Favorite decades: 1910's, 1800's, 1870's
Favorite artists: Anthony van Dyck, Giovanni Boldini, Henry Fuseli, Thomas Lawrence
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Incroyable fancy dress, 1887 England, Fancy Dresses Described by Ardern Holt
Incroyable (1789). Short red, white, and blue skirt; blue satin coat with tails lined with red, and revers; lace ruffles; gold buttons; cravat of old lace; gendarme hat, with tricolour rosette; black shoes and buckles, blue stockings. Old-fashioned gold-headed cane; fob, eyeglass. (Coloured Illustration, Plate VIII.) Or, striped satin skirt, red, white, and blue; gold satin tunic, looped up with red roses; handsome long-tailed coat of blue satin, lined gold, and large gold buttons, and bouquet of roses in buttonhole; high frill and jabot at throat; chapeau a la claque, trimmed gold and brocade, tricolour at side; blue silk stockings, worked in gold, and patent shoes; eyeglass, and elaborate jewellery. Or, long-tailed coat of sky blue velvet, with large pearl buttons, and a white waistcoat of satin, embroidered with coloured flowers; a skirt of grey tulle with long tunic of soft grey silk looped up gracefully with pale blue satin ribbon; grey silk hose embroidered with coloured silk flowers; dark blue slippers, very large satin bows; powdered head tied with a queue; cocked hat, wide lace cravat; cane with gold head, quaint scissor-shaped eye-glass of the period. This is a very favourite costume. Sometimes the skirts are hand-painted; sometimes there are triple revers to the coat, for which plush is a good material; blue with white satin skirt, trimmed with gold, is a good mixture.
Esmeralda fancy dress, 1887 England, Fancy Dresses Described by Ardern Holt
A rich gipsy dress in yellow, black, and scarlet satin, made short, trimmed with coins and gold braid; a sash of gold tissue tied about the hips, a tambourine carried in hand; bracelets above and below elbow, united by coins; stay-bodice with coins and gold braid; gold net with sequins; ornaments, sequins. Sometimes (as in Coloured Illustration No. V.) the skirt is red, trimmed with gold, and the bodice takes the form of a loose black jacket, with full yellow vest of soft silk.
L’Art et la Mode, 1921
“The old costumes of our provinces inspire us with new ideas”
Left to right: Berichon (from Berry, a former region in central France), Breton (from Brittany) and Alsatian (from Alsace)
I think these are supposed to be modern interpretations of traditional provincial dress, shown in a more accurate way in the bottom left corner.
Japanese woodblock fashion prints from 1887, because I know how much you guys love this stuff.
Liberty & Co catalogue with 12 color plates, November 1908
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September “morning dress on a visit”, 1810 England, La Belle Assemblée
I’m assuming that this was meant to be worn in the morning when you’re staying at someone else’s house.