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Victorian and Edwardian Fashions from "La Mode Illustree" (Dover Fashion and Costumes) Paperback – 31 Jul 1997

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc. (31 July 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 048629711X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486297118
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 1.4 x 31 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 658,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hundreds of plates mainly of dresses in chronological order from 1860 to 1914, but including corsets, shoes, bonnets, hair, parasols, jewelry, fans and underwear. The dresses include morning, afternoon, evening and traveling. Also some wedding and mourning fashions as well. There are some children's clothes as well.

Wide range of events like a hunt meeting, touring, at the racetrack, visiting, balls, walking outfits, sports and meetings. There are a couple of mens costumes (with the emphasis on a couple).

Another very interesting fact included was the rough age of wearers and social status (especially for the children).

Including a glossary and a short introduction as well. Although there is no colour, the pictures have descriptions of the original colours and materials used. And because it is in black and white, it is fairly cheap (YESSSSSSSSSSS......cough. Anyway..).

I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in old fashions and it is well worth the price. I picked it up cheap from one of the sellers, so that's even better!
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this book is a very good look into the past, i am a Barbie doll dress maker of
fashions through the ages, in this book there is a vast amount to keep me going for
years to come, the drawings are in black and white so mabye you could gently colour in the pictures with GOOD qulity artist pencils,good book for the money.
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This is an excellent book for anyone interested in the clothing of this era; the detailed descriptions of the materials and colours used to create these gowns adds an extra dimension to the fun and makes envisioning them in all their glory that much easier.
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fine product
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9370ab28) out of 5 stars 26 reviews
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HASH(0x93cf3b94) out of 5 stars Don't let the cover fool you! 17 Mar. 2000
By Elena House - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I was leery of ordering this book, because most of the books that claim to illustrate both the Victorian and Edwardian eras merely skim over the Edwardian. But I was pleasantly surprised.
The book covers the years 1860-1914 and gives equal (or slightly superior) coverage to the Edwardian and pre-WWI years. The illustrations are large and detailed, allowing for very good views of the trimmings of the garments, and the smaller rear views of many garments are invaluable to the recreationist. Also included are period captions describing the intended uses of the garments (tea or opera, for young girls or women "of a certain age"); these are both interesting and very helpful for the self-educated costumer. The selection of dresses, coiffures, hats, parasols, coats, lingerie, nightdresses, and children's clothing is well chosen and the garments are lovely.
My only complaint is that a few years are either entirely skipped, or skimmed over: 1866, 1872, 1875, 1878, 1883, 1893, 1899, and 1911. However, the existing material is excellent and very useful--I wholeheartedly recommend it.
32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93721c78) out of 5 stars The best resource I've yet to find for this period! 5 Feb. 2002
By Margaret P Harvey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is one of the most comprehensive, well-done and complete guide to both Victorian and Edwardian fashion I've ever seen. Although the illustrations are black and white, they are surprisingly well done (most costume design books don't detail hair styles, patterns, etc, but this one does.) I recommend this book as a very accurate guide to the period for researchers, costumers or fashion enthusiasts. The book, along with fantastic illustrations, includes a summary of the times and fashions and a very helpful glossary. Also it is much more than any other book I've seen--- it included SEVERAL fashions for each year and several different occasional wear layouts. If you are curious about this period, you must buy this book. I only wish they had a similar book for every period!
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x937ab568) out of 5 stars Another definitive reference on the topic of 19th-century fashion 13 Aug. 2006
By Joseph A. Admire - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
"La Mode Illustree" was to 19th-century fashion mavens what "Vogue" and "Elle" are today, with its gorgeous color and B&W line illustrations of the latest in fashions for men, women and children. Joanne Olian, former curator of the costume collection at the Museum of the City of New York, has painstakingly assembled a huge collection of the finest illustrations showing beautiful ladies' fashions from 1860 to 1912, with almost every year getting at least one page (though, as another reviewer mentions, some years unfortunately aren't examined in much detail). Every illustration is full-page and accompanied by a paragraph or two of text, generally taken directly from the original description of the item in LMI. Nobody who is at all interested in fashions of the late Victorian and Edwardian periods should be without this book!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x938d5120) out of 5 stars Fantastic Resource! 22 Aug. 2008
By Valerie Elwell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Fashions are compiled chronologically and the fashion plates are very detailed. Many plates don't just show the front of the models, but they also show the same posed women from the back. One of the main things I like about this book is that it's not just all formal wear. There's also a lot of day wear being featured which helps in understanding the lifestyles of Victorian and Edwardian ladies (albeit the privileged class). This book is simply a beautiful resource and should be included in every Victorian/Edwardian fashion-lover's library.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93d6b69c) out of 5 stars Nice, but.... 15 Feb. 2014
By M. Alm - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This has numerous very fine plates in it, and if all you are looking for is an overview of the period, this may be the book for you. I purchased the e-book, and, at least in the e-book, none of the plates were labeled as to the year and month it was from, so it was not possible to trace the evolution of fashion through the period, or if looking for what one might wear at a specific time -- it can't be done. This is a problem with many Dover reprints. Great pictures, no details and no labels.
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