduced directly from now rare periodicals and catalogs from the 1850s to 1940. It comprises an invaluable pictorial survey for the fashion historian, designer, and enthusiast, as well as a practical source of illustrations for permission-free use by artists and craftspeople.
The sources of these illustrations include major American, British, and European fashion periodicals of the time: Godey's Lady Book, Peterson's Magazine, Harper's Bazar, La Mode Illustrée, L'Art et la Mode, Der Bazar, The Delineator, and others, as well as such general interest periodicals as Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, Harper's Weekly, The Youth's Companion, and Life. Many illustrations come from trade catalogs of such merchants as Montgomery Ward, Sears, Roebuck & Co., Jordan Marsh & Co., N. B. Holden Artistic Footwear, and a score of others.
Arranged chronologically, the plates present an overview of 90 years of fashion evolution of footwear, millinery, and such accessories as gloves, scarves, purses, handkerchiefs, and more.


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No real information inside, just a collection of drawings.
T. Schooley
This book has lovely pictures, although the author admits she has taken the liberty to decide which should be included for each year.
"dsnca"
Anyone interested in fashion accessories of this period will not be disappointed.
Alyson E. Barnett

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By R. Harju on August 14, 2000
Format: Paperback
This review is from the viewpoint of a home sewer and crafter who adores vintage clothing, not a fashion historian, designer or illustrator.
Never having purchased any of the Pictorial Archives series before, I was surprised and initially disappointed by the black and white illustrations and the complete lack of text.
While it is fascinating to see how fashion accessories evolved over the decades there is no indication of whether an item was casual and day wear, or dressier for afternoon or evening. An index naming the style of each piece and/or notes explaining popular colors of the day would be helpful.
The black and white illustrations do render the detail of the accessories beautifully. With over 2,000 copyright free illustrations of wide variety of styles for men, women and children included I look forward to years of inspiration for fashion embellishment.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A. Ivins on January 2, 2004
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This book is exactly what it claims to be - a pictorial archive. For descriptions or details, Dover has a wide selection of books that will be of immense help with materials, construction, and history. For those who already have a working knowledge of the century in fashion, this book is a candy store of visual tidbits.
Just a note: very few fashion illustrations of the nineteenth century were colored; hand-coloring was a labor-intensive process reserved for high-end publications with limited runs. Check my Listmania list for some books with color illustrations.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "dsnca" on September 18, 2000
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This book has lovely pictures, although the author admits she has taken the liberty to decide which should be included for each year. It would be an even better book if the articles were named, better yet a small description, sometimes I wondered if a shoe were a man or woman's.
I think the book is good but stops short of being great but it is interesting and I would like to a sequel with the other drawings that were left out of this edition.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alyson E. Barnett on March 9, 2004
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This book is great. It is just what I was looking for in doing some period research. The illustrations could only be better if they were in color. Anyone interested in fashion accessories of this period will not be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By phillip nutt on July 20, 2010
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There is a great need for reference material of the past. particularly the 1900`s through 50`s. This publication had some good illustrations but there were no references as to source, just a time period and thus only of general backgroud reference. . I also found that many of the images were common available images elsewhere. The low price made the purchase an acceptable member of my reference library even if it be only for tracking down better information from other more detailed resources of the images that were shown. Phillip Nutt
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Schooley on February 18, 2010
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I was not happy with this one, the whole book looks just like the cover. No real information inside, just a collection of drawings.
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By Kathleen Nash on March 23, 2014
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Information of the clothing that was worn in the Victorian era. I don't want to write anymore so I will not do so.
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