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Part 3 - Fashion Plates - 1820+
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Antique Fashion & Costume Plates

1820+ Le Petit Courrier des Dames Fashion History

As so often happened in American, English and other European publications, many early plates were crude copies from French magazines.  Only when publishers paid to use the imported quality engraved plates from French magazines did the magazines really win the hearts of subscribers.

Le Petit Courrier des Dames (French)

Many new C19th long-lived fashion magazines began life in the 1820s and old favourites died too.  For one year the now very collectible Le Petit Courrier des Dames had begun life as Nouveau Journal des Dames in 1821.  This was an important French fashion magazine and it produced a weekly issue uninterrupted until 1865. Each issue had one or two fashion plates and many are considered the finest in the C19th.  Artists who made some of the finest plates were Madame Florensa de Closmenil, A. Pauquet, Hervy, Laure Noel, A. de Taverne and E. Preval.

Another good French Fashion Plate magazine was Le Journal des Dames et Des Modes - Costumes Parisiens.  You can see 2 of my favourite plates from this further down.

Le Petit Courrier des Dames

1850 dresses below.  Day dress and evening dress in tulle and grenadine, trimmed with ribbons.
Shawl of white lace

Le Petit Courrier des Dames Fashion Plate.

A. Pauquet signature.

Above - The artist signature of A.Pauquet .



Townsend's Selection of Parisian Costumes  (English)

In 1823 Townsend's Selection of Parisian Costumes an English publication, used imported plates  from both Le Petit Courrier des Dames and Le Journal des Dames et Des Modes Costumes Parisiens.  The latter word is often spelt many ways on various plates.

Both these last two publications produced very fine engravings and Townsend found that when it economised and used badly made plates, sales went down.  Fortunes were regained once they used French plates again.

Le Journal des Dames et Des Modes Costumes Parisiens 1826

Apollo knot hairstyle detail on 1826 Le Journal des Dames et Des Modes

This is a hand-coloured fashion engraving from an 1826 Le Journal des Dames et Des Modes Costumes Parisiens. 
With vibrant colours and extraordinary detail it is an exquisite work of art in its own right.  The Apollo knot hairstyle details are magnificent.

Bought from Cabrio4 at eBay.


Below is another of my fashion plates from the Le Journal des Dames et des Modes magazine of the year 1826. These engravings are particularly good with fine and pretty detail. The headings usually state Costumes Parisians, sometimes I even think it reads Parisions.

Le Journal des Dames et des Modes  Costumes Parisians - 1826.

This hand tinted image was bought from EBay fashion plate and engraving seller known as Cabrio4. What a wonderful pelerine mantle so perfectly accommodating for the newly developing fuller sleeves.

Yes eBay can become an expensive habit............ and can you tell I like this era?

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