Nineteenth-Century Women’s Fashion

Felicity J. Warnes

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Follow high-style couture trends over a 100-year period from 1800 to 1900, as illustrated in 374 color photographs of original, hand-colored fashion plates from the author’s private collection. The 11 chapters (organized by decade) include a brief survey of the subtle changes in clothing design through each decade and a social history of the times. Follow the whims of fashion on this promenade through the 1800s, when high-society women sported beribboned toques and turbans and crinolines, capes, and extravagant sleeves. Based mostly on original French artwork, the fashion plates, which appeared in magazines of the day, also documentfashion illustration as an evolving art form, making this book an invaluableresource for historians, scholars, theater costume designers, artists,and fashion enthusiasts.

Size: 8 1/2" x 11" | 375 color images | 408 pp
ISBN13: 9780764350139

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Felicity J. Warnes lives in North London, England. Growing up, she was surrounded by books and antiques collected and sold by her father, James. She started collecting books on costume and fashion in her early 20s and now stocks about 20,000 of those books at her shop in North London and on her website, Among her purchases over the past 40 years are hundreds of original nineteenth-century, hand-colored fashion plates, some of which are reproduced in this book and can be purchased from the author as giclée prints. Felicity lives in London with her daughters, Jessica and Sophie; her husband, Barry; a chihuahua named Henry; and two mischievous cats called Enya and Kaspar.