Antique Fashion & Costume Plates
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
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
This 'aged' reproduction image here is courtesy of
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 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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