Incroyables et Merveilleuses de 1814

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?

The Follies and Fashions of our Grandfathers, July 1807.

I almost didn’t post this one because the quality is so low, but a few elements were irresistable:  the bright colors, “the coat trimmed all round with a border of small brown roses,” and the spats on his shoes- SWOON!

Lady’s Museum, Morning and Evening Dresses, March 1818. 


Journal des Luxus, 1788.

Wow.  This is a guy who is NOT afraid to combine color and patterns!  Also, I’m pretty sure his coat and waistcoat are trimmed with fringe, which is pretty incredible.  

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!

Royal Lady’s Magazine, Evening and Ball Dresses, February 1831. 

The overdress thingy on the evening dress is quite unusual!  I love the flash of pink in the lining!

Journal des Dames et des Modes, 1826. 

Uhf.  That’s a lot of hem work!

Gallerie des Modes, 1778. 

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

Journal de la Mode et du Gout, August 1790.

For the record I, Taylor Shelby, hereby state that I am reproducing these shoes with my American Duchess Pemberlies.  Shoes are in possession, paint has been purchased.  Their creation is imminent!  

Now if only I could get my hands on a pair of those clocked stockings…


By now it is no secret that I am in love with the reproduction shoes that American Duchess is producing (I have FIVE PAIRS, for goodness sake!) and she’s come out with a wonderful new 18th Century Shoe- the Kensington.  The shape of these is really lovely and they come pre-dyed in both black and red!  She is doing an ivory pair later, which I’m going to be holding out for since I really want a blue pair, but these are great choices if you don’t want to paint your own!

(And don’t forget that the 1912 Astorias are also available!)

Journal des Dames et des Modes, 1813. 

OK, I know this is a little weird because she’s raking (?), but look at her spats!  SPATS, PEOPLE!

American Duchess is now selling off the imperfect versions of her awesome historic shoes.  They are mostly sold out, but the Regency shoes are available for under $50!  I have a pair, and they are fabulous.  They are comfortable and durable and easy as pie to paint!