Cabinet des Modes, April 1786. 

Cabinet des Modes, February 1786. 

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!

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!

Ackermann’s Repository, Morning Dress, March 1810. 

Feedback time!  Do y’all like it when I do these zoomed shots in addition to the main plate?  As a costumer, I find things like this incredibly valuable since I frequently miss the details- especially when I zoom by something on Tumblr.  I can’t do it on all of my fashion plates since many aren’t high enough quality, but on these where I can zoom and still keep clarity, do you like it when I include the detail images?

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!

Fashions of London and Paris (from Journal des Dames et des Modes), August 1798. 

Isn’t it amazing how a bright ribbon can make a simple white gown stunning?

Gallerie des Modes, 1778. 

There is a lot of look here, but how sweet are those little shoes peeking out?

Gallerie des Modes, 1778. 


Gallerie des Modes, 1778.

It is a blustery, cold morning here in Virginia and an outfit like this would be most welcome today!

Gallerie des Modes, 1782.

A beautiful gown!  And an unusual sash-y thing over her shoulder!

Fashions of London and Paris, March 1805. 

What an amazing variety of headwear!  I’m kind of in love with the big brown one in the middle. 

Gallerie des Modes, 1778. 

Such delightful little confections of toppers!  I can’t decide my favorite, but this second I’m leaning towards the cap on the top left.  

Cabinet des Modes, December 1785. 

I really love the banding on the skirts.  I think that is such a charming trim!  These colors are quite beautiful together, too!

Town and Country Magazine, October 1789. 

The Young Milliner and the Old Seducer…