Blog Fashion Plates: 150 Years of Style

Fashion Plates: 150 Years of Style

Posted Nov. 2, 2018, 10:37 p.m. by T

Advertisement
Radio K 2

Fashion Plates: 150 Years of Style

Yale University Press

 

MMXVIII – fashion, labels, advertisement, and connectivity - access all areas. When it comes to the creation of couture these days, there is hardly anything that cannot be gained access to in nearly real time.

Rewind to the end of the 18th century and fashion plates were the only medium to convey what the latest styles would look like.

Fashion Plate: 150 Year of Style is an opulently illustrated mélange of two-hundred depictions of what the the fashionistas of the respective eras from 1778 to the early 1900s not only feasted their eyes on but helped them to decide what to purchase.

No matter if it is French dresses from the early eighteenth century, Art Deco from the early twentieth century or male and female haute couture in between, the book presents a diary-like chronic of the fashion world before photographic evidence became commonplace.

The quality of the depictions is superb, with the plates having been meticulously reproduced on quality paper, which makes it a visually appealing addition to one’s coffee table book collection.

The accompanying elaborations and essays by fashion historian April Calahan give additional insights and contextualize them in a meaningful and enlightening manner, which should offer something new to discover for both the uninitiated as well as subject matter experts.

The fashion plates illustrated come from the Gladys Marcus library at the Fashion Institute of New York, with some of them never having been reproduced before.

A great overview of how fashion has evolved but also deteriorated over the centuries that offers plenty of eye candy and is substantiated by a foundation of solid research.

Leave a comment
Share this content

Other recent blogs

Thus Let Us Drink Mead - Stone Dog Meadery

Posted by T
Feb. 19, 2019, 9:10 p.m.

Thus Let Us Drink Mead - Stone Dog Meadery Mead has quite an interesting history, harking back much further than what has manifested in Norse mythology to many thousand years ... read more

Pieter Bruegel: Drawing the World

Posted by T
Feb. 18, 2019, 9:59 a.m.

Pieter Bruegel: Drawing the World Heralded as the Netherland’s draughtsman of the early seventeenth century, Pieter Bruegel’s flag is firmly planted in the pantheon of greats alongside Hieronymus Bosch and ... read more

Water of Life – Bruichladdich Port Charlotte

Posted by T
Feb. 17, 2019, 10:18 a.m.

Water of Life – Bruichladdich Port Charlotte 10-year-old Bruichladdich at large and specifically its Octomore emissions enjoy a near cult-like following, which I do not find further wondrous. I have ... read more

Why Would One Want To Wear a Hat?

Posted by T
Feb. 16, 2019, 10:22 a.m.

Why Would One Want To Wear a Hat? As Philip Treacy put it, how a hat makes you feel is what a hat is all about. Now, I am sure ... read more

Yungblud @ Factory Theatre

Posted by T
Feb. 15, 2019, 7:33 p.m.

Yungblud Factory Theatre Sydney, Australia February 14, 2019 Prior to tonight’s performance I had not been familiar with Yungblud and his oeuvre. Anticipating an “urbanite” artist from the name alone, ... read more

Advertisement
Radio K 2
x

Logo

Looking for the SPB logo? You can download it in a range of styles and colours here:

Click anywhere outside this dialog to close it, or press escape.