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Superb illustrations from an extraordinary resource offer real perspectives of evolving Victorian models — from excessive necklines, elongated bodices, and outfitted bonnets to extravagant bustles. The meticulously reproduced plates contain depictions of clothes, robes, and coats in addition to components. A needs to for dress designers, cultural historians, and type lovers. creation. Captions.
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Robe of white organdy, striped with blue with white flowers. The lower skirt and upper part of waist are plain blue; the underskirt is bordered by seven narrow ruffles. The upper skirt, shoulders, and center back are trimmed with looped ribbon bows with long ends. White silk parasol. Fig. d. Walking suit of black silk. The lower skirt is laid in plaits like a deep flounce with a puff, about three inches from the ground. The upper skirt is cut up at the sides and trimmed to match. Paletot, in Watteau style, trimmed to match the skirt.
D. Solid-colored silk, deep flounce, full sleeves; trimming at the top of the sleeve is the same as the flounce. Collar of quilled lace. Caising bonnet. PLATE 9. SEPTEMBER 1841. Fig. a. Plain silk with tight waist, low neck, and full sleeves with a band at the wrist. Skirt open from the waist, trimmed with fine piping. Hat of rice straw. Straw-colored gloves; embroidered handkerchief. Fig. b. Striped silk dress with a plain waist and low neck, trimmed with a broad lace. Skirt has two flounces. Matching scarf.
When goods are ordered, the fashions that prevail here govern the purchase; therefore, no articles will be taken back. When the goods are sent, the transaction must be considered final. Only outerwear, underclothing and accessories were available ready-made; hence the apparel illustrations were accompanied by minutely detailed descriptions of colors and materials (much abridged in this Dover volume) even when the drawings were in black and white, providing an indispensible guide for the seamstress.