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Fashion plate

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (published)

  • Date:

    November 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.151:43-2003

  • 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, wearing evening gowns. One in sky blue with red ribbon lacings and white lace trim, the other white with floral pattern, trimmed with raspberry pink roses, ball fringe, and ribbon lacings.

Place of Origin

Italy (published)

Date

November 1880 (published)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

hand-coloured engraving

Dimensions

Height: 37 cm, Width: 24 cm

Descriptive line

Unknown. Two evening dresses. Fashion plate showing women's dress. Italian, November 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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