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Juive et Espagnole

  • Object:

    Fashion plate

  • Place of origin:

    France (designed)
    London (published)

  • Date:

    c.1850 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    David, Jules, born 1808 - died 1892 (artist)
    Babin (costume designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    hand-coloured engraving

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the House of Worth

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 96, shelf D, box 15

Physical description

Hand-coloured engraving showing two women in fancy dresses called "Juive" and "Espagnole" (Jewish and Spanish). On the left, the Juive costume (which appears to combine Turkish and Caucasian dress elements) comprises a light lilac tunic with darker facings to the turned-back sleeves, over a wide-sleeved white blouse and a yellow striped skirt, under which are worn rose-coloured bloomers, very full and caught in at the ankle, with turned-up toe slippers. Dark red sash, matching the head-wrap, and a flowing white veil worn on top. On the right, the Spanish costume is a dark mustard-coloured bodice with low neckline and white puffed fabric details on the sleeves, and a black ankle-length skirt, both trimmed with deep bands of black netted fringe, and a gold cap trimmed with a large black fringed cockade. Both women hold masquerade masks.

Place of Origin

France (designed)
London (published)


c.1850 (made)


David, Jules, born 1808 - died 1892 (artist)
Babin (costume designer)

Materials and Techniques

hand-coloured engraving

Object history note

This print is part of a very large collection of reference material including fashion plates, engravings, original drawings and illustrations that were collected by the fashion design house of Paquin at the turn of the 19th/20th centuries. Many bear the stamp of Paquin's archivist at the time. They were acquired by the V&A in 1957 when, following the closure of the combined houses of Paquin and Worth, the Worth/Paquin archives and design books were donated to the Museum.

Descriptive line

Jules David. 'Juive et Espagnole'. Two fancy dress costumes by Babin, Paris. Hand-coloured fashion engraving from Le Moniteur de la Mode, Paris, published in London. c.1850

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings Accessions 1957-1958 London: HMSO, 1964


Printing ink; Watercolour


Engraving; Hand-colouring


Fashion; Prints; Fashion plates; Fancy-dress; Judaism; National Dress; Women's clothes; Hats & headwear; Europeana Fashion Project


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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