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Le Follet Courier des Salons (Parisian) - 1829+ Fashion History

One of the longest lived fashion plate magazines Le Follet Courier des Salons first appeared in 1829. This French magazine was exceptionally stylish and although early plates were not signed, many collectors are now familiar with the signatures of later years.  After the 1840s, all the best fashion plate designers worked for Le Follet. 

The plate below is by the famous artist Anaïs Toudouze one of the three Colin sisters, the others being Laure Noël and Héloïse Leloir (all nee Colin).  Many of the models were set at the opera or at evening events or placed against ornamental garden scenes. Anaïs Toudouze was responsible for many plates and later passed the skills to her daughter Isabelle who worked at Le Follet after her mother.

Le Follet Courier des Salons Original

Le Follet Tea Party Image courtesy of Cabrio4 at eBay.

Le Follet Tea Party Image courtesy of Cabrio4 at eBay.

Le Follet was a magazine equivalent to our Vogue of today and flourished to the turn of the century. It still hand coloured plates when other magazines had moved onto much cruder litho printing.

Le Follet Reproduction Plate

Le Follet Reproduction Plate.  This 'aged' reproduction image is courtesy of alldressforms

This 'aged' reproduction image here is courtesy of alldressforms


La Mode

La Mode was founded in 1829 by Henri de Girardin.  He employed the artist Sulpice Guillaume Chevalier who adopted the nickname Gavarny after confusion over his name and that of a watercolour he exhibited of the village Gavarnie in the Pyrenees. This nom de plume later became Gavarni. From 1830 to 1837 Gavarni designed the most feminine and vital of fashion plates. Many of his pieces also featured charming drawings of children.

He continued mainly as an artist of satirical city street life and is still well thought of today. His fashion work occasionally appeared in other magazines such as Le Voleur, La Vogue and later L'Abeille Impériale. He died in 1866.

Copies of La Mode are exceptionally rare, but I mention it here because of the interest in the  Gavarni connection.  In addition I want to draw attention to how easy it would be to confuse the Gavarni connection with the later Le Moniteur de la Mode.

Le Bon Ton (Parisian)

Le Bon Ton was one of three new Paris magazines of the early 1830s.  Le Bon Ton appeared in 1834. It had been preceded in 1833 by the French Le Journal des Demoiselles and also La Musée des Familles.  Le Bon Ton employed the very best artists with fashion plate expertise.

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