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

Stella Blum
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June 1 1974 Dover Fashion and Costumes
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, and Instruction," it brought to American women inside glimpses of the very latest European and American fashions, all in carefully detailed engravings. It was much the finest source for high fashion for this period.
This book consists of the finest illustrations from Harper's Bazar between the years 1867 and 1898, the period of its peak importance. These illustrations not only show you what apparel appealed to our Victorian ancestors, but give you an idea of the evolutionary nature of fashion as well. You will see bustles come and go, natural forms become the vogue only to be superseded by the constricting hourglass figure. Each look is illustrated with a number of different garments. There are gowns for the morning hours, dinner dresses, sporting costumes, traveling clothes and apparel for special occasions: weddings, communions, funerals, etc. Since no costume was complete without accessories, a full line of hats, fans, parasols, muffs, gloves, handkerchiefs, jewelry, shoes and hair styles is shown as well. A selection of children's attire is also included. An introduction by Stella Blum covers the history of Harper's Bazar and examines the various phases fashion went through between 1867 and 1898.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars another great 'vintage' Dover book April 25 2003
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this is such a beautifully illustrated work of the fashions of the period from 1867-1898. Fans of Victoriana must have this in their library. Excellent resource for antiques lovers, jewelry designers, artists, costume designers etc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect tool !!! Nov. 24 2012
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I love victorian era and love the clothing ! I used this book to make myself a few pieces of clothes ! The bokk is well make and the pictures are very neat and clear !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Necessary for any Victorian Fashion Lover July 28 2012
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Great Book, Fabulous Illustrations. I really like that they have detailed illustrations of parasols, bonnets, all kinds of accessories, as well as the live group shots. Dreamy Book. Fabulous value also at this price!
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I accidently bought two copies of this book from 2 different sellers because the cover was different. lol But the book is such an excellent reference and the extra copy made a great surprise gift .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference July 9 2000
By Kay Hudson - Published on Amazon.com
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Extensive and detailed illustrations, with good captions (including dates), divided into four style periods (1867-1874, 1875-1882, 1883-1890, 1891-1898). Narrative introduction to each period gives the general style trends. Very useful: includes hairstyles, shoes, parasols, aprons, decorative details, children's clothing, etc.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars another great 'vintage' Dover book April 25 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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this is such a beautifully illustrated work of the fashions of the period from 1867-1898. Fans of Victoriana must have this in their library. Excellent resource for antiques lovers, jewelry designers, artists, costume designers etc.
26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Costume Designers must have Bustle Period reference. May 15 1999
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This book is an excellent source reference for the Bustle and Fine De Siecle time periods of fashion and costume wear. It has excellent illustrations of all types of daily and evening womens fashion in the various period silouettes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a must for Victorian age writers June 4 2005
By Deborah MacGillivray - Published on Amazon.com
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What would romance writers do without Dover and their marvelous historical books? These books and even era paper dolls are inexpensive, and yet, thorough works that really can put you into the period. This book is stunning.

Victorian Fashion from Harper's Bazaar 1867-1898 is definitive book on Victorian fashions, however, while is stunning work, you should buy Full-Color Victorian Fashions from Dover Publishing as well. Together they are everything you need. This book goes in rich detail, just not the dresses but down to hair and accessories. It's broken down into four sections: 1) Bustles and Puff (1867-1874) 2) Natural Forma and Cuirass Body (1875-1882) 3) Return of the Bustle (1883-1890) and 4) Hourglass Figure (1891-1898). The drawings are detailed and cover every aspect of fashion of this era.

An absolute must for romance writers of this period. High recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Visual Resource for Costumers and Reenactors July 14 2006
By Becky Dekker - Published on Amazon.com
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Victorian Fashions and Costumes is eye candy for anyone interested in fashion history.

The arrangement of the book in chronological order by year makes it very easy to find historically correct garments, accessories, and hair styles. A brief overview of characteristics specific to the era is included in each section. Most pictures have captions that identify the type of garment and often the fabrics and colors used in a garment.

I used information in this book to create a bodice and bustle representative of the period for a skirt Mary Todd Lincoln wore in 1872 in England.

With all the historical patterns available in the major pattern books, the costumer or reenactor can find a basic pattern and add the correct construction details and embellishments. I enjoy browsing the book and wondering what life was like for the women who wore these clothes. If you are looking for information about the clothing worn by the common woman, you won't find it here. After all, this is from Harper's Bazar, the Vogue of the 19th Century.

Becky
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