fashion & costume history blog

  1. On the Promenade. On Cycle. (1896)

    On the Promenade. On Cycle. (1896)

  2. Cartoon lampooning Victorian era women’s fashion from 1895.

    Cartoon lampooning Victorian era women’s fashion from 1895.

  3. The point of view. (1893)

"The ‘Every other Tuesday Morning Club’ listens to a lecture by a popular advocate of dress reform—who makes several converts."

    The point of view. (1893)

    "The ‘Every other Tuesday Morning Club’ listens to a lecture by a popular advocate of dress reform—who makes several converts."

  4. How things get turned upside down : 1839 and 1893.

    How things get turned upside down : 1839 and 1893.

  5. A suggestion. (1889)

    A suggestion. (1889)

  6. To upholsterers. (1876)

"Now that fashionable skirts are ‘tied back’ so tight that the fair wearers thereof can neither stoop nor sit down, it might be worth somebody’s while to devise a chair suited to the peculiar exigencies of the positions."

    To upholsterers. (1876)

    "Now that fashionable skirts are ‘tied back’ so tight that the fair wearers thereof can neither stoop nor sit down, it might be worth somebody’s while to devise a chair suited to the peculiar exigencies of the positions."

  7. Woman in a low cut gown talking to a man without a suit coat. (1874)

"Half and half.""Mrs. Foggin. ‘Why, you are not going down-stairs that way! You ain’t more than half dressed.’" "Mr. Foggin. ‘You ain’t more than that yourself.’

    Woman in a low cut gown talking to a man without a suit coat. (1874)

    "Half and half."
    "Mrs. Foggin. ‘Why, you are not going down-stairs that way! You ain’t more than half dressed.’" "Mr. Foggin. ‘You ain’t more than that yourself.’

  8. Masks and faces. (1872)

"Our tall young man has been bowing to ladies all the forenoon, but who the dickens any of them are he hasn’t the faintest idea."

    Masks and faces. (1872)

    "Our tall young man has been bowing to ladies all the forenoon, but who the dickens any of them are he hasn’t the faintest idea."

  9. Caricature of bustle as snail, 1870.

    Caricature of bustle as snail, 1870.

  10. 1858.

Crinoline for ever — no bathing-machine required : a hint for the sea-side.

    1858.

    Crinoline for ever — no bathing-machine required : a hint for the sea-side.

  11. 1857.

"The extremely reprehensible conduct of those two Podgkinsons, as they walked to church with their papa, mamma, and sisters last Sunday."

    1857.

    "The extremely reprehensible conduct of those two Podgkinsons, as they walked to church with their papa, mamma, and sisters last Sunday."

  12. At Aldershot — a rather difficult manoeuvre. (1854-1869)

"Clara and Harriet, and the two nice girls who are staying with them, led by mamma, get into cousin Herbert’s hut and have lunch."

    At Aldershot — a rather difficult manoeuvre. (1854-1869)

    "Clara and Harriet, and the two nice girls who are staying with them, led by mamma, get into cousin Herbert’s hut and have lunch."

  13. 
"Bloomerism – an American custom", cartoon from Punch, 1851.Some American women appeared in the streets of London in a tunic and trousers, confirming a certain brassy stereotype.

    "Bloomerism – an American custom", cartoon from Punch, 1851.
    Some American women appeared in the streets of London in a tunic and trousers, confirming a certain brassy stereotype.

  14. "Waist and Extravagance", a satire of the fashions of ca. 1830 by W. Heath.

    "Waist and Extravagance", a satire of the fashions of ca. 1830 by W. Heath.

  15. 
Caricature of Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen, queen of William IV, insisting that her ladies-in-waiting(?) or servants(?) should discard the extravagances and eccentricities of 1830 fashion (huge leg-of-lamb sleeves, salad-plate hats, tight corseting) and be dressed in a sober and plain style. The women complain about their transformation.

    Caricature of Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen, queen of William IV, insisting that her ladies-in-waiting(?) or servants(?) should discard the extravagances and eccentricities of 1830 fashion (huge leg-of-lamb sleeves, salad-plate hats, tight corseting) and be dressed in a sober and plain style. The women complain about their transformation.

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