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Fashion plate

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (published)

  • Date:

    January 1880 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    hand-coloured engraving

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased through the Julie and Robert Breckman Print Fund

  • Museum number:

    E.151:11-2003

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This fashion plate is from a volume of images from the Italian fashion periodicals La Novita and Margherita, published in the 1880s. Such plates were published from the end of the 18th century onwards, illustrating contemporary fashions.

This image offers an insight into fashion, textiles and interiors and publishing related to those subjects, as well as social history. The models are shown in a setting which refers to a lifestyle alongside clothing. The fashion plate communicates glamour and aspiration, much like fashion and interiors magazines do today.

Physical description

Two women in an interior. On the left, a white Princess line ballgown with ruffles and pink rose trimming. On the right, an iridescent sea-green and petrol blue shot-silk brocade day dress, also Princess line, with petrol blue draped bustle and train.

Place of Origin

Italy (published)

Date

January 1880 (published)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

hand-coloured engraving

Dimensions

Height: 37 cm, Width: 24 cm

Descriptive line

Unknown. Evening gown and day dress. Fashion plate in a volume showing women's dress. Italian, January 1880

Materials

Printing ink; Watercolour

Techniques

Engraving; Hand-colouring

Subjects depicted

Costume; Dresses; Fashion

Categories

Fashion plates; Women's clothes; Clothing

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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