Sorry for another “talky” post, but I also wanted to say that I’m going to be using the Facebook page for more than just posting fashion plates. For example, I just posted the link to a new Colonial Williamsburg costume exhibit that is gorgeous. I really want to keep the tumblr to fashion plates only. DISCIPLINE! So, if you want to see other stuff that I might find, head on over to the the Facebook page.
A thousand curses to museums who make it impossible to save large versions of the fashion plates they have in their collections. Especially when they have HUNDREDS of 18th century ones…I’m looking at you Boston MFA!
I’m going to be posting some fashion plates done by Ann Frankland Lewis, an Englishwoman who painted watercolors, seemingly for her own pleasure. I couldn’t find ANY information about her, except for this small blurb from Los Angeles County Museum of Art, which houses her collection:
During the last quarter of the eighteenth century, journals such as Heideloff’s Gallery of Fashionwere issued monthly, enabling a broad-based feminine readership to stay abreast of the ever-changing fashion.
Using such journals as her resource, Ann Frankland Lewis selected one gown each year from 1774 to 1807 and made a watercolor rendering that she titled “Dress of the Year.” This personal collection of watercolor sketches provides an important historical document of late 18th to early 19th century fashion.