Bonne d’Enfant, The Workers of Paris, 1824, by Georges Gatine. 

The Nanny.  Great detailing in this one- make sure you click through for the big version!

Journal des Dames et des Modes, 1821. 

One of the best uses of flowers to ever grace the pages of this blog! 

The Workers of Paris, Bouquetiere (flowergirl), 1824. 

Isn’t she a beauty?  I love the bright color of her gown hidden behind a plain, white apron (with a pocket!), her lavish chemisette ruffle, and those cute little shoes!

Journal des Dames et des Modes, 1823. 

This has everything I love about the early 1820s- the bold color, the dropped waist, the magnificent silhouette- so flattering!- and the masterful use of self-trim!  Perfection. 

Costumes Parisiens: les Ouevrieres de Paris, 1824. “Blanchisseuse de Dentelle”

Translation:  The Workers of Paris- “the lace laundress”

This is the first plate from a new publication I’ll be putting up- The Workers of Paris (and no, this isn’t THAT Costumes Parisien!) published in 1824.  It’s a series of about 40 engravings of fashionable working women in occupations that are often impossibly quaint and evocative of their era.  Here we have the first of the lot- the lace laundress, perhaps delivering a box of freshly laundered lace?  I love all the subtle lace she has peeking out- at the wrists and hem of her gown- as well as the not-so-subtle lacy cap and chemisette.  I couldn’t resist the close-up crops.  It’s such a charming outfit!

Journal des Dames et des Modes, 1829. 

One of my readers, Guacira (all the way from Brazil!), just sent this fashion plate and a few others to me.  Isn’t it beautiful!  It’s a big image, too, so open it in a new tab to see all the detail.  

Thank you so much to everyone who reads this blog!  You guys are so generous and supportive and you make running this tumblr a delight!  And thank you especially, Guacira, for sending this along.  

La Belle Assemblee, Evening and Ball Dresses, March 1828.

Wow, the print on that blue gown is lovely!  One of my favorite things about the 1820s and 1830s is that they started embracing bold prints for evening wear which you don’t see a lot of in the 1800s and 1810s.  I’m always a fan of stripes!

Lady’s Magazine, Evening Dress, June 1825. 

Oooh!  I love this dress!  The skirt time is JUUUSSSST on the edge of being comically large but it makes for such a bold addition.  Plus, I love spray of flowers along the front.  Bonus points for an amazingly cool turban!

Journal des Dames et des Modes, 1826. 

Uhf.  That’s a lot of hem work!

Journal des Dames et des Modes, 1826. 

I am LOVING those awesome van dyked ruffles on the hems!

Petit Courrier des Dames, 1825.

This is dated at 1825-1828 in the Louisana State Museum collections, but based on the plate number compared to other plates I’ve posted from the publication, I certainly don’t think it is later than 1825.

Don’t you just love the ribbon trim on the bottom, and that sweet little bow on the back?

Journal des Dames et des Modes, 1825. 

Journal des Dames et des Modes, 1821. 

What a gorgeous cloak!  It looks so lush and cozy!

La Reunion, 1827.

Journal des Dames et des Modes, 1825. 

Look at the awesome back on that blue gown!