Victorian Fashions and Costumes from Harper's Bazar, 1867-1898
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Victorian Fashions and Costumes from Harper's Bazar, 1867-1898

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After the Civil War the upper middle class in America expanded and became increasingly style-conscious. Visiting European royalty as well as American women returning from the International Exhibition in Paris in 1867 stimulated fashion awareness — and it was in this climate that the magazine Harper's Bazar flowered. Dedicated to being "A repository of Fashion, Pleasure, an...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 1st 1974 by Dover Publications (first published January 1st 1974)
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Fantastic if not a little disturbing at times, when it comes to children's garments. Utterly suffocating,miniature adult outfits complete with child sized corsetry. Unpleasant.

The way the designers of the times bent backwards to accommodate female costumes for what were then essentially male pursuits are a trifle bananas. especially the tennis and sailing outfits make the women depicted look like slightly sinister, impeccably tailored clowns.
The woman's hunting outfit was very good, but personal...more
A very useful archive of original Victorian engravings of women's fashions from 1867 to 1898 Harper's Bazar magazines. They are, of course, in black and white, but original descriptions are included. This is one of the heftiest of Dover's collections of historic fashion plates, and an excellent bargain.

Harper's Bazar was an American magazine. These fashions would have been copied from and based on European fashions, particularly French ones, for the style-conscious and aspirational American ladi...more
P.d.r. Lindsay
Be careful with this book if you want to see what was British Victorian fashion of the period. This is American fashion of the era.

A good solid book for research and costume designers.
Excellent drawings.

Until I can have a private star rating for my own personal use - I do not agree with the Good Reads/Amazon methods of apply our readers' star ratings to an author's rating, which can affect their sales - I will not add a star rating.
This is a book I dip into for pleasure almost as often as for serious research. Rich in detailed descriptions, beautifully illustrated, covering everything from slippers to head-dresses, gorgeous gowns and beautiful lingerie, and such essential accessories as jewelery and fans. There are elements of social history, too, in the attention given to such items as the correct mourning clothes, including those suitable "for elderly ladies".

A lavishly detailed delight.
I love this book. There's not much to say about it, it being a reference book, but Victorian fashions abound, including accessories like lovely button shoes, fans, belts, parasols, wraps, hair ornaments, socks, cuffs, corsetry, handkerchiefs... There's much description of what styles are used for what events, talk of fabrics and materials and everything else I love to drool over.
This is an excellent resource for those who are interested in mid-late Victorian fashion. The tiny changes in silhouette and focus were fascinating to read about. I only wish that some of the commentary at the beginning of each section was included with the fashion prints, so I could more adequately notice the changes.
Simone Vd stadt beaney
The best book on endoif 19th century fashion. The only pity is that the prints aren't coloured but I'm not sure if the original prints were coloured.
Great reference book!
I appreciated that they included descriptions of the types of fabric used for the various garments.
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This is one of those books that every costumer of the period needs. The engravings are fabulous.
Folio GT595 .B56 1974

Would be so much better in color but still incredibly informative.
I love this book. It's all pen and ink drawings of fashions of the time.
Excellent illustrations for Victorian fashions!
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