Monday, June 01, 2009

19th Century Fashion Plates

This website, from the Claremont Colleges Digital Library, provides a wealth of resources on fashion - both male and female - from primarily the nineteenth century. The site can be searched by keyword; or it can browsed by contributor, by historical decade, by historical period (i.e. 'United Kingdom - Early Victorian, 1837-1860'), or by subject (i.e. 'apron' or 'mustache'). Using these tools, it is possible to view a large number of images of fashion in very high detail. Each image also has a description and details about its production and information on the fashionable items displayed. The Myrtle Tyrrell Kirby Fashion Plate Collection comprises 650 images of primarily nineteenth century (although much of the eighteenth century, and some of the early twentieth century, are also covered) fashion images from the Macpherson Collection of the Ella Strong Denison Library at Scripps College. The colour images have been taken 'from a variety of women's periodicals and other mass-circulating works published between 1789 and 1914' and cover primarily the United Kingdom, the United States, France and Spain.
Access: Free