1821 Fashions for November

Hello!  I’m peeking my head up for a moment from the crazy amount of work I’m doing on Wearing History Clothing to do a new blog post!


I was very fortunate to have gone to an AMAZING estate sale about 8 years or more ago.  It was a textile collector who lived in an old farm house.  One of those things you dream about!  Well, she had a four poster bed piled high with Victorian clothing, but I was particularly drawn to one book shelf which held volume after volume of bound years of Ladies’ Magazines… including Peterson’s and Godey’s.  Unfortunately, at the time I was pretty darn broke, and put myself in financial strain by buying four of them for… get this… $25 a piece.  Aah!  I know! Such a steal!  Why do they always come up when we shouldn’t be searching for treasures?  There were probably about ten of them left behind.

I got one Natural Form era one for one of my best friends, and there rest of my three for me- including this Lady’s Magazine from 1821.  It’s the earliest in my library which pictures actual garments (I have a sadly disintegrating one from 1800 with no  fashion plates, so it’s not as interesting to picture on the blog).

Well, it’s taken me that long to finally share a few of the images.

So, from nearly 200 years ago, here’s what was posted in the October issue of the magazine- featuring fashions for the next month.  You can click on the images for larger versions you an read and look at more closely.


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And a little closer in so you can see the great detail of these plates.

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Hope you enjoy them!




3 Comments on 1821 Fashions for November

  1. quinnmburgess
    October 14, 2014 at 6:59 pm (10 years ago)

    Oooo, so jealous that you own that! The detail is lovely. Thanks for sharing. :)


  2. Trudy Callan
    October 14, 2014 at 11:00 pm (10 years ago)

    What a treasure! I enjoyed them immensely. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Aubry
    October 15, 2014 at 12:38 pm (10 years ago)

    I love these! What a fabulous find. Thank you so much for sharing!

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