Incroyables et merveilleuses de 1814, Published 1815.

A new post is up on my blog with some of the plates from this lovely publication!

Dames a la Mode


Journal des Dames et des Modes, 1818. 

I’ve started selling paper millinery flowers in my Etsy shop.  I’ve been doing a lot of research on flowers in 18th and 19th century millinery and am so captivated by the lovely way they used flowers and leaves.  I’ll post some inspiration images over the next few days. 

I hope you’ll check out my shop for paper flowers and historic ribbons (we can’t forget the ribbons!)


Fashion plate.
Le Follet. Courrier des Salons.
Probably circa 1840.

Elly Snowe’s private collection.

Gallerie des Modes, 1781. 

My apologies for my lack of posts, readers.  My new job is frying my brain.  I come home and can barely put a coherent sentence together, so tumblin’ is dropping off the to-do list.  I’ll try harder. 

As an apology, here are some magnificent court gowns!

Gallery of Fashion, July 1796. 

The green gown is a gorgeous color, and what an unusual bonnet she has!

Le Bon Ton (Published in the Lady’s Magazine), 1845. 

Love those bold colors and the pairing of the contrasting bonnets. 

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. 

The Beau Monde, November 1837. 

Oooh!  I love that green gown.  And that blue cloak is quite a statement piece!

Cabinet des Modes, January 1845. 

Gallerie des Modes, 1778. 

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

Journal des Luxus, 1786. 

Love the green gown and the purple feathers!


Petit Courrier des Dames, 1834.

A wonderful collection of spring bonnets! Aren’t those colors just delicious?

Gallerie des Modes, 1778.

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

Robe à la Circassienne Garnie à la Chartres: la Coëffure de meme, Avec le Tableau des Evenements

1770s, via The Met

Magasin des Modes, March 1788.

Stripes.  Love.